Reimer’s birthday falls on a work day, as part of his birthday treat, we decided to have a day out on the weekend instead. East Links Family Park came to mind particularly as it was a while ago since we last visited the place, Ruby wasn’t even thought of that time yet. The park is catered for family, so both kids and adults alike can equally have fun. It’s situated not too far drive from where we are, so it’s perfect place to go. Actually, we have not told the kids especially Reimer where we were going that day so it was kind of a surprise for him as well.
East Links Family Park door opens at 10am, so we left early from home and head off to be there when it opens hoping for the place to be a little less quiet than usual. We paid £48 for a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children. As soon as we finished sticking our stickers in our shirts, we went straight in. I can see how Reimer and Ruby’s eyes were all over the place. They were confused where to go first, from trampolines to Go Karts and so on and so forth. There’s so much to do in there and the entry charge allows unlimited use of the facilities inside which is the best thing about it.
The kids started off jumping at the Trampolines and the big Jelly Belly just right near the entrance. That’s them burning that extra energies already. Then we went on to the Fortress which features tunnels, climbing nets, climbing arches, ball cannons and a variety of slides. I believe that huge 4 lane slide caught their attention. I must admit, I enjoyed climbing up through the nets too and down the slides. I have to say, it’s an adventure for all ages.
The Wet Jet Zone is the family park’s new addition this year. It has 8 giant water guns, fight back jets and fountain. Reimer played too much in there that he ended up being slightly wet afterwards, but it didn’t bother him as he was so amused with it. Did I say he loves playing water?
We looked around at the Outdoor Farm Animals as well… We went on this large 4-seater Family karts which can be cycled around the park and through the woodland maze. It’s amazing how these animals are so friendly that they came round to say hello every passers by there is. Unfortunately, we forgot to buy some food to feed the animals before we began cycling, it would have been more exciting feeding the animals too. Anyway, the kids love to pet some animals, while Reimer got rather scared when this one come too close to him, he funnily jumped out of his seat and stayed far back until we proceeded.
There’s also a massive Outdoor Play Area with different types of apparatus where one can sledge, climb, swing, spin, slide, and play. Reimer and Ruby had a few shots in some of them. They were really spoiled with choices.
The kids also got the experience to feed the lambs. It was actually my first time too and it was such a fantastic feeling to take part. Ruby got super excited about it and was so keen on feeding the lamb, she didn’t let go off the bottle until it was fully empty. I’m so proud of her.
Of course, the visit won’t be complete if you won’t hop on the Train Safari. Although it’s only a 1km train ride, but it was still a great ride to go around the park and through the animal paddocks. Kids got enthusiastic as soon as they’ve heard the whistle goes and that’s then the train about to go.
Unfortunately, the rain started to fall when we got off the Train, so we went inside the Education Barn for temporary shelter until the rain stopped. Inside is a small room with walls decorated with information board showing where your groceries come from and how they get from the farm and to your plate. A lovely way for kids to learn about food, isn’t it?
With the rain continuously pouring and as it was already around 12 noon, so we decided to visit the cafe and have lunch. The Cafe have a wide selection of food in there too which were locally sourced. I’ve got BBQ chicken Panini, kids got hotdogs and chips while my husband got Burger… mmmm yum!
After our lunch, the kids were still not tired to go home… so we spent another hour in the family park and went with more rides we’ve not been yet. Next stop was going on to the Go Karts. Their Dad had a go at it whilst Reimer and Ruby enjoyed the ride at the back. On the other side of this track, there is also Mini Karts for little ones which has their own dedicated mini tracks as well, both kids didn’t let this pass either, they had a shot in there too.
We have been to other rides which is not in the pictures apparently until we all decided to call it a day. Overall, it was a great birthday day out for Reimer apart from the weather which let us down as usual. The Family Park is amazing, we all loved it. It was such a wonderful moment playing with the kids like we’re the same age as them and having precious family time together. I’m pretty sure the birthday celebrant did have the best time of his life too.
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