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)
So Daddy Poppins is mid school run; the sink is full of dishes, the breakfast is in full flow, the dog is going ballistic at the the patio door window at some birds in the back garden and Daddy Poppins is regretting his late night gaming and craft beer session with every second that passes. Then a shriek from upstairs cuts through the breakfast melee....
The Bear: I'll kill you!!
Daddy Poppins: (pauses think 'what did I do?') What?
The Bear: I just sat in pee!!
Daddy Poppins: (*kind of remembers stumbling round in the dark last night trying to find the toilet and 'letting fly' in hope, waiting to hear the porcelain or water sound rather than feel the splash of warm liquid in his shins) Your own pee or someone else's? (He bravely ventures)
What I've learned from watching Boss Baby 3 times a day for a over a month..
- My second child went to baby business school too
- My little Boss Baby loves Boss Baby
- It might be repetitive but it gives you an hour to get shit done
- If you watch too much Boss Baby you will ponder the correlation between the cuteness of babies and dogs
- You'll get tired of Boss Bay before your child will
As expected it took about an hour to get there from Waterford. I must admit my first impression was "This is the best Carlow has to offer?" Now, granted I had only pulled up in the carpark and was very HANGRY!! it was 2pm and I hadn't eaten yet. Essentially it appeared to be a tourist gimmick in a garden centre in a run down industrial estate!!As expected it took about an hour to get there from Waterford. I must admit my first impression was "This is the best Carlow has to offer?" Now, granted I had only pulled up in the carpark and was very HANGRY!! it was 2pm and I hadn't eaten yet. Essentially it appeared to be a tourist gimmick in a garden centre in a run down industrial estate!!
But boy was I wrong!!
One Hull of a Mum (http://www.onehullofamum.co.uk) has just started a new #linky called #childseyeview where you get your kids to take a picture and you get their view on life.
Don't worry I'm not going all educational on you. I'm talking about kids shows so good that you'd watch them without the kids.
So when they've bored you to tears with the likes of; Peppa Pig, Tellytubbies, Postman Pat and Paw Patrol you should try wean them onto this list of Daddy Poppins favorite kids shows (for adults). These cartoons will keep both parents and kids interested (with plenty of adult humour that will fly over their heads and give you a good chuckle). I've picked these shows from whats currently available on TV before you guys start screaming about your childhood favourite. So without further adieu, let's list these bad boys.
Being a stay at home dad and dad blogger I'm part of many Facebook dad groups and parenting Instagram communities and it's clear to me that as schools wind down for their summer breaks that this is 'Sports Day Season'. I see all the lovely pictures of kids racing and holding up medals. Lovely, smiley, happy kids.