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…
The event was aimed at pre-schoolers, which the geekson just qualified for as he doesn’t start school until September, but the Cbeebies Magazine team provided tickets to the theme park for all of us, so the geekdaughter and geekdaddy headed happily into the park whilst the geekson and I attended the event. When we first arrived the geekson was very shy and clung to my leg like a limpet, but his interest was soon caught by the selection of activities that had been laid out in the corners of the conference room.
We were split into small groups, and each allocated a dedicated member of the CBeebies Magazine production team to look after us for the morning. There were 4 different activities, which were all designed to be not only fun but also to suport the Early Years Curriculum. It became clear that this event was not about telling us any specific marketing messages, but was instead designed to show us that the team behind CBeebies Magazine knew their stuff when it came to activities for pre-schoolers. Each activity was run by a different member of the CBeebies magazine production team – from editors to writers and designers – and they were all great with the kids.
We had a go at drawing our favourite CBeebies characters, we listened to a story about Peter Rabbit and then made a picnic tea for Peter. We made Swashbuckle pirate hats and medals, and finally (the geekson’s favourite) we played a throwing game where the aim was to land a bean bag (or stuffed toy) in a hoop on the floor. The geekson’s throwing is actually more accurate than I thought!
I think I was most impressed with the geekson’s drawing efforts. Asked to draw his favourite CBeebies character he came up with this:
You can totally tell that’s Duck can’t you? You can see his beak, feet and wings!
Finally the much promised special guest arrived, and you should have heard the reaction from the room full of kids as he walked in. We, actually you can hear it, as I videoed it:
I think the geekson might have been a little star struck…
The geekson and I both had a great morning, and it gave me confidence that behind CBeebies magazine is a team of people that really know their stuff. It wasn’t something I’d thought about before, but now I know it definitely makes me more inclined to buy CBeebies magazine in the future.
As I mentioned before, CBeebies magazine are currently running a promotion with Merlin Entertainments, and you can find free kids tickets for different attractions in different editions of the magazine. If you’re quick you can still grab the current issue and get two free children’s entries to Alton Towers. Here are the remaining offers:
- Issue 411 (13th Aug) – Alton Towers Resort inc. CBeebies Land – Save £86.40 (£43.20 per ticket)
- Issue 412 (27th Aug) – Warwick Castle – Save £39.60 (£19.80 per ticket)
- Issue 413 (10th Sept) – Legoland and Legoland Discovery Centre – Save £82.80 (£41.40 per ticket)
- Issue 414 (24th Sept) – Sealife Centres and Seal sanctuaries – Save £39 (£19.50 per ticket)
We highly recommend Alton Towers, and I’ll write more about that in a future post.
Disclosure: We were invited by CBeebies Magazine to attend this event, and provided with complimentary entry to Alton Towers as well as a goody bag. All opinions are my own.