As a busy mum with two very active children I'm always on the look out for great things to do in the school holidays. Keeping the kids happy (and me happy too!) can be hard work especially when the weather is not so good.
That's why we feel very lucky to live near the Galleria in Hatfield. This is not only a shopping centre but it also has a cinema, a wide range of restaurants for every taste and a soft play frame too. They are also very child focused and always put on a range of great activities for children over the holiday period.
So in the half term holidays we headed down to see what was on offer! Firstly I have to say that I really like the fact that there's lots of parking at the Galleria so you don't have to worry about where to park which is great if you are a bit of a reluctant driver - like me!
In February the Galleria were hosting a snowboard simulator where children could have a got at balancing on a snowboard and pit their skills against others by seeing how long they could stay on for. Both my children are naturally quite adventurous and could't wait to get on the snowboard. They had a fabulous time trying to stay on even if it wasn't for quite as long as the reigning champion!
Then in was time to burn off a bit of energy at Get Wild the brilliant soft play frame at the Galleria. The children raced off onto the frame and I had a bit of time to have a coffee and take a look at the paper. We go to lots of different soft play centres and Get Wild is definitely one of our favourites as it is airy and out in the open and as there is only one exit it feels very safe. Both children had a great time racing around and exploring all the different slides and climbing areas.
After all that activity it was time for a bit to eat and whilst I probably would have chosen to go to Chiquitos or Prezzo the vote from the children for a MacDonalds was unanimous! We went and got a happy meal to take home with us to the children's delight. All in all we had a lovely morning out at the Galleria. It was good to have somewhere to go as it was raining so we couldn't do any of our usual outside activities. I would definitely recommend the Galleria if you are looking for a fab day out with the kids in the school holidays and I know they have some exciting things planned for the Easter break.
To find out more about what the Galleria has to offer why not visit their website http://thegalleria.co.uk/