We took on the Wondroid challenge and went on a scavenger hunt in London

On 12th October 2016, all eyes will turn to Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery opening at the Science Museum in London. To celebrate its launch, families in London are invited to embark on an exciting geo-location scavenger hunt, where they will be in with a chance of winning an exclusive private view of Wonderlab. The new gallery is designed to ignite interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) while enjoying a fun day out. With more than 50 spectacular cutting edge exhibits, such as a giant interactive orrery, live shows and immersive experiences, Wonderlab is set to wow the whole family.

Wondroid is a delightful robot that was designed by the engineers at the energy provider, Statoil. Unfortunately Wondroid has lost some parts of his body and the challenge is by using the app, traces, you will help restore the robot by finding the clues.

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As a family we love a challenge, anything that gets us out and about and especially one that involves us using our brains (or google sometimes).

We downloaded the app prior to leaving our home and made sure that our phone was fully charged ready for our day of creating, discovering and catching memories.

Once we downloaded the app we was guided through page by page.

It was simple and easy to follow.

The first clue is given to you on the wondroid website the second two are on the traces app.

If you work/Live in London you may know many of the historical/landmarks to visit. We thought we would be fine, but in fact we had to use the hint link on all 3.  We kind of knew who the clue was about but had no idea in which part of London where to find them.

We found the first one pretty quickly and was hoping that the second one wouldn’t need much travelling to. Once you know that you are in the right location you need to turn on your traces app and by holding your phone up and scanning around you will be able to catch the trace. It works similar to taking a photograph, once the trace is within the circle you simply press catch.

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After a little pose in front of a statue we was ready to move on to our next location.

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Once we worked out the answer to the second clue we made our way by train to get there. It was only a short journey away.

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Each time you catch a trace you are rewarded with wondroid being given a part of his body back

The children really enjoyed their little adventure through the streets of London, visiting places that we wouldn’t normally go to. Going on the Scavenger hunt searching for Wondroid body parts helped them learn navigation skills and they even learned how to map read, navigating us from one place to another.

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We found ourselves googling more information on the historical icons. Not only did we have fun but the day was positivity educational.

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We worked together to solve the clues and it was the ideal opportunity to explore London and the science themed landmarks that we wouldn’t have normally known of.  The app was simple to download and easy to follow.

Everyone who helps put Wondroid back together again are entered into a prize draw to win tickets to the Science Museum wonderlab which opens in october.

The whole geo scavenger hunt took us about 1 1/2 hours in total. Clues 2 & 3 are pretty close by, within walking distance. The furthest distance to travel was between clue 1 & 2, you could walk it was easier to travel by tube.

For more information on the Statoil Wondroid read my post here

Post in partnership with Statoil Womderlab

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Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder Event comes to Holmbush Estate

Does a little adventure filled with obstacles and Mud sound like Fun?

Tough Mudder invites you to the season ending event at the new venue of Holmbush Estate  to tackle overgrown woodlands, gruelling trails and gritty mud with an event to test the hardiest of Mudders

Tough Mudder is a team-oriented 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course challenge designed not only to test physical strength but also mental grit. With an innovative course that has inspired more than two and a half million participants worldwide, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. In 2016, Tough Mudder events across the UK and around the world feature new and world class obstacles. More than 95% of participants are expected to register as part of a team; to encourage teamwork and camaraderie over competition, the events remain untimed.

An outdoor event for the whole family. Enjoy cheering each other on and be a part of a fabulous event. Making memories as a family.

What’s New for 2016?

  • Tough Mudder Half: Debuting in 2016 is the newest addition to the Tough Mudder family of brands, Tough Mudder Half, a five-mile event format featuring over a dozen signature obstacles – but excluding the fire, ice and electricity elements of the original Tough Mudder events. Debuting at six locations across the UK this season, this new team-oriented event requires less training, making it an accessible yet rewarding challenge for people of all athletic abilities.
  • Brand new obstacles: Participants at the Tough Mudder London South event will take on new obstacles, including “The Block Ness Monster”, where Mudders have to hoist each other over a number of rotating blocks all in waist-deep water. The event will also debut the revamped Pyramid Scheme, back by popular demand, which requires teamwork from friends and strangers, as a human pyramid is the only way up.
  • Legionnaire-Exclusive obstacles: Returning Mudders, known as Legionnaires, get exclusive access to more challenging new upgrades of selected obstacles, including “Rain Man,” a twist on classic water obstacle Cage Crawl, and “Backstabber,” a more demanding and technical version of The Liberator. In addition, Legionnaires will have the option to bypass Electroshock Therapy and instead attempt a high-octane new finish obstacle, Frequent Flyers’ Club, culminating with a leap onto a crash mat from a 15-foot height.
  • Merrell finisher shirts: As global presenting partner for Tough Mudder and Tough Mudder Half events, renowned outdoor footwear and apparel brand Merrell will provide performance finisher t-shirts for all participants.
  • Additionally, all UK events will once again host Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, a one-mile obstacle course jointly developed by Tough Mudder and Fruit Shoot, the delicious fruit soft drinks brand owned by Britvic PLC. Designed for ages 7-12, Mini Mudder gives kids the opportunity to get muddy, work as a team and experience the thrill of adventure.

