London is one of the most expensive cities to live in. Let alone raise a child. So when I can, I try to go for any deals or affordable activities that I can do with my son. I’d love to share my experiences with you lovelies and I hope to get ideas from you as well.
Last week, we were invited to my friend’s son’s first birthday party at Chessington World of Adventures. We were informed a few weeks in advance so we had time to book entrance tickets. If you buy 5 days in advance, tickets cost £28 per adult. If you buy 1-4 days in advance, it’s £34.
However, we went for the Kellogg’s ‘Grown-Up Go Free’ Promotion where 1 Adult get in for free for every 1 Adult Day Ticket purchased. The day ticket is a whooping £49! So with this offer, my husband and I paid £24.50 each, which is even cheaper than purchasing the tickets 5 days in advance! Kids under 3 don’t have to pay so Liam went in for free. You can find the Kellogg’s vouchers in a lot of their Cereal Boxes. You can use these on other Merlin Attractions as well.
I have never been to Chessington World of Adventures before (although my husband Jamie has been a dozen times when he was younger), so I was pretty excited. We drove from London early Sunday morning and it only took us 35 minutes. Parking fee is decent at £3 for the day. If you are planning to take the train there, the nearest station is Chessington South and you can hop on a train from Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Wimbledon.
As soon as we got there, we immediately queued for the Gruffalo River Adventure Ride. Liam is a big fan of the Gruffalo, we read the The Gruffalo book (and the The Gruffalo’s Child) nearly every night to him. It’s a good ride for little kids as it’s soft and slow moving. It was not too loud either. Liam’s expression seemed like he was not sure what to make of it but I have a feeling he liked it.
We then went on the Adventure Tree Carousel ride. Liam absolutely loved this. He was smiling and clapping the entire time.
After this ride, we met the birthday boy and his mum and went to see the animals at the Yoohoo & Friends children’s zoo. They had some goats and sheep that kids were allowed to stroke with supervision.
We then went to the Sea Life Aquarium. Liam was super fascinated with this. He would stay and watch one tank after the other. The one that stood out for him was the overhead aquarium tunnel where you could see the bigger types of fish including sharks as they swam through. He was just in awe the whole time.
We also went around the Adventure Point where we saw Tigers, Gorillas and Lions. We managed to see some Sea Lions too!
Towards the afternoon, we had lunch with the birthday boy and his friends at the Temple Restaurant. The atmosphere there was nice. It’s a big enough space for kids to run around in. They had different options for food for both adults and little ones.
Our last pit stop was the Gruffalo Arena where they had a meet and greet Gruffalo show. Just as they were about to start, Liam fell asleep. Unfortunately, this was our cue to start heading home.
Overall, our day trip to Chessington World of Adventures was definitely worth it. We were blessed with warm sunny weather and we didn’t have to line up long for rides or attractions. I wish we had more time to roam around and enjoy the whole park. As Liam is only 20 months old, I would probably wait for him to get a little bit older before we plan our next visit. I am hoping he will get on some of the not-so-scary rides with me then. (I am not big on roller coasters and spinning rides that make you dizzy — I’m a scaredy cat!) However, if there were another opportunity for us to go again (like another birthday celebration maybe?), I wouldn’t hesitate either.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this or on any other kids activities that you have been up to.
P.S. Special shout out to the Frago Family. Thanks for having us at Kyle’s 1st Birthday Party!