We try and let the kids choose a birthday trip out each year, this is easy for Girl Lacer as it is always Legoland, in time to see the fireworks but with Boy Lacer, until this year, he never really knew what he wanted, but this year he wanted to go to Kew (despite going twice, relatively recently), the lure of the new playgrounds you see is still great. So, slightly delayed by the weather last weekend, we went this weekend and it was a rare treat to have Mr. Lacer with us (I normally take the kids during the school holidays, when Mr. Lacer is at work, as I, as Boy Lacer’s carer, get in free). So we got to introduce Mr. Lacer to all our recent and not-so-recent discoveries, like how it is far more fun to go through Lion’s Gate instead of Victoria Gate (which is always busier) and if you go through Lion’s Gate you’re nearer the Plantastic playground and the Badger Set. I also like how it is far more wooded near Lion’s Gate and I appreciated all the Autumn colour (although not all the leaves have turned yet).
We spent a lot of time at the Plantastic playground (which is more wood and environment based), having our picnic there with all Boy Lacer’s favourite foods (sausage rolls, Monster Munch crisps – Roast Beef flavour of course, purple Fruit Shoots – yes, me bad and shortbread biscuits, although McVities shortbread biscuits are nowhere near as nice as Waitrose own brand, which is Boy Lacer’s true favourite). We then dragged ourselves away and walked along to the other playground outside Climbers and Creepers via the river, instead of via the lake, which is what we normally do, so that was a new bit of Kew to see (it still amazes me that we’ve been there so many times and there are still new bits). Unfortunately shortly after we got to the other playground, the birthday treat boy started to get tummy pains as he was trying desperately not to fill his nappy (sorry, so much information there) and despite some coaxing and attempted bribery, he wouldn’t even consider trying the toilets there. So Girl Lacer had a good play, whilst Boy Lacer sat and felt sorry for himself on the bench with us.