Last May half-term holiday saw us spending lots of great family time in London and near. Being a Merlin Annual Pass blogger ambassador has been amazing as we can visit so many kids attractions. Don’t forget about their summer sale (June 1 – July 3 2017), now it’s the time to get your hands on one of the family passes and save loads of money!
As we usually spend May half-term out of the UK, I was wondering how easy and how much fun it can really be just staying here in london. To be honest, I was dreading it a bit.
I was hoping that the weather would be good enough to spend a great day at the close-by LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, and happy to say, it was.
It was actually so hot that many people had the same idea. After our last visit a while back, we knew that if we really wanted to get the most of the day, we had to pay for the Q-bots, which I would highly recommend.
That way you can reserve a spot in a shorter queue, and can do much more during your visit. As we expected, Legoland was packed with families, but people were somehow spread so it was not too bad.
Girls loved getting their first driving licence, and ninja training at the brand new LEGO® NINJAGO® World as well as getting wet on one of the rides ( which was not great for me after having a professional blow dry done the day before, but hey, what wouldn’t you do for the kids?). It was such a success I am sure they will want to do it again when we come back during the long summer holidays.
As we know there is a lovely splash area, which in deed was very busy, I packed girls’ swimsuits and towels, and they loved cooling down after a few hours of exploring the park.
All in all, we had a much nicer experience than a few years back, and we will definitely be back soon. Just need to remember to book parking in advance to avoid walking from dusty fields that are a bit too far for little feet like Olivia’s to walk before getting to the actual park, and of course after leaving.
Another of our visits was to the Sea Life London as the girls adore sealife, fish and anything to do with sea, like their mummy.
After a little lie-in and breakfast we walked to the tube station, no rush anywhere and really enjoyed each other’s company. How great is it to actually be able to be the master of your time and don’t have to rush?
From checking their official website I knew they had a new exhibition “Ocean Invaders” just opening on the occasion of the school holiday, and it was all about jellyfish! Isabelle and olivia both loved the gigantic underwater tanks with rays, sharks and other sea creatures.
Then we got to the last bit where the new exhibition was, and we absolutely loved it. There were also a few creative activities for children to do like making their own jellyfish from paper plates, and then you got a nice badge for your great effort.
This new exhibition has undoubtedly been the highlight of our visit, and we did spend a while exploring all the the different types.
As we had a some time left, we also decided to make the most of our london visit and pop in to the Shrek’s Adventure London again. Olivia was a bit tired and complained at first, but then she enjoyed it, and agreed it was worth it.
After such a great day I made sure we avoided the rush hour and joined just a few passengers on a train back home. Girls happily chatted about what they saw and Olivia was planning how she would share her lovely day at her school after the holiday.
I was so pleased the holiday was not a disaster, and did not hear “I am bored” even once as we also planned a sleepover, a few playdates and a visit to the local trampoline centre. The week actually flew by, and the following Monday I was wishing it lasted a bit longer.
It’s great to know there are still so many other places we will visit this summer with the Annual Merlin Pass, and cannot wait to take the girls to places which are a bit further from london.
Here is to a great summer in the UK!