Saturday, 18 November 2017

Winter Wonderland 2017 at Manchester Event City

We are so so excited! It's the first year that we will be going to Winter Wonderland in EventCity, Manchester, and we have heard a lot of good things about it! Just looking at the pictures from last year on their website makes me want to be there now!

There will be over 70 family rides and attractions indoor, so you won't have to worry about bad chilly weather outside. There are also shows on stage, Christmas Circus, Santa's Grotto with real reindeers, as well as fairies and elves we can take selfies with. Then there are food, drinks and prize stalls too, it couldn't be more festive than that!

If you are interested to find out more, read on for further details.

What: Winter Wonderland Indoor Christmas Attraction
When: Saturday 9th December 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018
Where: EventCity, Manchester (M17 8AS on Sat Nav)
Parking: Free (3000 free parking at the EventCity)
Security: Bag and Body checks, additional security guards etc (see the website's FAQ page for more details. Arriving earlier to go through security is recommended)
Cloak Room: £1 per item

Ticket Price - Online pre-booking:

  • £20.50 per person
  • £70 for a family of 4 (2 adults 2 children, or 1 adult 3 children)
  • £15 for OAP
  • Children under 3 years old go free

Note: There is a £1.50 online booking fee per person

Ticket Price at the door:

  • £22 per person
  • £76 per family of 4  (2 adults 2 children, or 1 adult 3 children)
  • £17 per OAP
  • Children under 3 years old go free

Note: There is no additional fees

Each session last for 4 hours and has a set maximum number of visitors to avoid overcrowding and long queues

What's included in the ticket price (see last year's pictures here):

  • Fun fair rides
  • Santa Meet & Greet (available until 24th December 2017, queues closes 30 minutes before the end of each session): There is an option to add a "Gift from Santa" should you wish from the Santa Workshop for £3.50 per gift (payable in cash) before entering the grotto
  • Pip Ahoy! (sand pit for children to play on)
  • Shows:
          - Rainbow Live with Zippy & George (comedy act)
          - Christmas Circus (includes workshop on site to try your own circus skills)
          - The Ice Princesses
          - Jedi Knight Training
          - The New Daisy & Ollie Show (Cartoonito channel)
          - Christmas Melt-Down (dancing fun on the main stage with the crazy DJ)

Payable Stalls and Attractions:
Food, drinks and prize stalls (cash) including a German bar, hot drinks and food, and sweets

There is also a mini make-over stand and personalised gifts stand

Winter Wonderland Manchester sounds amazing and we can't wait to go! If you want to stay up to date, do follow them on Facebook and Twitter, they are currently giving away a family ticket!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Perfect Breakfast with Ready Brek and Despicable Me 3

We have always been fans of porridge, especially the super smooth, easy to eat and easy to make Ready Brek as it makes a quick, delicious and warming breakfast, especially during the colder mornings.

I also love to use the original Ready Brek to make healthy yet really delicious banana and chocolate muffins (just Ready Brek original oats, mashed banana, cocoa powder, walnut chunks and honey! I can do with some right now), as it makes a much smoother mixture.

Although those muffins are scrumptious, the kids still prefer to eat Ready Brek the original porridge way, and flavour them with either a spoonful of golden syrup or strawberry jam.

Ready Brek oat porridge Despicable Me 3 promotion pack, Despicable Me 3 DVD and Despicable Me 3 Mineez Fizz n Surprise

Picture of the kids Ready Brek porridge breakfast, one with golden syrup and the other with a dollop of jam, and the box of Despicable Me 3 DVD
The kids love Ready Brek with a spoonful of golden syrup or strawberry jam
Ready Brek has kindly sent us a lovely Despicable Me 3 themed package to promote their new giveaway where you can win Despicable Me 3 prizes including night-vision goggles and remote control drones (last until 14th January 2018. Read package for more details)!

When I announced last Sunday morning that it was Ready Brek porridge for breakfast and they can watch Despicable Me 3 DVD at the same time, the kids were super excited! What I didn't tell them until after is that I also have a Despicable Me 3 surprise for them to play with!

They absolutely enjoyed their yummy breakfast while watching one of their favourite show.

