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Finkley Down Farm

So today we spent the day with some friends at Finkley Down Farm in Hampshire. There were farm animals, indoor and outdoor play areas.

There were cute bunnies I really wanted to handle, but Little Sis so obviously didn’t.

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There was pony grooming which I really wanted to do, but Little Sis had no interest in.

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Fortunately there was lots of other stuff to do which she did want to do. They both enjoyed playing on the tractors and ride on toys.

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After lunch we explored the indoor play areas. The children were in heaven and explored each of the 5 areas in turn. They both loved the Construction Zone which featured large Lego blocks :)

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They ran around for hours (which is always a good thing) and had fun in the ball cannon area and playzone. I think we were there for 6 hours and didn’t manage to see everything!

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A day at Odds Farm Park

Today we visited Odds Farm Park, an award-winning children’s farm based near Beaconsfield. It only took us 20 minutes to drive there and we had an amazing day out.

As well as stacks of Indoor and Outdoor Play, there’s plenty of furry friends to meet and Animal Activities to take part in as well as Tractor & Trailer Rides, Sheep Racing and more!  The weather was perfect for a day outside and the children had a great time.

As soon as we walked through the doors they spotted the ride on tractors so they spent ages on those before we headed in to meet the animals There were loads of sheep, goats, pigs and bunnies and we made sure to buy some bags of food so we could all feed the sheep and goats.

PicMonkey CollageAfter we had all washed our hands we headed outside again. There were so many things to see and do Big Brother just ran from one thing to the next. The are some fantastic play areas which the children could have spent all day in.

We took advantage of one of the special Summer events by going to one of the Circus shows. This was our first time at one of these kind of shows and the children loved watching the different acts. Each performance is followed by a Circus Skills workshop which sounded fun for older children.

My two just wanted to be outside exploring. I was surprised how much there was but they loved the Fitness Trail, the go Karts, and the special Under 5′s play area.

By this time we had spent all morning so we decided to find some food for lunch and explore the Giant Indoor Playbarn. We obviously chose to eat at the same time as everyone else. We had to queue for a while and every table was taken. There were some overflow areas which were unfortunately closed so we just had to wait until a table became free. Our food was lovely (sandwiches for us and lunch boxes for the children) but the children just wanted to play in the Playbarn as soon as they saw it.

PicMonkey Collage2They spent an hour in the soft play area. There was a special area for Under 5′s which they loved although they did explore the larger soft play area too. It’s a lovely asset and I can imagine it is absolutely mobbed if the weather is not so good.

We finally dragged the children outside where they spent more time on the ride on toys, played in another play area and sand pit. We also went on a fun Tractor and Trailer ride all around the outside paddocks so we got really close to some of the animals.

By this stage we were all totally exhausted so sat down to enjoy a delicious ice-cream before heading home. Odds Farm Park is only 20 minutes for us so we will definitely be going again. I would thorough recommend it based on our experience of a great day out. We were also really happy to tick off Visit a farm from our list of #50things.

 

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Augmented reality at the British Museum

This morning Big Brother and I headed to the British Museum and the Parthenon Galleries for the launch of the Gamar app which helps bring the museum to life with augmented reality. The app has been developed to enhance the museum-going experience for younger, technology savvy generations by ‘gamifying’ the learning experience. I thought this sounded perfect for Big Brother so we couldn’t wait to take a closer look.

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‘A Gift for Athena’

When we arrived at the gallery he was handed a tablet and started the ‘A Gift for Athena’ game. It tells the story of how a gift for the goddess Athena’s birthday is stolen during a celebratory parade. Children are then asked to complete four challenges about the Parthenon temple to help get the gift back.

On the way, they will uncover fascinating details about famous statues, the wonderful stories behind many of the people depicted on the friezes, and the epic history of ancient Greece. It’s a lovely app, easy to use and with lots of information which really helped to bring the statues and friezes to life. I loved seeing how it made him actually look at the objects on display and helped him understand about their context. The challenges were fun and it was really interesting to see how technology could enhance his experience.

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How it works

This pioneering technology triggers interactive, augmented reality gaming experiences when looking at real-life objects and environments. Set to change the way we learn in and interact with public galleries, augmented reality will create a fun learning experience that helps people understand their surroundings. Technology company Gamar perfectly merges culture and technology with its easy to use app and games. Suitable for children aged seven upwards, simply hold a smart phone or tablet near an object and watch the display as the two instantly interact – helping children learn about the stories and history behind exhibits. Don’t delay, visit today and be one of the first to try it out. The Gamar app is available through Google Play and App Store for FREE and each game is priced at £2.49, for more information see www.gamar.com.

Our morning out involved visiting some new stations as part of our London Underground Challenge, which was both exciting and tiring :)

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