Ginger Mum Column: Life’s a beach at the centre:mk

Local lifestyle blogger Amanda, aka Ginger Mum, talks about entertaining the kids for free this summer, sun protection, cycling, a food festival and more

School’s out for summer!!!

Those words used to fill me with dread but each six week break gets easier as my boys get older. I’ve relaxed from packing every waking moment with entertainment and realised that as long as there is a picnic and a football involved, we are okay.

When the sun forgets to shine, one of our favourite things to do is to replicate sunnier times at the Indoor Beach at centre:mk and when that exhausts its appeal, it’s on to the helter skelter, kids’ rollercoaster, Punch and Judy and the bungees.

By the time we’ve done all that there’s no way I feel like making dinner so our fave thing to do is to hit Wagamama because the kids love it and it’s such a healthy choice for them. For fussy eaters, Dominic highly recommends the cod cubes!

Is anyone going away this summer? We’ve booked a break in Mexico which is very exciting and I have been shopping holiday essentials.

Being a family of gingers we’ve struggled to keep the sunburn away with the recent heatwave and especially on holiday when the kids are in and out of the pool all day. However, the best I’ve found for full protection is Ultrasun, and whilst it’s a tad pricier than those alternatives in most shops, this one lasts and genuinely only needs one application per day – it’s the only one we’ve found that does what it says on the tin.

Give it a go and let me know your feedback.

One for the diary – over the August bank holiday weekend, get yourself along to Frosts Garden Centre as they cook up yet another fab family friendly event with top MK chef Spencer Ollington in their Artisan Food Festival.

We always enjoy spending time there and Spencer is such an amazing chef so it’s bound to be fab.

Have any of you been on the Guided Cycles which leave from the Caldecotte Arms car park on Sunday mornings?

Running every Sunday til 30th September, these free rides are bookable on the Let’s Ride website, listed under ‘Get Cycling MK’, maybe see you there!

Enjoy the holidays – see you on the other side!

You can follow Ginger Mum’s blog at or on social media at @gingermumstyle.

This column was published in the August 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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