DinoJaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

DinoJaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

We decided recently that we wanted to try some new activities with the children. To get out more as a family, to parks, museums and beaches. To combine outdoor activities and indoor activities to make interesting Sundays and plans for the summer holidays too.

On Sunday we head to the DinoJaws exhibit at Leeds Royal Armouries, partly because C loves dinosaurs and party because we had never taken the children to the Royal Armouries. Also because although I’m from Leeds I’d never been to the Royal Armouries either.

Entry to the Royal Armouries is free, they do welcome donations and suggest that £3 would be a good donation to make. Whilst you are in the armouries there are a number of fee paying such as the Crossbow shooting range (£3) and the children’s play room (£2.50) and various guns to ‘fire’ (£1). So you can end up spending a bit of money if you choose to. We tried a gun and the crossbow range and didn’t think either activity was overpriced. Plenty of interesting exhibits to look around and great views out over the canals, perfectly for spying on canal boats and people spotting!

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

DinoJaws is a temporary exhibit and runs from 3rd June 2014 to the 7th September 2014 and the opening hours are from 10am to 6pm. We got there just after it opened on a Sunday morning and it was quiet. The exhibit features moving dinosaurs with facts and activities. There are games and interactive exhibits to enjoy as you go round and each child receives an activity pack to complete during their visit which helps you to keep them engaged and to get the facts about what you are seeing. You can even touch a dinosaur poo, this appealed to C who is 5 and amused by toilet humour!

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

Dino Jaws at Leeds Royal Armouries

LissyLou is 3 and was quite scared of the dinosaurs because they do roar and the whole exhibit is quite dark. The scariest part is saved until last and the roars of the T-Rex combine with the floor shaking which is scary but cool.

I liked the lego building area and the colouring stations along with the fossil digging pits and a dinosaur books area for a spot of reading.

The price on the door is £6.95 each for over 3′s but you can get your tickets in advance online for £5.95 per ticket.

We felt that the charge wasn’t unreasonable especially when you get a dinosaur handstamp so that you can re-enter later the same day. We had a really good long morning and will definitely go back again in the future. The only real downside is that the car park is reasonably expensive, just bear it in mind and try to go in one car if going with family or friends!

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Capri-Sun. All opinions are mine alone. #shop #CollectiveBias

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

 

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

It’s one of those weekends when I’m proud to be from Yorkshire. With the Tour De France Yorkshire Grand Depart evident everywhere you go locally at the moment it would have been hard to miss the Tour De France atmosphere and excitement. It’s bunting, yellow bikes and flowers as far as the eye can see and with most of the route coming through West Yorkshire today we knew that it would be a busy weekend  Capri-Sun reminds me of my childhood, it’s one of those drinks that’s just made for summer time and I felt it was the perfect drink for Tour De France Yorkshire fun!

Knowing that the route for the Grand Depart would mean plenty of road closures and that if we had wanted to watch the race live we would have to sit at the road side for hours on end we decided that we would watch the race on TV and have some fun in the sun before it started.

So we got this morning and headed to Roundhay Park in Leeds, it’s one of the best parks we’ve been too. Firstly, it’s huge. It’s got two lakes for starters, a cricket pitch, playgrounds, cafes and lots of open green spaces to play. We took a football and a frisbee and spent a couple of hours just playing silly games, singing, dancing, races, being Goldilocks and the 3 bears etc It was the ideal way to spend a Sunday morning and we all agreed we should do it more often. Sometimes it’s the simple activities that our children enjoy the most and this was a cheap way to spend a few hours and healthy too because we walked and ran around the house.

Our drive to to the park took in part of the Tour De France route and it was lined with yellow bunting, coloured bikes and yellow jerseys which brought home just how much Yorkshire has got behind the Tour De France.

 

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

 

 

We decided that it would be a shame to waste the good weather this afternoon so we headed to Morrisons to stock up on food for an alfresco lunch.

 

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

We found a huge box of Capri-Suns, and we were surprised by the different flavours on offer now, for just £2.00 along with lots of tasty salad, crunchy bread and a roast chicken for a light and delicious dinner. We enjoyed our lunch with Capri-Sun’s for the kids and Pimms and Lemonade for the grown ups. Well it is summer after all! Then we had some bike themed fun in the form of races round the garden and colouring in bikes.

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

Tour De France Yorkshire Fun with Capri-Sun

 

LissyLou surprised me with her colouring skills on this one, she traced the lines with the green pen and we were shocked by how controlled she was all of a sudden. The children loved this simple activity and it was easy to prepare so I’m definitely going to roll out the same idea again over the summer. It will probably be a regular feature!

If you haven’t tried Capri-Suns before then honestly you are missing out, I remember my mum used to freeze Capri-Suns and pop them in a picnic in the morning to help keep food cool. It also meant that if it wasn’t too hot you might still end up with a slushy drink at picnic time. I’ve decided I must resurrect that concept this summer because it’s fun and functional. They also make great ice lollys if you cut the tops and then peel them down to create a large ice lolly. Great for rehydrating and tasty too! They don’t squirt in the same way that cartons do either which can only be a good thing where children are concerned!

We had a great weekend celebrating Great British sport and embracing the Tour De France Spirit. What did you get up to?

 

 

Boys School Shoes from Cloggs

Boys School Shoes from Cloggs

It’s nearly that time of year again when you have to go, sit in a shoe shop and wait in a queue of parents and children to try on the inevitable black shoes. The same black shoes that at least half the class will be wearing. The ones the teachers groan when they see, just knowing it will be hours or days until those shoes are all on the wrong feet.

So you sit, you wait and you inwardly sigh that you didn’t do this earlier, that you didn’t find a better way to avoid the queues and to find the shoes. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You could plan ahead this year. You could download a shoe fitting guide. Measure the kids feet in the comfort of your own home and then head to Cloggs. Cloggs stock a wide range of boys school shoes so you won’t be short of options. They also stock a range of brands including Clarks, Kickers, Dr Martens and Geox to name a few. That means you have a wider range of choice and the easy delivery option means they are speedy.

I chose these Kickers for C, they are good quality. sturdy shoes that look like they will stand up to some stick from the playground! They are also a bit different from the standard schools shoes and the little logos help with getting shoes on the right feet and look good too. Delivery was quick and the shoes arrived well packaged. The bag contained the necessary paperwork to confirm order details but also for returns information. Be careful when opening the bag to make sure you have a suitable bag to use should you need to return anything!

Boys School Shoes From Cloggs Boys School Shoes From Cloggs Boys School Shoes From Cloggs

 

I actually had to return an extra pair of shoes to Cloggs and did so via Collect + . This simple service means that you can drop it off locally for return to Cloggs. I used a convenience store on my way to work which was actually very convenient! It’s as simple as handing the package over to the shop assistant and getting a receipt, very quick and simple!

I received a pair of shoes in exchange for this review

 

 

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