Thursday, 26 April 2007
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Sunday, 22 April 2007
The only sore point of the menu though is the kid's section where clearly the idea has been lost on the owners. It is just a mini version of the original one; not really diverse enough for picky eaters who need to be kept happy for all to enjoy the meal. And the food, once it finally arrived, was too spicy for little ones.
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Monday, 16 April 2007
Friday, 13 April 2007
Tel: 020 8853 2770
Thursday, 12 April 2007
Greenwich Dance Agency (gDA): A place to sample a bit of everything from the world of dance, whilst enjoying table service in the fabulously atmospheric Borough Halls. Each event will feature it's own compere, working alongside Latin-jazz house band the Alex Wilson Trio. Tickets are £15.
- Mayor of Greenwich's charity cycle ride: Join this year's ten-mile sponsored cycle ride and help the Demelza Hospice for Children and Greenwich MIND charities. It will start at 11am at the Old Royal Naval College (the Cutty Sark Gardens Entrance) and go right through to Thamesmead. Entry costs £5 per cyclist. There is no entry fee for under 12s. Download your forms from Greenwich Council website. You can also bring your completed form and £5 payment with you on the day, as long as you also email your details directly to email@example.com by Friday 20 April 2007.
- "Words of Freedom" Family Day: National Maritime Museum: from 10:30am-16:30pm: There will be story telling for under fives and for older children. Look at the power of the written and the spoken word to express freedom and identity. Join in creative writing activities for families to explore personal freedoms.
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
We had bought our tickets online, and this served us well on two counts: you get to just walk in avoiding all box office queues, and you get to come back a second time FOR FREE. Mind you the ticket isn't cheap. We did pay close to eighty pounds for two adults and one child which includes going on as many rides as you want and as many times as you can. But it does not include the food and beverages which you pay for. Another option is to pack your own lunch as there are great well-equipped picnic spots.
The first impression you get as you walk through the iron gates is a stunning lasting one. You are met with the most amazing view of Windsor Castle perched regally at the top of the facing mountain and one of the most gorgeous landscapes I've witnessed. We were lucky it was a bright sunny day, and the horizon just seemed to go on forever. With a pound inserted in a tiny slot, you get to see it up close and personal. I scanned the sight underneath me of the park awaiting us and spotted the dreaded roller coaster. A small shiver, a gulp, and braving a smile, I decided to make the most of the day.
Peeling myself away from the scenery wasn't an easy task but unavoidable with a four-year-old wildly jumping up and down wanting to see it all and do it all. Mr. ChiChi junior had just found one of many large scale Lego dinosaurs. Made of thousands of pieces of Lego, this model proved a simple one as compared to those found in the section of the park appropriately dubbed MINI LAND; A city made entirely of Lego. The extensive work put into that city is tremendous. The laborious work of creating it all from blocks of all sizes and pieces leaves one gaping. I wanted to fast forward the entire day, skip the dreaded rides and just sit on a floor somewhere and get building. I was there for the Lego anyway wasn't I? Yeah, right.
We took the Train Hill down to our first destination, KNIGHT'S KINGDOM, where we embarked on the SPINNING SPIDER, a new attraction at the park in which you sit in barrels that go round and round as fast as you want them to with a huge Lego spider perched on top of you. Dizzy and checking I still had all my limbs attached in place, I was allowed to catch my breath after it as ChiChi Junior unfizzled by the ride had found the RAT TRAP, a place for young kids to explore on their own, a play area with slides and tunnels. A safe place for the kids, a resting place for the adults, and a smoking area for those who need it.
Then it was time for the PIRATE FALLS. This has always been the second dreaded ride on my dread list right after roller coasters. Thankfully we didn't get to try the JUNGLE COASTER which seemed like where the real thrill was (according to Mr. ChiChi) as Junior was too young for it (There must be an angel out there). The ride started out very easy until it started its climb on a steep incline. By this time Junior was somewhat anxiously asking what came next and I had to explain lightheartedly that we were about to slide down the slope on the other end assuring him it would be fun. Always with my brave smile plastered on. I couldn't believe I was actually going to do this.
