PSP Southampton Boat Show

A fantastic family day out

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Has anyone been to the PSP Southampton Boat Show? I haven’t but it looks like a cracker of a show.

I was recently sent a press release about the event and after reading it I thought I had to share it. If we lived a little bit closer we would definitely be attending!

The show is one of Europe’s largest outdoor boat shows and is running from Friday 12 September until Sunday 21 September 2014, and from what I’ve read it promises to be a fun-filled, jam packed family day out. There is a wide range of entertainment on offer, from live music to helicopter rides! There are even GetAfloat sessions that offer 90 minutes free instruction in dinghy sailing. The age range for this is 8 – 16yrs so Little Man would be far too little but if your kids are a bit older they would love it! You never know, they might discover a new hobby.

For the first time in the history of the Show, visitors will also be able to take to the air on the new PSP Southampton Boat Show Eye. The impressive ride is only £3 a go and will take you up more than 100 feet off the ground for a spectacular 360 degree view of the Show and surrounding Southampton area. Can you imagine the views?

There will be loads of boats on show, little and large, plain and fancy, and the marina itself is supposed to be absolutely stunning so if your kids are into boats then it sounds like a must do. Even if they aren’t I reckon it will be a great day out. There are also loads of opportunities to actually get out on the water from speeding across the waves with the On The Water Try-a-Boat sessions to climbing aboard the historic tall ship Phoenix which looks incredibly like a pirate ship and has even starred in Dr Who!

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of PSP Southampton Boat Show said “We’re very excited about this year’s PSP Southampton Boat Show, a perfect event for everyone passionate about the outdoors and what it has to offer.  We hope to inspire visitors to try out something new for the day, whether that is on the water or even in the air! The mix of shopping, attractions, marine activities and boats will create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere for the whole family to enjoy.  

“With our new attractions and hundreds of boats to climb aboard, many being unveiled for first time, it really will be a spectacular Show!”

Tickets to the PSP Southampton Boat Show sound reasonable as well, considering the amount of things on offer, with adult tickets starting from £15 and two children under the age of 15 getting in free with each paying adult.  That makes it a £30 day out for two adults and four children excluding food but if you get organised and take a picnic that doesn’t sound bad compared with other similar sized events or attractions.

For all Show ticket information visit www.southamptonboatshow.com . The website is actually quite good with loads of information about what’s on and general information about what to expect at the show.

Apparently The London Boat Show is happening Friday 9 – Sunday 20 January 2014 at ExCeL London.  I think we might try and make this one as it is much closer for us although it does look less family friendly. Anyone been to either? What did you think?

Please note I was not paid in any way to feature this press release. 

Outdoor Play Party – Moth Trapping

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This past fortnight we have finally found time to do some moth trapping again. Last year when Little Man was only 16 months old we gave it a go and although his attention didn’t last long he still enjoyed it. This time round Little Man is 2 and a half and he loves bugs and beasties of any kind.

I made sure to set up the moth trap the night before while Little Man was sleeping and I got up early so that I could make sure all the moths were in pots before he got his little mits on them. Although he loves bugs, he isn’t always the most delicate of handlers! I had planned on ID’ing them all as well, just for me really, but that went out the window quite quickly when I realised I had caught quite a lot of smaller moths that took a lot of time to find in the books. Even when I did find them I wasn’t sure if I had the right species! Think I’m gonna have to start trapping more often so that I can get my eye in.

Little Man couldn’t care less whether we could name them or not he just wanted to see them. Daddy brought him into the garden to find out what we had caught and he got very excited at the sight of all the pots, asking what they were and showing them all to us. I had a job encouraging him not to shake the pots but he was keen to investigate each one. When it came to release time he was at first quite reluctant. ‘No mummy! Put it back!’. Oh, he wasn’t impressed, he wanted to keep them all. I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to let them go, but his 2 yr old self soon played a part and his interest moved to chasing butterflies around the garden. Phew, I was able to let the moths go without any causalities.

I really do think Little Man enjoyed checking out the moths and seeing how different they all were and I’m looking forward to seeing what he thinks of it all again next year when he is another year older.

If you want to have a go at moth trapping check out the article I wrote last year – Moth Trapping – A Great Summer Activity. It really is good fun.

Last Outdoor Play Party I loved 15 Outdoor Water Play Ideas from There’s Just One Mommy. Little Man just loves water play and I know he would love all of these activities. I also love the opportunity to discover lots of lovely new bloggers.

15 fun outdoor water play ideas to keep kids busy this summer

How have you been playing outdoors this fortnight? Have you been discovering bugs and beasties or enjoying some water play? However, you have chosen to play outdoors please do link up. We love reading all your posts and sharing them with the world.

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Outdoor Play Party – Blackberry Monster

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Little Man is a true blackberry monster at the moment. Everywhere we go he spots them. He has even become an expert in picking only the blackest ones he can find, checking that they are ripe and not full of holes or mucky in any way. If we pop out for a quick walk and blackberries happen to be about it inevitably turns into a long walk as we stop and sample any that are in reach. In fact, very few ever make it home!

In the event that some might manage to avoid the fate of filling Little Man’s tum here are some recipes I would rather like to try:

Blackberry Brandy

Blackberry Limeade

Frozen Blackberry Fool

Blackberry preserve

Have you been out blackberry picking yet? Do you have any favourite blackberry recipes? Please share them if you do. I would love to give them a go.

Last Outdoor Play Party I really loved An Idea on Tuesday’s Maths in the Playground. I especially loved the counting 1 – 10. Little Man is just starting to count so I know this would really help his number recognition and I know he would love the transporting element of it.

