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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Last time i blogged i was discussing the feeling of worry i was experiencing because my little girl was to undergo some corrective surgery to her foot. As parents we are programmed to protect our children and i knew this operation would be painful, but also necessary.
We set off a little party of three to the hospital – Lyra been nil by mouth in preparation for her operation. My little princess so unaware of the big events of today.
Upon arrival we were shown to a ward where a delightful nurse put us at ease – this still did not stop me bubbling like a baby myself. Our little star was full of smiles throughout. Once all formalities had been performed we were free to go and play yay!
There were two different rooms one playroom for before operations and one for after. The room steadily filled up with other parents and children here for other types of surgery. Parents looking anxious clutching at small overnight bags and children dressed in pj’s playing – as children do.
We were made dinner on plastic plates by a young girl and Lyra was chatting to a wee girl who was busy at the arts and craft table. As the morning went on names were called and the children filtered out of playroom one to have their procedure. We were given a rough guide as to when we would be taken and as the clock slowly ticked away I knew our time was nearly upon us.
Lyra began getting very fractious missing her regular feeds and snacks of the day and general tiredness was overtaking her small frame. She was wanting the comforting milk from me and I was not allowed to give her any – heart breaking. She settled for a while in her daddy’s arms but her rest did not last long. I took her a wee walk up and down the length of the playroom and she let sleep win.
A nurse came in and said her name. My heart jumped – it was time. Seeing her little tiny self held in her daddy’s strong arms I thought I would be hysterical but somehow i knew she would be ok. I found comfort in another mother who had been through this with her son on various occasions and her kind words of reassurance I will never forget.
She was sleeping soundly under the safe watch of nurses and the team looking after her. This gave us the chance to stretch our legs and get some fresh air and pick up a wee token for being such a brave girl.
After some soggy sandwiches purchased in a garage on a way to the hospital that morning, a wee flick through a magazine and some banter with my husband to lighten the atmosphere and worry- which was so evidently spread across my brow she was in recovery- all was ok.
Filled with dread of how she would be – screaming in pain etc I went through to my wee star. Lying in her Daddy’s arms a small whimper coping with everything around her- my brave little girl. Famished from fasting for her operation i was keen to feed her. Accomodating post operation equipment and a large bandaged foot was a new nursing experience for us both but such a rewarding experience – the nurse congratulated me that this was thee best medicine she could have 🙂
She was sleepy but within half an hour was back to her usual cheeky playful self. All that worry and heartache for nothing. It is amazing just how much that children can cope with, even better than their parents. I am thankful that she is ok and pleased to live in a country where she was able to get the corrective treatment she needed.
I thank Mr Watson and his team at Yorkhill hospital for looking after my family forever in your debt X