To Register:

  • Sign up Those interested in registering for London South and future events before they sell out can check out ToughMudder.co.uk to sign up. Spectator passes and Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder entries are also available for purchase.
  • Do it together 90% of people take part as a team, so get your mates signed up now. There are also corporate event packages for companies and larger organisations.
  • See it for yourself Media participant and spectator passes are available for individuals and teams who wish to experience the event first-hand. Please email mediarequests_uk@toughmudder.com.

Are you ready to get muddy?


 

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Taster Day at Fairlop Waters

Fairlop Waters Country park held a taster day where families got to enjoy a selection of land and water activities that the park has to offer for free. Activities included paddle sports, boxercise, running, bouldering, bootcamp, buggy fitness, nordic walking and high ropes (which was at half price for the morning)

The sun was shining and the sky was a clear blue. With trainers on feet and extra clothes in a bag we were ready to sign up to the activities they had on offer. The boys were really interested in trying out the high ropes and as it was only available for half the day, we booked in straight away. This particular activity wasn’t free but it was half price. The boys love to climb and was excited to try out the Extreme Course.

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As the youngest was under 5 years old he had to go on the Explorer Course which is aimed at 3-5 years, although he was more able to do the higher course.

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The boys up high

 

The boys didn’t stay on for the full length of time, as after going round 2 times they wanted to come off. The walking along the obstacles wasn’t the problem but it was a little tricky, on both courses, to pull the bungy around the poles. They kept getting tangled up and stuck. The middle boy loves to climb and I thought he would really enjoy this activity but I was wrong. He is a free climber and doesn’t like to be restricted, even after all of my explaining to him about safety and it being too high to climb without a rope, he didn’t really enjoy it as much as expected.

The one thing that all the boys enjoy doing at Fairlop Waters is Bouldering. It is a unique boulder park, the largest in the UK, 9 individual boulders all offering a range of challenges for all abilities. It’s amazing and Free.

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The boys love a challenge. The boulders are built from concrete and vary in shapes and height. Each boulder has a name, the boys like Dumbo the Elephant.

The activities were all accessible but you had to sign up to them first. Whilst the boys and Daddy sat outside in the sunshine, making smoothies whilst cycling. Mummy went into the tent to sign the boys up to some activities.

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Trying out the walking machine

You could only sign up to two at a time, so it was tricky to choose. They wanted to try everything. We went for kayaking and boot camp. I was in luck, as I was waiting in the queue to sign up the lady that was in charge of the running event was trying to sign up people to go out for a jog with her . So I quickly signed up with her. I gathered the boys together. We took off our coats and left our bags in the tent and off we all went, for a run around the lake. We had a warm up at the side of the lake and races half way round. The lady was kind and friendly. I think the distance was 2k. It was lovely running together as a family and in such a beautiful setting. The experience lasted about 45 minutes.

When we arrived back to the start, we had about 30 minutes to wait for the next activity which was boot camp, something none of us had tried before, so we had no idea what to expect. We sat down and had a little chat to a few of the stall holders that were their promoting there outdoor clubs, cycling and Nordic walking. The cycle smoothie was a big hit with the boys, You got to choose your fruit ingredients to your smoothie then put the work into it to make it by pedaling away. So after cycling hard for a couple of minutes, you received your fruit reward.

After a little refreshment, it was time to join in on the boot camp session. We made our way to the grass area next to the lake, where there were mats laid out all ready for us. We started off with a little warm up of skipping and then we did a core workout on the mats with weights. Followed by some lunges and stretches and then a couple of obstacle races, The session ended with a little game of tug of war. It was brilliant! We all had so much fun and definitely felt like we had a good work out.

