Days out with children in and around South Yorkshire

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The school summer holidays are fast approaching and now is the time to start planning for those 6 long weeks in order to keep your little ones entertained. Here are my top 5 places to take children if you live in or around South Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

This is by far one of the best wildlife parks I’ve been to (and I’ve been to ALOT). It is constantly being updated and new animals are added regularly. They have recently installed a Polar Bear enclosure which is amazing and one of the only enclosures in the UK which is pretty impressive. They have lots to do and see including Lions, Tigers and Monkeys and there are plenty of food outlets and picnic areas for lunch. Definitely a must see attraction.

Clifton Park

This park situated in Rotherham is an absolute gem in the school holidays, especially if the weather is nice! The park is free to enter with only a small hourly parking charge and hosts a play ground, water park and fair. The rides and waterpark are open daily during the holidays. It also has really nice grounds which you can walk round or let the little ones ride their bikes/scooters. It also has a small café and large grounds for picnics. I advise you get their early-ish in the morning as I imagine it will be fairly busy during the holidays.

Magna Centre

This is a good one for slightly older children and a perfect idea if the weather is rubbish as a lot of it is indoors. Magna is a science centre with over 100 exhibits based on Fire, Water, Air and Earth. It’s a great day out and it also provides a learning experience for your children. I do feel it is slightly pricey to get in especially if you have a few children going, but if it is something you are interested in doing and book your tickets online here you can save yourself 10%

Hollywood bowl

Bowling is great fun for all the family and again, is a perfect idea for when the weather isn’t great (Let’s face it, this summer hasn’t exactly excelled itself has it!?) Hollywood bowl is a large bowling ally based within Valley Centertainment in Sheffield so there are plenty of places to eat if you wanted to make a day of it. It does get really really busy though, especially in the school holidays so booking is advisable. Hollywood bowl is offering it’s customers a family bowling deal for £19.39 (based on 2 adults and 2 children bowling) during the summer holidays which is very reasonable.

Graves Park

This is a park I go to on a weekly basis as it’s very close to where I live and I can’t recommend it enough! The park is situated amongst large grounds which is suitable for bikes and scooters etc and it even has it’s own farm which you can look round and even feed some of the animals! It has a really good playground and sandpit and has a nice café which does reasonably priced food and drink. You can also bring a picnic if you wish. The park and farm is completely free to get into and the hourly parking charge is only 50p! A complete winner if you want to have fun with your children and you’re on a tight budget!

I hope I have given you some good ideas for days out with your children during the holidays if you live near South Yorkshire! What other days out have you got planned with your family? I’d love to hear from you!

XOXOXO

 

 

Me and Mine (June 2016)

 

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Whoops! Where did June go!? Somewhere amongst the birthdays, the milestones, the holiday and the torrential rain we’ve had I completely forgot to post this on the last day of June. Oh well! A day late is better than not at all right?

My photos for the Me and Mine project come from Sunny Cornwall. As most of my pictures from this month have. What can I say!? They were great pictures and we had a great time! Anyway.

As you know, my daughter turned 3 on the 17th June, something I still can’t get my head around! How do we have a three year old? I really feel like we are on borrowed time now before she starts school next September so before I start blubbing into my brew, I’ll swiftly move on.

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June has probably been our most busiest month together. We had father’s day and our holiday together plus K’s birthday and birthday party took up two weekends and just general day to day life. It never slows down does it?

As months go, it’s been a pretty great one but I can’t wait to see the back of it to be honest. The weather has been the worst yet!! What is with this bloody rain!? Seriously, Mother Nature – Have a word.

Here’s hoping that July will bring us some much needed sunshine and brighter days!

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THIS MONTH…

I AM LOVING

Love Island

Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 book

Reading me before you

DADDY IS LOVING

Football stickers

Watching Euro ’16

Celebrating Father’s Day

K IS LOVING

Riding her bike

Playing hungry hippos

Ballet lessons

D IS LOVING

Eating solid food

Shouting DA-DA

Playing peek-a-boo

Want to see what I get up to on a daily basis? Then head over to Instagram where you can find me at familylifeandme!

Check out my other Me and Mine posts for January , February , March , April and May

XOXOXO

The Me and Mine Project

Siblings (June 2016)

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June, as I’ve probably already mentioned, has been such a great month for us. It has given us lots of opportunities to spend time as a family and even more time for my little ones to bond (if that’s even possible!?) They were so great together on holiday and I felt like they have both come back acting that little bit older. They still absolutely adore one another and K is still utterly besotted with her baby brother. Everytime a person paid attention to D on holiday, K was still very quick to go up to that person and remind them that is was HER baby brother. I’m still waiting for the novelty of him to wear off on her but it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Not that I’m complaining at all. There is something so beautiful about watching your kids together. The way K plays with D and the way they laugh together literally makes me the happiest person alive. There’s not much else to comment on their relationship this month as it’s still as strong as ever so for now, I will leave you with pictures to sum up my babies lives together this month. My daughter, my son – My strong bonded siblings.

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XOXOXO

D – You are 9 months old

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My gorgeous little man, you are 9 months old. What a productive month we’ve had! There seems to have been a dramatic change in your abilities this last month, the main change being that you are tolerating solid food! Hurrah! I thought this time would never come. A lot of my worries have lifted now. You aren’t eating loads yet but you are definitely getting there.

We’ve just come back from our holiday in Cornwall and I feel like this has made you seem more grown up. You had such a good time at the beach and have been such a little happy chappy all week.

