Thursday, 14 July 2016

Family Gaming Fun & Giveaway with Power UP at the Science Museum

I am really excited to tell you about Power UP a fantastic new gaming event that is being held at the Science Museum this summer and runs from Friday 22nd July until Sunday 7th August and features the very best video games, computers and consoles from the past 40 years.


What is Power UP?

Running in partnership with leading gaming specialists European Gaming League (EGL), gamer girls and boys are in for a museum experience like no other. With over 160 systems and hundreds of games that are all fully operable and available to play on - from Pong and Pacman to Lego and Halo - there is something to suit beginners and experts, competitive parents, multiplayers, retro fans and everybody else in between.


The very latest Next Gen consoles such as PS4 and Xbox One will be on hand alongside classic PC titles Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog and a host of Disney and Batman games. So parents and kids alike can each show off their skills to the other!


Split into multiple zones, featuring the most loved and popular games linked by theme, content and brand – from Atari and SEGA to PlayStation and Nintendo, Power UP offers players of all ages the perfect opportunity to experience science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at its liveliest -up-close and hands-on.


Early programmable computers and classic 80s educational games will also be playable alongside the most current and contemporary of games - highlighting just how far and fast gaming culture has developed over the past 40 years.

Here's a clip all about the event:


Looks good doesn't it?

Tickets

Tickets are on sale NOW for the four times daily 90 minute sessions which kick off at 11am on 22 July. Day passes and family tickets are available and advance booking is advisable. Some tickets will be available to purchase at the museum on the day, subject to availability. Adult Only sessions for ages 18+ are also running in the evenings on 29 July, 30 July and 5 August and Power UP will run as part of the Science Museum’s July Lates on Wednesday 27 July. Full details of sessions and dates are available via www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/powerup.

Giveaway

The great news is that I have not one, but two family tickets up for grabs. Entry is easy, just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below and the competition closes on 21st July at 12am. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Disclaimer: I received a family pass to Power Up and 2 family tickets to giveaway. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Peppa Pig Classic Toys Review

We love Peppa Pig here, a day never goes by without Peppa and friends making an appearance in this house so the Classic toys we were recently sent to review have definitely been nothing short of a hit. We were lucky enough to receive Peppa Pig Air Peppa Jet and Peppa Pig Peppa's Home and Garden Playset which are fantastic fun and perfect to keep little Peppa fans entertained.


Air Peppa Jet

The Air Peppa Jet is perfect for taking Peppa on adventures, ours is so awesome it can even fly to the moon. It is full of great features and details including a pull down stairs, a rear storage compartment where you can pop Peppa's luggage in before taking to the air, and an openable cabin for children to move the Peppa Pig character that comes with it around the plane. The pilot, Miss Rabbit sits in the front and there is even enough room in the cockpit for Peppa to come and help fly the plane, apparently she is a fantastic co-pilot (according to Zachary). 

Home and Garden Playset

Fans of the show will love this as it is instantly recognisable from TV. The house opens up to reveal four rooms and an attic for storage. The rooms are all decorated just as in the show and it comes with accessories such as a fridge, bed, sea-saw and tree to complete the garden. Both Peppa Pig and George are included and this is one toy which really does lend itself to hours of play as children recreate the stories they have watched on tv and even go on to make their own. The playset folds up neatly for storage and the great thing is that your little ones never need to leave it behind as it comes wth a little carry handle which allows them to take it wherever they want. 

Our Verdict

My three year old twins and even their six year old big brother have had so much fun playing with these two classic Peppa Pig toys. The playsets are perfect for imaginary play and I have witnessed some amazing adventures unfold in my living room since it arrived - I actually think I should submit them to the writers of the show. The detail and quality are all fantastic and the toys are robust enough to stand the demands of preschoolers play. The figures which come with the set are great as they are poseable and so can go on the see-saw, lie on the bed and co-pilot a plane. 

Your kids will not only love playing with their favourite  Peppa characters but will also develop fine motor skills as they open the door on the plane, unlock the Home and Garden set and help Peppa and George play on the see-saw. For me though it is hearing the little stories and adventures that are told as their imaginations ignite that I love so much.

I can definitely recommend both these Classic Peppa Pig toys along with the others in the range, they are perfect for new and old Peppa fans as let's face it kids can't get enough of the little pink pig. You can purchase the Air Peppa Jet playset and Home and Garden playset from Argos and the usual toy retailers. Finally I leave you with a video of the Classic Peppa toys - enjoy!



*Disclaimer: I received the Peppa Pig Air Peppa Jet and Peppa Pig Peppa's Home and Garden Playset in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Lion Guard Twitter Party Fun

Last week we hosted a Lion Guard Twitter Party along with UKMums.TV and other bloggers which was so much fun!