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The boot camp is certainly something that we would like to take up as a weekly activity for the family. I’m most definitely not as fit as the boys are, but i really enjoyed it and I felt really good after. I know the real sessions would be a lot more challenging, but we are thinking of doing something similar just for the boys and I.

The last session of the day was hitting the water. I wasn’t silly in booking it as the last one. I knew the boys would get wet and didn’t want them to be uncomfortable in wet clothes for too long. I did think ahead and pack spare trousers for the two youngest, but nothing for the oldest boy.

Daddy and Oliver went out onto the lake in a sailing boat, whilst the two older boys got into a kayak.

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After 20 minutes out on the water, they came back with very wet trousers but smiles all round.

The best session of the day had to be the boot camp.

We all had an enjoyable day. Spending precious time together in the great outdoors. I would without a doubt recommend a taster day to anyone.

 

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Brainiac Live; Science Abuse Review

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Laughing in the face of Science!

Brainiac Live is currently at Palace Theatre, London, Until 18th August the show is all about solving baffling scientific mysteries, exploding caravans and blowing up microwaves, with the odd electric shock and quizzes thrown in too. After five years and more than 60 programmes following the Brainiac boffins’ explosive voyage of scientific discovery on Sky TV, they’ve decided to take to the road and bring their madcap brand of experimentation to the theatre so that you can get up close and personal with Brainiac Science Abuse.

Brainiac has a simple core idea: to explore everyday science in an entertaining and anarchic way. Not only do they blow up caravans but they also ask the important questions in life “Is it possible to walk on custard?” They have done countless experiments involving explosions, mess and pain e.g Broken the sound barrier with a tin of vegetables, launched a garden shed on huge rockets and made a 25 metre fireball using 40 litres of petrol.

Brainiac Live is a brilliant, exciting show, just like the TV Show with plenty of surprises, extremely loud bangs, facts, fun and lots of Brainiac madness.

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On Wednesday we all made our way to the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue to see for ourselves what it was all about, Jak loves watching Brainiac and is Science mad always making up little experiments so he was really looking forward to seeing it Live. Unfortunately daddy wasn’t feeling well so we took Oliver (our 24 month) with us, it is advised on the website that children under 4.5 shouldn’t go but as we didn’t have childcare I thought we would just give it a go. Lucky for us our seats were on the edge in the stalls (N5 -N2), we had a clear view of all of the stage and the seats were comfortable with plenty of space. Oliver had his own seat, which he was pleased as he got to stand up whenever he wanted. We settled down in our seats and got out the pringles and drink that we just bought, Jak had got a programme of the show ( costing £4) and he was reading through it when the lights when down and the music started. The show was about to begin!

The show started with a huge bang as they blew up the Caravan that was on the stage.

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The cast of the show got the audience participating by clapping and shouting along, even Oliver joined in

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The show was just as exciting as we thought it would be, we laughed at the jokes, especially when the Brainiacs did a dance to Beyoncé ‘Single ladies’

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We watched Brainiacs get electric shocks from a live fence, get spun around in a office chair by rockets, have their fingers frozen with Liquid Nitrogen and run through plaster board and netting (or at least try to!)

We laughed at the jokes, we covered our ears at the bangs (which were very loud) and we were amazed at the Science.

Towards the end of the show the Brainiacs asked for some help from the audience to catch some circles of smoke that were shot out from huge airzookas, Jak jumped up and shouted along with all of the other children in the audience but the lucky little boy got picked and off he went up to the stage. He was put in a team with two other people that also got picked and he was given a large hoop to catch the smoke circles with and sent out into the audience. His team were against the Brainiacs and guess who won, Yes, Jak’s team did!

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 Their reward for winning was to blow up a microwave, they got to push the button on stage and watch the microwave go up with a bang.

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The show really was a blast! It’s all the children have spoken about since coming home, they absolutely loved it! It is the most fun and interactive show we have watched. The programme that Jak bought is brilliant full of information, quizzes and experiments, definitely worth the £4 and definitely a keepsake.

The show is Currently being shown at Palace Theatre, London until the 18th August, and we would highly recommend a visit to watch it.

For more information visit www.brainiaclive.com I currently have tickets up for grabs on the blog, but quickly the comp ends tonight 9th august 2013

We was given 4 tickets for the purpose of this review, no payment has been received, sorry about the quality of photos, they were taken on my iphone and it was very bright on the stage.

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