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I Thought I’d share my weekend with you, as it was Halloween yesterday, so it only seemed right. We had a very spooky time indeed. My daughter who is three just loves Halloween, almost more than I do.
She is fanatical about the Nightmare before Christmas by Tim Burton and knows all the words to all the songs. She likes to sing and dance around to them so I just had to buy her a little Sally dress.
I had a whole weekend of activities planned but unfortunately due to the torrential rain and a series of events, I had to cancel quite a few. Sometimes you just have days like that I guess. As a mother you can do many things but you can’t predict when your kids are going to get under the weather.
It was just one of those weeks where nothing was working out the way I planned it. In hindsight jam packing my weekend schedule was a little ambitious, so it was probably for the best really. Instead we chilled out a little and I got her to pick her favourite two things to do on the list.
I thought limiting it to one activity per day was best under the circumstances, but we still had an amazing weekend together despite it not going to plan.
As the torrential rain poured down over Newcastle on Friday we carved pumpkins and lit lanterns and snuggled on the sofa watching the nightmare before Christmas with some chicken noodle soup (click here for my recipe) and a good dose of Calpol.
The next day we went to Newcastle . My daughter absolutely loved her rainbow hair extension from Claire’s accessories. It’s soo cute that she loves that store- I used to love it too. There are times where she is a total mini me.
The Quayside of course has stunning views of the river. By the time we got there it was late afternoon and the rain had stopped, leaving a clear pastel blue sky, long shadows and gorgeous reflections in the water. Instagram worthy views.
I ordered myself a lovely glass of wine in the bistro and couldn’t resist staring out at the view. I had my Halloween nails for a bit of a spooky flare.
The quayside truly is one of my favourite places to chill and take photographs. We went to the Baltic for their Halloween week of free half term fun.
Outside there was a play area for kids and some ice cubes in tubs to scoop and play with. It was a little chilly but my daughter loved picking up the ice and sliding it down the ramps. It took me sometime to convince her to join us inside.
Inside there was a great play area for kids and upstairs there was a hula hoop room and an area to create a city from cardboard and tape.
I love the creative activities The Baltic offers for kids it is really one of my favourite places to take her. I used to take my son here too when he was younger- and it hasn’t changed.
The staff are always so helpful, great with kids and super friendly. Every time I visit there’s a new innovative program for kids during the school holidays.
My only gripe is that it’s a little difficult to get to in a car and not well sign posted. Gateshead quay has a one way traffic system which can be a little confusing so my advice would be plan your route first. Alternatively, there is a great bus service that runs regularly and takes you to Newcastle town centre.
After getting home and dry we made some pumpkin spice cookies. They were yummy! I love Pinterest recipes! On Sunday she woke up full of energy so we headed to The Word in South Shields to make some slime.
The class was for 5-7 year olds but they were happy to accommodate my daughter as long as I sat with her. The class was really informative and the guy presenting it was great with kids.
We got our science glasses on and got making some spooky glow in the dark slime. My daughter absolutely loved it. The class only cost £1 so all in all it worked out a pretty inexpensive weekend.
Happy Halloween everyone, hope you had a good weekend.
Technically it’s the Pagan new year so blessings to you. May this year be auspicious and bountiful for you. Love from Newcastle.
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