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Sunday, 30 May 2021

Treetop Adventure Golf Opens in Birmingham #Review

 Treetop Adventure Golf Opens in Birmingham

Last night I had the pleasure of a sneak peak inside Birmingham's newest Treetop Adventure Golf attraction which opens to the public from tomorrow, Monday May 31st at 10am. You'll find it all bright and welcoming on the lower mall of the Bullring.

My first impressions were of surprise, at how big it actually was inside, as the building goes back way further than you'd ever imagine. Once inside, it's very dark and atmospheric and pretty cool if I'm honest. There's no booking, so it's just turn up and play. There's two different 18 hole courses to choose from, so you can play one or both like us if you want. We love golf.

Opening Hours are: 

Mon – Wed: 10am to 10pm
Thurs & Fri: 10am to 11pm
Sat: 10am to 11pm
Sun: 10am to 10pm

Price List: 18 holes (1 course)

Adventurers £9.50 

Senior masters (60+) £8 

Young'uns (under 5s) £4.50 

Student putters £8 

Family of 4 £31.50

36 holes (2 courses)

Adventurers £15 

Senior masters (60+) £12 

Young'uns (under 5s) £7.50 

Student putters (+FREE bottled beer, cider, 125ml wine or soft drink) £12 

Family of 4 £48

The Tropical Trail is all about Amazonian jungle wildlife, it's filled with mysterious creatures and tropical nature. Birds, trees, frogs, bugs and more. Navigate your way through the Mystic Wood meeting The Mighty Oracle and showing off your putting skills. Avoid the toadstools of the Forbidden Funghi - they’re bewitched! I won't drop any spoiler but that tree is absolutely hilarious! Watch out if you miss that shot as that tree has an interesting reaction.

I loved the neon features and the cool effects. The golf holes were quite simple and short which made them quite easy (for us) but the extra features and surprises really made up for that so we still had an amazing time. There's lots of lumps and bumps, holes and bridges to navigate around, over and under. If you love mini golf or crazy golf, then you'll love this.

There's lots of little nods to Birmingham too which is great. I loved that.

Everything's so bright and colourful and those frogs sang to us for ages which was fun.

The Tropical Trail was definitely my favourite out of the two but both are pretty cool and each has it's own special points about it. For me, the Tree was the highlight of this Tropical Trail.

The Ancient Explorer is a trek through crumbling temples, past cryptic carvings, stone serpents, monkey royalty and a hidden gem mine. You get to navigate through the Jungle Heritage Site and putt carefully through ancient ruins until reaching The Toppled Obelisk.

Once inside the Inner Temple, you'll take on the Sleepy Head which made me laugh so much. As daddy was just bending over to take his shot, it decided to let out the loudest 
fart' noise. It was hilarious and totally unexpected but that's what I loved best about this place. There's so much that happens unexpectedly. Noises, Songs, Lights and more.

Both 18 hole courses are great fun but that's not all this place has to offer. As when you've had enough of playing golf or even if you just fancy a break in between courses, there's a really cool place you can hang out, to eat and drink too. There's delicious freshly made pizzas served from the Pizza Cabana and awesome cocktails from available from the Thirsty Toucan bar. We tried out a few and can happily give them a firm thumbs up from us.

There’s something for everyone, from family days out to student hangouts, date nights, work get togethers and celebrations. The trees are fully grown, the jungle residents have moved in, the pizza oven’s fired up and the Thirsty Toucan bar is fully stocked with tropical flavours.

We had such a fun time on our first visit that we're going to go back real soon with the kids for our second. I already know the kids are going to love it all just as much as I did and I can't wait to see their reactions to some of the things that we saw and heard on our visit.

If you're in Birmingham, I'd definitely recommend giving the Treetop Adventure a visit.

Disclosure: I was invited as a guest to play golf at the Treetop Adventure before it opens tomorrow in return for some honest feedback. All opinions expressed are all my own.

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Sensory Play with the Bandai National Geographic STEM Range #Review

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National Geographic STEM Range.

This month as part of the Bandai National Geographic Stem blogger club, we've been playing with a new set of toys and activities. Inside our box this month, we have the following:

National Geographic Explorer Science Sensory Kit 
National Geographic Glow In The Dark Mega Science Kit
National Geographic Bug Dig Kit
National Geographic Dino Poop Mini Dig Kit

As always I'm going to start with our favourite, and this month it had to be the National Geographic Explorer Science Sensory Kit which is so much fun. With 10 activities to do and 5 varieties of sands, slimes and putty's, there's a whole load of fun to be had with this kit. The box includes 2 sand kits, 2 slime kits and a colour changing putty. As well as instruction.

