We were lucky enough to be invited to Eagle heights. Eagle heights is based in Enysford in Kent, which is the ideal location to see the birds fly. At Eagle heights there are seven different types of eagles, three vultures, five hawks and two falcons. There are also owls and a caracara, along with the usual chicken, ducks, raven and few other birds.
There are also mammals, a few farm animals and sled dogs. I can’t forget that they have a small selection of reptiles too!
Eagle heights is the perfect size for families, its not too big and not too small, there is even a play area for over fives and a separate play area for under fives. There are plenty of picnic tables so you can have a picnic or a reasonably priced tea room. There are signs about warning that food shouldn’t be eaten during the meetings of the animals which are at set times during the day. The centre is buggy and wheelchair friendly. Viewing the animals is also suitable for everyone.
The staff were amazing with the animals and were also friendly and helpful to the public.
The shop, tea room, toilets were very clean and tidy.
We were lucky enough to meet the husky’s. These are beautiful dogs and they look so happy and well cared for. There are experiences to have a personal meet with the husky’s along with husky rides where you are pulled along by a sledge and of course camping out with the husky’s. I will certainly be doing this once Bear and Bell are older as it sounds amazing, marshmallows around the fire, meeting the dogs and camping out. I just need to get over my fear of actually camping first!
There are also eagle shows where you can see these amazing, stunning birds fly and learn all about them. You can also do experience days too.
There is also a Owl experience which is available, I am very tempted to book this for myself whilst the children are at school. Owls are my favourite birds.
Prices for the experiences start from £80.
If you fall in love with one of the animals, you can also adopt them, obviously they stay living at the centre.
Eagle heights is working on wildlife conservation in the UK, whilst assisting on a conservation project in West Africa. If you fancy popping down to see the animals, and learn more about how they are helping Wildlife conservation both here in the UK and West Africa, prices for children are currently £4.95 for over 2’s, and adults are currently £8.95, with a slight discount for over 65’s, students, disabled and carers.
Oh and did I mention the Crystal place eagel lives here?
What is a Spooky half term without Pumpkin Picking?
Bell and Bear loved pumpkin picking there was so much choice. There were little pumpkins and giant pumpkins! Of course Bear chose a giant pumpkin which I was dreading carving! Bell chose a sensible size one.
We went to a local pick your own, which is ten minutes from our house, we usually go their for strawberry picking too!
Bell had her first cinema trip and we saw Trolls at Odeon cinema , they were both very well behaved and sat so nicely, I even managed to loose the carpark ticket, which wasn’t good! But it was all okay the nice ticket man let me of the fine and I paid for the 3 hours we were there.
We went to a Halloween birthday party! We had so much fun! There was a entertainer called Silly Billy and all the children loved him and the grown ups too as he was very funny!
We sat in traffic jams!
Okay this isn’t typically a fun time, as traffic jams are awful at the best of times but with these two clowns traffic jams aren’t too bad!
We visited National Trust Emmetts Garden and rolled down the hill and went on a pumpkin hunt with some friends who we hadn’t seen in ages! This was very spur of the moment, and we all had a amazing time, and the weather was amazing for October!
The car broke down!
Need I say more?
We visited Coolings Nature Trail. We love it here, the children can run about in a safe area and the best bit they now have my favourite animals…. OWLS! It is also great value for money and we can go in any season.
We had a play date with a pirate! Okay not technically a pirate but a lovely little girl called H who Bear used to go to pre-school with, she is now in reception and Bell goes to pre-school with her brother G, so it was fun to catch up even though Bear had about 4 tantrums whilst we were there!
We were so lucky to go to Kent Life , to join in with their spooktastic Halloween event! The children loved meeting the animals in cuddle corner, playing on the bouncy castle, the play park, looking around the houses and looking for the ghosts. We also went on the tractor and the land train too! We were so busy we even managed to see a bubble show soft play too!
And we all know half term isn’t complete without the DVD, popcorn on the sofa day!
Here are some of the things we will be getting up to this half term!
