During the six weeks of the summer holidays Lee Valley Farm offered up a fun event for children called Kidsfest, The event offers a range of fun things for the children to see and do. Including superheroes, Princesses and of course lots of farm yard animals to feed and meet.
K I D S F E S T
As a parent, I couldn’t help but feel this event was planned out thoroughly, however for the children this was a fun day out that they enjoyed. Walking into the farm we decided to head towards the smaller creatures area. Where delightfully we saw some essentially wild Guinea pigs that had this huge area to themselves. We are all aware that guinea pigs are notoriously social animals and can get depressed and lonely if left on their own. These guys had four houses and a large area to run in, it was lovely to see them run about. I can see these were some happy Piggies!
Up next the children got the opportunity to feed some adorable rabbits, We was given a plan of what was going on during the day and as we arrived it was time for the rabbit feeding, the handler gave the children some leaves from the nearby trees and they got to feeding them. The rabbits like the piggies and a huge outdoor area to explore along with huts to sleep in, Once again rabbits, like guinea pigs like large areas and lots of things to play with and these all look like cheerful creatures. Robin absolutely loved getting the chance to feed the rabbits and you can tell the rabbits themselves enjoyed the food too.
Once we had done visiting the rabbits we found some the meerkats which honestly didn’t look impressed with the cold weather we was having, they weren’t outside but we could see into their little bedroom and they huddled up to each other. Like the rabbits there was an opportunity to help feed them but this was on a later part of the day so we didn’t see it. Along down past the meerkats was some beautiful owls which didn’t look happy being in their tiny cages, I promise I wont go on about how much I dislike zoos here, but they really looked fed up.
From there we walked down to the bugs and fish, where Robin saw something which took her breath away, two princesses stood greeting children. Robin was utterly star struck and didn’t know what to say to Rapunzel and Moana but the two actresses playing them talked to her and were so lovely. Allowed me to take a quick photo of her with them and I will be honest with you, I was a little emotional at her reaction, she shared a similar reaction to seeing Captain American walking around who waved at her as he walked past. I think this part was the highlight of her day.
C R I T T E R S
After Robin had her star struck moment one of the handlers recommended we go see the critter show which was starting shortly, and due to the rain which was also starting we took the chance to go see it. this was held in one of the barns which used to have the soft play inside, however it had been turned into a stage, I assume due to covid reasons it had to be dismantled. During the critter show we got to stroke a lovely corn snake, one adorable guinea pig and some lovely screaming cockroaches, which I think Kai was delighted to see as he is really into insects. The handlers who showed round the animals shared interesting facts about them and got the children to ask questions. It was a little educational bit that they seemed to enjoy.
After washing our hands it was time to go find something to eat, which was a little expensive but it filled our bellies up ready for the bit theyve been asking for since they saw them, the dreaded bouncy castles. I hate these things mainly due to the fact they placed them on the top of a hill and it was an extremely windy day. They enjoyed it none the less while the entertainers sung and danced in the big tent and the foam machine went off occasionally.
There was plenty of bouncy castles and stages around but I feel like it wasn’t worth the price in which we paid, £12 a head and while I understand they need to pay for the entertainers it just didn’t feel like it was at all much for £60. However the children did have a wonderful time and thankfully the day out helped get them tired for the next day which I wont blog about but Neil and I took them to Chessington for the day and it was a really early start.
I am glad they had a good time and the rain did hold out for them to run around in a not so muddy field and see some cute creatures to boot.
and of course Bob came too!
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