All Things Wild Nature Centre

This place is incredible, I’m afraid I won’t do it justice. I’ll give it a go…

We had a fantastic day but certainly didn’t see all the Nature Centre had to offer. If we lived close enough we would definitely consider buying an annual pass.

The All Things Wild Nature Centre is situated in the village of Honeybourne which is in Worcestershire.

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When we arrived our little munchkins spotted the small
indoor soft play area. It was such a beautiful day I couldn’t believe we were stuck inside. I finally enticed them out and we were able to explore. This nature centre is BIG and when I say big I mean massive. Maybe I just think that because we live in a city so space is limited?! It has been designed really well, and is very asthetically pleasing, with some lovely features. imageWe loved being explorers playing in the green off roader and pretending to go up in the helicopter.imageAnd some more archaeological fun digging for dinosaur bones.
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Have you ever done a bearfoot walk?

This is our second official bearfoot walk expreience and the children probably spent an hour going round it many times. For those of you who haven’t a clue what I am rambling on aboout, basically a bearfoot walk is just that. You take off all footwear and walk bearfoot and experience different textures under your feet. The pictures explain it better than I ever could. I joined in with the experience but pebbles…not so fun! If you have the national trust booklet – 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4  …. A bearfoot walk is in it!

This was one of Munashe’s favorite moments of our day. He spotted a parrot in one of the enclosures and began talking to it. Munashe was extremely suprised when it said ‘Hello’!

Zori loves going on trains. This land train was enjoyed and it has a bit of Jurassic Park about it.

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There were massive life sized models of about 20 different dinosaurs. These can also be experienced by stepping thorough time on the ‘Dino Walk’

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So looking at my pictures it totally looks like this place has nothing to do with real alive animals…well it does. There are meerkats, tortoises, armadillos, monkeys, rabbits, deer, snakes, ostrich, the list could keep going……. trust me! Though we totally didn’t get round all the centre so more trips here are definitely needed!

And there’s other stuff. Go Karts, an indoor beach, pond dipping, craft room, reptile room, bug land. I think you can see why we didn’t even see it all.

Where do you enjoy to visit that you could go to 100 times and still love it?

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Science Garden at the Thinktank

imageWe’ve only been to the Science Garden at the Think Tank A couple of times. We love it and are certainly planning on some return visits. The Thinktank is situated at Millennium Point in Birmingham. I love museums that are interactive and hands on. The science garden is certainly that and the children were totally engaged with it. It’s full of lots of learning activities (I’m guessing about 20). You could easily spend a couple of hours playing here. I especially loved this one where you pull, push, twist and move the balls around this crazy contraption. Part of it reminds me of a giant version of the game downfall.

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Munashe absolutely loved the duck race, the super helpful staff had many races with him! Thank you!

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We found balancing the balls on the water jets heaps of fun and a good challenge. You’ve got to love a bit of water play. On another thought, a change of clothes for your little ones may come in handy! Especially if they can’t resist a good splash!

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What’s would you prefer on your car square wheels or round wheels?

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There is even a giant hamster wheel which takes a good bit of energy to get moving. It’s tough being a hamster!!

We made a bridge from a load of blocks that weren’t stuck together, it held all of our weight. Good spot of engineering! Although I was kind of thankful it didn’t go over the real water.

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So so on more practical matters, you can enter the science garden after paying to enter the Thinktank museum or wait till 3pm (weekdays) and go for absolutely free 🙂 Well worth a visit to engage those youngens in some fun scientific play!

Which are your favorite hands on museums that you would recommend?

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Making Bird Feeders

It’s coming to the time of year when the birds in our gardens will be looking for extra food to munch on, these bird feeders will be a real treat and look cute too.

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Zori used her fine motor skills threading blueberries and cheerios onto a pipe cleaner. You can really see her concentrating in this picture 🙂

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We hung these up in the garden, Zori was really proud of her creation. It’s best to hang up any new bird feeder creation in the same area where your usual bird food is, this way you can ensure the birds will enjoy your tasty treat.

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Coventry Transport Museum

This year Coventry Transport Museum had a 9.5 million pound face lift! So we thought we’d make a day of it. It was a real treat to go on a day when enthusiasts had all brought their dinky cars (not sure of their official name) for a bit of a show and tell.

Coventry Transport Museum has this fantastic massive space out front, great for a parade of beautiful cars.

Munashe and Zori chose their favourites 🙂

Before you go to the museum do be aware, it’s rather big! Being home to a vast quantity of vehicles it’s kind of got to be. It’s probably best to allow at least 2-3 hours to go around. This museum is a perfect day out for a vehicle enthusiast. And it’s free, which is awesome! One of Munashe’s first words was car (pronounced ‘dar’). Instead of going to sleep cuddling a teddy bear he would be clutching two wooden cars. So this day out was a hit with our little munchkins. Having an older car loving brother means Zori enjoys brumming a car around the living room just as much as Munashe.

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The museum goes through the history of transportation, along with bikes, cars and other vehicles from back in the day, they are displayed alongside videos and activities to engage young and old.

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There are a whole array of cars to be seen, en-route thought the museum Munashe practiced his motor racing moves and decided he’d quite like to own this Jaguar when he’s able to drive!

Coventry transport museum is home to the worlds fastest car (at the time of writing), the Thrust SSC set the world land speed record, at a massive 763mph back in 1997. This record may be broken at the end of the year by the Bloodhound. The Thurst SSC is a definite must see. The car (if you can call it that) is massive and resembles more of a rocket than a car. They even have a 4D simulator (for a fee). Sounds a little scary but fun. Simulating going at 763mph, not your average roller coaster sim!

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The little Munchkins enjoyed designing a fast car and putting it to the test 🙂 They managed 762mph. Not Bad!image

To finish off, here was one of my favorite dinky cars. Very cute with the only door right at the front!image

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Woburn Safari Park

imageThe other week we had a fantastic time meeting up with some lovely friends at Woburn Safari Park. I was very impressed with the park. We got to see so many animals, with some fantastic viewing. We went during the summer holidays and I did fear that it would be super busy and I really don’t like super busy. There were quite a few cars on the road safari, but not enough to slow us down. On the foot safari there weren’t too many people so I was happy. The atmosphere was very relaxed with enough to do for a whole day out with out feeling like we were missing out on something. We loved the road safari so much we even went back for round two!!

The most exciting bit for me was seeing a black bear. Probably because I’ve never seen a bear before and the fact we were so close. I sneakily popped down the window for a quick pic!

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They have an enclosure on the road safari with loads of monkeys in. Now these monkeys are extremely cheeky and very playful. They are really good fun to watch, they jump on cars, roll around on the floor, jump in the trees and chase each other. If you are planning to go maybe don’t take your brand new car! We watched this monkey snap the ariel off the car in front of us, very cheeky!

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On the foot safari we saw lemurs, seals, birds of paradise and giant tortoises, to name a few. Munashe had been excited about seeing the penguins. His favourite bit was watching them swim (fly) underwater. Hours of entertainment!image

Zori got very upset about not being allowed on the pedalo swans. They are strict when it comes to there 1 meter rule! A tub of chocolate ice cream soon put her right!

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When the rains came the children had a bounce and a slide. There’s a great area, all undercover, with 3 different bouncy castles. It’s restricted to under 5’s so our little munchkins had a whale of a time and expended some of that energy after being sat in the car for so long.

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So all in all a great day out! I would love to hear your UK recommendations of great days out with little ones…please comment below.

Sarah 🙂

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