Explore the outside
Learn something new
Have a breakfast or Lunch out somewhere
Visit A Castle
Visit the nature Trail
Make some Arm pit fudge
A trip to the Cinema!
Okay it doesn’t sound exciting but with Christmas fast approaching money is tight. With autumn being mild, we are able to get out and about and explore the local area a bit more too, as well as taking full advantage for our National Trust Memberships.
We will also be making some pictures to go into frames for relatives for Christmas presents, as requested by my aunt and cousin.
The Safari Zoo In Sa Coma has been there since 1969. We picked up the free transfer Safari bus from just outside our hotel and it took us to the Zoo.
We had to pay before we bored and at 19 euros per adult and 10 euros per child is was’t too badly priced. When we got there we had to hop of the safari bus and get into a little train which was very open. We started of going round a dessert looking field and there were lots of Animals roaming around with very little shade for them. They all looked a bit skinny, but happy and healthy, if that makes sense?
Anyway we carried on and we stopped with the Zebras, one of the Zebras came right up to the trailers and the guide said he was very friendly and he liked being stroked. Seeing as I dout I would ever get to feel a Zebras skin again it was a great opportunity. The Zebras skin/fur actually felt silky but rough at the same time, if that’s even possible? Bell and Bear didn’t want to touch the Zebra.
Next we drove along to the area where most of the Monkeys where hanging out and the monkeys were all wondering around expect for one who ran as fast as he could, then slowed down and climbed up onto the trailer and sat for a minute or two on the side enjoying the ride. Bell wasn’t keen on the monkey catching a ride with us she moved from me to another bench, Bear however couldn’t stopped looking at him.
We then went to the Graffias and some people even feed them, there tongues are very strange, but they are beautiful creatures. We didn’t feed them as I do’t think the correct diet for them is bread!
We then carried on and we got dropped of at the top to where the lions and tigers, Llamas where along with a few birds and my favorite the Meerkats, I could watch them for hours.
There was a huge play area for the children, some of the rope bridges where frayed or had holes in them which was a shame. The cafe was nice and friendly, but the floor was a bit grubby with crumbs where we were sitting.
But overall it was a lovely few hours out of the hotel complex. All these views are my own and I haven’t been paid for this.
We booked the Protur Vista Badia Hotel in May 2015. We went for a week as when we went to Ibiza two weeks seemed far too long!
Vista Badia is a four star hotel and a Platinum hotel (i didn’t realize this until we actually got there!) it was so clean and well presented. And had a very modern feel to the reception area.
We arrived at (yawn) 3.30am to the hotel and the room was just a short walk from the reception area, we wasn’t told any details though of when Breakfast was and what time it was on until, it was given to us in a leaflet along with meeting our Thomson Rep at 10am.
The room was spotless to! it had a small kitchen area with a fridge, oven hob,microwave and a sink.There was a table with four chairs and a small living room area which had two sofas, a coffee table and a tv with a few uk channels.
The bedroom was separate and was a nice size even with a cot in. The bathroom had a shower and a bath which was a bonus with two young children.
On our first day we managed to get three sunbeds at the front of the children’s splash pool and to be honest there was only one day we were in the 2nd row. There was no arguing over who sat where and what time towels were out, Most towels were put out between 7.50-8.30 when people went for breakfast.
When we saw our Rep, he explained that there were 2 other hotels we could use the facilities one was the Safari Park hotel and the other one was the Spa hotel.Also there were 5 different restaurants we could go to for our evening meal BUT booking was limited and the restaurants spaces were divided between Badia and the Safari hotel which in total was over 2,400 guests. We luckily managed to visit three of them. There was also a petting zoo and water park attached to both of the hotels too, along with a mini golf course. During our week stay we saw our rep max three times!
We didn’t visit the Spa hotel but we did visit the Safari hotel and it was very modern and clean as well. The only down side was that it was packed it had over 2,000 guests but most of the facilities were in this hotel along with some of the restaurants.
We visited the Safari Zoo and the Marineland (more on that later), but mostly we spent the time around the pool, visiting the beach and walking around the area.
