I love an Insta-poll! Who’s with me!? I ask the real important questions like do you call your evening meal ‘dinner’ or ‘tea’ … see real burning stuff!
Anyway, way back in the beginning of the year I ran a poll about the types of things people want to see on the blog, something that was popular was; days out with the kids. I haven’t been as proactive as I thought I would be with the old blog, no excuse, some days I’m just lazy. But to honour the poll, here is a blog about an event we went to last year, hosted by Sneaky Experience ‘Pirates and Mermaids.’
(I paid for my tickets for myself, the children and my parents to attend the event.)
Last year Austin was pretty obsessed with Peter Pan, his birthday was very pirate heavy and he even received a Peter Pan and a Captain Hook costume. I’m not sure how I stumbled across the Sneaky Experience, I think my phone was spying on me and it magically popped up on Facebook, you know like these things do. When I looked into the event, it couldn’t be more perfect!
Set in the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey there was an outdoor cinema showing Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, which coincidentally was Georgia’s favourite film at the time, could it BE anymore perfect?
The event also boasted that other favourite Disney characters were dotted among the ruins doing stories, shows and singalongs – with a giant inflatable pirate ship, craft stations, and street food stalls. There was also a bar, which I made great use of, sipping pirate themed cocktails – its pretty much the only reason I invited my parents along 😉
When we arrived, we went for an explore and immediately found the giant inflatable pirate ship! Austin couldn’t believe his eyes! He couldn’t wait to get on and have a bounce and slide, Georgia was in her clingy phase so didn’t go on the pirate ship, instead we made some giant bubbles which kept her happy.
As Peter Pan was about to start, we found a perfect spot on the grass, got out our picnic snack boxes and enjoyed our food in the sun while watching the movie, there were some great street food stalls selling the most delicious toasties and pizzas that we enjoyed munching on.
After the movie we went for another explore around the ruins, the first character we found was Moana, who was teaching children some dance moves with hoola hoops, it was great fun watching Austin and Georgia trying to master the hoops, but not so funny when I had a turn and realised I couldn’t do it either!?
Next we found Captain hook, who was teaching children the art of sword fighting ready for his battle with Peter Pan! Captain hook was rather taken with Georgia, the feeling wasn’t mutual. This is one of my favourite pictures of Georgia!
There was a singing area with Tinker Bell, story time with The Little Mermaid and mini shows and game stations happening within the ruins. And as the whole thing was set within the stunning ruins of Kirkstall Abbey there were lots of areas for the children to climb and explore.
We were so busy seeing what was happening we missed the start of The Little Mermaid, but we didn’t mind as we were having so much fun.
Unfortunately, the typical British weather took a turn for the worst and it was too wet for us to sit and enjoy the end of The Little Mermaid, so we called it a day and headed home with the great memories.
It was a fantastic day out, unlike anything I had ever been on before and something I am keen to experience again.
I am currently running a giveaway with Sneaky Experience, to give one family the chance to a family ticket to their Eggs & Tales event happening at Kirkstall Abbey on Sunday 21st April 2019.
To be in with a chance of winning, please head to my Instagram page: Toddlerandtoast to find out more.
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