On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.
I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it being further away from the city centre.
The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved. There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.
The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.
Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary leather treatment where the back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.
I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.
The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).
The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.
Cheers for reading X
I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.
The other weekend we went out for a day to the seaside, which is supper exciting as we haven’t been to the coast for along time, so both my boys were super happy at the prospect.
We went to Dorset as it wasn’t the closest and it had sandy beach as my hubby does not like stoney beach, lol.
We went to a local coastal town called Lymington which was lovely quaint town. We popped into a lovely little tea room and had some delicious sandwiches.
Then we decided to have a stroll around the town and take it easy. We obviously we had to have ice-cream as it is the law when you away. We came to a real cool decorated ice-cream parlour, I just love the fun balloon lights.
Their ice-cream is one of the best we have ever had. My sons love bubblegum ice-cream natural but when they saw the bubble gum ice-cream cone that blew their tiny little minds.
It was lovely to just take our time and look around at the shops. We even got to see a gold letter box, which both my boys loved.
As you can see there was plenty of visual features to see. I am so easily distracted by quirky buildings and what not.
We then ventured on to a boat yard, and that smell takes me to so many happy memories of vising the sea side. There were seagulls and then general hustle and bustle of day to day life of fisherman and all that kind of thing.
The man in the above photo attracted my son’s attention as he was doing a bit of water-colouring.
We then travelled to a local beach (Avon) as you can’t beat a visit to the beach. Even though it looked overcast it was pleasantly warm.
My boys enjoyed jumping on the waves and building sandcastles. Luckily we didn’t visit during the heatwave period as it was fairly quite which I enjoy more as there is less noise and chaos about. (yeah I know anti-social but true).
Sadly, we only stopped for the day but it was a good day none the less and both boys returned home full of happy memories.
I love forests and they just beautiful scenic places to explore, especially with children. Let me tell you why…
Being around in a space just full of trees and walking around is magical. I find it so calming to see all the different trees that nature has produced.
Walking around is really good for the lungs, as it feels fresh and breathable.
Woodlands are a great place to escape form it all, it feels like you are in a different universe where other people are not around if that makes sense.
Taking kids to forest is brilliant in creating fun memories and what more they have a blast running freely around the trees.
They are free to explore, which makes it a fab way to get out and explore. You can take a picnic and even a natural sheet for a fun packed day out.
Walking is great for the soul where better than the tranquillity of woods.
Sometimes, you can find disregarded branches which is a suburb way to make dens and helps build teamwork if you do it with children. It is a great way of teaching children how to plan and listen to one another.
Woods often are found to have streams close by so it is easy to take advantage and have fun doing pooh sticks.
Of course you can go out in the rain with waterproofs and still have a brilliant time in the woods. You can find some cracking puddles and who doesn’t like playing with mud when they are little.
You can find all sorts of wildlife and going down to your woods a perfect opportunity to close to wildlife.
Finally, woods are suburb location to use for photography and capturing nature stunningly. It is also great location for fashion bloggers to use the natural setting to great a certain atmosphere within the photo.
What do you think about woods? What do you like to do in woods?
Last week my hubby decided to go to Sheffield as he had work to do and make a day out of it as well.
We decided to go to the famous Sheffield Winter Water Gardens. Which is basically a green house full of beautiful tropical plants.
Inside was also a free art gallery showcasing local art.
There was snooker on during this time in the gardens and my eldest had been watching it on TV. Therefore could indetify what was happening and really enjoyed watching them play and pocket the balls.
We also ventured outside which had several metal balls with water pouring over them.
I spotted a Scotsman playing the bagpipes fully dressed out to the tee. Which found refreshing change to the other types of music commonly played.
We also went further along outside to the peace gardens. It was a shame it was so bitterly cold thay day as there are wonderful water fountains that the children could of played in. It is really pretty against the council houses. Even though the peace gardens were located in the city centre it felt claiming against the hustle bustle of a city life in the background.
My eldest son took the two photos above. He wants to now take part in photoing. It is a great way to teach him responsibility with looking after our camera.
The boys loved chasing the pigeons.
Above my youngestson is getting so checky as he is getting older and certainly knows how to put on a pose.
I enjoyed taking snaps of the local artirecture. Check out this brightly coloured block against the industrial surrounds of Sheffield. It really does brighten up the area.
A famous block of flats in Sheffield.
We randomly came across a street in Sheffield full of brightly coloured housing on our way home.