Indoor Skydive: A Family Adventure

Ever wondered what it was like to fly?

Flying is a sensation that very few people, especially young children, get to experience. Indoor skydiving gives you a unique feeling of flying. With the use of a vertical wind tunnel you get to make your dream of flying become a reality. It is a safe and fun experience with a highly qualified instructor that teaches you to fly,step by step.

We was very lucky to have been given Family tickets for a flight experience with iFly, which has a centre at Milton Keynes.

Our flight was booked at 12pm but they require you to check in an hour before. We filled out the necessary forms in preparation for the flights, but you if you get to iFly in plenty of time you can fill them out before you fly at the centre.

Everyone in the group was introduced to the flight instructor who gives you 1-1 help in the tunnel. Our instructor was very informative and friendly. We was all briefed about what to expect inside the tunnel, watched an instructional video and then shown the hand signals that would be used for communication inside. We was all then issued our flight jumpsuits, goggles and helmet.


The younger boys got to choose a helmet that had little teddy bears sticking out of the top. They looked so cute when they were in the tunnel and the little teddy was bobbing about in the wind.


Once all suited up they were ready to fly


We made our way to the flight tunnel, which had viewing all around. The vertical wind tunnel can produce 165mph wind speeds. All of the flyers lined up one by one to wait their turn to go into the tunnel and take flight with the instructor.

Before you enter the tunnel, you have to stand at the entrance with your arms stretched above your head and when the instructor gives you a thumbs up you have to lean forward towards him. The instructor then grabs your arms and leads you into the air tunnel safely so that your legs don’t catch on the entrance. Once in the middle, the instructor holds onto you until you get your balance and then he let’s go of you so that you can drift off. Once you have mastered the key flying skills you are able to try more advanced manoeuvres (but this comes with more lessons) You get to experience freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air.

The aim is to relax and have fun. Stretch out your arms and legs and in Superman Style…Fly!

The whole experience lasts for an hour, with about 5 minutes flying in the tunnel.

We chose to have a High Flight, which was the best part of the experience. With the instructor guidance and support, they boys were flown 3-6 feet up the tunnel. They flew in a rise and fall pattern whilst turning. The High Flight happened for the last 15-20 seconds of their second flight

With no parachute, no jumping and nothing attached to them. I watched my boys fly. They were a little nervous, especially the little one, but that soon disappeared when the adrenaline kicked in.

Their faces say it all. They said that the feeling was unforgettable, they felt light and free.

We give iFly indoor skydiving a big thumbs up
We give iFly indoor skydiving a big thumbs up

The whole experience was definitely one to remember. The instructor was patient, professional and encouraging. My boys didn’t stop smiling for days (and that’s not because the wind in the tunnel had such force that it made it that way). At the end of the experience they were rewarded with a certificate which showed what flying skills they had mastered.

My son won this experience after I entered him into a competition that was run by Coca Cola and blogger Emmys Mummy and Harry Too to uncover an unsung hero. I nominated my son as he was my rock whilst I was having treatment for Cancer and is always putting others first. He is a very determined young boy and deserved a treat. He was my hero and still is.

Thank you for choosing us 🙂



My top tips for flying with children

Flying can be daunting and scary on its own but when you have children it can become stressful and a worry. We have travelled three times by plane in the last year and I must say that each time has been a different experience. We have had early morning flights, middle of the night flights and day time flights, each have a different effect in children. Depending on the time of your flight, it can disrupt their sleeping pattern. Children are excitable, especially on short-haul flights, it’s highly likely that they will not relax and sleep and even more so if the flight is past their normal bedtime.

The first time I flew with my boys, I felt uneasy and restful. I know how hyperactive my boys can be and they are much worse when they are excited. I know from previous car journeys how much of a pest they can be. They find it hard to sit still and fidget all the time. I have three boys aged 13, 8 and 4. If I allow the two youngest to sit near each other, then I won’t hear the end of their squabbling and fighting. So I have to think about where they sit. Seat

Here are some of my top tips for a smooth flight:

