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  1. As we were having a family pool photo shot on the Sunday we decided to make the most of what was on offer in the park. Despite a late night the Moo's were pretty much up at 7:30 raring to go! Unlike Daddy Moo and I who enjoyed some cider the night before! (The resort bars always have great special offers on we bought a jug of cider for £12.50 which was a bargain considering a pint of cider and a large wine had been nearly £10 so keep your eyes peeled!)

    After some TV and toast in the caravan, I took the Moo's up to the Tot Stars club for under 4's. I was praying that it wouldn't be too young for M&M (6&5) but I wanted Olive to enjoy herself. There is free WiFi in the Broadway Club so I took my iPad for some catch up work. I managed to work on a few blogs over on The activities were based around stories (in preparation for that evenings Sid & Lizzie show) its a brand new for 2013 show “Fantasy Fables” – all 3 children had great fun making houses and 3 little pigs finger puppets. The staff were all really friendly and helpful the children had a great time. After an hour we stayed on for the Starlanders activities (4-10yrs) continued on the theme. There was a puppet story book which told a tale and the children had to go on hunts for things!

     three little pigs parkdean

    First they had to find a gingerbread man. Imagine their delight when they arrived back with the gingerbread man toy to find gingerbread men biscuits ready to ice waiting for them! The they listened to the clues and found PinocchioMegan out of all of them loved making her Pinocchio spilt pin puppet! The last story was Jack and the beanstalk to which the children planted beans and being as Daddy Moo is a gardener this was met with a lot of excitement! The Parkdean Troupers did a great job with all the children and the activities! They were polite, friendly, approachable and fun! It really was a lovely morning and for me it was great to sit and relax with a coffee and some work – barking the odd instruction at the moo's!

    After this it was 12:30 so we headed back up to the caravan for lunch as our photo shot was at 1! As the day was really sunny lots of families decided to go out for the day meaning that we were the only ones booked on! It was great we had the whole pool to ourselves and the Moo's enjoyed playing and posing! After the shoot and 30 mins of park playing we went back and spent another couple of hours in the pool! (we manged to agree after about an hour on 4 of the 20 odd photos to buy!)

    Again that night we ate in the Patio Bar outside on the decking drinking wine, eating and the children played in the park it was lovely beautifully warm, dusky summery evening (especially considering all the rain we have had this week certainly feels like October now!!!). The Sid and Lizzie entertainment was a puppet show and it was REALLY GOOD!!!! I actually did get caught up in it for a moment – how they do it in those costumes is beyond me!

    lizzie parkdean

    We played cash bingo again – where I needed one number to win £89. After it was claimed the lovely guy decided to see what the next number would be 51 … yup you guessed it my number! ARGH!! To make matters worse, you know like rubbing salt into the wound they played a game later where you paid a £1 each. To cut a long story short you basically picked a colour and one of the troupers did a task against another, one was red one was black. We picked a colour – being clever in the first round Daddy Moo went red I went black … black won and it went on until only 2 people were left. Me and another lady! We had to pick boxes and find our associated colours I was red. Another picked black, I picked red, another picked black, I picked red, another picked red! All I had to do was pick a red to win … I picked a black :( Seriously how unlucky!!!!

    The Parkdean Troupers then performed a show part of the Parkdean Live Programme the were AMAZING!!! After seeing them all day dressed as Sid and Lizzie, playing games and making stuff with the Moo's I was UDDERLY blown away watching them sing and dance! AMAZEBALLS! All 3 moo's sat mesmerised too!

    Parkdean live

    To conclude Day 3 was udderly mooverlous too!

  2. Welcome to part 2 of our holiday!

    During our swim on Friday we noticed a sign up for family photo shot in the pool – so we booked ourselves on. This was on Sunday afternoon which meant that Saturday had to be our “Day Out” day. The weather was lovely and as we have massive penguin fans (remember Moo's 3rd birthday & Olive's attempt to steal one this summer when we visited Longleat #dontask) we made our way to Living Coasts.


    We went for a swim first and then by the time we arrived outside Living Coasts it was after 12:30. So we did this – have a walk around checking out all the animals – then we had fish and chips on the quay - then we went back in time for all the animal feeding. This was so good as the keepers did a talk and there was time to ask lots of questions – you can really see here the keepers passion and enthusiasm for the job which in my opinion makes the experience better. Moo loved this and thrives on factual based activities, especially to do with animals, he has wanted to be an animal doctor, penguin zoo keeper, vet since he was about 2! He LOVES animals!

    The Living Coasts - Torquay's Coastal Zoo & Aquarium is a registered charity and conservation project. It was £32 for the 5 of us to get in on a family ticket (this was without gift aid and Olive was free). We spent 3-4 hours there, the children had an ice-cream outside near the otters and all had a treat (ALL PENGUIN based) from the gift store – you would have LOL'd at Olive filling a basket with a variety of items we managed to persuade her just to take a set of 3 penguin bath toys!

    In the Aquarium part there was a portal and a very friendly Fur Seal who played with us for ages! This was a highlight for Daddy Moo! Moo loved the honking penguin who was swimming about unimpressed by visitors! Make sure you have some 20ps as there are a few machines dotted about where the kids are weighed against an animal. Olive was the size of a fish – a big fish ;) !


    There was also the Great Gorilla Project on. We saw 4 of the Gorillas – there are 30 in total! There was also a mini one in the gift shop. They did this a few years ago in Bournemouth such good fun.


    By the time we got back to the caravan it was 6pm and Megan wanted to go to the evening entertainment Fancy Dress Competition so we had dinner in the caravan (frozen pizza – super unhealthy day! Good job they had fruit and yoghurt for pudding!) It was another great evening of entertainment from the Parkdean Troupers – Megan got a lovely certificate for entering the Fancy Dress Competition. Daddy Moo and I partook and lost in a spot of cash bingo! We also took part in a music quiz where we came 2nd! I can't remember his name but there was a fantastic juggling act and Moo was called up to help! This made his day! We finally made it back to the caravan at 11pm and we were all SUPER tired!