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4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Play Area for Your Kids at Home

4 Tips for Creating the Perfect Play Area for Your Kids at Home

Kids love to play wherever they find themselves, whether at home or anywhere else. As a parent, you don’t want to deprive your kids of their playtime, but at the same time, you want to make sure they have a designated area and time for them to have fun, so you can easily monitor them. Research shows that children are playing outside for an average of four hours a week. Planning the creation of a play area can involve both an outdoor and indoor area to give the kids a full experience. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that.

Utilize what you already have

You may already have the basics needed for a play area. For example, you can allow them to use one of your large walls in a less busy area of your home; all they need is some paper, crayons, etc., and their imagination can run wilds. These walls can be used for bulletin boards or have easels lined up in front of them for the kids’ art projects. You can also try painting the wall with chalkboard paint, if you don’t mind, so your children can be creative.

Remodel unused space into a playroom

Empty rooms or rooms that are not being used to their full potential can be remade. Remaking rooms like basements, storage rooms, dens, or offices is a good choice, as you can transform these areas into a multipurpose space holding both a play area and somewhere you and the family can lounge.

Why not combine brightly colored walls and cute furniture for your kids with adult-sized furniture, a television, and a video game area? This would mean that you can also use the room while the children play to enable you to keep an eye on them and ensure everything is in place.

Give your kids a feel of nature using your backyard

Giving your children a feel of nature is why having a play area in the backyard is a good choice. Having a backyard is a plus because you can use it in multiple ways. You can be creative and incorporate fun with education by making stepping stones with numbers and alphabets on them.

You can create a mini garden for the children, so they learn how to plant and cater for crops. This helps inculcate a sense of responsibility in them at a tender age. Just in case you do not have a green backyard but still want your children to have a sense of being out in nature, you can use artificial turf.

Use your yard for their amusement

Your home not having a green backyard doesn’t mean this should leave you out of the fun! You can turn your yard into a mini amusement park for the children. You can accomplish this by recycling materials like old tires or items from your garage or storage area. For example, you can use the tires to make hurdles filled with soft materials so kids can have fun without any injuries.

 Playtime has excellent benefits for your child’s growth and development in so many ways. Letting your kids enjoy playtime while learning new things helps their brains and bodies to thrive. This also allows them to establish social bonds, so you might want to let them have a playdate in your perfectly created play area.

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Fun Family Day’s Out

Fun Family Day's Out

Memory Making With Family

Like most families we enjoy nothing more than fun family day’s out. We are an active family and enjoy the great outdoors. We are always looking for fun, cheap family activities to enjoy. Nothing beats quality time together as a family.

Here Are A Few Of The Things We Are Currently Enjoying Together:

London – Being a family living in North London we often enjoy a family day out in London. Purchasing a day travel card and then go off exploring our home city. Visiting galleries, museums, dungeons and Londons must-see attractions. We had seen stunning views of London from up high on the Coca-Cola London eye. We have seen over 20 iconic landmarks and sites from the Thames whilst travelling via a speedboat with Thames Rockets, who offer speedboat experiences.

Fun Family Day's Out

We Love Making Memories

Family picnic/games day – When the weather is nice we love to make the most of it. We enjoy loading the car up with our family outdoor adeventurous games. Loading the cool box with a nice picnic, and then head off for a day full of family fun. A Picnic in the park with family whilst enjoying the great outdoors and a few competitive games. Having a laugh whilst making lovely memories to cherish forever is pricelss.

A day at the seaside – Seaside trips are one of our family favourites. Where better to meet up with family and enjoy a day filled with sun, sand and sea. A day filled with beach games followed by a nice family fish and chip dinner is just perfect.

Our Boy’s Love Action And Activity Day’s

An activity day – Activity day’s such as paintballing are brilliant action packed days. With having teen sons who are thrill-seekers and love adrenoline days, this made a great activity day. We enjoyed a paintballing day which we all enjoyed very much. It was an action-packed day out that certainly left us with lots of funny memories.

A family experience day – An experience day such as climb the O2 is perfect for thrill-seekers. Our boy’s are thrill-seekers and this was an awesome experience that we enjoyed together as a family. We conqured the summit together as as a family. We climbed over the O2 and took in some amazing views of London whilst doing so.

Fun Family Day's Out

A competitive day – We really enjoy competitive days/nights out, such as bowling, go karting, golf, foot golf and even getting competitive in our daily step counts. We tend to follow these day’s by enjoying a nice family meal out. Or if we are too knackered then a nice takeaway whilst watching a movie.

A family hobby day – We all have our own hobbies that we enjoy and we all tend to support each other in our much loved hobbies. We have days out where we support each other in our hobbies, such as photography, fishing, football, hiking and even camping trips to go off exploring. Camping trips are a great way to bond as a family and make some awesome memories.

A family hobby day – We all have our own hobbies that we enjoy and we all tend to support each other in our much loved hobbies. We have days out where we support each other in our hobbies, such as photography, fishing, football, hiking and even camping trips to go off exploring. Camping trips are a great way to bond as a family and make some awesome memories.

