Friday, 18 May 2018

Rock Decorating Ideas

Our house has got really into decorating rocks as part of the rock hunting craze.
I am by no means an expert or particularly arty but really enjoy it.  If you are looking for some inspiration here's some of our rock decorating ideas to get you started.

Rock Decorating Ideas Sheep

Rock Decorating Ideas Coco & Day of the Dead

Rock Decorating Ideas - Trolls Poppy and Branch

Rock Decorating Ideas - Fortnite Unicorn

Rock Decorating Ideas

Rock Decorating Ideas

Rock Decorating Ideas - Unicorns

Rock Decorating Ideas

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May half term things to do in Northampton

May half term is rapidly approaching and it looks like its going to be sunny. Yippee!

Here's some ideas for things to do in Northampton to keep the kids entertained.

Manor House Museum Kettering

Craft activities 29th, 30th and 31st May and 1st June 2 sessions per day 10.15am and 11.45am. make a sun catcher, mini hot balloons, stanined class window and magic. Booking recommended £3 per child sessions last 1 hour.

Call the Museum on 01536 534219 or email  for more information.

Abington Park Museum Northampton

Nature Detectives Tuesday 29 May1.15-2.30pm and 2.45-4pm
Join us as we venture out into the park on a nature scavenger hunt. Then create your own sun catcher or book mark using some of the things you have found. £3 per child ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book.
Cineworld Movies for Juniors
Duck Duck Goose and A Wrinkle in Time 10.10am £3.20 per person.
Vue Mini Movies
Peter Rabbit and Nick Junior Big Screen Heroes 10am £2.49 per person
Lings Forum Cinema
Sherlock Gnomes all week 10.30am and 2pm £4.10 child and £4.90 adult discounts or free entry if a leisure centre member.
May 26th to June 3rd. May half term Dino. Meet giant T-Rex an the baby dinos. £17 per person if booked online, £8.50 for toddlers and free for children under 95cm.
Gullivers Land

Tabbalabba May half term 26th May to 3rd June.  What happens at Tabbalabba? 

  • Springtime Festivities 
  • The Big Bubble Show 
  • The Sock Puppet Parade 
  • The Gulliver's Cake-Off 

£17.95 per person online Free for children under 90cm.

Gullivers Land

Wicksteed Park

Wicksteed Park

See what animals you can spot and receive a certificate 29th May to 1st June.

30th May Family gardening workshop Drop in from 10am to 2pm. Decorate a plant pot and plant a sunflower to take home. Suggested donation of £3 per family.

You can enter Wicksteed for free to use the play area etc but charges apply to all rides and you must pay for parking.  Up to 2 hours £3 2-3 £4 and 3+ £6.  Rides £22 for 20 tokens and £37 for 40 tokens.  Wristbands also available.

Farms - We are lucky to have a great selection in Northamptonshire and I have been to the 3 main attractions and really like them all. West Lodge, Mini Meadows and Rookery Open Farm.  All 3 have indoor and outdoor attractions.

Country Parks - Brixworth, Sywell, and Irchester and the 3 nearest to us and great way to get some fresh air and exercise. Parking at most is £3 per day.

Stanwick Lakes - is one of my personal favourites.  Loads for kids to do, safe and fun. Parking is a bit more expensive that other places though. Parking £3.60 for 2 hours £4.60 for 3 hours and £5.60 for 3+

Rushden Lakes -Rushden Lakes is more than just shops, nature trail, boating lake, Rushden Rangers childrens activity pack for half term and splash zone.

Castle Ashby - Another personal favourite and great for a relatively peaceful stroll with the kids and see the famous meerkats. £7 adults, £1 per child and Free for under 5's.

Splash Park at The Embankment, Wellingborough

The Splash Park children's water play feature situated next to the River Nene at The Embankment, Wellingborough (NN8 1LD) and amazingly is completely free!

During half term open 12 noon to 6.30pm.

And lastly something a but different Mr Mulligans Crazy Gold in Milton Keynes £25 for family ticket Mr Mulligans

Have a fab week everyone 

Emma xxx

Remember to check times and dates before travelling to avoid disappointment.


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes isn't just about shopping. There's a nature trail with a woodland play area, splashzone and the lovely boardwalk. 

Whilst at Rushden Lakes why not hire a swan pedalo or canoe and get on the water?

Rushden Lakes

Rushden Lakes offers 5 hours free parking and there are several places to eat.  We love Wildwood but there is also M & S cafe, Bill's, Pizza Express, Bewiched, Costa, Jamaica Blue and Wagamama.  New food outlets Five Guys and Nando's are now open.  360 play is due to open very soon and is ideal for 4 to 12 years to run around with slides, race tracks and ball pits.  There is also a zone for under 4's. 

A cinema complex will be opening in the future too.

We sometimes tie it in with a visit to Stanwick Lakes or Irchester Country Park (have a look in my days out label for more information).

Rushden Lakes
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Stowe - National Trust

We recently visited Stowe and I was pleasantly surprised having not known much about it.

Stowe is a huge area with various striking monuments or building dotted throughout the landscape and part of the National Trust.  My daughter liked being in charge of the map and finding each monument we came across.  My favourite was the Grotto and my daughter loved The Temple of Ancient Virtue which we nicknamed the dome.  My son was just happy to run free and find the tree the National Trust staff member had recommended for climbing.

Stowe does not have an actual play area and this does sometimes put me off places as my 7 year old still loves these and it can be a bribe if he's fed up of walking but at Stowe it really didn't matter. 

We stayed for approximately 3 hours and didn't cover the whole of the grounds or house.  We will definitely be back.

Now for the important information -

Open 10am to 5pm
Adult £12.60 Child £6.30 Family ticket £31.50
Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ
Picnics in the grounds welcome
Dogs on leads allowed in all the gardens
Lots of events throughout the year so check out the website but examples are Easter Egg hunt,Toddler Tuesdays, Monthly dog walk.

Stowe - National Trust

Stowe National Trust
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