Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Kicking off Christmas with a Little Hiccups tradition

I'm now told by the Little Hiccups families that Christmas just isn't allowed to start until we've visited Sundown Adventureland. Every year we visit in early December and every year we come away with happy memories. The Little Hiccups facebook page fills up with raving reviews and pictures of smiling families. It really is one of our most cherished events.

If you haven't been to Sundown before its a theme park aimed at under 10's. The rides are more about sights and sounds than speed and there are plenty of soft play areas, playgrounds, rides, visual display amongst other delights all aimed at stimulating and tiring out those children of yours! But there is also plenty of food outlets to restock them as well for more fun. (More importantly though, there are many coffee outlets for the adults!) And what is more fun than visiting Santa and Mrs Claus at their home after riding a sleigh through a Christmas Wonderland. The Big Man is always friendly and approachable (of course!) and I hear reviews time and time again how this is the only place where a child has loved Santa at first sight. The elves on the door were also aware we were visiting that day and were ready to help out. We really couldn't ask for more! 

It certainly helps as well that the weather was unseasonably warm and dry. Visiting an outdoor attraction in December is always hit or miss but we seem to get lucky. Maybe there really is magic in Sundown... The mild weather didn't deter from the Christmas theme however as all the decorations and lights were in full splendour and when the sun went down we saw them in all their glory. 

This year was slightly different as it was Sundown Adventureland's 50th Birthday and they celebrated by opening the park to invite only and contacted local Charities to attend. The theme park attendees were limited to allow a relaxed session for the children and everything was free. As it was on a Friday however, a number of families were unable to attend due to work or school commitments. However, many could and as you can see from the feedback below it made for a truly magical and memorable event. 

"Thank you so much. Today has been amazing at sundown adventure land. My girls have thoroughly enjoyed themselves. My daughter has found a new love in the bears to the point we had to buy her very own ones from the gift shop. Its been truly magical. "
"Thank you little hiccups. We had an absolutely amazing time"
"Thank you so much Little Hiccups for today. it was magical."

"Huge Thank you !!!!"
"We have had the most amazing day! Massive thank you to Little Hiccups for inviting us to Sundown today. As part of Sundown’s 50th birthday celebration the park was closed to the public today and families with disabled children and those with life limiting conditions could enjoy a quieter park, a relaxed atmosphere and over all a spectacular day! Every little detail was thought of to make this day enjoyable and accessible for all !! Smiles all round here."

"We had the best day!!! Smiling from the second we got there... thank you again so much little hiccups."

"We just wanted to say a big Thankyou to you and everyone at Little Hiccups for organising Sundown on Sunday. We'd never been before and our boys absolutely loved it (as did we!)"
 
"Thank you for a lovely day!"
"Thank you Little hiccups for a fabulous day out. Fun was had by all the family. Thank you so so much everyone. Great day loads of family fun and a magical trip to Santa which Aiden loved. He even said to Santa "Please don't get stuck up the chiminy Santa" lol and gave him a hi 5. Xxx"

"Thank you so so much. My autistic little girl as well as her triplet sisters all had an absolutely fabulous time today. I cannot thank you all enough for organising and giving us a chance to have such a wonderful family day. I cried as this was the first time we didn’t have any tears with Santa they all loved it and went to sleep without a peep. Exhausted and happy. Thank you so much again. Awesome day."

"Wow what an amazing place! Thank you little hiccups for encouraging the trip down. We all loved it x"
"Thank you Little Hiccups, another wonderful day out for the children. We've had an amazing day."
"Merry Christmas all. Fantastic annual sundown trip. Thank you"
"Another fabulous outing thanks to Little Hiccups. Cameron had a brilliant day"

"Thank you for an awesome day! Owen is so proud that he passed his driving test in the dark."