Category: Family Life

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me knows that planning parties is totally my ‘thing’, it’s just something I love doing. This weekend we celebrated Florence turning two with a fun filled farm themed birthday garden party. This year I also put a lot of emphasis on the […]

Getting Started with Cloth Nappies

Getting Started with Cloth Nappies

It’s something I’ve been considering for some time, switching from disposable to reusable nappies. I figured even if I used one cloth nappy per day, it was 7 less disposables ending up in landfill each week, 365 every year. And when you put it like […]

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Sean and I are big film lovers. Before having children we would go to the cinema at least once a week and it’s pretty much the only thing I really miss since becoming a parent. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Florence to the cinema for a little while now. She loves Disney Films and is becoming more and more able and willing to sit and watch an entire feature and I have always seen going to the pictures as a great family activity – especially on a rainy day.

This weekend Florence and I were invited to Showcase Cinema in Bluewater to watch an exclusive preview of the new PAW Patrol movie – PAW Patrol Mighty Pups. I’ll be honest I was a bit apprehensive about taking a not even two year old to the cinema and wondered whether we’d have to leave mid way through the film — let’s face it, toddlers don’t always have the greatest attention span do they? However from the moment we arrived in the foyer of Showcase Cinema De Lux, we were so well looked after and I was immediately reassured by the calm yet excited buzz of the place that this was a venue more than equipped for young children. Once checked in, we were invited to meet the Pups and have our photo taken with them, however sadly Florence was terrified of the characters up close and so we stood aside the queue for a while as we waited for the next activity. The gentleman who I suspect was the manager of the cinema was so very kind and walked us through to the lounge which was full of PAW Patrol balloon characters. Florence chose a seat nearest to a Chase balloon and she was much happier to get acquainted with one of her favourite characters in balloon form. 

Laid out on the tables were lots of activity sheets for the children to colour and complete while they waited for the screen to be ready. These were great! Despite being too young to complete some of the puzzles, Florence loves to colour and it was the perfect distraction from waiting around for the film to start.

We chatted and relaxed in comfort at a table for four and were joined by another family with a young boy. The X Plus lounge itself is spacious and, in my opinion, a brilliantly designed space for families in particular to wait and enjoy a little prefilm natter away from the main and very busy foyer. I’d happily arrive early for my film showing just to go and chill in there for a little while, or even stop in there on the way out to digest and chat about the film we’d just watched.

This was the lounge after the event.

When it was time to go and watch the film I had wondered what we might have to do with the pram, however as soon as I walked in I realised I needn’t have worried. At the front of the auditorium, if you didn’t want to leave it to one side, there are three or four rows of seating which have more than enough room in between for a pram or wheelchair to sit without obstructing anyone’s view or the walkway which I think is a brilliant feature and probably the thing that impressed me the most about the venue. I could easily have taken William in his pram and sat him next to / in front of me without having to worry! The soft leather, recling seats were more than luxurious and created a really nice home from home feel which is ideal for a little one’s first cinema visit, not to mention achieving ultimate movie viewing goals for us. The relaxed setting immediately put Florence at ease and she made herself at home ready to watch the ‘Big Tetty’ as she called it.

PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups was played on one of Showcase Cinema’s state of the art XPlus screens reaching from wall to wall and equipped with Dolby Atmos Sound for a completely immersive cinema experience. The film was great too, telling the story of Ryder and the PAW Patrol team saving Adventure Bay from Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger and his nephew Harold’s naugty plots! This time though they were equipped with special super powers thanks to the Cosmic Space Rock which had fallen to earth, and end having to rescue Ryder when Humdinger & Harold’s plan to use their own powers from the rock for their own personal gain throws the safety of Adventure Bay into question. Florence thoroughly enjoyed the film and was glued to the screen for the most part. For those brief moments that she got distracted we pulled out the activity sheets from earlier in the day and had a quick colouring session or snuggled up on the more-than-big-enough for-Mummy-and-Florence seats! The film has it’s official premiere taking palce today and will be on a screen near you from next Friday, 17th May. If you have a toddler of Florence’s age, I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to one of the 21 Showcase Cinemas in the UK to watch PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups as the whole experience and film were just a perfect introduction to cinema for little ones. 

General admission tickets at Bluewater’s Showcase Cinema De Lux are actually fairly reasonable considering the whole experience and the facilities on offer with adult tickets coming in at £9.35 and child tickets at £8.60.

We’re going to be heading back to Bluewater in a couple of weeks time to watch The Secret Life of Pets as one of Florence’s birthday treats and really cannot wait to go back!

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

This cinema trip was kindly gifted to us by Showcase Cinemas & Nickelodeon in return for promotion of the cinema experience & PAW Patrol:Mighty Pups. All words and opinions are my own.

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Florence’s 23 month update – one month ’til 2!

Florence’s 23 month update – one month ’til 2!

Little Florence. Look how you’ve grown! We are on the countdown to your second birthday and I’m in a little bit of disbelief that this time next month I’ll be the mum of a 2 year old! So much has changed for you in the […]

What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

What’s in Florence’s Easter Basket?

With Easter a mere two weeks away, I’ve been gradually putting together some activities to do in the lead up to the big weekend as well as gifts for the children to have on Easter Sunday. As I know that family & friends will likely […]

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

DIY Easter Bunny Treat Bag Tutorial

So you guys seemed to love my DIY reindeer food sack  tutorial at Christmas so much, so I thought I’d try and recreate something similar for Easter. These little Bunny treat bags are just the cutest and add a lovely extra touch to your Easter Gifts.

I’ve used them to wrap up plastic fillable eggs or small treat size Easter Eggs like Cadbury’s Creme Eggs but you could always size up and use them to wrap bigger eggs or gifts if you fancied too.

What do you need?

Square of Pastel Coloured Fabric

Googly Eyes

Elastic Band

Ribbon

Plastic / treat size Easter Egg

White Pom Pom or Cotton Wool Ball

How to make a DIY Easter Bunny Bag

Lay your fabric square down on a flat surface with a corner pointing to you. Lay your egg (this one here is filled with homemade play dough, but you could fill yours with anything you like) and roll it up inside the fabric until you meet the opposite corner. You’ll have a sausage like shape with a pointed end either side.

Bring each end up to the top and cross them over to make the ears, using the elastic band to keep them in place.

Stick two googly eyes to the front. I used a hot glue gun as it just sticks better but you could use PVA glue if you have more patience than I do!

Turn your bunny bag around and stick the white pom pom to the back to make the tail.

Finish it off by tieing a ribbon around the bottom of the ears.

How cute do these look? I’ve made a couple of these for each of the children in our family and filled them with all sorts of treats including homemade play dough, chocolate buttons and sensory eggs.

They’d look super cute at different stations around an Easter Egg hunt or you could add them to your own little one’s Easter Basket like I have for Florence.

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DIY SENSORY EASTER EGGS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS {GIFTED SAMPLES USED}

DIY SENSORY EASTER EGGS FOR BABIES & TODDLERS {GIFTED SAMPLES USED}

Over the last week or so, I’ve been busy behind the scenes making bits and bobs for the littles’ Easter gifts. Today I wanted to share with you these unbelievably simple DIY sensory Easter eggs that I’ve added to William’s Easter basket ready to play […]

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

I can’t believe how quickly William’s first Easter has come around. While he is clearly too young to know what on earth is going on, let alone take advantage of the chocolate fest Easter brings, I still wanted to make him up his own little […]