Thursday, 5 April 2018

Our No Spend Day Out at Heaton Park with Subway #ad

I've been looking forward to the Easter break for so long, waiting for the chance to spend some quality time with the children without worrying about work, dreaming of lazy mornings, fun days out and cuddled up movie nights...

However, the school holidays can be an expensive business, with the cost of entertaining the family for two weeks really adding up. That's why Subway have decided to give parents a helping hand with their Kids Eat Free offer this Easter holiday. 

From now until 17th of April in participting stores in Great Britain, you can pick up a completely free Kids Pak with every Six-inch Meal Deal at your local Subway store. As well as a four-inch sub with a choice of filling and salad, the Kids Pak includes a drink, a snack and a gift to take home. 

To celebrate this fantastic offer, we were challenged to enjoy a day out in Manchester over Easter without spending a penny on the kids! As soon as I heard the challenge I knew that Heaton Park would be the perfect place to visit. Located just fifteen minutes drive (or 20 minutes on the Metrolink) outside of Manchester City centre, at 600 acres, it's one of the largest municipal parks in Europe and has so much to offer!

Eating Subway in the Park #kidseatfree

Enjoying Subway in the Park #kidseatfree

We started our day off with one of those lazy mornings I'd been looking forward to so much (isn't it just an amazing feeling to wake up without an alarm? ) then headed out to lunch. It's super easy to find your nearest Subway branch, using the Store locator and we found one in Whitefield, just a few minutes drive away from Heaton Park.

A Subway Picnic Lunch

Treating myself and my husband to a six-inch sub and drink meal deal, meant that both our children got a Kids’ Pak™  absolutely free! Each Kids’ Pak™ is 2 of a child’s 5-a-day. Every Kids’ Pak™ Sub is low fat, low in saturated fat and low in sugars, as well being a source of protein. They both chose brown bread with ham and cheese and a generous selection of salad and paired their sub with a Fruit Shoot My-5 and a Bear Yo-Yo fruit treat for afters. They each got a SEA LIFE Splashy Sticker Mosaic pack which was perfect for entertaining them on the journey home! We also received a voucher giving 50% off access to SEA LIFE centres across the UK & Ireland, for a family of four, perfect for saving money on another day out in the holidays!

This delicious, healthy lunch for all four members of our family, cost less than £8. What a bargain!

Subway is great for fussy eaters of all ages (I include myself in that!) as you get to choose exactly what you get, from the type of bread down to salad and sauce.

Subway six-inch meal deals

Subway Kids Pak with free SEALIFE gift #kidseatfree

Despite it being a typical cloudy April day, the children decided we were having a picnic, so we took our lunch to the park and enjoyed it while in the grounds of the beautiful 18th century Heaton Hall which is currently undergoing renovations.

Once our tummies were full and our thirst quenched, it was time to continue on with our adventures!

Heaton Park Animal Centre - Free to visit!

With so much to do for free in Heaton Park, we were spoiled for choice so decided to start off with a visit to the Animal Centre. Our youngest is a big animal lover and couldn't wait to find out which new friends we would meet today. 

Peacock with feathers at Heaton Park animal centre

Rosie the Oxford Sandy and Black pig at Heaton Park animal centre

Goat sticking tongue out at Heaton Park animal centre

Chickens at Heaton Park animal centre

Alpaca at Heaton Park animal centre

We had great fun watching the pigs get fed, the goat pull tongues, and the peacocks show off their stunning plumes. I absolutely love the fluffy alpacas, they are just adorable!

Visiting the Highest Point In Manchester

Once we'd bid farewell to all of the animals  - Elizabeth had found out each of their names from the friendly staff of course - we decided to go for a wall around the grounds of Heaton Hall and visit the highest point in Manchester, where the ornamental temple designed in 1800 sits atop a hill. The children ran up and down the hill playing football and giggling at their made up games, while we followed them at a leisurely pace and enjoyed the breathtaking views for miles around. 

Heaton Hall at Heaton Park Manchester

kids playing football in Heaton Park

girl playing football in Heaton Park, Manchester

 Heaton Park Tramway Museum - Free Entry!

Our final adventure of the day was a visit to the Historical Heaton Park Tramway, which is run by the Manchester Transport Museum Society. Heaton Park is home to the oldest section of original tramtrack in the UK, dating back to 1905!

