Friday, 30 November 2018

Zoggs DC Super Heroes Make a Splash at Coral Reef Waterworld

Earlier this month we were invited along to Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell for a very special Zoggs event to celebrate the launch of the DC Super Heroes range. The collection includes Aquaman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman with products available in the Women’s, Men’s, Juniors (6-15 years) and Kids (0-6 years) ranges so the whole family can be kitted out in their favourite Super Hero swimmers and accessories. How awesome are these DC Super Heroes Hologram Batman Goggles?


My Zoggs DC Super Heroes hit Coral Reef

My three little super heroes couldn't wait to put their Zoggs swimming gear to the test and were so excited when I told them we would be doing so in Coral Reef Waterworld. I may have added to the hysteria by showing them the all action waterslide video clips on the Everyone Active site. Just check this one of Ben's favourite slide, The Cannon out. (Disclaimer, I wasn't brave enough myself to go down it)




Coral Reef certainly didn't disappoint and the family-friendly changing area got it an instant thumbs up from me. The Changing Village is not only spotlessly clean but has spacious family cubicles with enough room for everyone to get dressed without falling over each other or treading on toes. The cubicles have benches which are perfect for the kids to sit on and wait while everyone gets pool ready, there are plenty of pegs to hang bags, coats, towels, swimming accessories etc and I noticed pull down baby-changing tables too so definitely well equipped. Spacious lockers are available next to the cubicles to store your belongings in, all you need is a £1 coin to lock them and you are set to hit the pool.



When we reached the pool area all three of my kids wanted to go in different directions so I was thankful there were two of us to keep them under control. Zachary and Zoey headed with me to the pirate ship and younger kids activity area while Ben went with Daddy to check out the waterslides.




It wasn't long before we were notified that the volcano was about to errupt which saw a mass exodus of people towards it in anticipation. It was so much fun to see the explosion with kids and grown-ups splashing about in the water, dodging and diving through the streams. The boys very cooly whizzed their way through it on the Zoggs Batman inflatble surf rider. These riders are fantastic and as they deflate and inflate easily perfect for pool visits and holidays



Ben was so excited after his go on the Storm Chaser Waterside, the twins were raring to go so we all ventured on it. Little kids can go on a float with a grown up, so Zoey and I headed for the Storm Chaser. Before you go down the slide you select a theme with options ranging from Pink Sparkles, Halloween, Rainbow, Disco and more. We decided on the Disco experience and it was full on party fun, the lights, music, and the thrill of whizzing down the slide was awesome so of course, we had to go on it again and again - I actually lost count of how many times we did in the end.


Thankfully Zoey also enjoys chilling in the jacuzzi so we went and hung out there while the boys did more exploring around the rapids. I actually couldn't believe how quickly the time passed. Usually, after a half an hour or so in our local pool Zachary's lips start turning blue but that definitely wasn't the case here as the water temperature is lovely and warm which makes for a very enjoyable experience and perfect for family of all ages. 

Zoggs Range

The Zoggs products we were sent not just looked great but you can tell they are very high quality. I can honestly say I have never felt so pool confident as I did in my Mystique Classic Back swimsuit, I love the cross front straps and the colour and design. I was so glad I choose it as I usually tend to go for a plain black swimsuit which let's face it is super boring next to this one.

The kids all had items from the DC Super Hereos range including the Batman and Wonder Woman Water Wings Vests which are great for giving kids confidence in the water while they learn to swim. My favourite item has to be Zoey's Wonder Woman Swimdress though, she loves it too and even begged me if she could wear it to school for own clothes day.



Zoggs is an Aussie brand, founded back in 1992 with all products made to stand up to the Australian sun, sea and swimming pools which accounts for the brilliant quality of everything from the swimsuits, goggles, learning aids to the training accessories. Zoggs products can be found for sale online, on the high street and in more sports and leisure centres and are available in over 50 countries around the world. After putting them to the test I can honestly say I will always opt for Zoggs when it comes to swim wear and accessories. 

Monday, 29 October 2018

Little Monsters Movie Maker Event at Nicholsons Shopping Centre

Who you going to call?

Our local shopping centre, Nicholsons in Maidenhead, ran a fantastic free Little Monster Movie Makers event last week where the kids got to star in their very own version of Ghostbusters. A big thank you to the organisers, it really was a fantastic effort from all involved.



I ain't afraid of no ghosts!

Ben and the twins loved their movie debut. It was a brilliant introduction into how movies are made from the Storyboard Stage to what is involved in shooting the various scenes with takes and retakes until it was just right.


Their faces were priceless while watching the finished movie this morning.


Check it out for yourself here and make sure you watch it right to the end - credits included.

