So this past week we headed over to Bognor to go on a mini break before we move. We decided that because we had already been once this year that we would try the Just For Tots break this time. When we were ambassadors we absolutely loved the time we had and were also slightly jealous about the line up for Just For Tots that we jumped on the chance to book a deal for the family.
I've outlined the majority of a Butlin's holiday in my previous posts so thought in this one I would talk about some of the differences you get on a Just For Tots week.
One thing you will notice about the Just For Tots week is the schedule. So long are the late night events and as a replacement there are early morning sessions (things start up at 8:30am) and finish about 9:00pm. A perfect time for a late night treat for your little ones on holiday but enough time to catch up on the sleep ready for a day ahead. This was perfect for us as we felt like we missed out on loads of things last time due to getting Max to bed. Instead we could come back to the apartment and watch some TV with a glass of wine and not feel like we had missed out.
One other thing you will notice is some things are closed. The outdoor activities such as the water walkers and the dune buggies are replaced with a Little Tikes Town and areas for the kids to run about in. This was great as Max wasn't feeling like he was left out by not being able to do it.
The outdoor fairground was only open for short bursts, 10-12 and the 2-4 so that the kids could wind down and have naps. This was great as I get pretty sick on those rides at the best of times! The indoor one and the soft play were open normal times though.
The pool was open as normal but had a wide range of inflatables and floaties to help with learning to swim. Most of the slides were off limits, with the exception of the toddler ones and the tame white one that the kids seemed to love!
There is a slightly different range of shows on the Just For Tots breaks. It felt like the regular characters were repeated a bit more which helped when the kids were too cranky to watch something else. There was wake up session from 8:30 such as Angelina's Dance Class.
There were events on at Centre Stage each night. We found that depending on the show the queue built up quick quickly. Mister Maker had the longest queue. We were at the front and had been waiting well over an hour but it was worth it for the great seat. You can still buy B-Line passes but we found that regardless you could get a seat quite easily.
For a change to the schedule, there was a great act. Mister Maker. He drew an amazing crowd and put on a great show that all the kids loved and involved the audience loads. We even got to see the shapes!
We also got to see Scooby and the gang again. Keeping Max enthralled the whole way through was a breeze and he was so lucky to meet them side of stage after the show. It really was a highlight to the whole holiday. The cost of photos are pretty pricey but it was worth it in all honesty.
I was apprehensive that the Just For Tots week was going to be full of screaming and cranky toddlers but to be honest it was rather the opposite. It felt like a more relaxed break as I wasn't scared that Max would get pushed by an older kid or get lost in the crowd. Being able to see the faces on the tots was amazing. The joy of seeing the reactions to the characters was a picture.
In terms of the main differences there aren't that many, the slight adjustments means that it feels more accommodating for the kids without neglecting parts of the holiday. If you can book yourself on a Just For Tots week then I would highly recommend it, if not then get yourself down to Butlin's anyway!
Over summer Robinson's got in contact with us and asked if we wanted a challenge. Of course being that type of family we jumped at the chance and said yes. So we were set the challenge of trying something new and getting out and being active. We were sent a wealth of balls, skipping ropes and Fruit Shoots of course to test out but we knew exactly what we wanted to attempt. Basketball!
You see my brother is amazing at basketball, he's travelled all over the world and played it and currently is one of the best in the county whilst he's at uni. But none of us have played so it only made sense that we asked him for some tips, got a bit of practice in and then had him watch to let us know how great our ballin' skills were.
Let's just say we all thought we were better than we actually were! Max surprised us by getting the most baskets out of everyone and I was impressed that my co-ordination wasn't as bad as I initially thought. Having said that I didn't get one basket and I felt that the wind wasn't helping me this time!
It was so nice to get out and try something new and I'm so grateful that my brother was on hand to help us and impress us with his skills (Scott may have scored a sneaky shot against him which made his day and annoyed my brother to no end-haha!). It's now made us look at our routine and see if there are any other skills that we can learn and develop as Max gets older and we grow as a family. It was so good to spend that time together unplugged and refreshed.
Not to mention the refreshments. After all the playing we had to sit down to bottles of Fruit Shoot, bananas and grapes. Fruit Shoots are great for drinks on the go as their selection is packed with no added sugar and fruit juices that can be part of your 5 a day. The perfect pick me up after a hard time shooting some hoops.