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Places to visit in N.I

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It’s summer time! Amellia is now off school for summer and I am trying to think of a few places to take her & Dylan. I thought I would share them here so that those of you who are close by can get some ideas, and if you have any other ideas please let me know so I can add them too!

Tayto Park
Belfast Zoo
Mount Stewart
Armagh Planetarium
Sileve Gullion Forest Park, Giants Lair
Airtastic
Castle Espie
Seaford Butterfly House & Maze   –  Find out what we thought here!
Giants Causeway
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park
Tollymore Forest Park
Marble Arch Caves
Belfast Museum
Wallace Park
Lagan Vally LeisurePlex
Watertop Farm
C & Js Animal Park
Drumaway Junction
Clip N Climb
W5
Castle Ward

I have added the link to the website for each one, so if you want to find out more information you can simply just click on the place! =]
I will update this list as we visit and add the link to my blog post where I will tell you what I honestly think of the place, suggestions for if you visit, pictures and whatever else I think is relevant!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and are now full of places to visit!
I will be doing a few more posts about summer fun, activities in the house for when its raining and some baking! =D

-WeeOhana

 

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Delamont Park

Today we had a lovely family day out, and you are from Northern Ireland or are over here visiting I really suggest visiting Delamont Park! It’s just a thirty minute drive from Belfast center and a five minute drive from Downpatrick It’s also a very affordable day out, we have found that many places you will go and visit cost rather a lot of money for a family of four to get in, but to get into Delamont Park was a tiny amount of £4. Which is amazing considering all that is there!

There are several different walks and are all sign posted and you also get a map whenever you go into the park which shows you where the routes go, how long they are and what you can find along the way! We opted for one of the shorter walks because we had the children with us, and we didn’t fancy having to carry little miss around the walk when her legs got tired! We went for the 4km walk, there are ones which are also shorter than this and also longer so there is a walk for everyone to do! The only thing I would say is that on the map you are given it doesn’t give you any sort of idea of the terrain, the path was excellent and very easy to push a pram along, though is very stony. I think having our baby jogger GT made it easier to push with the big wheels I’m not sure how easy a pram with slandered wheels would have been to push! My little girl found it a little difficult as a lot was uphill which we hadn’t really thought about, but she kept going with a bit of encouragement! She particularly loved seeing the sheep along the way and stopped at every one to try and entice them over with some grass..this didn’t go in her favor! Along the walk were some incredible views, and things to stop at. Several little stone beaches, a bird watching area, and many more but we were enjoying the walk so much we didn’t stop at these things, though I will make a point of ensuring we do this when we go back!

When we first arrived we started with our picnic, there was so many benches and open bits of grass to sit on so lots of space for whenever it is busy to enjoy you picnic without many around you! My little one was eager to sit on the grass and have hers, so this is what we did and had some lovely little sandwiches before we headed off on our adventure! #

After our walk we went on this wonderful little train which is designed to look like Thomas, it runs along a 1KM track and was really enjoyable! The little ones loved being on a train and really enjoyed it and I took in some of the wonderful views around while really cherishing the time we were spending together!

Next stop was the play park, what little ones don’t love parks right! Well this is one that is truly going to be enjoyed by any park lover. It is just wonderful, lots of wonderful wood climbing frames, slides, puzzles and much more. I really liked that they had a climbing frame for all ages! There was a big and a little one like you would find in more parks, but also a medium sized one too, which my little girl really enjoyed. She likes the big ones but wants you to go up them with her and with it being a bit busy, I wasn’t for climbing up with her and getting in the way of everyone! She went off and enjoyed the big one for a short while but wanted to play with her brother so spent a lot of the time on the little one with him, which was great as there was no one else on it! There was also a zip wire which she really enjoyed. As well as there being some great climbing frames/ balancing things/slides etc there was also a lot of open space to run about. My little boy really liked this as he likes to just potter about and explore the world around him rather than climbing on climbing frames and going on swings etc!

 

Beside the park there was also one of those metal gyms that are becoming increasingly popular, and there are also some of the single gym items placed along the walks too! Just in-case you were wanting to go there to jog/workout ..

We ended our day by then going out for dinner and coming home and having a lovely bath! Both the kids are now fast asleep in bed, and we are just about to settle down to watch a move! All in all we had a fantastic day and will be back to Delamont Park very soon; in fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to get the season pass so we will be visiting it many more times! I will let you know if we find anything else about in Delamont Park that we think is a must see while there.. but for now, you should really go there, enjoy the peace, views, beauty and nature. Oh & the park and the train if you have little ones with you!

Let me know if you go for a visit and what you think! =]

WeeOhana xx

 

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Belfast Zoo!

We woke up and the sun was shining! We decided to promptly get in the car and head to the zoo for a family trip seeing as the hubby was off and it was a lovely day! Though on our way up. the rain started and even though it tried, it did not damped our spirits! Whenever we got there we just made sure to get our little girl a poncho so that she would be kept dry and happy! Out little mans hood on his pram was huge so it would cover him and keep him dry enough!

