Sunday, 26 November 2017

How to do Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with Younger Children

As soon as Hyde Park Winter Wonderland opens its gates, to me, it's like Christmas is officially on! With the Christmas market, ice rink, fair ground rides, beautiful festive decorations and mulled wine wafting through the air I challenge you not to feel festive.

We visited Winter Wonderland last year and although we had a great time there were things I vowed I would do differently if we went again especially with young children.

Getting organised - Winging it with young children is not the best plan when visiting Winter Wonderland, it can get really busy and the site is huge! Visiting the website and getting yourself more aquatinted with the site map will really help you navigate your way around.

Book attractions way in advance - Booking attractions are a great way to break up the day it also means you can skip the entrance queues. We were lucky to be invited to watch The Sooty Christmas Show and Zippos Christmas Circus inside the Megadome both of these family friendly shows are great for younger children.

We were all really looking forward to seeing The Sooty Christmas Show, the little lad's Nana is a huge fan and they have watched many shows with her so they were excited to see them live. Myself and The Mister grew up watching Sooty and the gang so it was nice to watch it from a nostalgic point. There were plenty of silly, funny and shout out loud parts for the kids and a some funny innuendo for us parents. The show was just as we had expected and hoped for the Scooty Show, it was 45 minutes long which was the perfect amount of time for Beaux who struggles to sit still for long amounts of time.

The Zippos Christmas Circus was one of the best circus shows I have ever seen! It was so good that I didn't want to look away to take any photos, the little lads were glued to the performances too, gasping, giggling and cheering throughout. Our favourite act was a man on a giant hamster wheel which was suspended so high off of the ground that my heart was in my mouth the entire performance, I have never seen anything like it, it was truly amazing!

An added bonus to both of these shows was that they were held inside the Megadome which was lovely and warm, a welcome break from the chilly elements outside.

You can book tickets here for both shows,  but hurry to get the dates you want.

Age appropriate fair ground rides - Surrounding the Megadome were lots of fairground rides which were suitable for our younger children, I didn't feel like were roaming around trying to find rides the little lads wanted/could go on, this year they seem to be all grouped together which was perfect for us.

We gave our little lads a budget which they could choose to use on fair ground rides, games and sweet treats and stuck to it! We only played the games where the little lads were guaranteed to win a prize (preempting those tantrums to losing!)

Arrive earlier and leave earlier - We arrived at 10.30am and felt like we had the place to ourselves, it was much easier to navigate our way around with less people there and went on rides we imagined would get busy later on that day.

We also left earlier too, unlike last year, we left before our children started to get tired. Travelling on the tube and train always seems to take longer at this time of year but leaving just 30 minutes than we normally would have meant there were minimal complaints of being tired and wanting to be carried.

We really loved Winter Wonderland this year, I think with a bit of planning and attending the right attractions suitable for our younger children meant we made the most of our day there.

An awesome way to kick off the festive season!

* We were given complimentary tickets to the shows and rides in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own.

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