An Epic Day At Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder

Are you looking for something to get your children out of the house and away from technology?

Let the children loose ready for an adventure on the ultimate obstacle course

Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder is a 1 mile obstacle fun mud run especially designed for children aged between 7 and 12. Mini Mudder gives children a chance to work as a team, get muddy, experience the thrill of adventure and explore their adventurous side. Each Mudder course features 8-10 obstacles that will encourage children to work and support each other.

What makes a Mini Mudder

  • Not scared of getting wet and covered in mud
  • Tough and Strong as some of those obstacles are hard work
  • Working together and helping others
  • Up for an Adventure. Mini Mudder promises to be epic
  • Agility is needed on some of the obstacles
  • Not be a whinger as only babies whine
  • Speed – running between the obstacles
  • Adventurous and ready to explore
  • Challenging – Looking at how to attempt the obstacles
  • Up for anything – Not afraid of getting stuck in

The Mini Mudder course consists of 8-10 obstacles along with lots of mud and water

  • Get tangled in Tumble Weed
  • Sprint up Mini Everest
  • Scale Mount Mud
  • Brave the Tunnel of Terror
  • Teamwork at Got Your Back
  • Conquer the Crazy Climb
  • Plunge into Mud Miles deep pit of thick sludge
  • Let the monkey in you come alive at Hangin’ On, Hangin’ Out
  • Slip through the cracks at Secret Agent Squeeze

Each Mini Mudder event is held alongside Tough Mudder. Each challenge starts on the hour every hour from 9 – 4. We was lucky enough to be invited along to the South London event held at Holmbush Estate.

Dad and the eldest boy have participated in local mud events in previous years so they were looking forward to seeing if lived up to its name sake and if it really was as tough as it offered to be. The youngest two have only ever looked on in awe from the sidelines at such events.

When I told the boys about the Mini Mudder challenge they were ecstatic and couldn’t wait for the adventure to begin. My boys are very competitive, so they found it hard to understand that the event wasn’t a race and that it was just for fun.

We arrived at about 11 and was surprised to see how bloody busy the place was, hundreds and hundreds of mud searching, adrenaline pumping adults all around gearing themselves up for the Tough Mudder Run. The atmosphere was great, everyone was in good spirits including the boys.

After a quick look around we made our way to the mini mudder arena, which wasn’t far from the finishing line to Tough Mudder. Whilst the younger ones were getting ready for their little adventure, Dad and older brother were making their way to the Tough Mudder start line.

Each Mini Mudder wave starts on the hour just after a little fun warm up with the mudder organisers. They are all then walked towards the start line and then let loose on the course.

The boys along with all the other children that took part were quick to get as muddy as they could. I mean who wouldn’t! Children allowed to get in as much mess as they can with their adults consent, that doesn’t happen that often.

It was lovely to see my boys helping each other over the obstacles and giving each other a helping hand when needed. They normally fight and squabble, but for one hour in that day they actually got along. I even witnessed them holding hands at one point. For once there was no sibling rivalry only support and friendship. There was no stopping them, they whizzed around the course in record time, taking on the obstacles like a giant in a playground. They showed determination and took on the challenges set with ease.

 

A fun day was had by all at Tough and Mini Mudder, Mummy was a little tired watching her boys get very muddy but it was worth it seeing the smiles of achievement on their faces. Each adult and child that competed the course received a headband as a keepsake. The children were rewarded with a Fruit Shoot drink at the end, it was much needed as well.

There were showers to clean yourself up and wash away as much mud as possible but we heard that they were quite cold so decided on changing in one of the toilets into clean clothes and just wiping away the mud with some baby wipes.

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They truly did conquer and all that was left to do was wash all of the mud out of their clothes (which took a good soaking in the bath for a couple of days)

If taking part I would advice you to take along spare clothes and shoes, baby wipes, black bag to place dirty clothes in, a towel in case you use the showers and cover you car seats with plastic.

To find out when the next Mini Mudder is available check out their website

We was invited along to participate in the event for the purpose of this post.

