Silent Easter Sunday

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Keep the bees happy

A friend posted an interesting picture to Facebook encouraging people to plant flowers which would attract bees.
Whilst out and about we picked up some supplies for an at home activity during the holidays, nothing too expensive some flower seeds , including sunflowers, my favourite. Which are a favourite of the bee too 🙂

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We planted marigolds, sunflowers, cornflowers and some poppies. We also planted potatoes, a new black currant tree/bush, and ensured our annual pot if strawberries were in a good condition.

The boys had tremendous fun loading pots and trays ready for planting getting grubby and digging just like the seven dwarfs , their favourite at the minute.
During the actual planting they listened carefully to my instructions. Whilst sprinkling seeds they used a great pincer grip which is ideal for establishing good strong fingers for learning to write.
We will take it in turns to water our plants and keep them healthy. Next step planting some vegetables.

Glasgow science centre Review

Trying hard to approach the beginning of the school holidays in a manner I hope to continue for the next two weeks -we planned a day out.

Picnic packed full of goodies for adults and the kids, nappy bag packed too and we were good to go.

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We live near good rail links so used them for out mode of transportation for the day to Glasgow. The weather was on our side too, a nice dry beautiful day. Train costs roughly £12.50 for the 8 of us. Scotrail has an amazing kids go free offer on during school holidays. Thanks Scotrail ❤️

The train was comfortable an easy journey changing at Partick and swapping trains to get to the Exhibition centre stop. A quick walk through the tunnel and meander through some buildings, a quick cross over a bridge and you are there. Clan Gc ready to take on the science centre.

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I’d been on line previously to check out entrance costs etc – the internet a fabulous tool. Adults £10.50 and children over 3 £8.50. Quite expensive for a family day out for us. This cost dies not include the ‘sky safari ‘ trip to the planetarium, which was an added £2.50 each -£17.50 for us, baby going free.

We were delighted to discover that if using the Scotrail kids go free deal you actually get discount into the centre too. We managed to save a whopping £17 two if the kids going in for free. So we were delighted to pay a commendable £64.00 instead of £81.00!!!!! Excellent deal

The planetarium time we given for our showing was 3pm. After a quick food break we started our adventure to discover science.

The top floor was designated to ‘Body Works’ , all very interesting but a bit gory for my liking. The husband and kids were much more interested than I.

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The exhibits were interesting, a lot testing your own body which the children enjoyed. How long can you hold your body weight? How fast can you sprint? I liked there were hands on learning opportunities all around. Even a cute body tabard which you stuck the main organs of the body on with Velcro.

I even managed to make a friend – a poor diseased man. Although quite repulsive I liked that this conveyed a good message to take care of your body.

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From 3 we jumped to floor one ready for our star show. We got there early so we could be seated together. A wonderful lady Aileen was our host on our journey through the stars. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tales of the star constellations and all the different pictures we could see. It was informative and pitched just at the correct stage for all the family.

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We decided to stay on this floor full of body changing mirrors, optical illusions and a huge enclosed exploration centre for 7s and under which was very welcome for the little ones to explore and let off some steam. In this enclosed area there were many hands on musical exhibits – the kids loved it!

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When in the museum I was delighted how clean the whole place was and the general upbeat attitude of the place. Even when had a minor hiccup in the lift , the helpful assistant Arwen kept everyone happy.

Situated on the banks of the river Clyde you are surrounded by amazing views which are easily accessible through the large glass pane windows.

There were workshops you could take part in but we decided to avoid these as the younger members of our family would have found these a bit much.

We realised it was nearing home time so a quick pop to the shop to see what was on offer was on the cards. They had lots of pocket money items and my children were happy with their choices, sharks teeth, glow in the dark wands, crystal growing kits all bagged in paper bags which had instructions for science experiments on them – what a wonderful touch.

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The journey back to the train was glorious sun splitting the sky as we walked past the BBC Scotland studios, we could see the tall ship in the distance and the wonderful transport museum. Which has given us an idea for our next day out!

Overall I would rate the science centre 9/10 losing out only to the expensive entrance costs. Perhaps a family ticket could be introduced? A great family day out – we will definitely be back.