As a Mum of two boys being asked to review a new LEGO book is a total no brainer, despite the many pieces of LEGO I have trodden on over the years which is not painful in any way at all!  My house is full of LEGO, 14 years worth of LEGO in boxes, models and many other forms throughout the house, I even have bits of LEGO in my handbag! IMG_4229 It fascinates me that from little plastic bricks a deluge of creativity and making can be unleashed by anyone who gets their hands on it.  This new book from DK (Dorling Kindersley) called LEGO Awesome Ideas arrived one Friday night and it had barely been our of the envelope before my 8-year-old got cracking.    The sub-title is WHAT WILL YOU BUILD?  The book is stuffed full of great ideas and step by step instructions to build everything from a micro-space fleet to a castle and a sweets gallery, all from bits of LEGO you probably have in your home already.  The ready-made sets are great and as we can see we have made many of them over the years, but what this book does inspires you to go gather all those lonely unused bit and make something brilliant.   My 8-year-old has a whole scheme of building on his desk in his room which is going to be a swamp with trampolines and a gold mine with sweets, my 13-year-old got in on the act also making a ‘homework automatic doing machine’ (here’s hoping he invest the same thing for housework).  It’s a great book for ideas, easy to read IMG_4230and choc full of endless ideas which will create yet more endless ideas for your children.  I like the cute cartoon bits and speech bubbles from the characters, very cute and funny.   And less LEGO on the floor for me to stand on is a good thing in my book!    This is a little video which illustrates what took place in our house

LEGO Awesome Ideas ©2015 The LEGO Group. Produced by Dorling Kindersley under licence from the LEGO Group.


Nets & trampolining in the Lakes!

Trampolines and nets amongst the trees sounds like a magical dream right? But it’s not; it exists in the Lake District at Brockhole Visitor Centre. It’s hard to imagine and even when you see it, the three 3D look it has is quite hard to wrap your head around.IMG_4069 And bounce! Once you’ve had the brief safety briefing your children (and you if you want) are let loose up into the air.  For parents who wish to keep their feet on terra firma you can wander underneath the nets and try and make more sense of it; whilst looking out for your children as they run, roll, jump and bounce with joy. It’s weird to see your children above your head, but weird in a good way. Endless cheers, screams of delight and laughter are a good indication that a great time is being had by all. The few brave parents who find themselves up amongst the trees have an equally good time, but tend to become the target for one of the many big brightly coloured balls chucked by children other than their own. Complete with two net slides to whizz down to the ground, it’s must-do visit. IMG_4069

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Very big side nets make it impossible for your children to bounce out! Staff are dotted in and around the nets to help any children (or adults) if they need it. There is a separate area for under 7’s so all children can enjoy themselves. The ticket price covers two hours which is more than enough time to enjoy the full experience, my two came off red faced, sweaty and most of all delighted.   My 13 year old was a bit unimpressed when we got there but his verdict after his two hours? ‘It was epic!’ praise indeed. It’s fun to stand underneath and watch children gazelle like whip along the nets up in the trees. The design compliments the rugged Lake District landscape and the concept is fresh, new fun and exciting and a UK first.  With Tree Top Trek on the same site and only and hour and half or so from Cheshire a day out has never so much bounce in it!

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