We have very recently returned from a family break in Center Parcs Longleat. While there, we also stopped by Longleat Safari Park. It was an AWESOME experience for us all! I am now totally sold on the benefits of outdoor play. Whenever we go on a trip/holiday that allows Angelo to play, explore, investigate and survey on his own in a safe environment, he has a what I call a development spurt. After our family break to Longleat Angelo has grown in confidence.
Center Parcs Longleat
This has been my third trip to a Center Parcs resort but my second time to Longleat. It was a liberating experiencing without a baby bump. There’s so many different experiences from a parent perspective. I cannot rave enough about the customer service we received. What thrilled me the most was the baby warmer stations at the restaurants! Some even had complementary baby food!!!
Never in my two years and 10 months of motherhood have I experienced such service at a restaurant. I also had the great pleasure of spending an afternoon at Aqua Sana and to explore all their rooms. FYI: You can’t do saunas and Jacuzzi during pregnancy.
on to the outdoors bit…
As a child I never really liked to play. I lived in my head. Now, as a parent I have a second chance (within reason of course) to enjoy play time. Hubby and I had a fab time at the Subtropical Swimming Paradise going down the water-slides and rapids… what a rush!
The more I play the more relaxed and the less I take my seriously. I’m learning to live outside my head a bit. Angelo was over the moon to see the rabbits and ducks that live on the resort.
He also enjoyed the Subtropical Swimming Paradise and the various playgrounds on site.
Longleat Safari Park
Midweek we took the kids to Longleat Safari Park. He’s been asking us for ages to see lions. Well we ALL got a treat there. It sure is a wonderful place to take kids, well for all in the family really.. There is so much to see and do! Its astounding to see the wild beast up close. The are go big, powerful and beautiful. Not forgetting the cheeky monkeys, do believe warnings about their monkey behaviour.
The adventure playground really made my inner child come alive… but not enough to take Angelo’s bait and go down what seemed to me a near vertical drop slide. The courage of ‘youth’ failed me for that experience. Despite the fact that he counted me down on a count of three I could not do it. I owned up to my fear. I told him I could not do it. I was too scared.
Later on, Hubby and I each took him on a kids zip line ride.
More Holiday Photos
Here are a few images from our family break. I’m still over-joyed about how much fun we had. Our family outdoor playtime is really making us closer… a strong small unit.
I’m linking this post to the blog hop Country Kids from Coombe Mill.