A few weeks ago we had a family day out – a trip to Thomasland, using some Tesco reward vouchers to save some pennies. You may remember that the day didn’t quite go to plan, so until now I haven’t actually written much about the actual day itself!
I’m not going to concentrate on the terrible three’s – just on the parts of the day we did all enjoy!
Monkey adores Thomas and Friends, his favourite is actually Percy. We took him to Thomasland last year as he was so excited to meet Percy, and we could hardly contain him when we arrived this year – Percy, Percy, Percy! One hyper 3 and half year old had arrived. He settled for Thomas being the first ride of the day, it just meant he had a number of train trips to fit in.
We had to travel up and down a few times as Monkey loves the train ride so much.
Then it was off to say hello to James, who like last year, was fast asleep!!
Then it was time to explore the other end of Thomasland – so off we went on another train trip to the Farm area.
Now as you know, Monkey is not very adventurous, we always try to encourage him to be big and brave, but you just know when to let him be. Last year he was too small to go on the Terence’s Driving School, this year he was tall enough – yippee. We were the only ones there so no queueing, Monkey was excited until he realised he’d be going on the ride by himself – that was it, no chance. Ok, shame, but never mind. Are you sure? Not going on it Mummy! (This was an early sign of trouble ahead!)
Anyway, we placated him with a trip to the Discover Thomas and Friends exhibition – a lovely indoor model railway. Rather than standing still and waiting for the trains to come past him, Monkey spent ages running around and around chasing the trains – it was funny to watch. He loved it.
Then it was off to Spencer’s Outdoor Activity Park – I didn’t hold any hope of him going anywhere near this. Last year he hated it, and he’s not a climber. But, just to prove me wrong – he was off, climbing, jumping, hiding, having fun.
Last year, he loved the Dino Trail, and now a year old and slightly dino obsessed I thought he’d be running around hunting the dinosaurs – Wrong! Not going in there Mummy!!! Ok, shall we look at the Owls in the Aviary then? No, no, no!
We walked back through the Zoo area, which sadly looks very tired these days, not how I remember it from years gone by.
I’d made a picnic for our lunch, it was a rather chilly day at the beginning on July – too much to ask for a warm, sunny day! Anyway, we found somewhere undercover and ate our lunch, whilst talking to Monkey about what he wanted to do next.
Last year he loved the vintage cars – Sodor’s Classic Cars, that you can sit on together and he drove round and round on these. This was what he wanted to go on next. We were heading for trouble. Unfortunately the ride was closed, they were in the process of building a new monorail type ride – Winston’s Whistle Stop Tour.
Looking back through the photo’s it does look as if Monkey enjoyed himself, just such a shame about his Terrible Three meltdowns!
Anyway, we did get him on a couple of rides and he enjoyed a trip on the Polperro Express Train.
I’m sure we’ll be back again. I don’t know whether the Sodor’s Classic Cars has re-opened or closed for good. I did tweet Thomasland on the day but never got a reply 🙁
Please let me know if you’ve been since early July, so I can be prepared if it’s bad news!