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I’ll be honest. As much as I want to do fun things with the twins, it’s also really scary. They’re at that age where it’s really hard to get them to do anything they don’t want to do and they’re really fast. Even a trip to the park isn’t the happy afternoon activity I imagined it being before I had children. In fact, it usually ends with me and Mr Becca carrying the twins, kicking and screaming, while Jack begs passers by to help him! But we can’t let that stop us at least trying to have fun as a family, so we took the twins to Peppa Pig World.
I’ll be honest. I was dreading it. Wide open spaces, lots of people, long queues and gift shops full of expensive toys that my children were bound to want. Not to mention the 2 hour drive with a pair of bored toddlers and the inevitable kicking and screaming when it was time to leave.
Spoiler alert: I was pleasantly surprised.
The 2 hour drive turned into 3 hours, thanks to Saturday morning motorway traffic. I should have expected this, but I didn’t. Luckily, the twins slept through most of the journey and we got to Peppa Pig World around midday.
The park was busy, which was to be expected for a Saturday, especially with the lovely weather we’ve had lately. But it didn’t feel crowded and the queues for the rides moved quickly. We didn’t want to struggle around with the double buggy, but didn’t want to risk losing the twins either, so we took their ToddlePak reins with us. Jack and Alice love wearing these. I always thought I’d be against the use of reins, but that was before I had two very mobile toddlers. The ToddlePak reins are a lifesaver.
The reins are easy to clip into place and to remove, which is handy when the twins are too impatient to wait before running off to play, but they clip towards the back of the harness, so they can’t easily remove it themselves. The harnesses are adorable and fully adjustable, so they were a good fit when the twins started walking and they’re still a good fit now. I looked at the backpack type of reins, but didn’t want anything that bulky. I’d definitely recommend the ToddlePak (disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with ToddlePak; in fact, they don’t have a clue who I am. The reins were not gifted to me or received in payment for anything – they’re just a product I really like). I know opinion is divided on the use of reins, but they help me deal with my anxiety about losing the twins in public places, so they’re priceless for me.
Anyway, back to Peppa Pig World. The twins loved the rides. They’re still too little for most of them, but we went on 5 out of the 8 that they are tall enough for and they enjoyed them all. Jack did not enjoy queuing. He also did not enjoy being told that we had to wait for our turn. We’re going to go back next year (when they’re taller) and I think we’ll probably go mid week, during term time, in the hopes that the queues will be shorter. But, like I said before, the queues did move fairly quickly and, even with it being a Saturday, we didn’t have to wait longer than 20 minutes for any of the rides we went on.
Even without the rides, Peppa Pig World is a great day out for toddlers. Jack and Alice loved the penquins and the meercats and the play areas could have easily kept them occupied all day. Oh, and we only ended up buying one toy!