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Scooting like a pro

Little man received a scooter for his fourth birthday, a couple of weeks ago. He has wanted one for a while now, especially as his older brothers have them and although they allow him to have a go on theirs, it’s not the same as owning your own one.

We took a trip to our local Halfords and after a good look around and trying out many of the scooters, he found the perfect one that he wanted. Scooting around the shop like a pro, in and out of the other bicycles and people who got in his way. Before we went to the shop he was telling us in the car that it was a green one that he wanted. Their wasn’t any green ones on show, but their was a pink one that he took a fancy to, not because of the colour but because it wa fast.

We bought it, without him knowing, and told him that maybe if he was a good boy, the birthday fairy would bring him to him on the morning of his birthday. We bought him some elbow and knee pads too, just for those little accidents that may occur.

He was over the moon when he unwrapped the big box that was on the living room floor on the morning of his birthday. We had woke him up early especially as we knew he would want to go out and try it out before we went off to school.

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Wherever he goes the scooter goes too!

He absolutely loves to scoot, he is fast Lewis Hamilton in a F1 race.

I love the way that he pushes himself along as fast as he can and as soon as he reaches the desired speed he rests the leg at the back of the deck and cruises along.

He is always smiling when he is on his scooter, I think this was one present that will be used over and over again.

We’re going to take him to the skate park soon, so he can enjoy the thrill of going fast over bumps and accomplish new tricks.

Do your children like to scoot?

 

 

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Pools Playground Victoria Park

Last weekend we packed up the car with the bikes and travelled into London, 7.5 miles away, towards Stratford so that we could spend the morning in Victoria Park.

I grew up visiting the park, my mum used to take me and my siblings there all the time, we used to go for walks around the lake and play in the park, but apart from the odd trip there to watch a couple of children football matches I haven’t really gone back to explore the area. Paul had recently been in a running race that was held in the park and came back telling us that it had changed and that there was now a really good play area for the children to explore and play in.

We only took my bike which has the child seat attached to it and Joseph’s bike as Paul and Jak was going to have run around the park whilst we cycled. We decided to go and explore the play area first, we had parked on Cadogan Terrace which was near to the play area. Victoria Park is split into two, with a road going through it, the larger part of the park is called East park this is where the Pools playground is and the smaller part, West park has a boating lake.

The first part of the park that we came to was an outdoor water play area (not on because of the time of the year) The boys were running around over the shaped mounds on the floor pretending to play pirates, Oliver found a tunnel made from sticks to run through

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The boys were enjoying them self so much that we didn’t realise that there was more of the play area to explore, Daddy pointed over towards a mound of bolders, which looked like a mountain, he told the boys to go climb them and see what was on the over side. I could hear and see children on the top but had no idea what was beyond them.

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They were climbing and running over the mountain, chasing after each other and then they realised what was on the other side

 

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There was the longest, highest slides I have ever seen outdoors in a playground (apart from at funfairs), lots of sand to build castles in, different shaped rope climbing frames, wooden houses, roundabouts, balancing logs, rope swings, musical aparataus and much more. The first thing the boys did was try out the slides, these were Oliver’s favourite

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The dot at the top is Oliver

He went up and down so many times I lost count, that was until a few children ruined it for him by sending sand down with themselves, when it was Oliver’s turn he ended up getting lots of sand in his eyes and wouldn’t go on it again 🙁

He didn’t cry for long though as he realised there was lots more to be doing, he quickly made his way over to the spinning top but he wasn’t interested in sitting ontop of the spinning top, all he wanted to do was play with the stones

Joseph loves to climb so he spent his time climbing on the rope frames, trying to get the top so he could be King of the Park.

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Oliver loved running along the magic carpet, he said he was running away from the crocodiles and the carpet would take him to his house where Mummy would keep him safe.

The park is a fabulous place to visit to escape the hustle and bustle of shopping in the city.

