No school! Today our teachers had a training day, so pupils had the day off. Hooray!
Because it was such perfect weather, we decided to go to the Princess Diana Memorial playground in Hyde Park. Usually, this playground is so popular with children that you can barely move. However, today, it was less populated because most people had school (like poor Helen ).
The reason Charles and I love this space is because of the huge pirate ship: the ship has an enclosed and quite tall crows nest to climb, and a lower deck where younger children can dig in the sand with spades and buckets. I enjoyed playing a game on the ship called ‘intruders and defenders’, invented by me. The intruder has to try to get to a certain point, while the defender tries to catch the intruder and put him in jail. Charles and I took turns being intruder and defender. We also jumped off the side of the ship in to the soft sand below. When you landed, the sand sank up to your ankles and softened the blow of landing.
We also used the stream to create sandballs, testing out whether the wet, very wet or dry sand worked best. We discovered that a special combination of both was most successful.
After two hours of solid play on the pirate ship, we took a short ride on a carousel next to the playground. The carousel was an old fashioned one with horses and carriages that went up and down and going around. I chose a horse on the outside because horses on the outside go faster than the others and it feels like you are going to fall off.
I could no believe my luck – and felt overjoyed – when my mum ( a strict lady) offered Charles and I some ice-cream. My flavour was Honeycomb, Charles’ was Mint Choc Chip and my mums was Salted Caramel. With our icecreams, we slowly wandered out of the park, checking out how the transport for London rental bikes work.
We also investigated the Queensway lanes – a great looking bowling alley and rollerskating and games centre. It had many old fashioned games such as the original Pacman, Donkey Kong and the Addams Family pinball machine. We might make another trip there one day in the not so distant future.
Just before leaving, we had a look in FOOD BASICS oriental superstore. Charles and I got £1.50 to share, to buy whatever we wanted. In the end we ended up spending only 1 pound on a box of japanese chocolate biscuits called Hello Panda.
Continuing our run of good luck, we were greeted by a airconditioned hybrid 70 bus that pulled up right outside the gate. It was a brand new bus and very comfortable, quiet and cool. This route takes us almost to our doorstep.
This was a great day out and I would definitely recommend a visit to the Princess Diana memorial playground, as Charles and I thoroughly enjoyed it.