The kids watching the Mineez fixx bomb dissolve in a sink of water

stages of the Mineez fixx bomb dissolving and revealing a mini submarine toy with 2 squishy Minions inside

The kids holding a Mineez Minion each, and the back of the pack for comparison to show which Minion they've received

The kids were really excited when I showed them the Despicable Me 3 Mineez Fizz 'n' Surprise Submarine! They couldn't wait to see which Minions they received from the fizz bomb. They are a fan of bath bombs and was a tad disappointed when I told them that it's not suitable for bath haha! They eagerly drop the Mineez into the sink full of cold water and watched the Mineez fizz with amusement.

The Mineez Fizz 'n' Surprise revealed a super adorable mini sub (that Clay took to bed that night. And then into our bed with him!) and 2 squishy Minions. According to the back of the packaging, we received Miss Minion and Snorkling Minion, and it seems like Miss Minion is a rare one? Anyway they both loved them, and love watching them turn green under the icy cold water!

The kids had a really fun morning with Ready Brek and Despicable Me3! You can buy the new promotion packs, Despicable Me3 DVD and Mineez Fizz 'n' Surprise Submarine now and hold your own fun breakfast morning too.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

John Adams IDEAL Games - Dinkee Linkee

Dinkee Linkee for Kids is our second game we tried out from the IDEAL games pack we've received from John Adams' Toys, and to our surprise, it made us go really silly and we have been laughing throughout our game! Read on to find out how fun Dinkee can be for children and adults alike!

Dinkee, Linkee for Kids (RRP £19.99, suitable for 8 years +) is  a kids version of John Adams' IDEAL Games Linkee game. It can be played by 3 to 30 kids, and comes with:

200 Dinkee Cards, each has 4 questions, 1 clue and the Dinkee answer
5 Trading Rules Reminder Cards
4 Pencils
4 Note Pads
1 Rules Sheet

The game is very simple, 1 player or team picks a card and read the questions one after another to the other players/ teams, who will write down their answers on the note pads. After the 4 questions are answered (or even before), they will have to find the connection between the 4 answers.

The first player/ team who answered it correctly can keep the card, which when flipped over will reveal a letter. The first player/ team who has collected all the letters to spell "Dinkee" wins the game.

Each player/ team can trade their extra letters in as well for the card they need, or to jeopardise other players/ teams!

The first thing I noticed when I unboxed Dinkee was the names on the pencil. I immediately thought: "Dinkee! They are all artists!" I hope I'm right anyway.

There are 200 Dinkee cards, and the random ones I picked out sounds quite fun to answer with the kids, I just didn't realise we would be laughing so much!

Although there were 3 of us, which is the minimum number of players needed to play the game, Clay is still a bit young for the game and some questions could be quite hard for him to understand. But to get him involved, me and Abby tried our hardest to either change the question to something easier, or give him enough hints so that he can have some fun as well. After all it's not really about winning the game but to have fun together.

So for example, there was a question about cricket and the answer was "bat", but since I wasn't sure how much they know about cricket, I changed the question to something easier and asked them "What is Batman's pet animal?"

Abby tried her hardest to help him as well. One of her question was "What's at the bottom of your leg?" And because Clay couldn't think of the answer "foot", she did this:

and said:"Look! The part at the bottom of your leg that touches the floor and has toes on it!" I'm sure Clay got it straight after she was swinging her foot around, but he just couldn't stop laughing to answer!

We were laughing at Abby as well as she kept shouting "Dinkee" way too early and got kicked out from a few rounds for giving the wrong answer!

I think the game is great and has a good amount of competitiveness for kids above 8 to play together, but it can be hilarious when you play with younger siblings too! Then of course, playing as a family we parents are happy to step back a little to give the little ones a chance.

So far we've enjoyed the questions asked on the cards, and I've been wondering since what the original Linkee questions is like that are made for adults to answer? I'll have to find out as I've heard it's quite a good game too!

A great game to play during Christmas, Dinkee Linkee for Kids is available now in all good toy stores. You can also check IDEAL Games Facebook page for more reviews and there are prizes to be won too!