Aside from that first week when we headed off to sunnier climes, we’ve been at home for most of the summer hols with Trey and me tag-teaming the childcare. It’s been amazing to have the quality time with the kids but we equally knew if we weren’t getting outside help with childcare we needed literal outside help with entertainment! 6 weeks is a LONG time – as I’m sure you know too well! *sends gin to all
Cue the Retro Revival!
Remember those days when you would spend hours as a kid, fashioning some kind of go-kart action, then launch yourself down the nearest incline without at care in the world?
Yeah, you remember of course. So did the people at ATK (All Terrain Kart). So they came up with THIS awesome beast for a bit of old-skool go-kart action! OMG! How much fun can one family handle?First off, and this may seem like a small point but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the classic wood and green styling. As mum to both a girl and a boy, I can’t tell you how bored I get with our pink / blue world. Green is always my colour of choice and excitement was stratospheric when the kids clapped eyes on this bad boy!
We got the ATK Classic – suitable for age 7-14 years and perfect for my two with it’s padded move-able back rest, break and easy steering. AND it came assembled. Yup. You heard correctly. A-S-S-E-M-B-L-E-D!
*pauses for effect
ATK have made a kart for all ages – including a Pro, the age range of which they give as 14-70! Loving that! Remember how it felt to re-discover the joy of bike riding as an adult? Just wait till you get on a Go-Kart and I guarantee you won’t stop laughing from the top to the bottom of the slope! Best be hoping you did enough kegels my friend!
As you should for our second bit of old-skool fun.
I’ve long avoided getting one but then I came to realise that in the UK they’re kind of a necessity. Especially with a boy in the mix!
If we were blessed with blue skies year round, there would be endless possibilities when it came to ensuring our kids had enough exercise. But we don’t. And there aren’t.
Those chillier / darker evenings when they come home from school and you’re clock watching to see if you can put them to bed yet? Yeah, THOSE are the challenging evenings I’m thinking a trampoline will come into it’s own, when maximum exercise is needed in minimum time.
Step forward the Magnitude from Plum. We went for a big one because I figured it had the the best chance of remaining injury free.The trampoline arrived in two boxes and took us slightly longer than the stated 2 hours to put together (possibly not helped by a vodka tonic break half way through!) but we managed to remain married throughout! The kids helped by numbering and adding all the springs and couldn’t wait to bounce so tested it on the ground! Seriously, that thing is already worth it’s weight in gold! The kids go on it – from choice – every morning after breakfast in PJ’s.
Given that I had to bounce on a trampoline for my Blue Peter audition (and got extra marks for wearing a sports bra – true story!) I “might” even have tested my own prowess on there a few times!