How have you been playing outdoors this fortnight? Have you been making the most of summer fruits, providing lots of summer learning opportunities or just taking it as it comes? However, you have chosen to play outdoors please do link up. We love reading all your posts and sharing them with the world.

We’d appreciate it if you included a link back to this post (either in your post or sidebar) to help us spread the word about the importance (and fun!) of outdoor play! In return, we’ll gladly further share your post on FacebookTwitterPinterest. Please feel free to grab the Outdoor Play Party button from the sidebar and/or include a text link back.

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Outdoor Play Party – Discovering a new play farm

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This week we discovered a brand new play farm. There are quite a few near us but for some reason we haven’t ever tried this one. We met some lovely friends there and with the sun shining we headed in.

Our first pleasant surprise was the price. Two adults and two children for £10! I know, super cheap for a play farm. Most of the ones near us are £10 just for one adult to get in. We will be heading back to this place if only for the price!

Once in we didn’t have to go far and we were up close and personal with some pigs. The two boys got very excited and were quickly snorting away. We then turned around to find monkeys! Who knew monkeys lived on farms?! The boys loved them. They were some of the smallest monkeys in the world and looked like funny old men with beards. Little Man loved watching them climb and they kept coming over to check us out which he found hilarious.

We continued along the first barn and discovered a door. At first us Mums weren’t sure we could go in but with insistence from the boys and no obvious signs on the door saying keep out we braved it and went in. The door was large and heavy and once we were in we discovered we were in a reptile house. The boys were in their element. With snakes and spiders, bearded dragons and dead mice there was plenty of gruesome monsters for them to scream about and scream they did! It was much more of an excited scream than a frightened scream although us Mums did have an eek moment when it came to the dead mice that had been left for the snakes. This room was such a hit that before we left the farm Little Man insisted we head on back in and take one last look at the snakes and dragons. He was very taken with them.

Once we were finished with the reptiles we stopped for a short while at the chickens before Little Man was off. He had spotted some tractors on display and couldn’t wait for us to get there. The lovely thing about this farm is that everything is fairly close together and easily accessible so I could let him run and still see what he was up to.

The rest of the visit was spent feeding the goats and eating our lunch in one of the play areas before the boys were tired out and ready for their lunchtime rest. I really do think we have discovered a local gem in this play farm and although I will probably avoid it during the school holidays it is a fantastic place to find so close to home. Have you found any local gems recently?

Last Outdoor Play Party I thought Adventure Togs Top tips for luring those indoor kids outside shared some great ways to get those little monsters out into the sunshine. Little Man is not usually a problem to get outside but on the odd occasion he will refuse and insist that being indoors is a much better use of his time. For us water always seems to convince him otherwise, he just loves the stuff and will spend hours transporting it and watching how it behaves. How do you encourage your kids to get outdoors and play?

Top tips for luring those indoor kids outside

How have you been playing outdoors this fortnight? Have you been visiting a local attraction or sticking at home? However, you have chosen to play outdoors please do link up. We love reading all your posts and sharing them with the world.

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Outdoor Play Party – Learning to ride a bike

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This week I have been learning to ride a bike again. Yes, I know, how can I not know how to ride a bike? Well I did learn once upon a time but I was never very confident. I don’t even know how old I was but I was riding around the block, I must have been about 10, and I was just starting to get confident when I crashed. I don’t remember too much about it, I just remember hurting myself. I still have the scars today and I have never really had the confidence to get back on since. Silly really, especially because every time I came off a horse I just got back on, but getting back on a bike just didn’t interest me.

For years I have used the excuse I can’t ride a bike. Hubby even bought home a couple of bikes he found in a skip for me to practice on, but after a few wobbles I gave up. Recently, however, Little Man has become very interested in bikes of all kinds. He will ride his balance bike round the garden for hours, insisting that Daddy rides around with him. A few times he has asked me to ride too but I have uttered those horrible words ‘I can’t’ and he has simply accepted them. They always sat uncomfortably in my mouth and I have asked myself several times ‘what sort of example am I setting?’ so this week I finally did it. I got back on and rode a bike!

Surprisingly enough it wasn’t as difficult as I remembered and with my new found determination I was riding around the garden with Little Man in less than quarter of an hour. Little Man was ecstatic, riding behind me giggling away. He thought it was brilliant that Mummy was finally joining in. Any time I tried to stop and rest he would tell me to use the peddles or sit on the seat, he wasn’t going to let me give in. I still struggle slightly with the tight corners in the garden and am not the most confident bike rider in the world but I feel a real sense of achievement. I have conquered a fear and Little Man’s smile makes it all the more rewarding.

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Last Outdoor Play Party Creative Star’s amazing ”Sensori” Water Station caught my eye. I love the way combining water play with a traditional climbing frame adds a whole new dimension to the way children use the equipment. I also loved the way the children self regulated their play and managed the added risks the water created.

Post image for The “Sensori” Water Station

How have you been playing outdoors this fortnight? Have you been celebrating international mud day? Or have you or your little ones conquered a fear? However, you have chosen to play outdoors please do link up. We love reading all your posts and sharing them with the world.

We’d appreciate it if you included a link back to this post (either in your post or sidebar) to help us spread the word about the importance (and fun!) of outdoor play! In return, we’ll gladly further share your post on FacebookTwitterPinterest. Please feel free to grab the Outdoor Play Party button from the sidebar and/or include a text link back.

Please note that by contributing you are giving permission for an image and link to your post to be republished if featured.(If you have been featured, please feel free to grab the ‘featured’ button from the sidebar.) Share your ideas for outdoor play activities with us every other week! 

 


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