Drusillas Park

We were lucky enough to go to Drusillas Park over the Easter bank holiday when the weather was perfectly sunny and warm. Drusillas is a Zoo and Adventure Park with rides and lots of fun areas to play. Our children: Chloe (6) Katie (3) Jake ( nearly 1) came along for a very exciting day out.

Zoo Animals to see

Upon arriving we were able to park straight away close to the entrance, the queue to enter the park moved really quickly around five minutes baring in mind it was a bank holiday Monday too.

When we walked in the girls were able to pick up stamp books ( free of charge ) there is a stamp station next to each animal in the book, the children need to spot the animal.

Stamp when you spot the animal
Amazing Penguins
Beautiful Flamingos

On certain days the park has Characters there to meet! On the day we went PJ Masks were in residence, after queuing it was well worth it! The Characters spent a good amount of time talking to my children then posing for photos. They made the girls so happy and now they love watching PJ Masks!

Meeting PJ Masks

Next the girls were desperate to go to the water play area, it’s great because it’s really safe and there are lots of benches and Astro turf that parents/ carers can sit and watch their children have fun! Plus it’s next to the park area, which my girls loved and didn’t want to leave! We even went back later in the day. The refillable slush I think it was around £3 for a refillable cup then £1 a top up, because it was so warm she went back a few times, was definitely a firm favourite with my Eldest Daughter. We didn’t go to the soft play because it was a very warm day but have in the past and it’s an amazing size soft play area that is well looked after.

Banana Swings

Next we went to the Hello Kitty Rides, even for a bank holiday there were barely any queue’s amazing! So the girls went on the rides again and again.

Hello Kitty car ride
This ride was a firm favourite

We then went and brought lunch from the Explorers Cafe, I felt there was a good selection and a self serve salad bar which had a good selection. It came to around £22 for 4 of us to eat ( Baby Jake ate a bit of our meals and some food i’d brought with me. )

Then time for more rides, the new Rainforest Carousel, which was so beautiful and the girls loved riding on it with their Dad standing alongside their horses, Chloe (6) found the giant Elephant in front of the ride that made funny noises hilarious!

New this year! Rainforest Carousel
Giant noise making Elephant

Thank you for a wonderful day Drusillas, the girls can’t wait to come back, and are already asking me! It really was the perfect family day and I’d highly recommend to other Parents.

So much fun!

We were kindly given entry to the park by Drusillas in exchange for this review and Instagram coverage all opinions are my own. ( Instagram story’s in my highlights under ‘Days Out’ )

Christmas Traditions Calendar

For me Christmas starts on the 1st December.

Not into the Elf on a shelf as yet so this is how we like to enjoy Christmas each year…

1. Put the tree up and decorate downstairs with various nick nacks from previous years .We like to let the girls decorate the main tree and their smaller one.

Christmas decoration

2. Book a ‘Meet Father Christmas’ session and day out somewhere fun for the children, this year we went to Drusillas Park, in Sussex.

Girls visiting Father Christmas at Drusillas Park

3. My Husband and I go Christmas shopping on our own  if we can (this year with our baby) to buy all presents somewhere special to make a nice day of it. Plus we obviously don’t want the girls to see what they will be getting on the big day.

4. School Fair, My eldest loves this as lots of fun interactive crafts and activities to get involved in.

Paint in pots

5. Go to get my nails painted with gel in something red and shiny.

Hand with red gel nail varnish

6. Attend either mine or my Husbands work Christmas party.

7.  Nursery Christmas crafts, normally something like covering a bauble in glitter.

8. Christmas Carol’s this year something I will get to watch whilst on maternity leave.

9.  Nursery Nativity,  This year my youngest Daughter is in her final year so Pre School and will  be singing Jingle Bells apparently.

10.  Getting ready for the big Father Christmas visit with mince pies, milk and carrots for the reindeers and prepare the decorations on the dining table.

11.  Christmas Day –  We host most year so will start preparing in October with an online food  order, then prepping all the vegetables first thing.

Then we enjoy  a leasurely breakfast whilst opening presents, watching my children’s faces is the best part.

Then family come round, I will usually have started cooking beforehand.

Cook the meat at about 11am, I usually cook just a crown of turkey, then the vegetables and trimmings. The thing that helps the most is heated sectioned tray from Robert Dyas.

Then after the 3 courses, we will sit down to watch TV and play games this year what’s that smell will be on the agenda, kindly gifted by Wire Pr.

What’s That Smell Board Game

Plus the flour game ! If you haven’t played before it is so much fun.Pour some flour into a bowl then tip out onto a plate, place a chocolate on top, each person cuts a slice in turns, the person who lets the chocolate fall in has to get it out with their mouth. It’s hilarious.

12.  Pantomine usually at the Hawth in Crawley, Something to cheer the girls up after the excitement of Christmas has died down. Plus we love it as guaranteed a good afternoon of laughter.

Then relax ready for January to begin. Maybe I’ll buy Elf on the Shelf in the January sales ready to start in December.

 

Jumpin Inflatable Fun

The South’s only Inflatable Park – Review

We arrived at Jumpin in Burgess Hill, West Sussex ( moments from the A23 )   on a Sunday Morning,  At the opening time of 10am, We were happy to find there was  plenty of parking available right outside the building and if that’s full on neighbouring roads are worth a try  as it’s situated in an Industrial Estate.

On entry, we were welcomed by friendly faces who instructed us to watch a safety video before bouncing ( for this reason it is very important to arrive 30 minutes early )  and to pre-book your slot via the website jumpinfun.co.uk  and complete a safety waiver at the same time.

On check in we were provided a coloured wrist band to show which time slot ( all slots are one hour ) Once the hour is up you can go to the free zone.( ball pit, spinning platform to duck under or jump over )

At Jumpin there is over 25,000sqft of inflatable fun for adults and children alike. A great way to relive your younger years.  The perfect rainy day activity!

Jumpin

The park was clean and tidy, we also spotted a great area which can be hired for parties. Something we will definitely looking into for future birthday celebrations.

There was a Cafe available upstairs, that served hot pizza, snacks and cold refreshments.

In November they are opening a soft play area for the under 7’s, which will be perfect for younger children and will fit well as something that small children can fully participate in.

We felt this was a really good workout for us all especially to keep up with the children, my 6 year old daughter especially loved the spinning platform.

We feel really lucky to have this Inflatable park locally and we look forward to our next visit.

This blog post is based on all of my own views but was given in exchange for free entry to post a review.