How to do you make a perfect Spring day? Fill it with pigs.

To say that Little Monkey is obsessed with the Peppa Pig show would be an understatement.  In fact, I firmly believe that the first word out of his mouth was Peppa.  He already knows how to hand me the remote and look up at me with his big brown eyes repeating “Peppa, Peppa, Peppa.”  I already wonder if I’m going to go to hell for letting him watch television in the first place nevermind that I have now allowed him to become obsessed with one specific show.   Although, to be fair, it really is the only children’s show we watch.

How did we become a Peppa Pig house while others become Waybuloo or In the Night Garden houses?  I have no idea how this evolved.  Maybe it was the catchy little tune.  Maybe it was the bright colors and talking animals.  Maybe it was the cheery depiction of family life.  Or, maybe it was because it’s filled with just enough irony and comedy that I don’t feel like I need to take hallucinogenic drugs to watch it over, and over, and over, and over again.  All I know is that from the beginning, Little Monkey’s face would light up and he would giggle and laugh (with his little Beavis & Butthead laugh) every time he heard the theme tune.

Well, last weekend, thanks to the lovely Amanda, we enjoyed at day out at a special preview of Peppa Pig World, a new theme park in Hampshire.  OMG!  Could there have been a more perfect day out?  No!  It was a warm, sunny spring day and we enjoyed Mr. Potato’s Playground, Peppa’s Balloon Ride, Daddy Pig’s Car Ride, and Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip.  What a load of fun!  Watching Little Monkey run around and see his favorite characters come alive was just brilliant.  This was a day when I really found out what it feels like when you’re able to give your child an experience that brings absolute joy to their life.  He was so excited he even managed to last the entire day without a nap.  And, then he was sound asleep before we were out of the car park.  Highly recommended way to wear out a toddler.

Because it was a VIP preview day before the park officially opens this weekend, we were lucky that the crowds weren’t bad and we never really had to wait for anything.  I can only imagine what this place will be like in the middle of summer.  So my advice if you’ve got kids that love Peppa, get yourself to Peppa Pig World in the middle of the week, before the middle of the summer, and maybe when it’s cloudy because it’s going to be a hit.

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  • Reply ruthGray Lightner April 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    What a fabulous place…and what a joy to wqtch James enjoy it…….your statement about giving your child that much joy is what parenting should be about….even though there will be other times when you can’t quite figure it out….enjoy that child….the days/years go by too fast…..can’t wait to see yawl this summer…much love , honey

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