Recently we visited Yorkshire Wildlife Park for Jess’s second birthday because of the fact she loves animals and we wanted to do something special for her because it is not every day you turn two after all. The wildlife park, if you are not familiar with the wildlife park, is in Doncaster it is close to the airport actually which means that it is only about an hour from us. It has taken me till now to actually visit and it has been open 8 years. The park is home to around 400 animals which means there is plenty to see we spent around 6 hours at the park which is amazing because it was not very busy due to the fact we visited on a Friday in September. I feel like we got our monies worth because it only cost us £17 each and Jess was free because she is still under 3.
The Lemur enclosure is one of those which is very special and different at the YWP because of the fact you are allowed to walk through their enclosure so you can see them swinging and jumping through the trees. This does mean that sometimes it can be hard to see the lemurs because they do seem to be able to blend in with their background however, we were lucky I think they were just about to be fed when we walked through because as you can see they are all chilling on the roof so I would say they were waiting to be fed as there was a keeper close to them. This is another species which YWP have a lot of.
I know this post has been a long time coming every single time I see the pictures I think about that fact I that I need to do a review, however, I have not got around to it. That is the reason why Jess may look young in the pictures because they were actually taken back at Easter time when we visited Mattel Play! which is on the Albert Dock in Liverpool.
The only reason I actually knew it was there was that I had seen the lovely Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks visit with her boys. Mattel is a 3 floored building which is designed for under 5’s. The top floor is dedicated to Thomas the tank engine which has you may know because Jess goes on a lot of trains she likes to watch Thomas.
There also was the coal works which has foam bricks in which you could build the areas was a little dark and this was not something which actually interested Jess. You could even drive a stationary Thomas which of course Jess spent a fair amount of time on. However, I think Jess’s favourite part of the floor was the ball pit which has Harold the helicopter in because she could with help get in a slide out the back into his ball pool. For sure this was the bit which she spent the longest in it was so nice to hear her laugh so much.
The second floor is dedicated to bob the builder which I will admit is a show which Jess has not seen a lot of. I think since the visit it is one which she has seen more of. On this floor, they have beanbags which allow you to sit and watch episodes of the show, however, only been one Jess wanted to play rather than sit. They have a kitchen which allows you to make food and drink for the famous builder making his lunch before he departs for the job I know this is an area which Jess would love so much more now as she is obsessed with play food. They also have an area where you mend pipes and stop a water leak as well as build a new wall for a house. These are area which Jess spent some time at. The other acts on the is tracing your favourite character from the show however, Jess was still a little bit young to want to do this. I, on the other hand, had a great time trying to do it.
The third and bottom floor is an area dedicated to Fireman Sam. So as you can imagine as you enter you can put on fireman’s helmets these were too big for Jess which is a huge shame. But when you got into the main room Thai was the smallest of all three levels you have little slide area which Jess loved walking up the stairs and sliding down. A speedboat which you could drive and use the hoses to put the fire out which was on a wall. This floor also has a little grocery store which Jess decides she would fill her trolley up and pretend to be a shoplifter. Mmm might have to keep my eyes on this little one. There was also a huge fire engine in there which you could play inside but this is not something we did.
When Mattel is busy you get a period of 2 hours from entrance however, we did everything we wanted and spent around an hour and a half and we were all shattered after it. Overall we had an amazing time I seem to remember that it was not very expensive for how much you actually got I would revisit maybe in a years time when Jess may get more out of it. Anyway, that’s just an excuse to visit Liverpool again.
Have you visited Mattel Play If so what did you think? 7
I thought to day I would share with you what we did for Jess’s first birthday due to the fact that I know it can be hard to know what to do for you little ones first birthday because they don’t remember so you don’t want to spend to much money but then you do not want it to go past unmarked.
The weekend before Jess’s actual birthday we went to see Daddy’s family so they could celebrate her birthday with her which was nice for them to be able to see her. The day started with them giving her cards and some presents which we let her open early so they felt part of her birthday celebration. Them we went for a nice walk by the canal to go to the a pub for a lunch however they were only serving Sunday lunch when we got there and we did not fancy it so we walked back and then we had tea when we got back .
On her actual birthday I had to pop into university so it meant that she had to spend the morning in nursery which is something I am sure she did not mind due to the fact that she seems to have settled in so well she even cries when I go and pick her up now. She might have only been at her nursery for a week but they did actually make her a birthday card which had a picture of her in it this was something which I found super cute.
In the morning it was really foggy however around lunchtime in York the sun had decided that it was going to break through which mean that we could take Jess to the beach like we had actually promised. We decided that we would jump in the car and drive an hour to Scarborough were we would go on the beach have a walk and then we would go and get some tea. However when we ended up getting to Scarborough it was really misty there and really cold we had to put jackets on. We did end up going on the beach however you could only just see the sea. However this did not stop Jess walking and playing on the sand this girl at the moment doesn’t seem to be able to get enough of sand after she played with it at nursery the other day. It was not super warm so it meant we only spent around 15 minutes on the beach before we all became cold and needed to come off. This is when we went in the amusements to kill a little bit of time however Mummy decided to leave her purse in the car so this meant this was very short lived as well. Due to the fact that it was so cold we decided we needed to go to Costa and get a hot chocolate to warm up this was when we decided we had enough of the cold and then drove closer to home for a pub tea which would have been so nice if I had not been so ill. Then we open her present with her when we finally got home. I am going to post what she got for her birthday on Friday hopefully.
Then on Sunday Jess had a cake smash which we had done at a local photographers study which was really fun. They provided the cake and the outfit so this meant that I did not have to worry about having to source a big cupcake. I choose pink for the colour of the cake and then she had a white tutu outfit which was adoreable. Jess was posing before the shoot because she really does love the camera then when she got the cake she was not too sure of it at the start due to the fact it was so big. Once she started playing with the icing she ended up covered in it as well as eating parts of the cake which was amazing because she did eat as well as play. The cake smash was supposed to be an hour long but the photographer really loved taking shots of Jess and she kept getting second wind when we thought that she has finished. I really can not wait to see all the pictures on the disk when I get them in 3/4 weeks time. If you are thinking about doing a cake smash this is something which I would really recommend.
What did you do for your child’s first birthday?