Around the hotel there were a few car hire places, lots of shops selling holiday souvenirs and lots of pubs and restaurants. Sa Coma is a purpose built resort which was built back in the 1980’s. Cala Millor and Porto Cristo are just up the road where you can hop on to a little train which costs around four euros per adult and two fifty euros for children, return. Or you can hop on the local bus, or get a taxi. There are also locals offering horse and Cart rides up to Sa coma Castle.
There are a few street sellers, who do the braiding of hair and temporary tattoos but they aren’t in your face asking you to buy all the time which is lovely.
The beach is at the end of the shops and its actually dare I say very buggy and wheelchair friendly. There are wooden walking paths dotted along the beach and they do get you fairly close to the sea’s edge, you do have to drag the buggy slightly to get to a spot but I promise its very easy to get down as far as you can.
Back in the hotel you need your door card key to get back into the back door exit and entry. I think this is a great idea as it stops people getting in to the hotel who shouldn’t. The pools where lovely and clean too! There were two main places to eat during the day (lunch) they served food from 1pm until 3pm in the restaurant area and pool bar. The pool bar was quick food like hot dogs, burgers and pizza , where the main restaurant was rice and pasta dishes with a choice of meat, salad and cold meats. The food however was nice BUT it wasn’t hot, if you wanted hot food you would of had to go to one of the restaurants which you had to pre-book the choices where Asian, India, Italian, Greek and Country grill which was burgers, ribs etc.
The staff however couldn’t do enough for you all very helpful and there English is very good. There is also a English receptionist, who works most afternoons too.
The children’s club was very good it ran everyday except on Sunday’s and they do a varied program of art,games, water games and face painting. And run from 11am until 4.30pm!
The evening entertainment was varied also, and very good they certainly got the audiences attention. The evening entertainment kicked of with Mini disco from 8.30 until 9.15 Then family entertainment from 9.30 until around 11pm.
Would I go back? Yes I would, but I would either go half board or self catering… Why? Because the staff, the hotel where lovely and I wouldn’t want to go all inclusive to be eating cold food.
Out of 10 I would give the hotel 9/10
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review or approached by Thomson to do this. The words are all my own words and views.
We went to Lanazorte when Bear was little and I was pregnant with Bell.
It was Bears first trio to the airport and he loved it he was unsure of going through the security machine but do you blame him it must be scary for a child. He choose a magazine, some sweets and of course a drink for the plane.
The flight was great, we had early morning flight, we packed small toys from the pound shop and wrapped in tissue paper, so he could open up during the flight, it worked really well. We also took sone of our own snacks too. He played, ate and had a sleep!
We stayed in a hotel (baby brain has made me forget the name!) Which was flintstone themed. Unfortunately the room wasn’t but that didn’t bother me at all.
There was little dinosaurs to sit on and ride on.
The little play park was good too but more for a 3 year old plus child. Bear enjoyed it Though!!!
The hotel was clean and the food was okay. The children’s pool was just a round pool no slide but Bear was very happy with that.
We visited the local zoo which had a play park, water park and lots of lovely animals which had so much space to roam around and it was so clean, and it was reasonable priced too!
Bear loved the beach he was very happy toddling up and down on the sand building sand castles and padding in the sea!
The weather was amazing, and I really do not understand why people call Lanazorte, lanzorgote at all!
I have a slight problem with sugar! Yes that’s right I admit Sugar is my weakness, it’s one hundred percent not good for me, or anybody for that matter.
Last year and the previous year (2014/2015) I would drink Lucozade as though it was going out of fashion. When we went to Zante (beautiful island by the way and the turtles are huge!!) I brought a bottle of Lucozade from the local shop and I’m not sure what it was it could of been the heat or me reading that Lucozade contains Bull sperm (no idea how true this is!) But it certainly put me of from drinking it!
I am now drinking lemonade and Pepsi, I need to stop! It makes me feel horrible, my skin looks horrible too. All dry and pastey.