We Really Enjoy Sporty Activities And Adventures

Sporty day – Being an active family we do enjoy sporting activities and competing againts each other. Such as swimming, bike rides, football, racket sports, going to the gym and even enjoying family games such as rounders, disc golf and water sports.

Theme park day – A theme park is the ultimate place to go for thrill-seekers. A place to reach new heights, have vertical drops and enjoy roller coasters. The perfect place to enjoy life in the fast lane from the height and speed from a roller coaster. Or the darkness and horrifying journey into chilling depths of the unknown on the ghost train. A theme park makes a perfect funny family day’s out.

Movie time – We also like to enjoy a night out at the cinema. Luckily enough we live just five minutes away from an Odeon Cinema. So if we have had a busy week at work but still fancy a night out we tend to go for a nice family meal and then on to the cinema. With the new fancy luxury seating we can now relax and recline during our movie. Making it the perfect relaxing night out.

Always Make Time To Check For Discounts

With any family day’s or night out we plan we always try our best to plan ahead if possible. This allows us enough time to help keep any costs down. We do this buy using any work perks, online codes, GroupOn deals, reward points or memberships. Any saving on our days/nights out all help add to the fun.

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StikBot Figures


StikBot Figures

We have been having great fun getting creative with our StikBot figures. They are social-sharing figurines that are set to give you endless amounts of fun.

Technology plays a huge part in day-to-day life and StikBots will help kids to use their imagination and keep their minds active……It’s also great fun for adults too as myself and Ian found out…yes we are big kid’s!

Bradley attends performing arts college and really enjoys getting creative/acting on stage. He is due to perform in the West End in July and has got to learn how to talk in an American accent for the role he will be playing on stage. He has been practicing his script that he has to learn using his StikBots which has been a great help to him. They have not only helped him with his accent but have helped him with his scripts too in such a fun way.

So Much Fun

StikBot figures

To create a video using the StikBots you just download the FREE APP for iPhone and Android, you can film, pause, edit your clips and even add your own sound effects. To make a video you pose your figures in your chosen position and click on the app, once the picture is taken you then move your figure/figures (you can have more than one in the clip if you wish) and then take the next picture, repeating this process until you are happy/finished. You will only need to slightly move your figure/figures and you can see the previous picture by the shadow showing.

StikBot figures

Fun And Addictive

It does take time to create a short clip but it is also fun and very addictive. We spent time with our StikBots over the school holidays creating loads of different clips. Using StikBots to send birthday messages, mothers day/fathers day messages or even get well wishes could be unique and fun to-do!

Ideas of use for StikBots can be endless, it just depends on how creative you wish to be.

The StikBots unique design allows for easy use/positioning on a flat surface, they have suction-caps on their hands and feet along with a robotic design so that they can be put into position more easily. They can be posed in many ways, and positioned in multiple different angles.

Here is a short clip that Bradley made using his StikBots – Valentine saves the day.

The StikBots would make a perfect gift that requires nothing but imagination!

Disclaimer: we received our StikBots for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
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Kids in the driving seat

kids in the driving seat

Kids in the driving seat

Well it has been the Easter holidays after all so that meant one thing, time to have some family fun and put the kids in the driving seat for a change.

I was searching the internet as you do looking up some family fun that would hold a teenage boys attention for more than five minutes, I came across our local boat hire. We have hired a day boat from them a few years back and I remembered that the boys absolutely loved it so I thought this would make for a fun afternoon.

kid's in the driving seat

I picked out what boat I would like to hire, I didn’t tell the boys about my plans as they may be teenagers but they still love a surprise, I wanted to keep an eye on the weather as a nice dry day would be perfect for going out on a boat. I thought it would be nice for us all to get outdoors for a while and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

I must say put the kids in the driving seat and just watch the smiles grow, we had an amazing time, the weather was beautiful and the kids loved every minute of it.

Kid's in the driving seat

Kid's in the driving seat

when we arrived at the boats the boys got so excited and couldn’t wait to get in the boat and get in the driving seat. The boys found it highly funny watching me trying to get the boat going in a straight line, let’s just say “me and boats don’t go”.

The kids in the driving seat was much safer I think than me, they was brilliant and it was so lovely to sit back relax and watch the brotherly love take force, they was helping and guiding each other and even complimenting each other’s driving/steering.

Kid's in the driving seat

Kid's in the driving seat

There was only 5 seats in our boat so Ian was walking along side us taking the pictures.

Once we had finished on the boat we sat and enjoyed a lovely picnic together then the boy’s enjoyed some fun in the park.

Can you think of anything that may grab my boy’s attention?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Tin Can Carnival Game

tin can carnival game

Homemade Game

We spent some time over the half term holiday playing on our Wii console, we love our time together on there as we have so much family fun and love getting competitive against each other. One game we really enjoy playing is the carnival game on there, the boy’s really enjoy it and can get rather competitive when they want to.