The snotty slime and liquid slime come pre made so they're ready to play right out of the box. The Colour changing putty is specially formulated to change colours when warmed or cooled and also comes ready to play with. You get a plastic container and a big bag of sand to play with and a bag full of little sandcastles to play with too. We've been building sandcastles for hours. The Hydrophobic sand that comes in the kit is amazing. It’s great for conducting experiments with because it doesn't get wet, which is so fascinating to watch. The kids absolutely love laying with it ad have BOTH been sitting there with it for hours. It's ace!

For the price tag of £24.99, we think it's worth every penny.

Next up we have the National Geographic Glow In The Dark Mega Science Kit which contains four awesome science activities that will illuminate your child's imagination. This kit includes two glow in the dark slime kits, a glow in the dark putty, and so much more. 

This box includes 2 glow in the dark slime kits which you have to make yourself this time. It's really easy to make and only takes around 5 minutes to do so. Both Lily and Ryan love slimes so this was right up their street. These kits are aimed at children aged 8 years and above but my two are 10 and 14 and love playing with them. It's not very often I get something that they actually want to play with and put down their phones and ipads to do so. The glow in the dark putty comes with a little UV light that lets you draw glowing images or words in the putty, that shows up in the dark, It's pretty cool. There's also a grow your own glow in the dark crystal
Fluorescent wernerite specimen that glows up bright when you shine your UV light on it.

Ryan loves the slime and I love that it has it's own container to stay in so it doesn't make any mess around the house. He's had his slime out several times to play with and then puts it back into it's storage tub when he's done. It's nice to have a storage container so it'll last.

Next up we had something a bit different to the last two with some digging kits. The first one is the National Geographic Bug Dig Kit which costs £9.99 and contains 1 digging brick containing 3 preserved bugs, a fortune beetle, scorpion and spiny spider. You also get a set of archaeological digging tools, a full colour learning guide and a magnifying glass.

The National Geographic’s full colour learning guide will teach your children all about a fascinating variety of insects, arachnids and arthropods. With this exciting Dig Kit you get to dig up, explore and keep 3 amazing insects. Ryan was so fascinated by them all.

Last but not least we have the National Geographic Dino Poop Mini Dig Kit which comes with a genuine specimen inside each kit! It's a smaller kit but no less fun. You get to excavate soft dig brick material to find your specimen. All the tools you'll need are included in the kit.

Ryan liked digging but sadly broke his specimen by cutting it in half - oops. 

We've enjoyed doing all of the activities this month but have to say that the slime and the sand have been our favourites. Ryan loves playing with slime as it keeps him happy for hours. Lily has taken a liking to the sand and is currently sat at the table building mini sandcastles as I speak. Our National Geographic STEM kits have sure kept us all entertained this week.

We can't wait to see what we get to play with for our final month. Watch this space . .

Disclosure: We received our NG Stem Sets for free in return for honest reviews.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Cutetitos Unicornitos Wave 2 Assortment #Review

 Cutetitos Unicornitos Wave 2 Assortment 

Cutetitos are now more magical than ever, as there's brand new limited edition Unicornitos!

Cutetitos Unicornitos are adorable, super soft stuffed unicorns which come wrapped and hidden in a rainbow burrito blanket ready to be unrolled and discovered. Your Cutetito's personality is either: mild, medium, hot, or super spicy. You just need to check out its "hot spot" which is a chili pepper shaped icon that you'll find on its hip! From Ribbonito to Flowerito, and even Glitzito. You'll want to collect all 8 of the new styles of Unicornitos. 

We unwrapped our first Unicornito to reveal ... a Medium Chilli ... called Flowerito.

Her Birthday is October 7th and she wear a Purple, Medium Chilli on her hip.

Each Unicornito comes wrapped in a soft rainbow coloured blanket (burrito) which can be wrapped or unwrapped over and over again using it's little velcro squares on the inside. 

There's lots of fun new fabrics and a surprise coloured burrito wrap too.

We received three Cutetitos Unicornitos to unwrap in total and this is who we found:

We found Three Medium Chilli's, Two Flowerito's and One Ribbonito.

Lily and Ryan love them but now want to collect them all. They're desperate to find a Super Spicy one just so they can have the rare ones to show off to their friends at school. 

They're recommended for children aged between 5 and 7 years but my two are older than that (10 an 13 years) and still love them as they're never too old for cute new bears to cuddle and collect for their rooms. I like that they're affordable so make great 'Pocket Money' toys or Good Behaviour Reward treats as they only cost £7.99 each and are available to buy now from Smyths, ToyMaster and all good independent toy stores. I know my two want more.

They're just so cute and cuddly! 

Disclosure: We received our Cutetitios Unicornitos for free in return for an honest review.