Penguin Experiences In The UK

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This post was last updated Jan'24 and contains affiliate links. 

This year Penguin Awareness Day is celebrated on 20th January and whether you are a penguin lover or not it's sad to hear that each year penguin numbers are dwindling. Celebrating Penguin Awareness Day or National Penguin Day can help support penguins by donating to charities or you can visit your local zoo to find out more about penguins. You can help save penguins by buying a tracking bracelet where a portion of proceeds go to the global penguin society or penguin experiences are a great way to get up close to the penguins and learn more about them. 

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Penguin Cove Experience At Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 1LE
Chester Zoo offers penguin lovers the chance to feed the penguins from their purpose-built feeding area. The Humboldt penguins who live in the penguin habitat will search for the fish as you throw them in the water. 

You will be given an expert keeper as your dedicated guide at Penguin Cove. Here you will learn fascinating facts and your guide will be able to answer all of your penguin related questions.

Each experience lasts 1 hour which include 20 minutes on the Penguin Cove feeding platform.

It's the perfect way to meet and feed the Humboldt penguins.

As a reminder of this unforgettable experience you will be given an exclusive gift and personalised experience certificate

As the experience takes place inside Chester Zoo, free admission is included within the price of the Penguin Cover Experience. 


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Adopt A Penguin At Blackpool Zoo, E Park Dr, Blackpool FY3 8PP
Have you ever wanted to own a penguin? Unfortunately in the UK it would be really hard for us to have a penguin as a pet however at Blackpool Zoo you have the opportunity to adopt a penguin. 

Adopting a penguin helps to support Blackpool Zoo maintain a high standard of animal welfare. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about your favourite animal. 

When you adopt a penguin at Blackpool Zoo you will receive:
12 month adoption of your penguin
Two admission tickets to Blackpool Zoo
Personalised certificate of adoption
Fascinating factsheet
Thank you letter
Name on our adopter's board


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Meet and Feed The Penguins at Welsh Mountain Zoo, Old Hwy, Colwyn Bay LL28 5UY
The Welsh Mountain Zoo gives you the opportunity to get up close to their Humboldt Penguins.

The meet and feed the penguins experience includes 20-30 minutes meeting and feeding Humboldt Penguins. You will have a one to one chat with the penguin keeper giving you the opportunity to find out some interesting facts.


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Penguin Encounter, Twycross Zoo, East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX
A chance to get up close and personal with one of the most popular animals at Twycross Zoo, Penguins. You will enter the Penguin Pool area giving you the opportunity to feed the penguins. 

Each encounter lasts approx 30mins and will include time with the keeper, feed the penguins and a penguin souvenir. 

Admission to Twycross Zoo is not included however you can receive discounted, one-day admission when purchased during the booking process. 


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Penguin Keeper Experience, London Zoo, Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY
Have you ever dreamt of being a penguin keeper? Finding out all about penguins and what they get up to behind the scenes? London Zoo have the opportunity for you to be a penguin keeper for 90 minutes. You will head to London Zoo's Penguin Beach and will have the chance to experience exactly what it's like to look after a colony of penguins.

As part of the experience you will get the chance to clean, prepare food for the penguins, learn how to conduct basic health-checks, and you will finish your experience by feeding the penguins.

This is a very intimate experience up close with the penguins and will give you plenty of opportunities to ask everything you've ever wanted to know about penguins and life behind-the-scenes at London Zoo.

Admission to London Zoo is not included and tickets for this experience go on sale from February 1st. 


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Feed The Penguins Experience, Drusillas Park, Zoo Park Ltd, Drusillas, Berwick, Polegate BN26 5QS
Drusillas Penguin Feeding Experience is the perfect chance to get close to the Humboldt penguins! It's an amazing one-to-one experience allowing you to spend time in the penguin enclosure. 

You will go behind the scenes of Drusillas Park and feed the penguins their favourite treat. The encounter also gives you one-on-one time with the Zoo Keeper who will be there to answer any of your penguin related questions.

As a memory of this special experience you will get the opportunity to get some close up photos of the penguins from inside their enclosure. 

