Every year we go and see the festival of light… but… the last few years they have been a bit well.. to quote the large child ‘the same as last time and a bit broken’.
I was lucky enough to win a family ticket to this year’s festival, which has moved back into a park in the city centre.
The kids had a great time, we met reindeer and they held an owl… we got reindeer food for Christmas Eve and drew calendars.. we ended up with a hot chocolate to warm us up before we came home.
So.. the vote was it’s definitely an improvement, well done Sunderland Council!
We saw more creatures and got a little bit rained on. And the tide was in, so we only managed to throw some stones (what is it about throwing stones in water? It keeps kids amused for ages!)
According to the boys, the painted lady butterfly is having a bumper year, there certainly seemed to be millions of them.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure a smack head nearly stole my pushchair, so that was fun!
The Botanical Gardens have been on my ‘to visit’ list for a while, I’ve only heard good things. We all had fun, the only thing I would say is we underestimated the size of the place and didn’t have enough time! Definitely will go back!
This little sunflower had lots of friends…
These ones were fairly normal:
And we decided this one was a mutant:
We met many, many caterpillars (and yes, they were hungry):
Google says they’ll grow up to be cinnabar moths, as opposed to butterflies, so the kids were a little disappointed! I’ll plan a butterfly hunt next time, I guess.