 

Monday, 8 October 2018

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies Review

Meet  Shreddy, one of the Zoomer Hungry Bunnies who has made quite a big impact in our house. This little pink bunny, with her soft fluffy blue ears, is cuteness overload. Zoomer Bunnies are interactive and just like real bunnies, loves to eat and play. I have to admit I am very impressed with the interactive features which make this toy both extremely engaging and entertaining.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

Hungry Bunny Fun

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies come with over 80 treats to choose from including carrots, radishes, ice creams, popsicles and more.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

The thing that amazed and delighted my kids was how Shreddy really ate her treats which resulted in a rather colourful confetti surprise being produced - cue lots of laughter. Zachary, our little eco-warrior, made me laugh when he quickly pointed out that these bunny droppings are good as they can be recycled.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny Confetti Surprise

The good news is there is also a treat tracer template included so your little ones can make as many colourful, wild and wonderful snacks as they like. This was an ideal activity for my arty Zoey who quickly filled up the treat basket which is also included. Our Shreddy is definitely a very well fed bunny.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny Treat Tracer

Our Verdict

Zoey fell in love with Shreddy the second she saw her, Being pink earned instant bonus points but when Zoey discovered all the treats and the basket she couldn't wait to get playing. She immediately made up the little basket and got the treats ready while I popped the batteries in.

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

Zoomer Bunnies interactive features including sounds and actions ensure she has a  super high play factor. The bunny's tummy makes a grumbling sound when she is hungry and wants to eat. Then to indicate she has eaten enough she plays a magical sound. Sometimes she burps and needs a gentle pat on the back and tickling her tummy leads to lots of laughter. You pat her head to play magical music games and listen to her beautiful singing voice. In Zoey's words "she's the bestest bunny ever".

Where to Buy

Zoomer Hungry Bunnies comes in two colours,  pink (Shreddy) and white (Chewy) and are available to buy from the usual toy retailers and online including Amazon and Smyths Toys with an RRP of £29.99. If you are looking for a bargain Zoomer Bunnies are currently on sale in Smyths, priced at £19.99. 

Zoomer Hungry Bunny

*Disclaimer: I received a Zoomer Hungry Bunnies toy for review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Friday, 28 September 2018

The GraviTrax Fun Continues

It is now over three months since the boys started playing with GraviTrax, the awesome STEM track building system from Ravensburger and they are even more hooked on it than ever. It definitely gets on my list for the best tried and tested toys available so one to consider for Christmas lists (sorry, I know it's still September). 

Here's a quick video of the boys (and Tuco) at play after school yesterday.



Creating an Educational Bedroom for Your Children

You might think that a baby doesn’t really need a creative and inspirational bedroom. You’d be wrong though! Smaller babies up to 6 months old are better off sleeping in the same room as their parents, but perhaps after that, you’d like to move your little dumpling into their own place and reclaim your space back. Investing in a luxury nursery furniture set will take care of all of the initial decor, then the colours and theme can come into to play as they grow.

The early years, sounds we hear, colours we learn to recognise and the experiences we have form much of what we know about the world. Ensuring that your baby’s nursery is safe and educational is a must. So, how can we create a creative space for our children?

Children's Bedroom

Colour

While young babies see in black and white, and not all that well, it isn’t long before they can see the rainbow just like everyone else. Think about a theme that you (and they) might like. Invest in a few bright wall murals. Perhaps some patchwork blankets, and depending on the age of your child a nice duvet set.

Books

It is never too early to introduce books. You can purchase them second hand or new, whichever you like. Soft material books with recognisable animals like dogs, cats and ducks with textured patches and noisy bits are great for their gross and fine motor skills. You can even get books that can be used in the bath too. Introducing your little ones to words, shapes and even numbers this early lays a great foundation when the time for nursery rolls around. You might want to invest in some fabulous educational toys too.

Cosy

When we feel safe, we relax. Who doesn’t love the sound of a relaxed baby cooing in their cot? When your child is cosy and chilling out in their bed, they can look around the room and soak in their surroundings. Placing some of their favourite characters on shelves around the space, encourage them to use those core muscles and the neck muscles.

Celebrate

We all like to have our achievements on display. When your little ones big enough to start creating pieces of ‘art’ rather than just tuck it away in a draw, start framing them and put them on display around the room. As your child grows, and joins teams and earns medals and certificates, you can swap artwork from their younger years and add in the bigger stuff.

Positive Reinforcement

Rather than making the bedroom into a place where they go when punished, turn it into a sanctuary. Have a list of your positive sayings on the door of the room. Read them together at night, and eventually when your child is big enough they will be able to read them alone. A great list to start with is:
  • I believe in myself 
  • My family believe in me too 
  • I take care of my things 
  • I am bright, funny and brilliant 
  • I am loved 
  • My room is my safe space
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