A Day out Decided by the Kids (Zoo & Beach)

It’s not often we go out as a foursome. In fact I can’t remember when we last had a family day out just us, nipping into town and a trip to the supermarket doesn’t count. We always leave our days out as an open invitation to friends and family and usually we’re taken up on the offer. But this morning we had no plans and we quite liked the idea of getting out with the kiddies, the sun was shining bright, so why not.

The problem Mr F and I have is that we’re terrible at making decisions. When posed with the question “where would you like to go today”, the other always replies “I don’t mind, you decide”. We can have that same conversation on repeat for an entire morning, which is equally not productive and a complete waste of time. So this morning we put the question to our little ones. Their firm and final decision was to go to the zoo.

As easy as that, our day out was sorted. We scurried around the house packing lunches and getting ready then headed to the zoo. On the way we stopped to let a family of ducks cross the road, which was the sweetest thing I’d seen.

We arrive at Port Lympne zoo and decided we weren’t going to use the stroller today. This is a decision that could have really ruined our day because our smallest one needs a rest every so often. But we chanced it.

It may seem like we visit the zoo every week, I suppose sometimes we do. I come to here regularly with the kids, so it’s the same old thing for us three, but having Mr F there makes it a little different and more fun. Yet it was all fairly novel for him.

We first saw the wolves being fed, which was obviously really boring because our son couldn’t get away quick enough. He knows where the Tiger enclosure is and he was desperate to get there. As we headed off both of the kids started racing and I saw in Mr f’s face how pleased he was to be here with us. It was looking to be a good day out, providing there weren’t any tantrums like last time.

We squeezed in as much as we could, including a family photo shoot, before heading to the safari. For the mini photo shoot we set up in a gorgeous part of the garden, I was so pleased with our pictures and it was all done by propping my camera up on the bag and using the timer! We couldn’t get the perfect picture in every shot but I’m so chuffed to have a few snaps of our little foursome.

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Once we arrived at the safari there was a queue. Considering we waited half an hour the kids were really well behaved. We were even stood right next to a park which must have been so tempting for them! Instead of getting grizzly, which was a concern to us, they danced, sang and chatted to the other kids. I was quite pleased we didn’t make it on the first safari because it was filled with school kids. Nothing against them as I was one once and mine will be one some day, but I wasn’t keen on sharing a safari with them. I’m sure you can imagine why.

Finally our safari arrived and we strapped ourselves in. The kids played musical laps throughout the journey and weren’t too fussed by what we saw. They were more concerned with the quick stop we’d be making half-way through the safari for lunch. Unfortunately once we had stopped, our sandwiches were squished and soggy, apples were bruised and drinks had leaked. I’m not blaming anyone, but it wasn’t me that packed the lunch…

It only meant we got a hotdog instead!

After lunch they had a little play in the park, practiced their climbing skills, much to my horror. Then we jumped on another safari. The kids were a lot less fidgety this time, my littlest one even had a cat-nap on my lap for a few minutes. The safari didn’t hold much interest to the kids because most of the animals were far away. It was lovely for us though purely for the views, we could see right across the long stretch of green country and down to the sea, it was beautiful.

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Toddlers aren’t fussed with scenery, they fiddled about with their belt buckles until we bumped into a giraffe. One of my favourite animals. It started walking towards us and we all stared wondering what he’d do, then he took a sharp right and started eating right in front of the truck. So we were stuck there for a while. It was lovely to see one so close, they’re gorgeous animals and all the kids on board were fascinated.

I used my new selfie-stick towards the end of the ride but the silly thing deleted all the videos and pictures which was a shame! I will try again next time. Then once the ride stopped we hobbled off the wobbly steps and headed to the exit. We could have stayed longer but little miss was getting tired so we thought we’d drive to the beach for her to nap.

Before leaving we had to treat them to a treat each. It was a thank you and a well done for behaving so well. I almost forgot they were our children. Usually when anyone accompanies me and the kids on a day out, their father included, they’ll play up and be a little difficult. But we had none of that today at all, it was a truly lovely day.

Choosing the toy took a mind-numbingly long time but eventually they settled on these squishy animal things. Which are right now sat on our dash-board in a very compromising position. Mr F had a little laugh arranging this.

We headed to the beach next and we weren’t there long. We had a stroll for about half an hour then all agreed it was too windy and headed home. Both kids were being a little to risky near the sea so it was probably best we cut it short.

