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Lilliputt Fun Zone

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Jase and I love a good family date night with the girls and sometimes on a Friday night we want just that. Dinner out, a couple of drinks for us and then some family fun with the kids for them.

Our girls have reached an age now where a trip out entertaining them requires more than a trip to Lollipops – bless Lollipops as the rainy day saver of years gone by but I’m pretty glad we’ve moved on.

We are regulars at 10 pin bowling and there’s only so many kids movies I can sit through, we need something NEW! So we were super excited to be invited to check out the new Lilliput Funzone in Hamilton. Most people will know Lilliputt for it’s fabulous indoor mini putt golf course, it has three! But what a lot of people won’t know is that Lilliputt has had an expansion and make over, and now offers not only mini putt but also laser tag and the very new VR (Virtual Reality) experience.

We let the kids choose what we hit first and headed into the Laser Tag arena. Jase had never played Laser Tag before so it was new for most of us. The girls were immediately thrilled with the neon lights amongst the darkness and paid close attention to the safety video. We played a teams match first and it was Jase and I versus Miss & Trilly, I don’t mean to brag but we totally nailed them. Hah! We also gave the every man for themselves scenario a go and I think we could have left after just that and called it a fab night. Girls loved it, we had a great time – everyone wins!

If you are apprehensive about the whole VR thing like I was then you have to give it go. I didn’t think I’d be a fan at all and couldn’t understand the fuss but I’m converted. Lilliputt currently has 4 games available on their VR set up with many more on their way. We gave fighting Robots a run for their money and then enjoyed a family snow fight. It was a bit of giggle to watch people do it because you can’t see what they see but it’s too fun too worry about how you look to the ‘outside’ world. The girls talked about it all the way home.

Finishing our night with a putt around the ever popular mini golf course was perfect. Just what we needed to slow down and cool off. The other two activities definitely raise the heart rate and are a super fun work out, bonus. All up we spent over two hours there and had the best family date night in a long time, the girls are asking when we can go back already and we will definitely be heading back to kill some rainy days in the future.

Lilliputt also offers two party rooms for booking, a lounge area with board games for sale and an arcade area.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to go for date night, with the kids or not, I highly recommend a visit to Lilliputt Funzone and having a play yourself! Ask for Kenny and you will be well looked after.

M x

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Lilliputt Funzone is located on Level 1, Centre Place, 65 Bryce Street, Hamilton.

Ph. 07 834 0578

Funzone@lilliputt.co.nz

Miss Turns 10

Birthdays are always special in our house and we normally celebrate them by doing something together as a family but every so often a ‘big’ birthday comes along and I allow myself to go a little overboard. As a rule I let loose on the 1st, 5th and 10th birthdays. I also plan to go a wee bit extra for 13th, 16th, 18th and the 21st.

Miss wanted to celebrate her 10th with her first sleepover party. Until now we have generally only had the cousins stay so she was very excited. I am patting myself on the back because I reckon I delivered.

All suppliers are listed at the end.

Mel x

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Sleepover Tents (buntings, lighting and bedding included): Sleepovers РBest Kids Party  Ever

Cake: Made With Love, Baking

Personalised cake topper: Love From Seventeen

Tableware supplies (including balloons): Pop Roc Parties

Stationery on bed trays: Kmart

Drink dispenser: The Warehouse

 

An Afternoon With Clever Poppy

Clever Poppy's DIY Watercolour Print Kit
Clever Poppy’s DIY Watercolour Print Kit
The girls and I recently discovered Clever Poppy and her world of DIY Kits. We were lucky enough to get our hands on one of the DIY Watercolour Print Kits to try out and it has been a perfect holiday activity.

The DIY Watercolour Print Kit comes with enough supplies to do all the 5 included designs and a wooden hanger to show off your favourite piece of art at the end. I plan to use the hanger for one piece but I love the girl’s pieces so much we are going to frame them for their bedrooms. You can purchase your own kit here.

The Clever Poppy range also includes hand-painted baskets, cups and an amazing copper magazine rack. All gorgeous and all with the satisfaction of doing it yourself!

The Watercolour kit is a great activity to do with your children and although it’s easy enough, some of the steps require some adult help.

I helped the girls by assisting with tracing their chosen print and then I did the white out liquid on the lettering and they took over with the outside of their chosen heart shapes. The watercolour part was all them! SO easy and so fun for them to create their own pieces. The end result is two great watercolour pieces for their rooms that showcase their skills.

The DIY kit concept is something I hadn’t seen before coming across Clever Poppy and I am so glad I did. I can’t wait to try out some more of her projects, I think the magazine rack has my name on it!

See our pictures below. You can also follow Clever Poppy on Facebook and Instagram.

Mel x

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