Entry to Drusillas Park is included for the Penguin Experience participants


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Penguin Feeding Experience, Marwell Zoo, Thompson's Ln, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH
Head to Penguin Cove with the opportunity to go behind the scenes and feed the penguin colony at Marwell Zoo. You will get the chance to learn all about the penguins from those who know them best!

Your experience will last approx 30 minutes and entry to the zoo on the day of your experience is included. You will receive
10% discount in the gift shop, an E-certificate and an E-gift card (no further details given on this?)


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Penguin Magic Moment, Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Rd, Corstorphine, Edinburgh EH12 6TS
A Penguin Magic Moment at Edinburgh Zoo is ideal for penguin lovers who would love the opportunity to get up close and feed the Gentoo Penguins their favourite fish. You will also get the chance to learn all about the penguins who live at Edinburgh Zoo and facts about the species. 

Entry to Edinburgh Zoo is included and you will also receive 10% discount in the gift shop and free car parking.


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Meet The Penguins, Belfast Zoo, Antrim Rd, Belfast BT36 7PN
The Meet The Penguin experience brings you up close and personal with the colony of gentoo and rockhopper penguins that live at Belfast Zoo. The experience lasts 30 minutes and includes feeding the penguins and the opportunity to talk to the keepers who care for penguins. 

Each experience includes admission to the zoo for the participant, an experience certificate, fact sheet and penguin photograph.


Have you ever enjoyed a penguin experience? If so we would love to hear about it. 

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How To Beat The January Blues

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This post was last updated January '24

Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday in the month of January. If you haven't heard of blue Monday before or have no idea what it is well it's supposed to be the day when we can get very sad and down in the dumps. It's not surprising really because January is probably the worst month of the year as it's the month after all the Christmas festivities and there is not much to look forward to. If you are feeling a little blue today then read our tips on how to beat the January blues.

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Get Outside
On these darker days its only natural to want to stay inside and curl up on the sofa however it is best to try and head outside for some fresh air. if you can. Going for a walk and getting some light can make us feel a whole lot better. In between Christmas and New Year we went out to the park a few times and it really did help. Just that bit of fresh air cleared our minds and dusted off the cobwebs.

Go Shopping
Taking a trip to the shops in January can really help beat those 'down in the dumps' days. There are lots of January sale bargains still to be had out there and finding something you want or need at a reduced price can give you a lift that you need.

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Plan A Trip
After Christmas we all want something to look forward to so planning a trip is a great way to lift your spirits and have something planned in your diary. January is when I start browsing the Internet for cheap flights or breaks away, usually it involves a trip to Disney however we have already booked our Disneyland Paris trip this year. That doesn't mean though that I can't try and sneak another holiday in. 

Try Something New
January is the month for resolutions, aims and goals but they are usually made up of things we want to change about ourselves. Whether it is our weight, our job, our lack of exercise. However it would be nice for one of our aims or goals to be something positive. Think about something you've always wanted to do whether it's learn a new language or join a dance class and do it. It's good to try something new once in a while and get out of our comfort zones. One interesting idea would be to treat yourself with a fun and exciting experience - our friends from Experience Gifts have plenty to choose from! 

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Me Time
We all need a little 'Me Time' however most of us tend to put others first and we forget about us. It's important to remember that we need time for ourselves away from busy work schedules and every day life. We need to make sure we take care of ourselves and January is the best time to start a new routine for ourselves whether it's a weekly pamper night, an early night or just curling up with that book that you've been meaning to read for a year. I am determined this year to read more and although last year I did pretty well since joining my book club

If you are suffering from the January blues this year just remember you are not alone. Most of us don't like January but its just one month out of twelve and thankfully it's almost over.

Michelle

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What To Pack For A School Ski Trip

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If your son or daughter gets the opportunity to go skiing with their primary or secondary school, it is such an amazing opportunity. Some children may already know how to ski whilst this may be the first time for others, either way this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most and if possible not to be missed. However, as a parent we found it quite stressful, knowing exactly what to pack for a weeklong stay. 

a group of adults and children on a ski slope


The first thing you need to remember is when packing for any school trip is that your child will be responsible for carrying, lifting, pushing or pulling their suitcase or bag. Teachers unfortunately can't help every child with their luggage so it's down to each child. 

