Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day trippers

It's all about days out at the moment.  We went to the splash park in Leighton Buzzard on Monday for a home ed meet up.  After a day off at home on Tuesday, we went to Legoland for a friend's birthday on Wednesday.

First of all we went around the Star Wars exhibition.  It was amazing.  The kids (and the grown ups) were really impressed by the models, and how they'd set the scenes up.

The rest of the day felt like it was spent walking from place to place (the area is huge!), queuing, and taking kids to the loo (Meg is nappyless, and doing really amazingly well on day 3).  The time spent on rides was small considering we were there from 10.15 until 5.15.  I prefer smaller theme parks, I think.

The kids particularly enjoyed the boat school, the driving school, the laser shooting ride and the small roller coaster.

The busy pace continued today with a trip to the zoo.  Our annual pass expires this weekend, so we had one last visit until we renew in 6 months or so.  We saw loads of animals!  This was in contrast to last week, when we saw the hippos and spent the next 4 hours in the new playground.

We watched the bird show and loved the parrots at the end, then headed to the sealion show.  The kids sat in the blue splash zone, and did get a bit wet.

After lunch and the obligatory visit to the playground we went on the steam train, and stopped for an ice cream.

We saw the lions and the meercats, the cheetahs and the zebras.  We drove through the Asia area with all the beautiful deer.
We were really lucky at the giraffes, as they were having a snack on some beech branches.  Freddie chatted to the volunteers there, who had giraffe skulls and vertebrae to look at.
The Discovery Centre was empty, except for a few teenagers.  Really, the whole zoo was pretty empty.  Last week it was heaving with school trips, and I was expecting it to be the same today.

Betsy's ring tailed lemur came along, and had a lovely time climbing trees, eating lunch, and visiting his relatives ;-)

We got back, I made dinner, and quickly worked on this post, and then Jarvis came round to say there were some people doing something interesting in the park nearby.  Honestly, my heart sank.  Washing up everywhere, lunch bag full of picnic leftovers, everything to prepare for tomorrow (yet another day out).  But, we grabbed buggy, scooter, bike and water and headed out.

After a very grey day, it has turned into a beautiful sunny evening.  The kids made a beeline for the skate park.

Then we watched the people we'd heard about.  They were doing something interesting, some sort of balancing/bouncing on stretched webbing.

Very very cool.

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