  • Clothing – Dress your children in comfortable clothing. I never put denim or wooly clothing on my children. They fidget enough so I don’t want to make their journey any worse. Keep it loose, cotton and layer up in thin clothing. Never travel in new shoes or clothes. My boys like to wear their track suit bottoms with a t-shirt and a hoody. I like them to wear a hoody with a zip, so that they can take it off themselves when they want to. It’s easier to take off rather than taking off a jumper over their head in refined space. Take off their shoes. My boys kick out their feet, so with out their shoes on they will be able to sit on the chair with their feet up (especially the younger ones)
  • Games – You obviously can’t take any board games along with so take it back to the simple games that use your brain and eyes. For example: Eye spy, Country game – name countries through the alphabet, I went to the shops memory game-alphabetical order, alphabet game – saying everything you see going through the alphabet , spelling – think of a subject and 5 things that relate to that word and try to spell them.
  • Technology – Pack the children’s tablets or phones into your hand luggage, make sure that they are fully charged and not used prior to the plane setting off, that way the battery will be full for the journey. Download apps and movies for them to play and watch before leaving home. Always remember that if you only take one along for them to share there will be arguments! Try to put a time limit on how long they have it, but keep it short like 10 minutes.
  • Books or magazines – Pack a light book, magazines are always good as they are light and they have activities within them for the children to do. If it’s a book that they have chosen themselves then they shouldn’t get bored with it so soon.
  • Music – Don’t forget the headphones! Music is always good for the older ones to listen to. If you have younger ones than maybe download some nursery rhymes or stories for them to listen to .
  • Comforter/toy – My younger boys have a teddy bear that they take everywhere they go. We have even made up a little passport for them. Inside they write where the teddy has been, just like when they used to stamp the passports when you entered a country.
  • Stationary – Pack a selection of stationary for them – a pencil (with an eraser attached), pen, crayons and colouring pencils (one colour of each shade)
  • Snacks and drink – Some light snack, not too much sugar as it can make them hyper! My boys only have to smell sweets and they are climbing the walls. Raisins, fruit, sandwiches and crisps are all good choices. I don’t but on the plane as with three boys and two adults it can become very expensive and to be honest when travelling with a low-cost airline they don’t taste that good either. We normally buy a meal deal from within the airport and I let the boys choose their own, that way I don’t get any arguing over who wants what.
  • Conversation – Talk about where you’re going or where you’ve been. What are they looking forward to? We make up stories too, think of a title and then between the family take in turns to say a sentence. Someone can be writing it down and then you can read it back. Look out of the window and see what they can see, Where do they think they are? What are we flying over? What would it be like to live there? Who lives there? What language do they speak? Children love to learn.
  • Hand baggage – Allow the children to have their own hand luggage with a selection of their favourite things in it, like a car, train, doll. My boys put their book, stationary, little toy, a treat, a small notepad, water and their teddies passport in it.
  • Seating – If you have more than one child, think about where they are going to sit. They are always going to argue over who has the window seat so try to  swap half way through the journey. As I previous said, I don’t allow my two youngest to sit next to each other as they fight over the smallest of things. There are other people on the plane who don’t want to watch and listen to two children screaming and hitting each other. Take note of who is sitting in front of them, as if they are fidgety and an older person is in front it may be a good idea to move them to another seat. My middle boy is always kicking out at the seat in front, he can’t help but put his feet on it and the last thing someone wants is to feel kick on the  back of their of their seat.
  • Sweets – Just for the take off and landing, it takes their mind off of the funny feeling in their ears.

If you have a toddler with a weak bowel, keep a spare pair of pants and clothes somewhere easy to grab in case of a little accident and keep asking them if they need the toilet. I also like to keep the boys up to date with how long we have left on the plane.

Role play is a good idea prior to flight, especially if it’s their first time. That way they get to experience what may happen and they know about the procedures, like the seatbelt and the flight attendants.

Hope you have found my post helpful, I’m sure that I have missed off lots of other ideas, if you have any to add please write them in the comments. Thank you 🙂



First flight abroard: family time

Are you experienced Family fliers?

Do you dread flying for the first time with your children?

Well we are the latter! Last week was our first time flying to another country as a family.

I had flown before with my eldest boy when he was 4 and last summer he flew out to Amsterdam with his agency to do some acting on stage but my two youngest have never flown before. I booked the holiday during the half term to Malta, a country that I have many contacts with and have visited a few times myself prior to having children. We were going to be travelling with Nanny and staying at my brothers apartment over there, we had an early morning flight all booked and the boys were very excited in travelling to another country via an Aeroplane.

The week prior to our departure I couldn’t sleep, I kept having nightmares and thinking if the worst outcomes that could happen to us whilst travelling

  • Being turned away because our passports had the wrong information on
  • Our names weren’t down on the roster for flying
  • Losing one of the children at the airport
  • The plane coming into bother whilst in transit
  • Not having a smooth flight and experiencing some turbulence

With hardly any sleep and over tired the day arrived for us to travel to Luton airport to depart for our first holiday abroad. I was so worried that an accident that may happen, I just had to keep telling myself that people fly all over the world every second of the day and the possibility of our plane come into some difficulties were very slim.

I had packed all the luggage with our clothes but I also had to think about what would keep the children entertained on the flight there

  • All phones and tablets fully charged with chargers in the suit case
  • Magazines and books to read
  • Colouring and drawing pencils
  • Favourite teddy bear or toy
  • Bottle of water
  • Any school homework that was given out
  • A pack of playing cards
Reading his magazine
Reading his magazine

I had also ensured that they was dressed in comfortable clothing like track suits, trainers and t-shirts. I didn’t want the children to be uncomfortable for the three hours that we was travelling, sitting down in a small tight space in clothing that would make them fidget and make them irritable.

We had all discussed prior to our flight about what to expect during flying and how they thought an aeroplane works. Joseph said that they he was a bit scared the aeroplane would drop from the sky as he doesn’t understand how it could fly with all the people in it. Oliver wanted the plane to do a loop de loop and Jak said he didn’t like it when his went pop.

As our flight was at 7:00 Am, we left our house at 4 aiming to arrive at the Airport for 5:00. I ridiculously thought that the boys would sleep in the car on the way to the airport but how wrong was I? They were overly excited and hyped up with adrenaline, looking forward to their little adventure they were about to embark on. By the time we had checked in and in the queue ready to board the plane the boys were going mental with excitement, I could just about control them from flying up in the air by themselves. They were winding other passengers up by being slightly too loud and running around their legs, I was really not looking forward to the flight. We found our seats and made our selves comfortable, as the seatbelt light went on and the plane began to move into position, the picture on my boys faces were priceless, they were ecstatic! Their eyes were lit up and alive with excitement, their facial expression with a constant smiled etched on and their little bodies shaking with anticipation.

about to move
At the window seat
Getting bumpy
about to board the plane

They took plenty of photos of their first experience, not of each other but of the view from the window seat


Their excitement didn’t wear off until probably on the flight home, where none of the boys were too interested in sitting by the window and all they wanted to do was sleep.


Their first flight will always be a very special memory for all of us.

Our first pose in Malta, still very excited!

Here’s to our next flight abroad, It wasn’t too bad after all! 🙂