Natural History museum at tring.

Another simple and affordable family day out idea which we have visited recently.

The Natural History Museum at Tring was once the private museum of Lionel Walter, 2nd Baron Rothschild; today it is under the control of the Natural History Museum, London. It houses one of the finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects in the United Kingdom, Stretched over several floors. Not as big as the museum in London however there are still plenty of different animals to see without having to take a visit to the city of London. It offers a few hours of entertainments for kids and the bonus is it is free to visit the museum which is located on Akeman Street, in Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 6AP. The museum has a free car park, a café and gift shop. If you wish you can combine it with a walk, coffee or lunch in tring or a visit to the local reserve.

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I personally don’t think tring is as good as the museum in London but it offers similar experience on a smaller scale without the hassle of going into London. I would say allow 1 to 2 hours depending on your own children attention span for the museum. They do provide free activity sheets and hold events though out the year – take a look at their website for more info. However the boys did really enjoy it for a few hours.

I personally would suggest going later in the day. The museum can get really busy first thing, especially on a rainy day making it hard to move around the museum and see anything. If possible leave buggies in the car as there is not much space to move around the museum at the best of times, due to tight space around displays.

Opening times: Mon- sat :10.00-17.00. Sunday :14.00 – 17.00

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Kite flying at Dunstable downs.

     If you are looking for another simple and affordable day out (a very nearly free day out – apart from the parking/fuel cost) I can personally recommend Dunstable downs (based on one of our family visit recently) it is somewhere different to go as a family, isn’t going to cost you the earth, if you are looking for an outdoor walk with children.

Dunstable downs sits at the highest point of Bedfordshire near whipsnade zoo, Is an extensive chalk grassland within the Chiltern’s area of outstanding natural beauty.  Offering a wind – swept ridge which provides ideal conditions nearly all year round for kite flying or a variety of air sports.  You can have a go at kite flying or just watch others have ago. take a walk along one of the footpaths which include circular walks, stand on top of the downs for a great view with a picnic or have a coffee from the café. The site is owned by the National trust, however you do not need to be a member as free for all to visit.IMG_20190309_151604.jpg

  • Non NT members £3.50 FLAT RATE parking allows you to park all day. (free for NT members – just remember your cards).
  • Kite flying  is all year around –  have a go or just watch (shop sells a great selection if you need one or forget one to take). I have yet to go when no one is flying a kite – There is always some to watch!
  •  The area is Dog friendly (even the café has a section for you to sit with your dog).
  • The national trust provide a Good informative website if you need anymore questions answered.
  • NT café and gift shop within the Chiltern’s gateway centre.
  • Cycling routes are available if you fancy taking your bikes.IMG_20190309_145117.jpgIMG_20190309_145113.jpg

Address: whipsnade rd. Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Shrinkables.

A while back we were gifted a pack of Shrinkables pirate set from a friend, We finally got around to doing them the other day.

I thought they were worth mentioning on here as I think they are worth a share. This review is just my own personal opinion as others might be interested to know about them and want to consider doing them with their children.

If your child enjoys colouring, it’s a slightly different Art activity that keeps them amused for a while and may be worth a try. It is really a very simple activity, with very little mess creating different results to just colouring!IMG_20190308_115717

If you fancy reading further check out the link Shrinkables.

or find it in the project section.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Junk model treehouse

IMG_20190304_085034IMG_20190304_085045Hi hope this finds you all well !

So spring showed its face early last week and teased us… !then disappeared leaving us all feeling cold again.

However we have kept ourselves busy with our latest junk model project which was inspired – by ‘The Tree house’ book series. So at long last I have a new project to add to the ‘project section’  The boys wanted to design and make a treehouse they could play with, for there playmobil characters. We got creative thinking and made out of two old milk bottle (4 pints), scraped card/paper, string, a box (for the base), an old kitchen roll centre and two yoghurt pots.

It didn’t cost much, creating a different toy to play with.

Though a slight challenge at times but problems were overcome by creative thinking and team work! Slightly impressed that we actually were able to turned milk bottles into a treehouse that in my personal opinion looks worthy of playing with.  If you fancy more check out the link below or go via the project section.

IMG_20190304_085029Junk model treehouse.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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