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You are sitting completely unaided now and we are trying to encourage you to crawl but every time you are on your belly you just roll back over on to your back. I’m sure like everything, you will do it when your ready.

Your two bottom teeth have finally broken through!! All the pain and sleepless nights you went through and now you have something to show for it! I do feel like these little teeth have helped you to eat better too.

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You had a hearing test a couple of weeks ago (routine due to your suspected meningitis as a newborn) I was a bit disappointed as I thought you would pass it with flying colours but you didn’t. There seems to be a small blockage in your inner ears so they will recheck them in August to see if the blockage has cleared. It doesn’t appear to affect your day to day hearing though so for now, we won’t worry about it.

Last month I mentioned that you were saying “DA-DA” a lot and this month I am so pleased that you are now saying “MA-MA” too, although you still prefer to say “DA-DA” 😉

You are enjoying lots of things this month. Playing with stacking rings and wooden blocks are a favourite but you have recently learnt to play peek-a-boo which never gets boring for you either. You are such a joy to be around. You light up a room the minute you are in it and you make everyone’s day! We love you, you beautiful little soul.

Until next month…

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XOXOXO

K – You are 3 years old

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My darling baby girl. You are not a baby anymore, you’re not even a toddler. You are 3 years old today and that officially makes you a fully fledged little girl.  I have mixed feelings about this. In one respect I am heartbroken that you have grown up so quick from the newborn baby I gave birth to 3 years ago and in many ways I am so fiercely proud of the amazing little girl that you have become.  You truly are a blessing. I started this blog only 6 months ago so I write about your brothers milestones on a monthly basis as his development is more obvious with being a baby than yours does now but don’t you ever feel like I haven’t documented your milestones sweetheart. Before I had this blog I used good old pen and paper to write you letters to tell you what you were like at that age. I will show you them when you are older.

The last year has seen you go from a toddler to a confident, chatty (and boy, do you talk!!!) kind little girl. Everyday you amaze me with the stuff you do. You are wise beyond your years! When you hit 2 years old you were a lovely little toddler and I braced myself for that to change as the “terrible twos” hit, but I waited and waited and thankfully they never came. You skipped the tantrum stage and thankfully never threw yourself on the floor in the supermarket (phew!). As the months have grown on and you become closer to 3 years old you have developed a small amount of “threenager” in you. It’s only minor and most days our time goes by without a hitch. There is the odd day though when you do definitely get up on the wrong side of the bed and it’s like living with Kevin when you are all huffy and stampy footed. It doesn’t happen that often though and I do find it rather amusing (although you will never know that!)

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It never fails to amaze me on how well you just get on with life and never moan. You take every experience in your stride. When your brother was poorly as a newborn and we had to leave you with your grandparents for a few days at a time you never moaned. You could have done, and you would have been well within your rights too but you were so grown up about it and knew why we had to be away from you. You never made our life difficult and didn’t make me feel anymore guilty than I already did. For that, I will always be thankful to you for and I am so so proud of you for it. You were an absolute superstar.

9 months ago you were told that you would have to wear glasses permanently throughout your childhood and Daddy and I worried that you weren’t going to wear them but again you shocked us with your maturity and wore them without so much as a fuss. Nothing fazes you my darling you just take what life throws at you and you just get on with it. It’s something I could do with learning from you!

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Your life was turned upside down when your brother came into the world and it wasn’t just you, me and Daddy anymore. You adapted to life as a foursome really quickly and adore your little brother so much. You are such a fantastic big sister and you really do look after him and protect him.

You thrive on a routine which is something that you have done since a baby and it really works for you. Although you do have some little quirks! Everything has to be in order for you and just as you left them. You struggle to sleep at night if everything you own is not in it’s right place and everything has to be lined up neat and tidy! You have a tatty old comforter called “Rabbit” which you sleep with every night. It really is a rotten old thing that stinks but you’ve had it since you were 3 months old and you can not bare to get rid of it.  You still have a nap in the afternoon (usually around 2hrs) but I am considering stopping them as you are struggling to settle at bedtime.

You have different interests almost every week it’s quite hard to keep up with but at the moment you are really enjoy being outside at the park and on your scooter and scuttle bug. Daddy and I bought you a bike for your birthday so hopefully you will love this and we can make some great memories on it. Your favourite band is Little Mix and you enjoy singing along to their songs in the car. You also like to watch TV and your favourite programmes are Paw Patrol, Blaze and the monster machines and Peppa Pig.

You love to dance so we enrolled you in a dance class at our local dance school. You started off doing “Little bear feet” which was a general dance class but you quickly decided that you wanted to do Ballet so you now do Ballet lessons on a Saturday morning and you love it!

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You attend nursery (or school as you call it) once a week which you really enjoy. You love socialising and making friends so in September you will be going for a few hours every day to help you adapt when it’s time for you to start school.

You are so intelligent daring, it’s actually quite scary. You are a quick learner and I get so many comments from people telling me how intelligent you are! You are my bright little girl and I expect you will go far in your life.

I can’t believe how fast these last 3 years have gone! I know that time won’t slow down either. I hope you enjoy the life you have darling as Mummy and Daddy work hard to make sure that you experience as much as possible and have as much fun as you can along the way. It’s been a great year, lets hope the next year is just as good. Keep safe my darling girl, we love you so much.

Happy Birthday!

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XOXOXO