Review: Aquabeads Cars 3 Playset

Thursday, December 21, 2017

We have reviewed a few different Aquabeads sets in the past and I would say it is definitely the girls who they usually appeal to. When I was offered the Aquabeads Cars 3 Playset I knew Zach would love it! He loves the Disney Cars films and the toys are at the top of his Christmas list. 

The Aquabeads Cars 3 playset contains 1 table tray, 1 bead palette, 2 double sided template sheets, 1 sprayer, 1 bead peeler and over 1000 beads in different colours. The stencils are of 4 popular characters from the Cars 3 film; Lightening McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Mack and Jackson Storm. You have enough beads in the set to complete all four characters. 
This set was quite different to any we have reviewed previously as there are extra bits to make to stack, giving the characters more of a 3d effect which is really cool. We had also not used a bead peeler before so were intrigued to see how well it would work. Surprisingly, the peeler worked really well. I usually peel them off so slowly and carefully so worried they would snap but they lifted really nicely so we will definitely use it with our other sets in future! I love that with this set you get the bead palette and table tray which also acts as a lid so you don't have to do it all at once if you are short on times and any leftover beads are stored safely away. 
Zach loved the set. He thought it was really cool and couldn't wait to try it out. He did a really good job of putting the beads in the right place with a little bit of help at times. I think he did a really good job! As always I found we had to use a lot more water than the instructions say to make them more sturdy. We really enjoyed doing this activity together so we definitely want more sets aimed at boys in future please Aquabeads! (I have actually discovered they also sell Cars 3 character sets separately with a range of different Cars 3 characters and stencils included so will be adding them to Zach's wishlist!


Christmas at Resorts World Birmingham

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Today we have real snow for the first time in around 5 years and it is certainly making me feel festive and ready for Christmas! Last weekend I took the kids over to Resorts World in Birmingham to visit the Elves in their festive workshop. 

Throughout December Santa's Elves will be running weekly workshops in the outlet mall. So if you head out for a spot of shopping, make sure you pop in to enjoy all the free activities on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am-6pm. Gracie, Zach and Elsie loved the experience. They decorated lots of little paper and wooden decorations for us to hang on the tree. Me and Elsie read some nice Christmas stories in the book corner, there were lots of lovely toys around for them to enjoy and the Elves were ever so friendly. The kids really enjoyed talking to the Elves and finding out all about the North Pole.

If you are looking for a fun day out for the family it would be really nice to visit the Elves workshop, browse the outlet stores for some bargain Christmas presents, have a nice meal in one of the many restaurants, watch a movie in the cinema or if you are into gaming and arcades there are two entertainment centres. Pixel is full of digital games for younger children or Vortex is for older children with VR games and cinema. There is so much to do to suit people of all ages and tastes. We spent a little time in both Vortex and Pixel while we were there but it was definitely hard work with one adult to three children who all wanted to do something different but didn't quite know what they were doing, it would have been really nice though if I had had another adult with me to help with them! 

You can find out more about the events and facilities at

*We were invited along to Resorts World and given access to Pixel and Vortex for the purpose of this post but all opinions and views are my own.