We decided that we could easily make our own homemade carnival game so Bradley wrote a list of what he thinks we would need to make the game and let the carnival come to us.

His list to make the tin can carnival game consisted of:

Tin cans – as many as you wish to use.

Stickers – of any kind.

Paint and a small brush any colour.


Some small balls – as many as you wish to use.

Coloured card.


Coloured pens.

Double sided sticky tape.

tin can carnival game

tin can carnival game
Bradley wrapping the balls in foil to give them some extra weight so they go further.

We started off by saving tin cans, washing them and putting them to one side until we had enough to use.

The tin cans was then painted and left to dry.

We then cut out some stars out of the card, one for each tin, added a score value of the kids choice to each star and stuck the star to the can using double-sided sticky tape.

Bradley then decorated his tin cans using his stickers.

He then wrapped the polystyrene balls in foil as he decided the balls would be easier to throw and would go further.

tin can carnival game

tin can carnival game

We was now ready for some fun playing our homemade tin can carnival game.

The excitement and challenge then began, we had 12 balls so these was then slipt between the players, the cans was then stacked in whatever position the kid’s chose/found easier.

Aim of the game

The aim of the game is to throw the balls into the tin cans, person with the highest score wins.

We chose to have three rounds, so the one with the highest score after the third round is the winner.

For anyone who enjoys carnival games we would highly recommend the carnival fun fair game. here is a link to Nintendo carnival fun fair game. We have hours of fun as a family playing this game, it has over 25 different games to enjoy.

Disclaimer: We have not been compensated in any way for this post. I have shared a link to Nintendo as it is a game we enjoy as family and we wanted to share the game with you.
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Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London

A Day Of All Things Mysterious

Ripley’s believe it or not! London showcases more than 700 astonishing artifacts being displayed over 6 floors in interactive galleries, these include fascinating, incredible, bizarre and very mysterious.

With our boy’s being teenagers they do love things out of the ordinary and as it was the six weeks holiday’s the boredom sets in rather fast for teenagers so Ripley’s was definitely a place I knew they would love to visit and really enjoy themselves as Ripley’s offer a fascinating mixture of entertainment, facts and figures.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! London

It was amazing to see how many bizarre things you can see under one roof, they all ranged from Amazonian shrunken heads, there was also a 8ft scale model of the famous titanic made of more than 147,000 match sticks, there was an upside down room, Lee is a big fan of Micheal Jackson’s music and loved the candy portrait of him, Ian loves Ferrari’s and loved the full size Ferrari they had on display made of 12 miles of yarn.

On our tour round we had great fun measuring ourselves next to the worlds tallest man, and weighing ourselves up next to the worlds heaviest man, the boys had great fun getting as many of us as possible on the scales until we matched the weight, we also had great fun trying to find our way out the marvellous mirror maze, this took us longer than we thought but it was great fun racing each other out.

We Was All Amazed

We was amazed to see what can be made out of things that we all have lying around in our homes, we saw all different kinds of art using toilet paper, keyboard letters, candy, cigarette ash, even lipstick, Bradley loves his art and really enjoyed seeing all of this before getting creative on the graffiti wall.

On our way round the boys enjoyed the black hole, this was a rotating vortex tunnel, this was rather a strange feeling as your senses get put to the test, the boys found this an amazing experience.

We finished our tour with the boys racing against the clock doing the lase race, they both got very competitive at this, they both tried to beat each other and see who can complete it the fastest, seeing who hit the minimum amount of beams and to see who was the fastest, points are awarded for speed, agility and success.

Here is our photo album of our experience of Ripley’s believe it or not! London

Ripley’s believe it or not! London can be found in the heart of Piccadilly circus and is open 7 days a week from 10am-midnight.


Disclaimer : We was offered free entry to Ripley’s believe it or not! London in exchange for our review, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Picnic party at Forty Hall

Picnic party at Forty Hall

Today we packed up a picnic and our sun lotion and headed off to join the friends of forty hall for a picnic party at Forty Hall and had our lunch in style with the sun shining brightly.

There was a fine variety of music performed by local artists, a Pimms tent and summer refreshments, lots of crafts and activities to keep the kids entertained, such as face painting, headdress-making, lots of fun and laughter to be had.

We sat back relaxed and had a great afternoon before the madness starts again next week with the kids returning back to school after half term, this has been a great day and a great way to end the half term with the sun shining and live music by local talent.

There was a punch and Judy show, this brought back childhood memory’s and even today I still find myself laughing.

There was a raffle where you could win a beautiful hamper, you could go and buy a lovely ice cream, they had a nice bread stall where you can buy freshly baked bread, a plant stall if you fancied treating yourself to a nice plant and there was lots of other lovely stalls.

The boys took their football with them and had a kick about, they was running about and had a great time, Bradley had worn himself out, but he was soon back to his normal self and back to running around after a short rest.

Picnic party at Forty Hall
Picnic party at Forty Hall

There was people singing and dancing, sunbathing, playing ball games, blowing bubbles, today has been an extremely fun but relaxing day and great fun was had by all.