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For the first time in a long time I have had the whole of Half Term off work. I have had lots of fun with the kids, we have crafted, watched films, been out and about and generally enjoyed time together!

For this weeks Photo of the Week I struggled to pick one photo, I have had so much fun that I wanted to show case all we have done in the week, so here I have one photo made up of more than one photo!

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I am linking up with Team Lloyd’s Photo of the Week, head over there to look at more fab photos!

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Tots100 has teamed up with Moneysupermarket.com to find Britain’s Best Days Out, as part of this we were really lucky to be sent a family ticket for Dudley Zoo, the only thing we had to do was decide when to go!

After the excitement of Christmas and the welcoming in of the New year, we thought it would be nice if we waited a couple of weeks back into the school term and went over to Dudley on a Chilly January Saturday, thinking it would be a fab treat for the month that is usually associated with feeling down after the festive fun, especially after heading back to work!

We also thought that if we could enjoy a day there in the cold (and I am talking really really cold) then we could enjoy it anytime!

It took us a little over an hour to get there and directing ourselves to it was easy, we were a little surprised to find it located in what appeared to be the middle of the town, but it was so easy to find and there was a car park too (£3.50 per car for the day).

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We donned our hats, gloves and grabbed the picnic and headed in! The Zoo was bigger than we first thought and there certainly was a lot to see! Even though it really was cold we got to see most of the animals, a few wanted to stay inside but that was fine because they had houses we could visit! The Flamingos weren’t playing and neither were the penguins (can’t understand why, they are from the cold aren’t they?).

There is a wide range of animals at the Zoo, ranging from the giraffes to the Meer cats, and the Snakes to a Raven (poor thing had a sad back ground but is being cared for by the Zoo).  There is so much to see and learn, you don’t even realise it is educational through the fun you are having!

The staff we met were so friendly and seemed to be enjoying their jobs too!  We took our picnic with us this time and there are plenty of lovely places to eat it! We did have warm drinks from the cafe, which was nice and clean and had a lot on offer in the way of food! We saw a Birthday Party enjoying their lunch all face painted up – lots of smiles and fun was being had by all!

There is a castle in the middle of the Zoo, and it is fab! It is really quite big and nothing like what you would expect to see on a trip to the zoo, it is awesome; the kids loved running around and exploring it, we went up the tower too and you could see right out over Dudley! Knight Leggies and Princess Mouse claimed the castle as there own and they were fighting the Mummy and Daddy Dragon with full energy! There is a tavern and a courtyard, I can see us spending a lot of time around that area on a summer visit!

So what did we think? Well we explored, we ran, we watched, we talked to the animals, we laughed, we shivered, we learnt stuff, we said we would visit again (a lot) and most of all we had so much fun!

Definitely a top day out! There is so much on offer that I think the best way to showcase it all is with this slideshow – An Alphabet Review of Dudley Zoo!

Thank you so much to Moneysupermarket.com for this day out, it really made our January more interesting! We will definitely visit Dudley Zoo again (will try summer next time!).  If you fancy a day out visit MoneySupermarket vouchers – you might find a great offer!

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On Saturday we got up (early for a weekend), got dressed and headed for the coast. But today was not a trip to the actual beach but to Butlins Skegness!

Until I became a Butlins Ambassador and browsed the website in awe, I never knew you could visit for the day, but as soon as I saw you could I knew it would be perfect for a day trip to celebrate my little boys first three days at school!

So off we set, the sun was shining, the music on and it felt like we were heading off on holiday, even though we were only going of the day!

We arrived at Butlins at about 11.00 and headed straight for the Skyline Pavilion where Barney and Friends were putting on a show, we grabbed a drink and sat down to have a look at what was on offer whilst the kids watched – they loved it and when we suggested having a walk to see what was about they said no they wanted to finish watching the show!

Once Barney had done his bit we had a look around and had fun finding where everything was! The children were a little disappointed that we found a fairground but they were too small to go on the rides, but this was soon solved with a fish and chips lunch (the kids meals were fab by the way) and another stop off at the pavilion to watch Mike the Knight!

The kids were then over the moon to find Bob the builders world with rides they could go on. The rides were perfect for their size and the staff were very friendly, the kids did not want to leave the area and had to be bribed with the next adventure!

We then headed to Splash Waterworld for a spot of swimming, when I say a ‘spot’ I mean a near 2 hours, it was so much fun that we stayed in there longer than planned! Daddy headed for the flumes whilst Legs, Mouse and I had a little swim in the toddler pool, then we went around the rapids, in a cave, down a slide, in a wave pool, through the bubbles, visited a beach complete with crocodile and turtle, and nearly got shot with a cannon or two!

So, we finished off the day with a few more rides, eating ice cream, exploring and planning what we would do next time we came! The only downside was there was so much to see and do that a day wasn’t really long enough so we will definitely be going again!

 

Disclaimer: I have not been given anything to write this post, we paid for our own day trip and just wanted to share what fun we had!

 

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