Last Thursday the kids and myself enjoyed a day at Whipsnade Zoo courtesy of Thomson Family Resorts and Guinness World Records. We were introduced to their new partnership and it seems like a super and really novel idea. Basically, when you travel with Thomson to one of their 18 family resorts you can attempt to break a world record. Yes a proper world record and you might even make it into the annual year book and you will of course gain yourself an official and coveted certificate. Now if you are old like me you will have fond memories of Roy Castle presenting record breakers on the TV.
During the day time on your holiday you can take part in the heats and those with the best times/ scores will then be able to make official world record attempt in the evening in front of a cheering crowd. Maybe you could be the new champion who can put the most underpants on in one minute!
On our day at the zoo there were a few different records we could attempt. Not just the kids but adults too. The Mummy Whispers hubbie was a dab hand at lilo stacking and Claire from the Veggie Experience even managed to set a new world record and gained herself a certificate.
From the start my JJ took a liking to the 'how many hats can you put on your head in one minute' record. He spent quite some time practising before lunch and really got into it; bossing people around, timing them and advising them of the rules. The current record was 27 hats balanced on a head for 5 seconds once the one minute was up and in the practise time JJ got up to 24 hats, so he was feeling really excited and confident. I'll let you watch how he got on....
If I'm honest he went home a little gutted but his friendly ways and confidence paid off for him because he will soon receive a special preview copy of the 2013 Guinness World Records book and that has made him smile a lot. Now if only I could get him to buddy up with the people at Thomson's, we would make really excellent reviewers for a trip abroad! I have spent far too much time this evening could set us up with. If I just had a spare £2000 the 5 of us could jet off somewhere hot in August, but instead we'll be heading to Dorset! My last holiday abroad feels like a super long time ago in 2004.
I think the highlight of the day for Miss M was meeting Thomson the dog, she took a real shine to him. The girls are still at that lovely age when they do not question if the characters are real or not.
And my laid back one, Miss E she just watched all the others join in and was a happy little lady. So easy to please, you have to love her.
Disclaimer: Thomson treated us to a day at the zoo with a lovely lunch and some fun toys for the kids. I have not been instructed to write a post but thought I would share with you. Thanks to Thomson and Guiness World Records for the invite.