We arrived back in Kuwait 5 days ago after a fantastic summer. My plan was to update the blog weekly with what we had been up to that week but with limited internet and being out and about every day I just didn’t get chance. But now we are back I plan to get back to my regular blogging, I sure have missed it!
After our week away in Wales we had lots of fun filled days out in both Manchester and Liverpool before we headed back to Kuwait.
We spent a rainy day visiting Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and looked at lots of old types of transport, which Oscar loved but also wanted to sit inside them! We also took our pictures (me with Millie and my husband with Oscar) and they show up on a big screen for the day.
We visited the amazing Maize Maze in Altrincham. The day was scorching hot and sunny – perfect for finding our way around the maze! It was such a good day and we spent hours there! There was the maze (obviously!), sandpits, tractor rides, wooden building blocks and numerous play areas/playgrounds. It cost us just over £20 for 3 adults and 2 children. Such good value for money considering the amount of activities that are included in the price. The cafe on site was busy but the food was delicious! Our Maize Maze day out was by far my favourite day out of our entire holiday! Well worth a visit!
We also took a trip to Heaton Park which is fairly close my in-laws house. We read that there was going to be a fair and ‘beach’ at the park for the summer holidays and we got lucky with the weather again when we visited – so sunny and warm! The beach was fantastic – a pop-up beach in the middle of a huge green park! It was free and had plenty of deck chairs for parents to sit on as well as a big sand pit for the kids in play in. The fair was quite small but a decent size for a pop-up fair in a park but it was incredibly overpriced. It was one of those fairs where you purchase tokens to go on the rides. Each token cost £1 and some rides cost up to 4 tokens each! Oscar went on a couple of rides but thankfully was happy enough playing in the sand.
We enjoyed many sunny days in the gardens of both our parents houses; playing in the paddling pool, jumping on the trampoline and having fun on the slide and swing!
We met up with an old friend from Kuwait who now lives in Indonesia. Oscar thought our friend, Karen was so much fun and she kept him entertained for hours!
We met up with one of my friend’s that I went to high school, college and university with and her gorgeous brand new baby boy, Finley.
We visited the super busy but still lots of fun, Eureka in Halifax. Oscar loved playing in the bank, post office, house and of course the Marks and Spencer. Millie loved playing in the baby sensory play area with another little baby. Eureka is a bit like Kidzania in Kuwait however a bit more science-y and museum like in some bits.
We spent lots of time with Oscar’s cousin Issac and his Uncle Joe’s girlfriend’s son, Declan. Oscar loved having a couple of little boys to play with and run and be a typical boy with!
We took a trip to Chill Factore in Manchester. It is an indoor ski/snow place where they have ski slopes and a snow park for young children. Its very much like Ski Dubai. We stayed in the Snow Park area with the kids which we had all to ourselves! Yay! The kids absolutely loved it! Neither of them had ever experienced snow before with living in the Middle East. Oscar was running around throwing snow balls and playing in the wendy house. Millie loved feeling the snow and of course had to crawl around in it a little too!
Another of my favourite days of our summer holiday was our trip to the Trafford Centre to watch the In the Night Garden show! I had booked the tickets months earlier when they first came on sale and I was hoping Oscar would still like the characters and the show itself (you know how children have a different favourite each week!) but thankfully he did! The show itself was really well organised, the Showdome was clean and there were plenty of staff around to help and we managed to grab 2nd row seats so had a fantastic view for the show! We had pre booked a goody bag for Oscar too which was £24 (I think!) and it was really good value for money and had lots of exciting toys, dvds and books inside it. It was magical watching Oscar and Millie’s faces whilst watching the show – they adored it and were so happy! I would definitely go and watch another show next year!
As Millie turns 1 in a couple of weeks and we will be in Kuwait for it, my husbands parents had a little party for her birthday with a few close relatives. We got to sing Happy Birthday to her and she had her first taste of both birthday cake and chocolate cake! And of course, she loved it!
To end the post, a picture of my two sleepy babies at Dubai airport waiting for our flight to Kuwait. They were both amazing on the flights – Millie practically slept the entire time and Oscar had a couple of hours sleep but was content just watching the TV.
Heres to another year in Kuwait….