On Sundays between Easter and October, you can watch a selection of lovingly restored trams running through the park, and even ride on one for a small fee, we were happy to watch them and wave at the passengers as they went past as we walked along to the museum which is full of Manchester tramway history.

Manchester 765  - a 1914 Manchester 'California' type tram - restored and running through Heaton Park

Manchester Transport Museum Society, Heaton Park

old tram being restored at Heaton Park Tramways museum

We didn't Spend a Penny on the Kids all Day

We had a fantastic day out that was filled with fun activities and we didn't need to spend a single penny on the children all day. I really enjoyed taking part in the challenge and it made me realise that there are so many things in Manchester to enjoy for free! You really don't need to spend money to enjoy a fun day out.

The #KidsEatFree offer at Subway is excellent value for money and we'll be taking advantage of it again while we are out and about during the holidays as it's running right up until 17 April!

Disclaimer: We have been compensated for this post but all images and opinions are our own.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Top Stocking Fillers for a Harry Potter fan!

Gifts for Harry Potter fans

Earlier this week I met up with some lovely bloggers and attended a Harry Potter themed games night hosted by the lovely folks at Paladone. #Paladonegamesnight

It was lots of fun and got quite competitive at times! There were lots of fun games to play including Harry Potter Match, Top Trumps, Cluedo world of Harry Potter, Wizarding world of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, Mind Reader and more...

Everyone made a fabulous effort of dressing up and getting in the Hogwarts spirit and we even made our own wands!

You can check out the fun and frolics on facebook or twitter and there's a video on youtube too.

At the end of the awesome evening, the generous folks at Paladone didn't send us home empty-handed, they gave us each a goody bag bursting with Potter themed gifts that would make ideal secret Santa gifts or stocking fillers for the Harry Potter fan in your life. (I've included some affiliate links, in case you do decide to buy.)

So here are my top stocking fillers for a Harry Potter fan for (mostly) under £10!

Harry Potter Gifts - Hogwarts travel mug with crest

Harry Potter Hogwarts Travel Mug

The perfect gift for the coffee lover who's always on the go, this sleek and sophisticated travel mug has an RRP of £11.99 so would make an ideal Secret Santa gift for a workmate at the office.

Harry Potter gifts - Light up Potions keyring

Harry Potter Light Up Key Ring

This pocket-sized potion bottle keyring bears the Hogwarts crest and lights up at a touch of the lid. It retails at £7.99 and is a fun little stocking filler for any wannabe wizard. 

Harry Potter Gifts - Paladone Iron on patches

Harry Potter Iron On Patches

This pack of 14 fabric patches that iron on to clothes, bags and more feature logos, crests and iconic images from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. At an RRP of £6.99 these make a great gift for fans of all things magical.

Harry Potter Gifts - Hogwarts crest coasters

Harry Potter Crest Coasters

A fabulous stocking filler for grown-ups, or maybe a great addition to a few bottles of butterbeer (or alcoholic alternative ) as a larger gift. These retail at £8.99 and come in a pack of four colours.

Harry Potter Gifts - Hogwarts crest mug

Harry Potter Hogwarts Mug

This stylish goblet shaped maroon mug is embellished with the Hogwarts crest in gold and comes in a lovely gift box. At just £9.99 it would make a great teacher gift if they are fans of the world of Harry Potter!

Harry Potter Gifts - Glasses and Hermione and Hedwig backpack buddies

Harry Potter Glasses and Hermione and Hedwig Backpack Buddies

Perfect for the younger Harry Potter fans you're buying for, these Harry Potter dress up spectacles have an RRP of £5.99 and would be perfect in your child's stocking alongside these Hermione and Hedwig Backpack Buddies, that are just two of the characters from the full range!

Harry Potter Gifts - chocolate frogs with wizard cards

Harry Potter Chocolate Frog with Collectible Wizard Card

Now I've got to admit that these weren't from Paladone, but how could I not include the iconic Chocolate Frog in a Harry Potter gift guide? The magical treats are ideal for a Potterhead's stocking whatever their age! I bought these on a recent visit to the British Library's History of Magic exhibition but they are available online too.

Will you be buying for a Harry Potter fan this Christmas? If so I hope I've given you some ideas! If you're a Potterhead yourself what are you hoping to find under the tree on Christmas day?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Win a Pass The Pigs Games Bundle for Boxing Day Fun!

For our family, Boxing day is all about the games! 

