L ast week I wrote about how the cost of keeping kids entertained during the summer holidays doesn’t have to be expensive for parents.
There are many things to do that won’t make your wallet or purse lighter, particularly in Portsmouth where there are lots of parks with slides and swings, all free.
Of course, some things are going to cost money and I like to make sure that before we set off it is going to be worth every single penny.
In June last year we visited Paultons Family Theme Park and almost every week since then my daughters have been asking when we will return because they had such a good time.
When we made the decision to go back recently I knew it would be a totally different experience because this time my girls are a year older at four and five .
More importantly for a theme park, they’re taller.
Last Tuesday, we jumped in the car and made our way west on the M27 from Portsmouth towards the place that brought so much excitement to my daughters’ faces when we told them where we were going.
As I thought, things were different this time.
Once again, they loved Peppa Pig World, which is part of the theme park. Its rides include Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight and George’s Dinosaur Adventure. They also wanted to explore the rest of the theme park and try some of the rides that they were too small for last year.
This included the Pirate Ship which swings from left to right and reaches an angle of 60 degrees, plus the Raging River Ride Log Flume where you splash into the water at 60kph and get pretty wet. Their favourite ride was the Flying Frog which is a mini-rollercoaster designed for children.
I’m pleased to report there was no ‘Big’ moment. You know, the film starring Tom Hanks, where his character is told that he is too short for a ride. My girls are now tall enough for most of the rides and had a really fun day.
I’m always impressed at how the theme park tries to make the day as hassle-free as possible for its customers. They guide you into a parking space when you arrive and supply stickers for your children to wear with your phone number on, just in case they get lost or wander off. They also have a tot swap system, which allows parents to enjoy the rides while others in the group look after the child. Then the rest of group can have a go without having to queue again. We didn’t need to use it this time but it’s good to know for the future, if we visit with friends.
Overall, it was a great day and certainly worth the money. My daughters are already asking when we’ll be returning and I’d quite like to go back too.