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I tried my hand at videoing our day. It gives me goosebumps each time I watch it. So if you want to see our first family video, then please take a peek here:

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  1. July 4, 2016 / 6:06 am

    I am like your other half about making decisions ‘I don’t mind’ . You being in charde, you made a good choice. It looks like you had a great dau out. Lovely pictures and I love what your little girl is wearing. Just gorgeous

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:19 am

      Thank you x

      • July 11, 2016 / 9:38 pm

        OMG, I can’t believe I am back again with #KCACOLS
        Didn’t realise I already read that…

        • firstooth
          July 11, 2016 / 9:40 pm

          Oops I think I linked the wrong post! But thanks for popping back anyway

  2. July 4, 2016 / 6:17 am

    Your video is great, loved the close up of the giraffe. So glad the kiddies didn’t play up it looks like it was a great day out for all and the weather looks amazing! Haven’t been to a zoo in ages, after this, it’ll be our next adventure out #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:19 am

      Ah thank you. Have a lovely time!

  3. July 4, 2016 / 6:30 am

    What a lovely family day out! And beautiful photographs. I’m glad the littles were well behaved for you! #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:18 am

      They were little angels all day!

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:17 am

      Thank you Fran

  4. July 4, 2016 / 7:04 am

    What a lovely idea for a family day out! I’ve heard such great things about port lympne and seeing your photos makes me defibately want to go!x

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:17 am

      It’s such a great day out especially for the kids. There are lots of hills and walking so you feel like you’ve had a workout too x

  5. July 4, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely day out! We really want to go to Port Lympne as have heard great things about it! Love that the kids had to make the decision, it’s usually me who has to come up with fun and exciting ideas for family trips in our household #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:16 am

      It’s definitely worth visiting and they provide strollers too so you don’t need to bring your own which is lovely x

  6. July 4, 2016 / 10:51 am

    We are the same, often spending so long procrastinating about what to do that half the day has gone. We went to Port Lympne once and had a great day, it looks and sounds like you did too. It is nice to get out and about as a family xx #mg

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:11 am

      It’s so lovely there. Quite steep though but we didn’t walk around it all this time x

  7. July 4, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    What a lovely day, the safari sounds great! I loved the pics, feeble beaches amaze me as we barely see them in Australia. I love the footage especially your son so happy on the climbing frame! Thank you for linking uo #mg

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:10 am

      Thank you it was such a lovely day. Pebbles are everywhere here, sand is a rarity we’d love to bury our feet in sand x

  8. July 4, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    We have got to the point where we don’t go to sleep until we have decided what we are doing, otherwise we waste half the morning deciding! Looks like a lovely day out and gorgeous photos X #marvmondays

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:08 am

      That’s a good idea Laura! X

  9. July 4, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    What a wonderful day it sounds and what a great idea to ask the kids to choose! #mg xx

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:07 am

      Sometimes their ideas are a little far fetched but that day they chose perfectly xx

  10. July 4, 2016 / 10:56 pm

    we seem to spend a lot of time at zoos also. Looks like a great day #mg

    • firstooth
      July 5, 2016 / 6:05 am

      Thank you

  11. July 5, 2016 / 6:53 pm

    What gorgeous photos! The beach looks fab – such fun. Looks like a fab day out xx

    • firstooth
      July 6, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you xx

  12. July 5, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    What fun! I make a point of letting my girls make decisions about what we’re going to do, although I’m starting to now need to be clearer about when Mummy has made a non-negotiable decision. There from #TwinklyTuesday.

  13. July 11, 2016 / 7:26 am

    Wow sounds like you had a fab day! The zoo is always the place of choice for my kids which is good for me as I love it too. We’re lucky that we have a road train that goes round the whole park too so when they start kicking off we just hop on and off again at the exit. Otherwise I don’t think include handle going there. Ever!! #KCACOLS

  14. Emilie
    July 11, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    We are exactly the same with making decisions, we have to choose a film days in advance otherwise we’ll spend the whole evening trying to choose one! #KCACOLS

  15. July 12, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Gorgeous photos! It sounds like a great day – and I love your comment about the picnic. It’s exactly the kind of thing I say when my other half has arranged something… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    • firstooth
      July 14, 2016 / 11:59 am

      Thank you! Lol

  16. July 14, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    Looks like a fun da out in the end. We rarely have a problem deciding where to go on a day out as the kids are never slow in voicing their own opinions (even if a day trip to Paris is a *little* impractical). Wherever we go, no matter how exciting, you can be sure that if there is a playground there we are bound to spend at least an hour there … #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      July 16, 2016 / 7:04 am

      Yes Disney land has been mentioned here a few times too… Kids are quite easy to please as long as there’s lots to see, do and eat!

  17. July 15, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    What a lovely day out and beautiful photos too ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

  18. July 16, 2016 / 1:15 am

    The zoo and the beach sound lovely. It’s always exciting to get out on adventure as a whole family for some fun. #KCACOLS

    • firstooth
      July 16, 2016 / 10:05 pm

      It was such a lovely day thank you

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