He must have been reassured by my tone of voice as well as his father's as he was now excitedly willing the boat to get to the top quickly. Once there, my heart jumping out of my mouth, I just closed my eyes as our boat wildly slid downward to the awaiting water. We hit it with a splash, totally soaked. The drop to my utter amazement was not too bad and was quickly, even abruptly over, to my disappointment. Could it be that I actually enjoyed it? Things were beginning to take on a new light.
I had survived it and by the wild laughter and clapping of ChiChi Junior I suppose he did too. I breathed a sigh of relief that it was first over and that I had not failed as role model. Had I opted not to try it with him, I would have planted the first seeds of acquired fear that we accumulate along the years initially from the reactions of others (usually our mothers). For the time being, my darling was fine and I had contributed to his happiness. An overwhelming feeling of joy swept over me, which the rush from the ride just enhanced. The day was going splendidly.
All worked up now, it was one thing after another stopping only briefly for lunch and snacks. The DRAGON'S APPRENTICE, a mini version of the more advanced ride THE DRAGON, the FERRIS WHEEL, ice-cream break, DRIVING SCHOOL (where kids get a mock licence), hot dog break, LEGO CITY which are mainly dark lit rooms made up entirely of Lego-made characters, from Lego rabbits (in the Magic Theatre), to Lego Mummies (in the Orient Expedition) ending with Lego parrots and alligators (in the Explorer's Institute) among others. Some of the characters combine Lego design and robotic engineering (i.e: they move and talk). Could be a bit overwhelming for young ones. We also caught the City Harbour Adventurers' Show "the Secret of Scorpion Palace", a show that should not be missed. Splashing of the audience is involved. And like so the day proceeded.
There was so much to do and so little time and there will still be a lot more things to try next visit, but by the end of this day we were over tired, over fed, and overjoyed. It had been a successful day out. I, personally, had managed to conquer some of my phobias and have a good time at it too. With what remained of our cotton candy, and two fresh boxes of new Lego, we were ready to head back home. Junior was happily dozing off as the gates of Legoland faded behind us.
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
- According to the News Shopper (Online Edition), an electrician says authorities "let down" his neighbour, who was found dead in her flat six weeks after he raised the alarm. James Spring was devastated to hear his 77-year-old neighbour Eileen Hersey had been dead in the adjacent flat for weeks. For more on this story, click here.
- If you are frustrated with Greenwich Council, then you're not alone. However, this blog takes it a step further recording all the Council's Bloopers. Check out Greenwich Watch.
The Greenwich Council were handing out these leaflets at the Weekend well in advance of the Flora London Marathon which is to take place On April 22, 2007. Don't get caught off guard, a lot of roads are closed for a good 4-5 hours on Sunday, so be prepared. More on road closure details in posts to come. But you can get your own copy from The Greenwich Council Website as well.
Wednesday, 4 April 2007
Tuesday, 3 April 2007
Find and follow the animals and creatures of the College this Easter for a tasty Easter surprise at the end! £1 per child (which you use to buy your treasure map at the Visitor's Centre). Trail begins at the Visitor Center and ends at the Painted Hall. (tel: 020- 8269 4799). This is a self-guided tour.
Sunday, 1 April 2007
What? House for a Queen
The circus performance in itself, although quite long (it's a two-hour show) was captivating. Pure old-fashioned fun. The acrobats were fantastic and received squeals of delight from the audience. Truly memorable performances are the tight-rope acrobats, the female flying acrobat and the Mohicans.
I personally thought the horse show was quite boring (although the horses so majestic) and the kids seemed to shift in place at the bird performance. But all in all it was a diverse show with something for everyone. But, prepare to be picked or have water sprayed at you if you choose to sit in the Ring Side seats. We chose the Side View seats which were just fine.
The kids can also enjoy having their face painted by the clowns, and birthday parties can be booked at the premises. Tickets can be bought at the site or online (you get discounted tickets which we did and you just present them at the door without having to queue at the box office) at www.zipposcircus.co.uk. As the ring leader concluded "You're never too old, too young or too cool to visit the circus". So what are you waiting for? The tent calls!
The Circus runs until April 10