We were asked to go on the Rathwood Easter Train and let you fine people know what we thought (* We were provided with free tickets for review purposes). It is egg-sactly the kind of thing we had planned for the midterm and so didn’t take me long to say yes, especially as it combines 3 of my favourite things; family fun days, chocolate and really really bad Easter puns. I was egg-static to be going, especially as I didn’t have to shell out for the tickets.
So, we hatched a plan to go on the first Monday of the midterm and we got up that morning all egg-cited. I’m not yolking! We hopped in the car off we went, haring down the motorway. It’s only just over an hour from our home in Kilmeaden, County Waterford to Rathwood, on the Wicklow/Carlow border. We were meeting cousins there, they travelled from just outside Wexford town and it took them egg-sactly an hour to arrive. (I suspect you could get them from anywhere in Leinster and most of the midlands in about an hour).
So how did it go? well it didn't start well, 1/2 way down the motorway I realised that once again i had forgotten the childs buggy.
Here is the Deal, I could write and write and write about all the egg-cellent parts of the day but I think you'd enjoy it more if I showed you via an easy to shallow video. Check it out it's pretty egg-stravagant and Choc-full of puns!!
What does it cost?
The Easter train costs €10 per child and €6 per adult and I think its great value. We had a smashing day all round (granted we had great weather). For that €10 the kids got free hot chocolate after the the train and lets not forget the 'honorary bunny ears'.
Does if get the Daddy Poppins seal of approval?
Rathwood gets 2 big thumbs up from Daddy Poppins. I'd go back again tomorrow. Its great fun. The kids loved it. Even besides the train there is loads to do. You could go for a walk round the woods, check out the maze, shop in the many shops or even pop next door, where they have a chocolate factory and you can make you own chocolate!! (We'll save this for the next day, as we were all chocolated out)
Not only were the facilities top notch but the staff were excellent as well, really helpful and friendly (a big shout out to the girl who played Mario. She really got things going with her enthusiastic attitude and interaction with the kids)
Overall it was great, we had a fantastic time, all the kids were egg-hausted on the trip home. The biggest compliment I can pay Rathwood is to say.. We'll be back (I suspect quite frequently now that we've broken our duck)
4 months after I became Daddy Poppins, I wrote a blog on what I'd learned so far. So now over a year in I've decided to update that list ..,, here goes ....
Recently I was contacted by RTE (our national broadcaster) asking if I'd like to represent 'stay at home dads' on a panel discussion on a program called Rearing to Go, about parental issues.
Daddy Poppins has new video software and wanted to test it out.
Daddy Poppins also had a song going round in his head for the last week.
Daddy Poppins would officially like to apologise to, first and fore mostly; Beck, Society in general, anyone involved in any kind of video production, musicians as a whole, people who's images he may have borrowed, and last but by no means least.... you
I might do better with less sleep that a most people but I'd prefer my 'night owl' activities be of my own making and involve more PlayStation, boxsets, movies and craft beer rather than the Gruffallo and 'baby nightime wind down' songs (and being used as 'a human climbing frame'). So as I wait for 'the Boo' to literally drop with tiredness, I've decided to express my feelings through memes.
Firstly and fore mostly, its not Daddy Poppins that needs settling in a creche, even if the Bear may suggest that he 'needs bloody help' on a regular basis. I'm talking about when your kids need to enter some kind of childcare, of course!