The geekson and I were invited to a special event held by CBeebies Magazine at the Alton Towers hotel. We were told it would be a morning of fun activities, and we were promised a very special guest at the end as well. We’d already been told about the summer promotion that CBeebies Magazine are running where they are offering free child entry to certain Merlin attractions, so I was expecting a morning geared at promoting that. But that wasn’t what we had at all…
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We’ve had more “juggling” than usual to do this week, with the geekdaddy having to work full days in his office to cover staff holidays (he can usually work from home), and the geekdaughter spending the whole week in “Mad Science” camp (more on that later). This means I’ve been dashing around trying to juggle work and childcare arrangements, and the poor little geekson has had to go into the office with his Daddy whilst I’ve been at work. Things didn’t let up this weekend either, with a trip for all of us to stay with some good friends, and a few hours of child-free time for the geekdaddy and I to enjoy the inaugural UK Podcasters conference. True friends are those who will get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning to let you drop your kids with them. Anyway, here’s this week’s selection of photos: [click to continue…]
About a year ago we had a really fun family day out at the Manchester Mini Maker Faire, and decided pretty much as we left that we should definitely go back this year. The date has been in our calendar for a number of months, but unfortunately at the last minute the geekdaddy discovered he had another commitment the same weekend and couldn’t go. I had to make the decision as to whether to try to drag both kids around on my own or to sit it out. Although I prefer the comfort of the 1:1 parent:child ratio when we’re out and about I decided to give it a go. Having been last year and therefore knowing the venue I was more confident that I’d be able to cope with the kids, and of course they are both a year older, wiser and more sensible than they were then. The Manchester Mini Maker Faire is held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), which is a very family-friendly venue, with a nice restaurant to have lunch in and plenty of attractions of its own to look at if the kids get board with the Faire. As an added bonus some very good friends of ours decided to come along for the day which improved the parent:child ratio and made the whole thing more fun.
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After a lovely week at home with the family last week, it’s been a bit more back to normal this week, with me being back at work. The kids are still off school, so we’re trying to juggle childcare, which is always a challenge for working parents. This week my daughter spent two days at gymnastics camp with her best friend from school, which she really enjoyed. I do feel a little sorry for my son – we took him out of nursery so he could have some time with the family before he starts school, but then my daughter is going to a number of different holiday camps, all of which he is too young for! The kids are spending a lot more time together than they usually do, despite that, and they still seem to be getting on well (mostly!) and enjoying each others company. Here’s my selection of photos from this week: [click to continue…]