It's that time of the year, and if you have small children, then your thoughts are probably on Father Christmas. Maybe, like me, you have had a couple of bad experiences. Maybe FC was really young, or skinny, or else he looked like he was still drunk from the night before. Spare a thought for us when we had the Santa who was all three. *sob, sob* Anyway, it is such a relief when you find a good-quality Father Christmas. And it es even better when it turns into a fun family day out.
A couple of weekends ago, my family and I drove up to Willows Activity Farm for fun and Father Christmas. And we were not disappointed. First of all, there are loads of Christmassy activities. We started with the 3D Sleigh Ride film. which the kids loved. Then we went on to 'Create a Cuddle' where Moozles and Dubz each made a cuddly husky dog. Afterwards, they wrote letters to FC. Moozles is eight, so was able to write her own. Dubz needed help, but he was thrilled to be able to post the letter in the special red post box. We actually received replies from Father Christmas a week after our visit, which was a lovely touch.
After the letters, we went to see the big man himself. Father Christmas was merry and jovial. But the best part was that afterwards, the kids were ushered into a big room full of toys. And they were allowed to pick one toy each. I can't tell you how exciting this was for Moozles and Dubz. An entire room full of lots of different toys. And they could pick whatever they wanted. Moozles chose a diary and stationery kit, while Dubz got a spy kit. My only issue with Santa's Grotto was that we had no idea how long it would take. All in all, our visit lasted 35 minutes, though it may take longer at other times.
After Father Christmas, Husband left to put the gifts and stuffed animals in the car and I took the kids ice skating. The ice rink is made with synthetic ice, which meant that it was easier to skate on. I say skate, but my children have inherited my skating ability so we all shuffled along the ice with the aid of polar bears (they're meant for kids but I was pretty fond of mine). And since the ice skating didn't cost extra, I was happy to finish our session after 10 minutes.
We then grabbed lunch (the four of us had cheeseburgers and chicken burgers for under £30), before enjoying outdoors on the farm. Moozles and Dubz climbed, jumped and zipped around. We explored the Peter Rabbit play area, which is so cute. Then we fed and petted some animals in the indoor barn. Husband and I were feeling pretty tired at this point, so we went into the soft play and drank tea while the kids burned off the last bit of their energy.
Afterwards we headed back home to south west London. It was a 55-minute drive filled with peace and quiet as Moozles and Dubz played with their gifts from Father Christmas. Such a great day out, and a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas festivities. The Santa Spectacular is on at Willows until the 26th December.
We were invited for a day at Willows Farm for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.