Monthly Archives: February 2014

If you’re looking to book a weekend break, a European city break, theatre tickets or a last minute hotel room then Superbreak are the guys you need! They also offer tickets to a wide range of UK attractions including Legoland, Drayton Manor, and Alton Towers. As we have a shark loving 6 year old who wants to be “an aquarianist” when he grows up, there was one stand out choice for us when it came to a half term day out and that was the National SeaLife Centre.

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Despite being a native Brummie, this was the first time I’d ever been to the SeaLife Centre (although I am quite familiar with the Pitcher & Piano pub next door!). We went on the first day of half term so it was quite packed and we had to keep moving the whole time and couldn’t stop at the tanks for long. We were also on a mission to find the “real life hammerhead shark” and so there was no time for anything else! We took a look at the interactive rock pool and both kids wanted to touch the crabs but then kept changing their minds, we’d walk away, “I wanna touch a crab!”, back we’d go “No, NO! I’m not touching it!”. You know how it goes!sealife-001sealife-002My favourite part was the jellyfish. They’re so calming to watch (as long as they’re on the other side of the glass, obviously!). The tanks are lit with coloured lights and we stood there for ages just watching them. We learned that a group of jellyfish is called a smack. Little jellyfish fact for you there.sealife-003

It’s not just fish, they also have otters, amphibians and at Easter, the brand new Penguin Ice Adventure opens. We got to watch the construction and it looks amazing! We’ll definitely be going back to see them in the summer. I might even pluck up the courage to hold a starfish. Or y’know…not.sealife-004Sunshine loved the turtles so much!sealife-006sealife-005sealife-010The highlight of the trip for our little shark lover – A REAL LIFE HAMMERHEAD! sealife-007(How odd looking are they?!)

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Superbreak kindly provided us with SeaLife Centre tickets free of charge. Thanks so much, Superbreak! We had a great time.

After a couple of trips to the half pipe (we sat in the car so we didn’t embarrass him in front of the big kids), Little Dude is becoming really confident on his scooter. He likes to make one of us carry it uphill for him though, obviously.

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I’m really excited to start half term off with a giveaway! Each month Bump PR team up with 5 bloggers to host a blogtrail and giveaway and I’m thrilled to be taking part in February’s. The theme for this month is Fun To Learn and you have the opportunity to win some fab educational toys and games for your kids.

We’re giving away a Seedling “Colour The Earth” kit. It’s such a fun idea, first you colour in with the markers included and then inflate it with a bike or ball pump into a beach ball sized globe which you can use to display or play. Just fill in the details below to be in with a change of winning (UK entrants only though, I’m afraid)

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Little Dude thinks it looks “awesome”.

On the subject of fun learning, I’ve been making an effort with Sunshine to do more structured activities together lately. I’m finding since she’s turned 2 that she is easily bored and a trip to the shop and occasionally, the other shop, just isn’t enough to keep her entertained. We’ve been doing some Montessori activities (thank you Pinterest), mainly because I love to say the word “Montessori” and I find it’s something that really works for us.

Learning shapes and colours (everything is “bwue”)

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There are more things you can win in addition to the Colour The Earth kit. Click through to see all the fab prizes on offer and don’t forget to enter below.

Jodie from http://lifewithpinkprincesses.co.uk/  is giving away a Mumbucks set

Lauren from http://realhousewifeofsuffolk.blogspot.co.uk/ is giving away a toy guitar from Vilac

Susanne from http://ghostwritermummy.co.uk/ is giving away a Babycademy Music Time Kit

Kara from  http://innocentcharmschats.co.uk/  is giving away a Wondercube

 

Have a fantastic week, I’ll be back next Monday. Good Luck!

 

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