If your child is flying to their ski resort they will most likely only be allowed 15kg maximum. This is still heavy for little ones to carry. Also most hotels have lifts however we have found in the past that schools prefer the children to use the stairs while transporting their luggage so it's wise to have them practice on stairs at home lifting or pulling up their case. 

So bearing that in mind, it is quite difficult to know exactly what to pack for the ski trip. The school will give you some basic information on what the essentials they need, which I will speak about however, it’s the 'other' clothes and accessories that they may need on their trip that you don’t get much guidance on.

As a parent of a son who went skiing as a year 6 pupil, here is exactly what we packed but I have also added what you may also need for packing for a girl too.

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We opted for a large holdall bag with wheels* which was recommended to us by a resort volunteer. Also we used packing cubes labelled with what was inside, which we found was so much easier for our son. We showed him exactly what was in each packing cube so he knew exactly what was where. 

For travelling our children where given a red jumper and were asked to wear their ski jacket so no need to pack this.

Also the teachers who were travelling with the children were in receipt of their

Passport
EHIC
Spending Money (€80)

child lying in snow wearing ski goggles


In The Case

Ski Essentials 

1 pair of salopettes - these are recommended over ski trousers so they don't fall down.

2 x base layer tops

2 x base layer trousers 

1 x fleece 

2 x pairs of ski socks - ( 3 pairs if you are not requested to put a pair in their hand luggage).

1 x ski goggles - These must be of a high quality to protect their eyes.

1 x sun glasses - Again these must be of a high quality to protect their eyes.

1 x ski gloves

1 x hand warmer gloves - these go inside their ski gloves for extra warmth.

1 x suncream - preferably one that can be worn around the neck so they can reapply when on the slopes

1 x lipsalve - preferably one that can be worn around the neck so they can reapply when on the slopes.

1 x hat - a beanie style hat is preferred as needs to sit inside the helmet. 

1 x neck warmer - these are preferred to scarves.

Other Clothing 

3 x tracksuit bottoms or leggings - plus the pair they travel in.

7 x a mixture of short and long sleeve t-shirts - plus the top they travel in

2 x hoodies, jumpers or tracksuit tops - hotels are usually warm so no need to over pack.

10 x pairs of undies or knickers - 1 for each day plus a few spares.

10 x pairs of socks - 1 for each day plus a few spares.

2 x pyjamas

1 x slippers

Toiletries

Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Shower gel

Roll on deodorant

Brush

Hair bobbles and/or clips

Towel - the hotel our children went to did not provide towels

boy walking through snow



Hand Luggage - We chose a medium sized backpack

This will differ for everyone but our school wanted inside hand luggage

A packed breakfast - our meet time was 4:15am so they ate their breakfast at the airport

A packed lunch - this was so they could eat their lunch before leaving for the resort in Italy

£10 to buy drinks at the airport - as you can't take drinks through security

An empty sports bottle - There are water fountains in most airports

Activities to do on plane coach such as pencils/ paper/ colouring books/ top trumps

A hi vis vest that was given to us by the school

A large trolley bag such as a sports direct bag

A pair of ski socks - this was so they could go straight to their ski boot fitting once at the resort.

This all fitted neatly in his packing cubes and in his large holdall. It was heavy but he could manage it with some effort. 

I've popped a link to the Amazon Basics Packing Cubes*  we used and also Large Holdall With Wheels*

If there is anything I've missed off please feel free to message me and I'll include. If you have a child going on a ski trip I hope they enjoy it and make memories to last a lifetime!

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Who Killed Mia? Review

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Disclosure - Who Killed Mia? was gifted to us however we were not asked to review. All thoughts, opinions and photographs are our own. This post contains affiliate links 

Over the past few years both John and I have become really interested in watching murder mysteries and crime series on TV. It's not something we have ever been in to before however since watching a program on Netflix it now suggests other shows and we have been hooked. Another interest that's popped up is games. We love Escape Room type games and we have done quite a few murder mysteries games too. When we received Who Killed Mia? for inclusion in our Christmas Gift Guide I knew that we would love it as it combines two things we love and not only that Who Killed Mia? boasts that it is a modern murder mystery which will have us searching for evidence both paper based and digitally. 

