Legoland Water park!

The heat is rising here quite rapidly, so to finish off our spring break holiday we made the most of the coolish temperatures and headed to Legoland Water park. We’ve already experienced Legoland and you can catch up with that adventure here.  With Dubai parks offering free parking and 30% off to all UAE residents it was a no brainer really. The cost came down from 295AED to 160AED and we saved ourselves 85AED in parking fees. Everything always feels better when you have a discount. With all of us having fair skin, we left it until after lunch and toward the end of the midday sun to go. Being Easter/spring break the park wasn’t that busy and the queues we practically non-existent. The children had a blast and especially loved the joker soaker and build a raft lazy river. We settled the kids into the joker soaker and were watching them on the slides when literally the joke was on us and the huge bucket of water tipped, emptying gallons and gallons on unsuspecting parents like ourselves. I know it was a children’s water park but I wasn’t going to be responsible for the language that left my mouth. It was freezing!!

Anyhoo it gave us all a laugh and we went off exploring, where we found the build a raft lazy river. As you go round there are big Lego brick floating in the water which you can attach to your raft. Being the competitive family we are it immediately turned in to who can sabotage each other raft the quickest.

We made a trip to wave pool, floatation jackets were available for wee Miss C and she really enjoyed it. The children found the build and race your own miniature boat area and enjoyed building with Lego in the water!!

It was time for an ice cream before we explored some more, 20AED each for ice cream wasn’t too bad, considering we’ve just come back from Disney it was a welcomed price! EPD and LPV went on few other rides that Miss C wasn’t tall enough for, so we had a mini melt down.  Then she was happy as Larry in the Duplo area with side and animals she could sit on!

At this point it was starting to cool and their poor little teeth were starting to chatter. We got dressed and headed to the new Irish Village in Riverland. It was beautiful and reminded me of the town out of Beauty and the beast. We had a yummy dinner and listened to the various live music that was on offer with stages dotted around all around Riverland. The children really enjoyed The Micheal Jackson tribute singing, I knew they had good taste in music.

With everyone tired and pooped out we caught the shuttle bus back to the car park and headed home. A great day had by all and sincerely recommend a visit before we all start melting!!




Saturday we spent the morning at Naturalis National history museum in Leiden. It was about 40 minute drive away and yourself truly drove us there and got us there in one piece.

It was a really great day, LPV enjoyed but I do have to say that I think even at almost 3 he’s was a weeshy bit too young for some of it, however he has a fab time running about. its’ about 5 floors of various exhibits my personal favourite was the human body exhibit. There’s lots of interaction and has a whole sensory section for children of all ages, LPV love this and especially loved collecting the nectar from the flowers as it made a slurping sound.

collecting Nectar

collecting Nectar

I absolutely loved feeding the animals with LPV, this are mechanical animals and you pick up various items of food and try to feed them, if it’s right they open their mouth if it’s wrong they shake their heads.

Frog like the bugs

Frog like the bugs


There’s a great section on fossils, animals, planets all with button to push, levers to pull, phones to pick up. at the risk of sounding like a dodgy holiday commercial, it really was fun for all the family.. Apart from Miss C puking all over me but that a whole other story!! It was recommended to me by the expat group I’m a member of, who also go regularly unfortunately it’s not somewhere I could take both children as LPV is like a grey hound chasing a rabbit but Id’ certainly return there again and will be taking Gma & Gdad when they visit us soon.

Here’s a few more pics of our fun

Me after weight watchers?

Me after weight watchers?


gotta love a bit of DNA


Animals were fab


He’s braver than me, this things scare me