We have survived two weeks of the summer holidays!! I have to confess to a feeling of rising panic before the summer holidays. We just don’t do crowds, and summer holidays means all our favourite places are over run with crowds. Luckily, we have managed to find wonderful places to go and things to do, and so far we are having amazing fun
We managed to fit in a last ice skating session with lovely friends, before the session that we attend was suspended for the summer holidays. At least it gives us an opportunity to get Alfie’s skates sharpened – well, for wonderful friends whose children regularly attend ice hockey lessons to get them sharpened for us anyway There was an end of term gymnastics session, which included a bonus bouncy castle, as well as the usual gymnastics equipment. We fitted in a last swim with Bex and Violet, before the pools got over run.
We went to Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood with the Kentish and Kelly clans. All the kids loved the museum of childhood, where they got to see and play with toys from all ages, as well as learn more about the life of children in the past – complete with trip up a chimney The adventure playground and surrounding trees to climb were well received, and Alfie went on a trip around the old hall with friends.
We enjoyed a last, quiet cycle and play in Beacon Park with the Hupfield posse, before the schools broke up that afternoon.
We visited Nanny and Grandad.
We had a lovely lunch at Bella Italia, and a wander around the Coventry Road Transport Museum.
We met the lovely Sally, Evie and Finn for fruit picking (and tree climbing!) fun at Essington fruit farm, coming away with boxes of delicious strawberries, raspberries and sugar snap peas
We had a lovely time making peg dollies and hatching eggs at the Chase HE group, followed by a play at Redwood Park with lots of HE friends.
Followed by toasting marshmallows of course
We used our Dyson Challenge cards to inspire our science day, which was amazing fun
We found out that there is a lot to consider when building a bridge, including both the dead weight of the bridge, the load and external factors, such as weather. We had many attempts at our spaghetti bridge, and found it bore very heavy loads best when it had strong, Megablok pillars to support it.
We watched an egg being sucked into a heated bottle.
Used lemon juice to write invisible ink messages.
Attempted to make cardboard chairs, using no fastening or sticking aids.
Tried lots of different packaging and cushioning ideas for our egg drops The hcickens all stood outside the door waiting to eat the broken eggs
Cleaned copper coins in cola.
Made cardboard shoes.
Then made jam tarts
The next day we had a mad, buzzing house full of children from four different families, having lots of fun. Holly’s best friend Cadi stayed for a sleepover.
A quiet day needed after all the fun – a trip to Dobbies Garden World, then chill out time, making cardboard marble runs.
Holly accompanied me to the optician to choose new glasses, followed by the library for lots of new books, and the playground.
Amber made us all pancakes, before we headed out to spot some owls in Sutton for the Big Hoot, and then home to bake Nanny’s birthday cakes and do some gardening.
Nanny’s birthday! A lovely day of Alfie’s homemade rocky road, Amber’s homemade birthday cake, Holly reading books to Nanny, chip shop lunch and lots of cards and presents
A lovely day out at Dudmaston NT with the Williams and Kelly broods. It appeared no other visitors wanted to venture to the dingle and woodland playground, so we had it all to ourselves.
Alfie had a dental appointment, then we headed to Erdington Big Hoot owl spotting. Amber did lots of play dough, and Alfie made butternut squash jambalaya, and shared out the lychees that we bought.
A lovely trip with friends to watch Home at the cinema, then lunch in IKEA.
An amazing day out with lots of friends at Weston Park. Thirteen happy children running riot on the adventure playground, riding on the train, getting lost in the maze and exploring the parkland.
More Big Hoot owl hunting, perfume making, house cleaning and magazine doing
What a lovely couple of weeks Here is hoping that August will be as awesome