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A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome

Our plans for half term got cancelled at the last minute, much to the children’s disappointment (hello tantrums!).  I always find that an impromptu day out makes my little ones really happy, so I decided we would go to the Aquadrome in Rickmansworth this afternoon. We were joined by friends, which made the day even more memorable.

When we left our house at lunchtime, it was 13 degrees outside. 13 degrees on the 18th of February! The wind was bitter, but the sun was shining and we were all in a pretty good mood.

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome

The Aquadrome is a wonderful place. You can park for free and the car park is big enough so you do not end up worrying about not getting a space.

The Café in the Park is one of my favourite places to eat, and you can find out why here.

The walk is really nice for the children, who enjoy feeding the ducks and looking at swans, climbing and jumping in puddles.

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Climbing

After a ten minute walk, we reached the play park, which caters for all age groups, from toddlers to adults, with an outdoor gym.

Wriggly (8 months) is still too little to go on her own in the swings, so she went back to back with her sister and she loved every minute of it. The slide was a bit hit, too!

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Swings

It really was a glorious day. There was a lot of jumping (and in some cases falling) in muddy puddles, and the tired children we took home as the sun was setting were very happy indeed.

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Muddy Puddles

Before I let them sit in the car, they had to take off their wellies, socks, trousers and coats. They were filthy! Thank goodness for heating in the car.

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Muddu Children

If you judge the success of a day spent outdoors by the mud on a child’s wellies, then our day was as successful as they get! There was as much mud inside the boots as there was on the outside!

A Fabulous Day with Friends at the Aquadrome - Dirty

If you fancy a visit, the Aquadrome is in Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB.

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  1. 19/02/2015 / 1:17 pm

    Didn’t know about the Aquadrome but I do now. Sounds like a fun place and I agree – impromptu plans are the best!

    • Mel
      20/02/2015 / 11:58 am


  2. Anna Watson
    20/02/2015 / 8:09 am

    Love the Aquadrome, it’s where I learnt to ride my bike, such fond childhood memories and now my children’s favourite place xxx

    • Mel
      20/02/2015 / 11:57 am

      Awwww, thanks for your comment sweetie. The first time I ever went there was with you! Loads of memories with you and the kids. We always manage to have a good chat when we go there, with the little ones running around and so happy to play together. We have to do that again soon. xxx

  3. Cllr Keith Williams. Lead member for Leisure. Three Rivers Council
    20/02/2015 / 7:57 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the Aquadrome so much. The leisure team at Three a Rivers Council work hard to keep it a special and magical place. Thanks for taking the time to post. Hope you come back soon for another great day.

    • Mel
      23/02/2015 / 8:45 pm

      It really is a special place and I will definitely go back soon!

  4. 21/02/2015 / 12:20 am

    Oh I didn’t know about this place! I’m going to definitely put it on our list as it’s not too far from us either. It looks like you all had a fab time. I agree about the measure of a day by how muddy the kids are! Yours had a blast. Glad you all got out and got smiles on your faces despite your original plans being changed xx

    • Mel
      21/02/2015 / 1:34 am

      Plans are made to change, he he! We really had a fab half term, and our day at the Aquadrome was a big highlight. You would love the café there!

  5. 21/02/2015 / 1:53 am

    That looks like such good fun, the more mud the better! Beautiful photos Mel x #countrykids

  6. Absolutely true. Best way to judge the success of a day out. That and the pile of dirty clothes and the colour of the bath water. It looks a great location and, I know, I love a place that I don’t have to worry about getting a parking space. #CountryKids

  7. 21/02/2015 / 9:01 am

    Love the back to back swing idea! It’s been such lovely weather the last few days hasn’t it? #countrykids

    • Mel
      23/02/2015 / 1:24 am

      Brilliant, isn’t it?

  8. 21/02/2015 / 9:38 am

    Looks so much fun in there!!!! Looks at those jumping and climbing! I love that swing photo too! never thought you can fit more than one babe in one swing =) #countrykids

  9. 21/02/2015 / 10:43 am

    It looks like a fab place to get out and let off some of the half term energy. It’s always a shame when plans everyone’s been looking forward to fall through but at least you had a plan to keep spirits high. The kids all look like they had a good time, you can tell by just how muddy their clothes are! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • Mel
      23/02/2015 / 1:30 am

      We really had a great time, and the weather made me feel like spring was just around the corner.

  10. oddsocksandlollipops
    21/02/2015 / 2:28 pm

    Looks like a great day, even if it wasn’t your first plan! Lots of fun. Love the muddy wellies =D

  11. 21/02/2015 / 4:08 pm

    That definitely looked like a lovely day out! And 13 degrees? Wow. Down here in Cornwall, it’s always been below 10. Hopefully it will be warmer soon 😉 #countrykids.

  12. Lou
    22/02/2015 / 8:47 pm

    Lovely day had by all xxx

  13. 22/02/2015 / 9:36 pm

    I used to live near there and work in Maple Cross, but I’ve never been to the Aquadrome. By the state of their clothes and boots, it was a good trip.

    • Mel
      04/03/2015 / 11:57 pm

      It really was!

    • Mel
      05/03/2015 / 5:24 pm

      I will treasure that shot for a long time. They are so sweet!

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