Who doesn’t love to make Chocolate nests…Alice is at the age where she knows all about chocolate and how yummy it is.
There were different activities on each day, which were suitable for different age groups. Luckily the day that the chocolate nests were being made we were free and it was something both my girls could get involved with. My mum came along too, which was great for me, as we could help each of the girls.
My local Wyevale Garden Centre weren’t holding the events, but fortunately we have another one which is about 25 minutes away that we could go to. I hadn’t been to this one before and I was looking forward to seeing what they offered.
We arrived on a wet day and I was pleased we had booked an indoor activity. The staff had set up the activity in part of the restaurant and were ready and waiting for us, which was great. The girls each had an apron to put on, which was brilliant as I knew there was going to be melted chocolate coming up! Then they sat down to do some colouring that had been laid out, while everyone arrived.
They came round straight away offering the girls a drink of squash or water and regularly asked if they needed anymore.
On the table was a pot with wiggly worms and little eggs, Alice kept asking if she could eat them. But, once I explained they were for the chocolate nest we were going to make, she happily waited.
Once everyone arrived the lady asked all the children to decorate their box and put their name on it, ready for us to put their nests in.
The staff were really friendly coming round to see their decorated boxes, they even remembered my girls names and that made them feel at ease.
The girls enjoyed decorating their boxes, I think my mum may have done too as she drew a very lovely flower on Holly’s box…
What I loved next was the staff asked all the children to wash their hands before they started to touch the food. They had bowls of soapy water on a table ready, I was very impressed with this.
Then the bit they had all been waiting for, time to crumble up the shredded wheat in the bowl. Alice loved getting her hands in!
The staff were taking pictures, but before they took pictures of my girls they asked permission and I had to sign a consent form. I thought this was really good and they didn’t take any until I had completed it.
Next came the melted chocolate, Alice’s eyes lit up when she was given her pot to pour on the shredded wheat. Using her spoon to mix it all in. Luckily Holly had nanny to help her, otherwise I am not sure there would have been much nest making going on.
They had the chef at the table in the middle showing the children what they had to do for each stage.
We scooped the chocolate covered shredded wheat into the cases and made a little hole. Alice couldn’t wait to put in the egg and worm to each of her nests. She really is growing up so fast, as she could do it all pretty much on her own and I only had to help a little bit.
Once they were done, it was time to close the lid on the box and pop them in the fridge to go nice and hard.
Yes, you guessed it they all started to lick the chocolate bowl!! Except for Holly who just wanted to bang her spoon on the bowl…
With chocolate covered hands, it was time to wash them again. My girls are at an age where this is fun too!
While we waited the staff had the fun job of keeping the children entertained. First came the balloons. My girls love balloons and were playing very happily with them.
Once that novelty had passed the nests still weren’t ready, so the staff had to think on their feet. There was a real mixture of ages in the group, so they split them into two and the lady who was covering the little ones asked them their favourite songs and we had a sing along.
Even though it wasn’t very long to wait for the nests to go hard in the fridge, for the children who just wanted to eat them it felt like forever. The staff were brilliant and did a great job of making this part easy for us parents.
Then finally they were ready, the look of joy on their faces to be handed back their box with the nests inside.
Then the really really exciting part, we can eat them!!
Holly didn’t really know that what she had made she could eat and wasn’t that bothered about eating them, which made mummy happy as she doesn’t eat chocolate yet! Luckily she spotted her carrot oat bar in my bag and was more than happy to eat that.
As it came to an end, the staff came round to say goodbye to all the children and gave them a high five.
They made the whole experience really easy for me as a parent, they talked through what they had to at each stage and there was never a time where they didn’t have something to do. The session lasted an hour, which was the perfect amount of time.
I loved that I was able to take both my girls to an activity that they could both enjoy and they certainly had fun!
We then had a wander around to see what else was at the garden centre. My mum got lucky at the Cotton Traders shop and brought two pairs of shoes and I was excited to see a Yankee Candle shop next door. There was something for everyone.
We then headed back to the restaurant, where the girls had a picnic bag, which was great value at 5 items for £4.50. Mum and I treated ourselves to a coffee and a piece of the biggest Victoria sponge cake, we had to share it.
We had a lovely time and we will definitely be returning…
Disclosure: We were invited along to take part in the Spring Week activities for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.