We go round to the children's grandparents and enjoy a second Christmas lunch with the extended family, but once the food has been eaten there is one important rule...

The grown-ups have to play games and the kids get to choose which ones!

This means that each year the children have a new game on their list for Santa and this year it's Pass the pigs.

Pass the pigs pig party cards

Pass the Pigs for Xmas!

You’ll be snorting with laughter if you play with these piggy games for Christmas. The original party animals, Pass the Pigs, use hilarious pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or start makin' bacon? Having fun with friends, on the road entertainment, or just chilling out - the game is on for every pig in the parlour!

Fantastic fun for the whole family, Pass the Pigs is so easy to play. Simply throw the two piggies up in the air and see how they land. Compare the pigs landing positions with your scorecard and earn points, the first to reach 100 points wins!

Pass the Pigs comes in a handy travel case, pop into your bag and you are ready for a game anytime, so if you are travelling to see family it’s the perfect entertainment on the go. Pass the Pigs Party are ideal for when you want to play with family and friends at Christmas.

Pass the pigs game

Pass the Pigs

Hours of fun are guaranteed with this exciting Pass the Pigs game. Perfect for taking on the road, the Pass the Pigs game comes in a handy travel case, so there’s never a dull moment to be had!

Pass the Pigs is a game of skill for 2-6 players, it comes with a handy carry case, two pencils, two pigs and a pocket-sized scorecard.

Suitable for ages 3+ and has an RRP of £9.99 so is an ideal price for a fun gift!

Pass the pigs pig party game

Pass the Pigs party

This is the ideal version for party animals and for playing with family over the festive period. Now there are EIGHT pigs in the game to play with. Roll your piggies to try and be first to match the position on your card, get bonus points if you do it on your first go! Be the first to rack up 100 points. Pass the pigs party is still great value with an RRP of £14.99.

In the box you get:

o 8 small plastic piggies (four pairs)

o Deck of 30 cards

o Carry case

You can find out more about the games at and don't forget to follow them on  Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter for the latest news!
WIN pass the Pigs and Pass the pigs party games

I'm giving My Mummy's Pennies readers the chance to win a bundle that includes one of each of these games, worth a total of £24.98!

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Kurio Watch 2.0 - Kid's Smartwatch Review

Kurio Watch 2.0  - The Ultimate smartwatch for kids

The Kurio Smartwatch 2.0 is the latest wearable tech to hit the market for children aged six and above. It's the ultimate smartwatch for tech-loving kids and has a whole host of features to entertain them. My six-year-old was delighted to be sent her very own Kurio Watch 2.0 to try out and review.

Kurio Watch - 2.0 - what's in the box

Kurio Watch 2.0 - What's in the Box

We opened up the packaging to find the Kurio 2.0 watch pebble unit with splash proof and scratch resistant screen, one pink strap and one purple colour changing strap, an instruction booklet and a micro USB charging cable.

Elizabeth loved the idea of the colour changing strap (that turns blue when exposed to heat such as body temperature) so chose that one to wear and couldn't wait to get it on her wrist! The user manual does recommend a 3 hour charge before first use so if you are buying this for Christmas, it may be worth sneaking it out of the packing and charging the night before wrapping so it's ready for play on Christmas morning! Also worth being aware that you will need your own USB plug as there isn't one included in the packaging, most households have a few of those these days.

Child messaging on Kurio 2.0 smartwatch

The Kurio watch is packed with features including: 20 pre-loaded apps; a multi-function screen; selfie camera and video; photo filters; calender; messaging; media player; activity tracker; phrase translator; calculator and Bluetooth compatibility. The watch has 256mb of internal memory and you can add a micro SD card to expand the storage up to 32GB. 

The set up of the watch was easy to do and only took a few minutes, my 6-year-old did need some adult assistance but I think many kids of this age would be ok on their own. As the screen is designed for little fingers, I found it easier to use a stylus rather than my chunky grown up sized fingers for this.

We entered Elizabeth's name and birthday, the date and time and also had the option to add 'In Case of Emergency' (I.C.E.) information. It was then time for Elizabeth to choose the theme from a choice of many colourful options and it was no surprise to me that she chose hearts on a pink background!

Even though it boasts an array of features, the watch does of course function as a watch first and foremost and I was impressed that it had a choice of both digital and analogue display watch faces to choose from. As Elizabeth has recently learnt to tell the time, she chose a pink candy analogue watch face to help her practice. 