The kids got to play with some of the newest toys from the recently launched Lion  Guard range, take part in fun activities such as Pin the Tail on Kion, race to complete a Maze and Name the Animals task which was hilarious and impressive at the same time. I also made an array of Lion Guard themed party snacks which were mostly healthy and went down a storm so it was a hit all round.

What we thought of the Lion Guard Toys

In a word - roarsome! They loved them and couldn't get enough of playing with them all. We had the Defend the Pride Lands Playset, Bunga's Coconut BlasterLion Guard Collectible Figure set and Ono's Lookout Launcher. The Defend the Pride Lands Playset was a huge hit and the kids loved exploring it, finding traps and the hidden features, this is the kind of toy that children just love playing with again and again and is full of potential for imaginative play and adventures. 

The mini playsets went down a storm too and the little ones loved being able to launch Ono's net and Bunga's blaster. The quality is fantastic, they are durable toys ready to stand up to the test of preschoolers play, true to the TV show and engaging and fun. 

Lion Guard Party Food

A party wouldn't be a party without cake so we had some special Lion Guard cupcakes. 

We also had Kion inspired fruity pancakes, Strawberry and Grape vines, Safari Snakes, Jungle yogurt and animal cookies. The kiddies devoured the lot, fruit is definitely more desirable when presented in a fun way. 

Party Activities and More

The activity which generated the most laughs was definitely Pin the Tail on Kion, there were some hilariously placed tails not to mention a little cheating monkey.

There was a maze race and a name the animal activity which the kids were brilliant at. 


I have to say I loved the animal noises and impressions that accompanied the naming of animals, Zoey did a very amusing ape beating on his chest performance. 

We also had some Lion Guard magazines to explore and I can highly recommend picking up a copy to keep kids entertained over the summer holidays especially if you are planning a long trip as there is loads to read, do and enjoy in it. 

Of course no party us complete without goodie bags for guests to take home and ours were definitely well received with a Lion Guard poster, colouring pencils, a Lion Guard blind bag, Poster and sweets. It was the perfect party for little Lion Guard fans!



*Disclaimer: I received a Lion Guard party pack to take part in this Twitter Party.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Look out for the Lion Guard Twitter Party!

I am super excited to tell you that we will be hosting a very special Lion Guard Toys Twitter Party next Wednesday the 6th July from 1-3 pm which promises to be lots and lots of fun.  The party is to celebrate the new range of Lion Guard toys which will be going on sale tomorrow, the 2nd of July.


In advance of the party we have been sent a party pack which along with the fantastic new Lion Guard toys, contains lots of fun games and activities to keep the kids entertained although I have a feeling they will not want to do anything other than play with Kion and his friends in the brilliant playsets from the range.

Here is a sneak preview of the pack which we received so you can have a look at just how good the party promises to be.

Please be sure to join us on Twitter on Wednesday 6th July from 1-3pm to follow the fun look out for me @mmeeee@ukmumstv and use the hashtag #LIONGUARDTOYS. See you then!



*Disclaimer: I received a Lion Guard party pack. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Brio Safari Starter Set Review

The twins were beyond excited when I gave them the BRIO Safari Starter Set to play with. Zachary was delighted as he loves trains and building tracks and this one was green, his all time favourite colour. Zoey immediately grabbed the monkey and placed him hanging on the tree saying "how cute" he was. It is definitely safe to say the set was a hit from the get-go.


What is in the set

The box contains seven track pieces, a poseable ranger figure, a train and wagon with load, a crossing point with tree, a magnetic monkey and a zebra. Just as you would expect from BRIO the quality of each piece from the trains, animals to the track pieces are high quality and the set itself is cleverly designed.

At Play

I love watching the twins and Ben playing with this starter set, the pieces included are well thought out and lends itself to fun and imaginative play. The magnetic monkey is a genius addition and has resulted in lots of laughs and giggles with shouts of "you cheeky monkey" as he steals the train's load while it chugs along the track. There is so much detail on everything right down to the animal footbrints on the tree track piece which the twins were very excited to discover. 

The set itself is compatible with other BRIO and a variety of other wooden rail sets which is great news as it allows the fun and adventures of the safari to grow. Wooden toys like this which encourage kids to use their imagination are definitely high on my list of top toys, it is clear to see that the kids get so much enjoyment out of making up little stories and adventures while developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination slotting everything into place.

Our Verdict 

The Brio Safari Starter Set definitely gets the thumbs up from us. It is a fun set that can be built upon to expand and grow along with your child's love of trains, age and ability. It is suitable for children aged 3+ so makes the perfect introduction to trains for little kids. The BRIO Safari Starter Set has a retail price of £21.99 and is available to buy from the usual toy retailers and online from Amazon.


*Disclaimer: I received the BRIO Safari Starter Set in exchange for a review. All views and opinions are my own and unbiased.