The trip today was round the corner to the dino world part of gulliver land in Milton Keynes. It was a nice sunny day (pretty windy though ) so my wife sold it to me as an outdoor park full of dinosaurs rides and a farm.
Gullivers Dinosaur and farm park was £9 each for entry, even for our 3 year old so I’m not sure I’d go again with two parents but just with my little one I think I would, simply because it’s a really hands on place to go.
They have a bunch of different themed play areas and climbing frames that we got to play on and chase each other around. It seems very simple but play is how I teach him about the fun of gravity as well as introduce him to different things like the beautiful dinosaur sculptures that were on display.
The first thing we did was enjoy the big sand pit right next to reception which leads to an exploration centre introducing kids to archaeology with all sorts of tips on finding fossils and examples of fossils to hold which is much better than a museum in my mind.
The displays obviously went over my littles ones head but I really liked them so there are things for adults to appreciate and for different ages. Of course at his age he was happy as larry playing with the sand so I got in a nice period of relaxation 🙂
Climb like a dinosaur!!!
Then we wandered a little and found a great little themed climbing frame. We had so much fun chasing each other around it. He’s really getting good on his feet and climbing with his hands. He rarely falls over now, just a month or two ago he seemed to fall every 10 minutes, at least when he was around me because he’s always running when I’m around 🙂
All aboard for the Boat ride!!!
Then we found the boat ride which turned out to be really fun. He loved copying what the guide said and really enjoyed seeing the dinosaur replicas. I was impressed because some really looked quite lifelike which brought the experience to life for me. I really could get a feel for these things as giant lizards and mammals because the attention to detail was there. I started to notice through many little touches that the park was designed and run by people who enjoy dinosaurs and want to share their fascination.
After the water ride we explored the dinosaur sculptures. Seeing them up so close I was really starting to get a feel for what they were like.
After lunch we visited the farm which I’ll cover in a separate post.
Throughout I kept seeing little efforts to share knowledge and particularly efforts for interactive fun and learning like little boxes containing a model of something that you have to put your hand in and guess what it is. There were spiders, dinosaurs and all sorts.
After that we found the excavation area and the tree top climb which had more little things to put your hand in to guess what they were. I could see a climbing wall and other things in a play area for larger kids. Then we came to the digging area. We spent another 20 or so minutes there happily digging away for stones, then fossils in the sand pits. Just so much fun with an energetic little boy.
The fit family adventure 🙂
This is how I keep myself and my family fit and healthy. You might have noticed how active this is yet how easy it is to pace yourself with it because you can get involved or take a break when you like. The little one was entertained either way and for me this beats the gym or a run any day because it’s far more practical and far more fun.
Gyms, runs and most forms of “exercise” don’t really prepare you for real life because they aren’t real life. Workouts should prepare you for your life just like proper meals nourish you in a way fast food doesn’t so I like to swap the gym and other forms of “exercise” for more time with my family. I use the time with my family as my workout or as I prefer to think of it as my “adventure” :-).
You may not realise how much of a workout it really is but trust me I have never felt stronger or fitter, particularly for doing things that really matter like fixing gates, cars and carrying little ones when they need it plus all the luggage they come with.
Gyms don’t prepare you for normal life
Years lifting weights and running just didn’t prepare me for the rigours of a normal life playing with my family and as a trained PE and sports science graduate I can tell you that time with my family is more appropriate to the life I want to live.
So this is how much fun I have when I “exercise”. If you want to know how to do this for yourself then get in contact, like me on facebook. follow me on twitter and just get in touch. I know I can help you have more fun and feel better in your body at the same time.
As you can see my approach is very simple,
by having fun I keep fit and I keep fit so I can have fun
Another way of putting this is
I can because I do and I do because I can
This is how I keep myself and my family fit and healthy. I have so many fun ways that you’re going to love to be entertained and add some healthy touches so If you want to know more get in touch.
What steps did we take?
The principles of Fit2Thrive are baked right into every day life so the better you get at it the easier it is to take a bunch of steps every day that invest in your health and happiness.
I’ve been doing this so long I manage to cram so many things into just one or two activities so I’ll just list some of the things we gained from today
- We taught our little one how much fun dinosaurs expeditions are. We dug for fossils, had a boat ride and played in sand
- We found a great new outdoor park where he can see how dinosaurs really lived and looked like.
- We explored different ways to learn about dinosaurs, including:
- the bridge that goes over the park,
- the sand pit,
- the water ride
- the excavation area
- the climbing frame
- Little ones need to learn about the world around them and he learnt about history, fossils, digging, and all the fun that dinosaur investigation brings
- We enjoyed spending time as a family. Work and other things get in the way but we forgot all that and just had fun together
- My wife didn’t think it was cheap because it’s £9 per person so we wouldn’t go regularly but as an outdoor place to play and learn with my son it was fantastic. You can bring your own food too and parking is free.
- Got a dose of vitamin d
- built up our resistance to skin cancer
- Built up his mind and experience from new adventures.
- Did a bunch of squats, shoulder raises, stretches and various other movements all as part of piggy backs, chasing and racing each other and exploring.
So that was our fun day and how it contributed to even more fun days throughout the year. We’ve found another wonderful new place to explore, had fun as a family and introduced our little one to the fun of dinosaurs.
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Thanks a lot for listening and I hope you have a great day.