Who Killed Mia? game box



Who Killed Mia?
Who Killed Mia? asks you to do exactly what it says on the box - find out who killed Mia? Mia Star is an influencer who has took the world by storm. On the night of a very prestigious award show Mia livestreams from her dressing room to millions of fans. What no one expected is that Mia would be brutally murdered live whilst her fan watch in horror. 

three envelopes from inside Who Killed Mia? game

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Game Play
Before game play can begin you will need to scan the QR code so that you can watch Mia's murder. You will get to see Mia alive before her murder and then it's time to get your thinking caps on as you open the three lots of evidence envelope where you read witness statements, news clipping, view photographs and even read emails. Each envelope is marked with a day on it, Day One, Day Two and Day Three. You cannot open the next envelope until you have successfully completed the one before.

content from inside Who Killed Mia? game

Once you have gathered all your evidence and you are sure you know who the killer is you can then make your accusation and get justice for Mia. 

content from inside Who Killed Mia? game


Our Thoughts 
Who Killed Mia? was a game like no other we have played before. Having evidence both paper based and digital really did bring it right up to date and it's the most modern murder mystery game we have completed. As it does have some digital elements you do need a smartphone device which was fine for us. There were over 40 pieces of evidence to go through and like other games some are red herrings and not needed but that just adds to the fun. You don't want it to be too easy and over quickly. In terms of time needed to play I do think that all depends on who's playing. We did it together and it took us around 90 minutes but I've read people have played in a bigger group and it's took less time or you could play Who Killed Mia? on your own if you wanted too as it's suitable for any amount of players. 

We loved Who Killed Mia? and I will definitely be keeping my eye out for any similar games from the makers What Do You Meme?


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Four Fantastic Child-Friendly Restaurants in Central London

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Without a doubt, central London is great for a family day out. There are so many things to see and do, plus it’s easy to get the train to London from almost anywhere in the UK. But despite there being so many eateries available in the heart of the Big Smoke, it can be hard to know which are suitable for kids. But don’t panic, we’ve got you covered.  In this article, we’ll share four fantastic child-friendly restaurants in central London.

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Heddon Street Kitchen, Piccadilly Circus
If you asked for just one reason you should choose Heddon Street Kitchen, it’s because all kids eat for free. This is a great luxury at any restaurant, let alone one run by world-famous celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The child-friendly menu includes kids’ classics like macaroni cheese, meatballs with pasta and burgers and chips, so you can be sure your little one will enjoy something on the menu. It’s also extremely easy to get to, located just off Regent’s Street in the heart of the West End.

Rosa’s Thai, Soho
If you’re in London then you’re never far away from a Rosa’s Thai in London, meaning it’s easy for you to get a delicious Thai meal at any time. While the menu has plenty of exotic flavours for adults, it’s also jam-packed with kid-friendly favourites like crispy spring rolls, chicken satay sticks and egg-fried rice. Your littluns are sure to have a great time, thanks to the friendly staff, light d├ęcor and upbeat music this chain is known for.

Darcie & May Green, Westminster
Fancy taking your kids somewhere a little different for brunch? Then consider Darcie & May Green, a colourful floating restaurant on a canal boat. It’s covered with bright pop art stencils that are sure to capture your children’s imagination, and the brunch food is guaranteed to be a hit too. Despite it being on a boat, there’s plenty of room to sit down. And even if it is smaller than most restaurants, the novelty of the experience for your kids is well worth it. 

Giraffe World Kitchen, Victoria
Like to sample a bit of everything? Then Giraffe World Kitchen could be the perfect restaurant for you. It serves dishes from around the world, from American-style burgers to Japanese Katsu curry. It has a great selection of options on the kid’s menu too, so it doesn’t how fussy your little ones are, you’re sure to find something suitable on the menu. 

Which of these child-friendly restaurants are you most excited to eat at next time you’re in central London? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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