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March’s #FunFinds

March 28, 2015

Where did March go? I seemed to have blinked and missed it although the end of March does signal the being of the school Easter holidays so for that I am thankful and looking forward to some fun filled days ahead. I’m hopeful that the weather cooperates so that we can enjoy trips out, an Easter egg hunt or two along with a day of two of rest to recuperate after all our adventures.

I’m joining in with Family Four Fun’s #FunFinds linky again this month as I loved the opportunity to tell you about ‘fun finds’ I have seen throughout March.

Let me start this month’s #FunFinds with something that we have been eagerly awaiting since we saw construction begin on some of our later visits to Thomas Land™ last year…

Thomas Land™ at Drayton Manor expansion

Drayton Manor Theme Park is set to be bigger and better than ever in 2015 with a £2.5 million expansion that will see Europe’s only Thomas Land™ increase in size by 40%.

A drawing of a faceWith three brand new rides plus a stunning new Sodor Airport terminal, Thomas Land™ will have even more to create a magical day out for Thomas fans in 2015. Opening over Easter, the new rides include Flynn’s Fire Rescue, Captain’s Sea Adventure and Toby’s Tram Express.

The exciting new Thomas Land™ captures all the adventures of Thomas & Friends™ and the magical island of Sodor, with a central feature of the stunning new two-storey Sodor Airport. In a traditional terminal style it has a top-level balcony for VIP ‘travellers’ with not-to-be-missed views of Thomas Land™. The area has five themed rooms, opening in summer 2015, that will be available for private hire for events, parties or large family groups looking to make their day out extra special!

A person standing in front of a building, with Thomas LandThe ground level will feature a café for guests to relax and enjoy a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks before they depart for their Thomas Land™ adventure. Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy will also be landing in its new location outside Sodor Airport, ready to take passengers on their flight over Sodor.

The first of the new Thomas & Friends character rides is the fast and fearless Flynn the Fire Engine who is equipped with on-board hoses so riders can help to put any fires out! There is also Captain’s Sea Adventure that introduces not one, but six rotating Captain lifeboat carriages, all complete with their own cannons to squirt water. Toby the steam tram who wobbles, spins and turns also arrives with the new Toby’s Tram Express!

A group of people in front of a buildingMerrick the sleepy gantry crane will also be joining Blue Mountain Engines Sir Handle, Skarloey, Rheneas and Peter Sam all the way from Skarloey Railway where visitors simply climb aboard and enjoy the ride.
In addition to the new rides and café there will also be a fountain of the ever-popular Fat Controller and three Victorian fairground games plus a bandstand for live performances.

To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk

Costa’s Hot Cross Teacake – an Easter essential

A close up of a plate of food, with Tea and SleepCosta’s product of the month, the Hot Cross Teacake – a soft sweet dough jam-packed with juicy sultanas and jumbo Chilean flame raisins, hand finished with an Easter cross.
The Hot Cross Teacake is bouncing back to Costa stores this Easter as part of the delectable Easter menu and is available for just £1.65.
  • The first English Hot Cross Teacake is rumoured to have come from a monastery in St Albans in 1361, but some think the delicious treat dates back to Roman times!
  • The cross is said to be sacred, bringing good luck those who eat it
  • If you share a Hot Cross Teacake with a friend, tradition says you’ll be friends for a year
  • Keeping a Hot Cross Teacake in your kitchen helps protect your home from a fire – if you can resist eating it!
  • Hot Cross Teacakes have been an integral part of Good Friday celebrations since Tudor times – long may this tradition continue!

Hatch ‘N Heroes from Bandai

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Have fun turning Hatch ‘N Heroes eggs into some of your favourite characters from Disney’s much loved movies! 

Choose from seven different Hatch ‘N Heroes…A close up of a toy

    • Olaf from Frozen – He’s super cute in Hatch ‘N Heroes form with his little carrot nose!


    • Woody or Buzz from Toy Story – all time favourites


    • Nemo or Dory from Pixar’s Finding Nemo – can you give them a happy home?


  • Baymax from Big Hero 6 – Available as either the recognisable white marshmallow character or in his superhero armour suit

An adorable new pocket-money collection of articulated figures that turn from egg to hero in a few simple steps!

Available from Toys R Us, Tesco, Toymaster and Smyths Toys with a £5.99 RRP

AVEENO® – The Dry- ventures of Ellie and Eddie… Happy Skin Holidays


To celebrate the start of spring, AVEENO® are launching the second in their trilogy of eBooks – “The Dry- ventures of Ellie and Eddie… Happy Skin Holidays”available to download now that sees Ellie and Eddie go on a family holiday and make a new friend Harry.

Holidays are an exciting time for families. but maintaining a skin care routine when out and about exploring the great outdoors can cause problems for parents and children just like Ellie. Some mum’s (13% of those surveyed in 2014) have admitted that often their child cannot attend various activities and social events because of their dry skin and on occasions, family outings are distrusted or altered.

With regular application and a daily routine being key to the successful management of dry, eczema-prone skin it’s important to give parents the support they need, especially when the spring and summer holidays are just around the corner!

AVEENO® is available to buy from all leading supermarkets and chemist chains.


Disclosure: We have received samples and/or tickets for the above references FOC for the purpose of promotion

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