Next to the play area is a hub where you can buy refreshments, We bought ourselves a coffee and sat and drank it whilst watching the boys playing on the spinning top

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Jak found some square shaped rubber boxes that made a note when you jumped on them, he ran across them trying to make up a song

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After exploring the park and trying out pretty much every play apparatus there was we got onto our bikes and went for a cycle around the perimeter of the park. The canal runs along the edge, so we did have the option on cycling along it but I am not a very confident cyclist and as I had Oliver in the child seat on my bicycle I thought it would be best to stick to the cycling path in the park

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Joseph taking a break from cycling

We had a lovely morning in Victoria Park and will definitely be returning in the Summer when the water area will be open.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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What A Day! Outdoor Fun #countrykids

Yesterday was an extremely tiring but fun day! The sun was shining and the sky was blue

The boys managed to visit 3 parks, play football, go cycling, run/cycle 5km around a park, go to a St Georges Event where they bounced on bouncy castles, rode the buckaroo, slide down a huge inflatable slide, ride on a mini fair ride, eat ice lollies and bounce on the trampoline and to finish the day off what a better way then to visit Pizza Hut!

The day started at 9am when Jak the eldest ran around one of our local parks in a park run 5km event, Joseph the youngest also joined in by cycling around the course. Jak loves to run and this is one of his newest hobbies, every week for the past 3 weeks he has entered the event where he runs along other children and adults who also enjoy running.

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At 10:30 Jak then had his football training over another park, whilst he was running around a pitch with his football buddies the two youngest were kicking a ball around aswell.

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As soon as football training had finished we all the met up with friends and made our way to a local event for St Georges Day where the boys had lots of fun going on all the rides which were all free for the first go and then 50p after. Their were men dressed as knights walking around and lots of music.

20130421-220513.jpgAfter just over an hour it was time to get Jak to his drama class, once he was dropped off i took the other two boys off to yet another park which is near by to Jak’s theatre school and as Oliver was over tired i thought that a lovely walk in the gorgeous spring weather we was having would help him to drift off to sleep. We walked around the lake and looked at the ducks, we explored the brook and looked out for newts and fish and we found a tree that was carved out to make a figure of an athlete. We made a short detour to the shop and bought a ice-lolly which we enjoyed whilst we walked around the rest of the park.

20130421-220639.jpgSoon it 5pm and it was time to pick Jak up so we made our way back through the park to head home where Daddy met us and we all went out for a spot of dinner at Pizza Hut.

20130421-220649.jpgAs soon as we got home The boys were all soon sound asleep dreaming of their fun day.

 

 

 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Freezing fun #countrykids

3 degrees outside and I decide to take the boys to the park! Am I mad?

Ok so it was freezing and after an hour I couldn’t feel my fingertips but it was nice to get out into fresh air and the boys had fun exploring the trees, playing in the park, walking round the lake and even joined in on a football match.

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Jak practiced his ball skills on the way through the park showing his little brother how to do a kick up and once we arrived at the play park he found some friends to play football with and joined in on a match. Joseph loves climbing frames and spent his time hanging upside down or finding twigs to fill up the tunnel with.

We had a nice little stroll around the lake looking at the duck although we forgot the bread so we didn’t get to feed them didn’t stop them from following us though lol

We was admiring the red in the sky through the bare branches if the trees and Joseph said that the sky was burning, bless him.

After 75 minutes in the park it was time to leave, I had taken some hand warmers with us to heat up the boys little hands when they became cold, Joseph put his inside of his glove and that is where it stayed until we got home.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Autumn Reindeer Craft

Whilst out walking through the park the other day the boys collected a variety of leaves, read about our leaf hunt here.
Joseph noticed that one of the leaves looked like Reindeer Antlers and that he wanted to make a picture with them.

When we got home we emptied out our bag of leaves onto the floor and took a good look at all of the different shapes and colours of them. We had found big ones, small ones, long ones, star shaped ones, red, orange, brown, green and yellow ones. The boys were soon sticking them down onto paper making their autumn pictures.

Joseph made a Reindeer

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He added a bit of glitter and stars to his picture as he says it makes it look all Christmassy 🙂

Jak made a Devil

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These pictures make a good gift ideas which they have had lots of fun doing.
We turned an outdoor activity into an indoor one!

Thank you for reading

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