Last week we visited Sea Life Manchester – where the girls had loads of fun meeting the Octonauts, stroking snakes and starfish, and (kind of) high-fiving a turtle. We were kindly given entry to Sea Life to review the attraction, and it was a lovely way to spend a few hours as a family.
Exploring the aquarium
There are lots of different zones within the aquarium, starting with Turtle beach. Here you find out about the life of a sea turtle through an interactive presentation, and it’s cute seeing the baby turtles projected onto the sand. Next you get to see some of the most unusual looking fish and sea creatures in the rocky hideout, find out more about sharks and seahorses and explore the coral reefs. Of course the “Nemos” were Clara’s favourites, and she enjoyed ducking through the tunnel to watch them. There are a few tunnels dotted around the aquarium so children can really get up close to the fish.
On Monday we went to see In The Night Garden Live, which brings all your children’s favourite characters from the CBeebies show to the stage.
We were kindly given tickets for the four of us in return for an honest review. As the nearest venue to us is Manchester, we decided to stay over night and spend some time at the Intu Trafford Centre, which is where the purpose-built inflatable In the Night Garden showdome is.
*Competition now closed – Congratulations to winner Rachel Colman*
Mikey the Monkey, Gina the Giraffe and the rest of the band head to Rio in the latest story in the Jungle Jam series – and you could win your very own copy in our giveaway!
Last year we reviewed the first Jungle Jam book – which you can read all about here – and the girls loved it. So when we were asked if we would like to review the second instalment, of course I said yes.
Starting a family is one of the stages in your life when home becomes more important than ever. You want a happy, stable home that will suit your family lifestyle, and you might be thinking about moving to find it. Moving home when you are expanding your family is about much more than just needing extra space – although that is a big factor. You might be considering moving closer to a good school, or you might just feel like your current home isn’t really designed for life with a young family.
We are moving house in a few days and the main reason is that we have simply outgrown our current home. With two young children, we would like more space and a bigger garden for them to play out in. We had a list of criteria of things we wanted from our perfect home, and all centred on finding somewhere that is more suitable for our family life.
Throughout May, Hallmark are celebrating Star Wars month and they sent us some of their Star Wars gifts and cards so we could join in the celebrations – including their new range of Itty Bittys.
Both my daughters love Star Wars. Izzy has watched all the films and went through a phase of wanting to be a Stormtrooper when she grows up, and Clara mainly just likes hitting people with a lightsaber bubble wand. So they were both over the moon to get their hands on the latest Star Wars Itty Bittys and you can see what they thought over on our YouTube channel!