Using bluetooth connection to make calls from a Kurio Smartwatch

Bluetooth and messaging on the Kurio Watch 2.0 

The first feature that she was keen to test out was the messaging. This utilises the Bluetooth function and if you know a friend who also has a Kurio watch you can pair them up and exchange messages and pictures and play 2 player games. Even without another Kurio watch, you can link it up to an android device to chat and even use the watch as a hands free kit to make and receive calls.

I have an iPhone and unfortunately, the Bluetooth on the watch will only pair up with an Android device so we paired it up with Daddy's phone. This was really simple to do by downloading a free Kurio Watch Messanger app from the Google Play store and connecting the two devises on Bluetooth. Both Elizabeth and Daddy had lots of fun exchanging photos and messages and even made a phone call to me from the Kurio phone which left Elizabeth in awe as Mummy was talking to her in her watch!

playing tic tac toe on Kurio watch 2.0 - games

Games and Apps on the Kurio Watch 2.0

The watch has over 20 pre-installed games and apps including Tic Tac Toe, Battleships, drawing, photo editing, voice translator and many more! These came in really handy over the weekend when we were at Alton Towers theme park and queuing for rides, Elizabeth was fully entertained by her watch and didn't moan about waiting around once!

As well as old favourites, there are also a number of motion detection games and apps that use the built-in accelerometer, including Snake, Ninja roll, activity tracker, Sport Challenge, Air play (this is a super cool air guitar app that Elizabeth loves) and lots more.

These are great for getting children moving about while using tech and encourage exercise that's fun to do!

games on the kurio watch 2.0 - snake

Selfie Camera and Video on Kurio Watch 2.0 

I am often found with a camera in my hand and I believe that my six-year-old daughter has inherited my love of photography. She is always asking to borrow my phone to take photos and has even had a few goes with my DSLR that didn't turn out bad at all. True to the younger generation though, she does love a good selfie and was delighted to discover the selfie camera on the Kurio Watch. I was a little disappointed myself as the photo quality isn't great but Elizabeth didn't care at all, she loved the freedom of having her own camera and posing for as many selfies as she wanted! She even recorded herself filming a 'youtube' style introduction... I may have to get her, her own youtube channel soon!

There are a great selection of photo effects and frames to choose from too and you can also set a photo as the background on the watch.

child taking selfies on the kurio watch 2.0

photo background on kurio smartwatch 2.0

Playing Music on the Kurio Watch 2.0

If there is one thing my six-year-old loves, it's music, especially dancing to it! She's already building up quite a music selection and is a big Strictly fan! It didn't take her long to find the music player on the watch and she was soon bopping away to some tunes. The music player app comes pre-installed with some basic songs but you can add more using a micro SD card or by connecting the watch up to your PC or MAC with the USB cable where you can transfer music, video and photos.

playing music on the kurio watch 2.0

Overall Thoughts on the Kurio Watch 2.0

Overall I'm really impressed with the Kurio Watch 2.0. It's jam-packed with features that are aimed at exactly the right level for its target audience of six to ten year olds. (Although I'd say especially six to eight-year-olds) They get a really well thought out piece of technology that looks grown up, yet is still fun and safe for them to use and doesn't need a smartphone or other device to function.

It's a good size and Elizabeth has worn it most of the weekend without it being uncomfortable on her wrist. It seems really sturdy and even after being dropped a few times on a wooden floor when we were setting it up, didn't show any damage at all. 

The watch was ideal for Elizabeth on our day out yesterday, not just for playing games in theme park queues but also for keeping entertained on a long car journey and warming up with the Sport Challenge app while we were waiting in the cold for the park to open. It's much less cumbersome than carrying around a tablet or portable console and the battery lasted for most of the day!

I would love to see an app released for IOS as well as Android, and it would be great for it to have the option of installing more apps as I see that after a while some children may get bored of the same choices. However I do think that this is amazing value for money and offers so much more than just a watch with some games. 

The Kurio Watch gets a big thumbs up from both myself and Elizabeth! 

Sport challenge on kurio watch 2.0

The Kurio Watch 2.0 smartwatch is also available with red and blue straps and retails at £79.99. It is available from a number of retailers including Amazon, Smyth's Toys and Toys R Us. If you shop around at the moment there are some great offers available.

We were sent a Kurio Watch 2.0 for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. The post contains affliate links. 

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