Sunday, 22 May 2016

Our fun family day out to Drusillas Park!

As Craig and I both work full time, we really value our weekends, especially Sunday's as it's the only day we are all off together. To us family time = fun time.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to make the most of the beautiful sunny weather and headed down to Drusillas Park in Sussex. It's only just over an hour from us and is so easy to find. Drusillas tag line is 'No Ordinary Zoo' which I think sums up the park perfectly. I have great memories of visiting the park as a child, so it's great to be able to take my own children too! 

We started off the day by visiting some farm animals. Millie really loves a farm animal so was in her element! Both of the children really loved the 'milking the cow' activity, there are also lots of fun ways to find out information in this section! 

We then cut across the middle of the park to visit the amazing Hello Kitty Secret Garden! We all love Hello Kitty and the children were super excited about 'driving' Hello Kitty's car. There are 3 rides in this area, we were pretty surprised that we didn't really have to que that much for any of them. 

The central area was not overly busy (by this time it was almost noon) and I think the biggest tip I would give anybody would be to do the central part of the park first and then back track slightly to go round the zoo. We found that even though the park was busy, most people followed the arrows meaning that the central area was quiet in the morning and the zoo was relatively quiet in the afternoon. 

As it was a really warm day, we had packed the children's swimming costumes. Before visiting we had read that new for 2016 was a Get Wet area, with splash pads and slides it sounded perfect for our two water loving monkeys! It's a really great addition to the park, we spent a fair amount of time there. Lots of water spraying up out of the ground and (if you are feeling brave) from above! 

Now, you can't come to Drusillas without having a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine. It just so happens that Millie loves Thomas! Chester has apparently 'outgrown' Thomas but that didn't stop him enjoying the ride! 

We then spent the afternoon exploring the rest of the park. The children loved being able to stamp their books when they spotted certain animals, and there were lots of challenges for them to take part in!

The variety of animals is great, we saw so many animals, some that we haven't seen elsewhere. We also managed to spot one of the Red Panda's in a tree, which absolutely made panda mad Millie's day!  

We were able to walk in with the lemurs and also with the birds, with Craig and Millie being brave enough to feed the birds! 

We had an absolutely fantastic day at Drusillas, there is just so much to see and do. The variety of things to do meant that the children were kept entertained all day long. All of the Hello Kitty rides, the Thomas the Tank Engine train ride and the splash areas were included in the entrance price, and on selected dates throughout the year they even have various character meet and greets. It is such a unique place to visit, a refreshing change to your every day 'family day out'. 

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