On we went, we saw lots of animals, but we were very disappointed that the bears were being kept inside! It was to make there enclosure better for them though, so that makes it ok! =] In Belfast zoo they have a very large hill.. we decided to ignore it and not go up to the top of it because last time if I remember correctly there wasn’t very much up there but our reason this time.. was the huge hailstones that came out of nowhere.. they were the biggest hailstones that I had ever seen! We ran for cover up at the monkeys! We ended up staying in there for about an hour.. and it was great! My little girl was looking through the glass when a young monkey came up to the glass and stuck its tongue out at her! It made her day, and seeing her so happy made us forget about just how soaked we had got running for cover!

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These little lovebird Bats were my husbands favorite thing that he saw in the zoo! He got very excited by being able to see some! They were very cute as you can see! =]


My daughter really loved this giant tarantula that you could climb on! We had to go back to it several times for her! She loves creepy crawlies!

We were disappointed though by the souvenir shop as we could not find a single thing that we wanted to get for the kids, nor could the little ones! So that was a bit of a let down as we really wanted to get something as a little memory!

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Pretty Muddy 5K, Completed!! =D

Two days ago on the 30th of May, me and my friend participated in the Pretty Muddy 5K Race For Life!
Much to my amazement I finished it, without having to sit down, crawl or be carried during any part! 5K, is three miles! A long time ago before I had any children that wouldn’t have been much of a bother for me! I used to grab any sporting event by the horns and jump right on board! I used to do a lot of gymnastics, trampolining, horse riding, athletics.. literally whatever was going! I even ended up as Games Captain in my school, not too sure how! Though recently.. after having my second I have really let myself go and its disappointing.. So, after doing this run it has made me be kicked into gear! Time to start eating a bit more healthy and doing some exercise.. even if it is jumping about my living room like a monkey for an hour a night!

This was how I looked before doing the run;
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So, before we did the run, they got us all into a little group and made us do some warming up! Which was a great idea.. because I would have forgot otherwise! It was like a Zumba style warm-up and it was great fun! Infact.. I think I am going to treat myself to a Zumba DVD or something, as it really was a good laugh while we were doing it, I could even get my little girl in on the action!
After that there was a few little talky bits.. then the run began! The first obstacle, blow up hurdles.. well sort of.. This was when I realized that I was infact.. short. After all these years convincing myself that I’m not actually that short, I am! Most people were just jumping over these things, or swinging there leg over and I, well I had to take a running leap of faith to hope that I could get my leg anywhere near them! I seriously thought I was going to end up on my face.. thankfully these ones had no mud involved! Though the next lot of these did, but after having getting used to them on the ones before they weren’t to bad.. even the added mud wasn’t too much of a distraction.. untill me and my friend got a bucket of ice cold water thrown over us.. horrid. The next obstacle then was where you had to crawl under a net, army style in the mud; Though I must admit I wasn’t to impressed with the lack of mud on this one… crazy I know! Then the next one was where you had to climb up over one side and down another .. sort of like something you see in a play park.. though no mud at all this time! ='[ After we had completed this.. we had already done 1K we were amazed at how quick that had went! We then carried on… and found no more obstacles! We sort of slowly jogged a good bit of this, hoping to find more obstacles but ended up in a forest.. so we stopped jogging, our legs were getting tired, but we pushed on.. and made sure we kept up a power walk rather than slowing down too much! The next obstacle was then like they do in the army again.. the tyre thing, where you have to just .. alternatively step I suppose is the best way to explain it I think? Yet again.. no mud!! & this was at 4K! Only 1 more left to go.. where was all the mud and obstacles! Then after our power walking & chatting we decided when we saw the 4K to jog again, so on the home straight.. that was really where the mud came into play, and the obstacles.. kinda! Two obstacles.. one where you had to crawl on your hands and knees with mud up to your tummy & a guy shoveling mud all over you and then the final one.. you climbed up a giant inflatable slide .. slid down the slide, into a giant puddle of mud… and a guy squirting you with a hose! Here was my attempt at going down the slide.. while avoiding the man with the hose..

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This was me & my friend after we had just finished;
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So all in all we had a fantastic time, doing this for an amazing cause and together we raised approx £200, so I am proud of us! =] It also only took us 40 minutes to complete the course.. now I Know to some of you that probably sounds like a really long time.. but to us, especially me it felt like a great achievement and really gave me the encouragement to start training, or even just doing Zumba in my living room every other night! The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the lack of obstacles and the lack of mud!

Though I shouldn’t really complain we had a blast.. and are now looking at doing The Colour Run in August for the NSPCC! For those of you who don’t know the NSPCC is a charity set up to fight against child abuse in Northern Ireland & The Channel Island.

I hope this has encouraged any of you have been thinking of doing something like this to give it a shot! If you think you can’t do it.. you can!! You just have to keep positive and moving! =]

To hopefully leave you with a smile on your face.. here is our selfie of us covered in mud & still smiling! =]

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WeeOhana xx