Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The Summer Fun Continues....

I have woken up this morning and the sun is shining! Yay. It is one of those lovely early autumn days where it is crisp outside, the grass is glistening with dew and the sun is shining. The trees are starting to change colour and I am lucky enough to live in the leafy suburbs where the sight of orange, red and brown trees as I walk down the street is the norm. It will definitely be a trip to the park later….

It has felt like a short summer this year, there was not much sun in evidence but we still had a fab time. We managed to pack in a summer holiday to Dorset, a trip to Chessington, day trips to the beach, a trip to London Zoo, short breaks at the Grandparents and numerous trips out to the park. How we fit it all in I wonder, but we did!

Probably one of my best days during the summer was our trip to London Zoo for the girls 3rdbirthday. Courtesy of Tesco Deals Vouchers (I do love these, have you noticed?) we were able to visit the Zoo for no cost at all. We had an amazing time, we packed a picnic to keep the cost down and the kids loved seeing the animals, getting close to the monkey’s (and bugs! yuck), watching the penguin show and walking through the butterfly house. However, the big hit of the day was as we walked through the children’s farm area. We were approached by a couple of staff and asked if the kids wanted to be mini keepers. My first thought ‘oh no, a new way to sell expensive gifts!’ but no each day in the summer they let children join in and help to muck out/ clear up the farm area and hand feed some of the animals for free. My children had a ball and of course that meant dh and I had a ball. JJ announced that he wanted to be dropped at the zoo each day for the rest of the holiday! It really was a lovely day as the photos testify - the kids got given a certificate for being 'Min-Keepers'.


Then on the way home we stopped at our local Pizza Hut and enjoyed a family meal. We go to Pizza Hut fairly often as there always seems to be a deal to be had and that is right up my street. On this occasion the deal was that kids eat free with each adult meal purchased. I am pretty stoked to find out that this offer has now been extended until 9 January 2011, so we can safely say we will be visiting again at least a couple of times. The actual offer is that for every adult main course or adult lunchtime buffet purchased, an accompanying child can choose from either a FREE 2 course kids meal (includes a drink) or a FREE kids lunchtime buffet (includes pizza, pasta and salad). I have 3 kids as you know and I have to say that I only ever order two and an extra drink as my girls are just small and they like to share a spaghetti bolognese. Pizza Hut has always been fab about this and I appreciate a company who does not try to rip parents off.

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