Chester was very excited! He loves trains so even he managed to sit still all the way because he was fascinated!
Chester won a drawing competition through LittleBird on facebook (check them out they offer some fantastic family deals), I had to send in a picture of a picture of an animal he had drawn. I helped him cut out a frog shape and he stuck tissue paper all over it! Anyway... the prize was £80 worth of vouchers to The Rainforest Cafe. Me and hubbie have been to the ones in Orlando Florida and love it! Chester and my hubbie have never been to the one in London so we were all very excited!
The Rainforest Cafe is a restaurant made out to look like a rainforest, they even have 'animals' and 'thunderstorms' it is fantastic! When we got there we had to wait (but only 15mins and it went so quickly because we were busy looking at all the detailing!) When we were called me and hubbie looked at each other a little sad, basically they call you up over tannoy and say 'Hodges party of 3 to the elephant please'. If you are confused as to why we were sad..... we LOVE all things Disney and Orlando, Florida in our house, the last time we were able to go was for our Honeymoon 5 years ago! It was our Anniversary that day infact. We dream all the time about going back there and taking the kiddies! When they called us up it is exactly how they do it in Florida so reminded us of there (and how much we so desperately want to go back!)
Chester on one of the super cool bar stools:
So we were taken to our seats, on the way round we were told about the 'animals' and there names! We were delighted to be sitting right by the elephants, Chester could not believe his luck!
We ordered our lunch and while we were waiting there were 2 things to entertain Chester. 1 being the activity pack he got with his meal (he got a main, desert, drink and activity pack), it was really well thought out. Having a mask, wallet, sticker, sticker set, animal snap cards, stationary set and colouring/activity book all in a bag he could take home with him! 2 being the fact we could walk round and look at the animals/fish, Chester loved looking for the hidden animals! So all in all no concerns of a bored hungry 3 year old!
Our food arrived and it was fab! I had Calypso Chicken which was yummy, craig had the Mojo Bones which he assures me were also lovely! Chester had Pizza! No surprise there haha. I do have to say that I thought the kids menu was fab there was a wide range of choices for all palates. The only down side to our dinner was the Onion rings we ordered as a side. I have had them before in here and they have been lovely, like hand made proper onion rings, what we actually got this time was some iceland specials! The kind with mashed up onion in rather than whole slices of onion.
Whilst we were eating ChaCha came round, he is The Rainforest Cafe's resident frog! He was really good and really patient with the children making sure he went round every table, spending a good amount of time with each child! To my amazement Chester waited patiently! It really topped off the experience for him and for us to see his face!
Desert was also fab...... It does look like I am stealing Chesters desert in this pic but really I am just cutting it up for him..... honest.
So after spending a good 2 hours in The Rainforest Cafe we thought we would head to The Science Museum Chester loved his adventure on the London Underground, however if you have little ones bear in mind the walk through the tunnel to the museums at the other end is quite a lot for their little legs! I had looked at the Science Museum website before we left home and had decided to only head for the basement on this visit as I knew Chester would be getting tired. So that is exactly what we did (with a little stop to look at earth and the spaceships on way through). The basement is basically a really cool indoor play area for under 5's! Its really hands on, Chester was given a sleeved painting apron to wear so he could play with the water area. Fab idea teaching little ones about science through play!
It was unbelievably hot in the Science museum so we were only in there for about 45mins before we had to leave (before I fainted!). We wandered round to The Natural History Museum because Chester had remembered that is where the dinosaurs live! We went there for his birthday last year! We managed to do the escalator through the earth, earthquake and insects and bugs before getting to the Dinosaur area. However Chester was very tired by this point and there was a que so we decided it was best to head home!
I felt sorry for Craig by this point because Chester's little legs were tired so Craig had to carry him when we got off of the underground right up until we got on the main train home, Chester even fell asleep while Craig was carrying him!
Overall we had a fantastic day out, I think it did Chester some good to have some time without Millie. She is over 3 months now and I think the novelty of a new baby is wearing off for him! Nappy changing and bottle feeds are just of no interest to him anymore haha.
Me and Craig said we would love to spend a day up at the museums by ourselves so hopefully we will do this at some point in the future!
If you have a chance to go to London The Rainforest Cafe is well worth a visit, its like no other restaurant in the UK and the Museums are free and there is loads to keep children entertained so it makes for a fab day out all round!
I have linked up with Multiple Mummy on this blog post for her family frolics post, so why not click on the link and read some other fab family fun goings on!
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