Dinosaurs! And Magic

We enjoyed our recent visit to the Dinosaur Park.

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As well as the obvious Jake & Ellie really enjoyed playing with a baby dinosaur newly emerged from its egg. Ellie in particular: she had to be dragged away protesting as we left! There were also great tube-slides down dinosaurs’ necks which they spent a long time on.

I was quite interested in the sets of standing stones there & their history, but that will probably have to wait until our next visit.

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There were certainly plenty of dinosaurs!

This one is Mammasaurus’ Mum, apparently

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There was a hidden lake! I was very impressed when Jake identified this as “a crocodile, or an alligator”. A big one!

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Watching over Wales?

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The watering-hole:

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There was also a recreation of a stone-age village there, including a preserved ‘real’ spring held to be sacred by the Druids. People had thrown coins into it & Jake was fascinated by it. I attempted to explain by saying that people believed that when they threw coins into the spring that something magic might happen. So of course I had to produce a coin for him to throw in! He was very excited.

At home that evening I was playing music from my iPod wirelessly from my little bluetooth speakers. Jake wanted to know how the music was coming out of the little box.

After toying with the idea of trying to explain bluetooth technology to a 3-year-old I resorted to the Daddy Pig solution: “It’s magic!”.

I can’t tell you how excited he was! Jumping around the room like a mad thing, he decided that he had made magic: that this was from his throwing the coin into the magic water!

He went to bed a very happy little boy 🙂

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Saturday is Caption Day! The Jurassic Edition

You go for a quiet stroll in the woods when…

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What’s going on ‘ere then? Captions please!

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Trike-Racing at a Dinosaur Park (yes, really)

It was the end of the day after our visit to the Dinosaur Park on Sunday. We’d given in to double-nagging & had stopped off at the play area.

It was a trike racing track for 3- to 6-year-olds, a bit like MotoGP viewed through one of those extreme slow-motion cameras.

It was actually quite funny, in a cute sort of way.

Children were getting their vehicles stuck on the scenery, & on each other, & were having a lot of trouble trying to work out how to free themselves.

Then of course there’s the inevitable child who, for no apparent reason, is determined to go around the wrong way, causing chaos as they go.

Ours being at the lower end of the age-scale I had to intervene several times!

Ellie in particular really took to it & was zooming around (slowly) like a pro. Jake didn’t really get the hang of it: which is odd, as it’s the other way around with their trikes at home.

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Look at her go!

Jake ended up manning the petrol pumps, although he was a bit remiss at taking payment from his customers!

A  family with 2 children came in after us, with 1 child older than the other. Only the younger one went in as the older child was over the age limit.

He complained.

The Mummy explained.

“So what am I supposed to do? Just stand here?!” was the response.

“Yes. Welcome to my world.”

Couldn’t have put it better myself!

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