Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Our Perfect Family Day Out at Ripleys Believe it or Not in London
Those of you who read this blog regularly will know how fond we are of our holidays and all important family days out! We had an amazing day in London last week at Ripleys Believe it or Not. We were fortunate enough to be given complimentary tickets as part of the MoneySupermarket Days Out Discounts promotion. My boys are huge fans of the Ripleys book which they always ask for on their Christmas lists so we were delighted to actually be able to see the museum (if that's what you'd call it!). Before we went we checked out some of the blurb on line:
"Home to over 700 weird and wonderful exhibits, the central London attraction showcases a painting by Mexican artist Enrique Ramos on a tortilla canvas. Visitors can also see some of Ramos’s other masterpieces including miniature bible scenes painted onto pumpkin seeds and a series of portraits of icons such as Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln, all painted onto quail egg shells.
Marvel at a version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ painted on a grain of rice – created using a microscope and a single human hair – as well as a portrait of Michael Jackson fashioned using Liquorice Allsorts sweets. While Robert Ripley himself – the man behind the attraction and who coined the phrase ‘Believe It or Not!” – is depicted using multi-coloured bubblegums."
If I'm honest I didn't really know what to expect, I definitely haven't been anywhere quite so, well - odd! - before.
Since this day was all about the children I'm going to hand this blog over to them! So, I'd like to introduce you to my newest reviewers - Bats (10), Boz (9), Spud (7) and Boo (5) *clearly not their real names!
Bats - "Awesome!"
Boz - "It's been a really wicked afternoon, can we come again?"
Spud - "I really liked it, it's cool."
Boo - "I LOVED it"
Bats - "Oh definitely the Jade palace, I thought it was amazing and I really liked the matchstick bridge too, it must have taken so long to make"
Boz - "The black hole tunnel, it made me feel dizzy" (Mum's note - we couldn't get him out of it!)
Spud - "I really liked the funny table that made me look like I had no legs, it was silly"
Boo - "I liked the cute little fox and the upside down table"
*Mums note - I loved touching the Berlin wall, even though the kids thought it was "boooooring".....
Bats - "I didn't like that you and daddy wouldn't walk quicker, it's so annoying when you stop all the time"
Boz - "Uhm, not really, the man pulling things with his eyeballs made me feel a bit sick actually"
Spud - "I didn't like the poor three legged animals at the beginning, they made me sad"
Boo - "The dungeon made me very scared" (mum's note - in hindsight we shouldn't have taken a 5yr old to this bit, it was too scary, but the older boys loved it and to be fair Ripleys did warn us, we just didn't listen!)
Bats - "Oh yeah, I won"
Boz - "no you didn't you cheated, I won"
Spud - "Daddy cheated, I loved it - it was so much fun"
Boo - "Oh that was so funny, daddy was really bad at it, I definitely beat him"
*mums note - I think they all cheated and daddy especially did!
All - "YES!!!!!"
So that's that then! A pretty good day had by all and given the seal of approval from all four kids (a pretty rare thing indeed!) thank you Ripleys, I'm sure we'll be back!
About Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London:
With more than 700 amazing artefacts on display over six floors, the attraction celebrates the weird, wonderful and bizarre in all its forms. With everything you can imagine (and plenty more you can’t), Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a family day out that’s definitely out of the ordinary.
For additional information call +44 (0)20 3238 0022 or visit www.ripleyslondon.com