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So half term was a week ago, seems like forever!

Unfortunately for us it was not all good, there was illness amongst other bad stuff. So to help me, I thought I would write about a particularly lovely day we had!

We had planned from the beginning that the Thursday of Half Term was going to be family day, we love spending time with other family and friends, but we wanted one day where it was just the four of us! Typically we woke up, opened the curtains and it was absolutely chucking it down! Hmmmm, do we really want to go out in the rain, seaside is out, Zoo – probably not as most the animals hide away, what to do, what to do?

So I jumped on the internet and checked around, we found Stonebridge Farm, even better it is free to get in, hmm it is still raining outside though……oh well! C’mon kids, wellies on, waterproof on – we are off out! So we jumped in the car and headed off, we didn’t tell Legs and Mouse where we were going, we did however give them ‘maybe its the mushroom factory’ and ‘maybe its the boring centre’ along the way!

Now Stonebridge Farm is a small City farm, yep it is right in the middle of the city, when we pulled onto the estate we weren’t sure we had the right place – there were houses and industrial office type building all over, but it was! It is small and we were only there for 40 minutes but the kids loved it! We bought some animal feed and visited the Ducks, Chickens, Goats, Pigs and more.  Legs was laughing his head off at a goat ‘tickling’ his hand with it’s tongue whilst trying to get some food!

After this we headed down the road to Greens Windmill, again in the city and again Free to get in – Yay! There is a small science centre attached where you can play with magnets, conduct power from yourself (the kids are far more powerful than me, must be my age!) or look in funny mirrors! Then you can actually go into the windmill, it is a working windmill so you can see the real parts, the grain, the flour – everything, it is fascinating for the kids as they don’t see things like that all the time! Legs was telling us all about how it works (he has been with School before) and Mouse loved exploring!

We topped the day off with a naughty lunch at a particular Yellow logo’d fast food restaurant, not somewhere the kids get to go a lot but boy, do they love it?! It was a fantastic day, the kids had smiles through it all! Brilliant!

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Yes, I know that title makes me a complete Geek but I don’t mind. I am considered by many people I know to be a bit geeky anyway, I love twitter, my laptop is like my third arm and get a little excited by itechnology, the Chuck TV Series, cameras and Star Wars!!

So, how did we spend our bank holiday, we went to the National Space Centre in Leicester for Star Wars day of course! Oh my word, how excited were we, we didn’t tell the kids where we were going, or what we were doing but did tell Legs he may want to wear his Anakin Skywalker outfit, the Mouse on the other hand picked her Pink Fairy tutu – well you can’t argue with that!!

We arrived nice and early and waited for the other half of our party to arrive! The queue got pretty massive, pretty quick – we were so glad we pre-booked, it makes you feel like something special walking past the queue! So after a chat with a Clone Trooper we got in and the fun really started!

I have never seen the eyes of my hubby and brother in law light up this equally at exactly the same time, but I guess thats what Princess Leia and a load of troopers do!

You enter the building and straight away you are met with sights from space, and the extra special part of this day were you were also met by various characters from Star Wars. There was a real buzz about the day and the fact it was for charity too made it even better!

We had an awesome day, the kids absolutely loved it, ‘Legs’ and his Cousin ‘Samwidge’ were in their element, they loved the characters, the 360˚ Cinema, seeing the rockets and more. The excitement just built throughout the day! Even the ‘Mouse’ had a whale of a time, whilst the rest of them went to the cinema showing, me and the mouse had a wander about, well she wouldn’t of been able to sit still that long (ok, real reason is, it would of made me really sick – I am a bit rubbish!), I let her go and followed her around as she took me to the Lunar Jim play room (for under 5s), to the moon and to re-visit the Star Wars sights! It was a great family day out, and we will definitely go back!

What an awesome day I met Darth Vader, saw R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) and even got to meet an Oompa Loompa (Rusty Goofe) – my day was complete!!

This is not a sponsored post, we just had such a great time I wanted to share!

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