I also love puddings cheese cake is my weakness! I also love doughnuts, chocolate cake and chocolate bars!!! This also doesn’t help with the sugar habit.
We are currently sunning our self’s in Menjorca and once I am back I will be tackling my sugar cravings and reducing the amount I have. What? One last week of eating sugar I need all the sugar I can get! (Haha) I will be recording this as a weekly diary.. any ideas for a good name for my sugar diary or how to beat the sugar cravings???
YAY! School’s are almost finishing, some already have!
Many families will be heading of to the airport with excited children and excited husbands in tow. Or if they are like my Hubby he will be grumpy all the time and moan until we land at the otherside!
We have been travelling with Bear since he was 18 months old and Bell was 8 months. So my tip’s are a mix of ages from 8 months to 5 years.
Here are my top tip’s for travelling with children.
When Booking your holiday, select a night time flight. Why are you mad I hear you say? Yes I thought that too when somebody suggested flying at night BUT oh my goodness it was great Bear and Bell slept most of the flight! Which meant I managed to get some shut eye to, by that a eye half open to make sure Bear didn’t jump up and down and cause havoc.
On the plane try and pre-book your seat’s you will be able to book your seats to be near the toilets (I know but if you have a child who is just toilet trained it will help) or near a exit if you have a baby so you can be first off the plane.
Book valet parking if you are driving, you can drive straight up to the airport door unload and walk in and not worry about parking your car . And it is also brought back when you land. So easy with children!
Pack Plenty of snacks! You can not take drink’s through the security area unless its baby milk or a prescription. Be prepared to be ask to try it too! Baby milk tastes awful! Packing plenty of snack’s will keep little ones distracted whilst you queue up and go through the check points
Wrap up small toys with very few bits, We love the 99p shop for this. It is great idea for children as they won’t know what they have got and it will keep them busy for about 10 minutes.
Pack books, coloring books and stickers so so handy!
Change of clothes, make sure they are easy to get off and on. Also wear layers as aeroplanes and the airport can go from hot to cold due to the air conditioning
Changing baby in the toilet of a plane is very tight. So just take a Clean nappy and wipes, If baby needs a change of clothes (we have all been there!) strip them down to the nappy and get them dressed in the seat instead its a bit more spacious. Also change baby just before you board especially if its a short flight, baby should be fine. Also have more nappies than what you may need as you could be delayed.
Ensure Ipads/ tablets are well charged, short flights seem not to put on any movies.
If you do, do a night flight change your Little one’s in to their pajamas just before you board the plane, as you will be landing at night time, if a short flight, and when you get to the hotel you can just put them to bed without having to change them. Also if they need a change of clothes you can just put them in the clothes they were wearing.
If your child is old enough I would say 4 plus. Encourage them to do small jobs at home to get some holiday spending money for the airport or whilst on holiday. It will make them appreciate it more.
Packing with children. I personally found it a nightmare as I didn’t know what to take.
here is my run down for a 2 and 5 year old. Obviously each child is different.
Bears Holiday Clothes list
4x causal t-shirts and 3 x causal for shorts
4x evening t-shirts/shirts and 3 x smart shorts
3 x swim wear (one is a total Uv protection suit)
7 x pants
3 x socks
1x flip flops
a drinks bottle
1x beach towel
2x sunhats just encase one fulls in the pool and gets wet!
Bell’s holiday check list
4x swim suits
4x Evening dresses
2x causal dresses
3 x t-shirts
3 x shorts (including a smart pair)
1 x smart top
10 x knickers (we still have the occasional number 2 accidents)
a drinks bottle
hair bobbles and hair brush
In their hand luggage. They both have the same so will just do one list.
dot to dot for Bear and Sticker book for Bell
A pencil case full of pencils
a water color book
little drawing board
spare comforter (don’t forget to pack one at the top of the suitcase just incase you forget it!)
I have had people come up to me after flying (three countries) and all of them asked if we were actually on the flight as my children didn’t make a noise. ie screaming, kicking seats and shouting. I felt very proud.
Do you have anything thing planned for your summer?