A great day out at Drusillas Park

A great day out at Drusillas Park

Review: Peppa Pig's Surprise

Review: Peppa Pig's Surprise

February 12

Reaching for the sky – with a stacking solution for Lego

Small Son (and I!) love Lego but we’ve always found building taller structures tricky as Lego base-plates aren’t very good for using as roofs.

Well now a company based in the United States called Strictly Briks have solved that problem with the own range of Lego compatible base plates and special bricks which are used to build stack-able structures for storage and play.

Available in a range of colours, the base-plates are indistinguishable from actual Lego and frankly, it’s a bit odd that Lego itself hasn’t filled this obvious gap its range. 

The plates are great for children constructing buildings but they also make good higher level storage solutions, which is useful if you’ve got loads and loads of Lego and not enough bedroom space to have it all out all across your child’s bedroom.

Strictly Briks also do a range of even larger base-plates (which cann’t be stacked) but which come is a far wider colour range that those available from Lego. These are great for large scale play and we’re planning to fix a couple to Small Son’s bedroom wall to allow mini-figures to be displayed in picture form.

They also make silicone base-plates in a wide range of shapes and colours which are perfect for easy storage and for travelling, if you have small people who like their Lego to go on holiday with them!

Most of the Strictly Briks range is available for both small standard Lego and also for Duplo. It’s all very reasonably priced and available direct from www.strictlybriks.com and from retailers such as Amazon. Highly recommended 🙂


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January 15

A great day out at Drusillas Park

_dsc4257We recently spent a long weekend exploring East Sussex and began at Drusillas Park in Alfriston, East Sussex. It’s somewhere I’d driven past many times over the years before I had children, but now with two of them, it seemed a perfect time to visit – and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

penguin-bayDrusillas Park was one of the earliest zoos to open in the UK. It was founded in 1925 when Douglas Ann bought an old farm and 20 acres of land and opened the cottage to sell refreshments to motorists, naming it after his wife Drusilla.

Over the next few years animals, including a kangaroos and a chimpanzee, were added to boost trade and it now has more than 130 types of animals and it is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Sussex.

squirrel-monkey-11It is also considered to be one of the most progressive zoos in the country and many of the animals are involved in breeding programmes to ensure the survival of their species.

There’s clearly a great deal of care and attention to detail at Drusillas which is evident by the fact that considerable effort has clearly been put in to educating visitors about the animals they are seeing, including a lot of detail in the petting zoo relating to where meat and milk comes from.

We were all very impressed by the free colour booklets which the children were able to collect the ink stamps from beside a number of different animals as we made our way round the exhibits and various exhibits where children could test, for example, how high they could climb and how loud they could shout.

lory-landing-2We’re lucky enough to live near a zoo back home in Hampshire (Marwell) and although smaller in acreage, Drusillas Park has ample attractions to keep you occupied during the day.

Most popular for my children were the Meerkats (everyone loves meerkats!), Lemurland – in which we could see ring-tail and black lemurs up close and personal and, my favourites, the Rainbow Lorikeets – one of which landed on my hand within seconds of entering their compound.

go-wild-5-copyAway from the animals, Drusillas has ample attractions to keep you occupied during the day including an extensive play area, a Thomas and Friends train ride, an Egyptian themed maze, which my son loved, and for small people, a Hello Kitty Secret Garden.

All in all, an excellent place to spend a day out, which I can’t recommend highly enough.

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Category: Travel
October 18

Review: Peppa Pig’s Surprise

PP party logoWe took Little Daughter to see Peppa Pig’s Surprise live show on Sunday and she was entranced by it.

The blurb: Enjoy fun, loads of songs and of course, surprises in this charming, colourful new show. Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers!

peppa-pig-3peppa-pig-2The story: It’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a surprise for her and her brother George.

The show obviously follows the TV series so the sets are bright and simple. The young cast put on a good show and perform with enthusiasm, especially Emma Grace Arends, who was full of beans as Daisy.

peppa-pig-1The show is currently on a UK tour:

Weds 19 – Thu 20 October: Oxford
Sat 22 – Sun 23 October: Manchester
Weds 26 – Thu 27 October: Wakefield
Sat 29 – Sun 30 October: St Albans
Weds 2 – Thu 3 November: Stoke On Trent
Sat 5 – Sun 6 November: Billingham

Then from Thursday 15 December to Saturday 1 January the show will be on at the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road in London’s West End for the Christmas season. More details here.

Here are some free Peppa Pig resources for little people:  holiday-colouring counting-chart counting-sheets holiday-maze

Transparency note: Our tickets were courtesy of the production company

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