On Saturday we spent the day trying to hunt down a Golden Lindt bunny at Alnwick Gardens.
After spending the last week preparing for Easter we decided we should get out and where better than some beautiful surrounding hunting down chocolate!
The deal was you pay the usual admission fee and you got to do a little treasure hunt which meant looking around the garden for clues and answering questions etc. (I don’t want to give too much away as it is still running until mid April!)
Wanting the kids to enjoy it all and actually take an interest in everything they saw we gave them their pencils and work sheets and set them about the gardens. They had to work out how many water jets shot across the Grand Cascade and count how many water sculptures were in the Serpent Garden. This was one of the kids favourites as most of the sculptures are interactive and you can either walk through them (Ethan got soaked), dip your fingers in to create different patterns (Ethan got soaked) or go inside and look through making everything distorted etc (…yep you guessed it!)
We visited the next section to work our way to the centre of the Labyrinth and see what language the wording was in the centre, the bamboo to create the maze is fabulous and keeps most of it sheltered too which the kids loved! The options for the words were either French, English and Latin so after very little debate (Jake telling everyone that Gratius Agimus would have made French so much more exciting at school and sounded like something out of Harry Potter the kids chose Latin!)
They next had to take a look at the new gate in the Rose Garden and tick which medium the rose was made from ( there was a single rose that was different colour to the rest and they had to say whether it was plastic, paper or copper) Next up was counting the urns in the Ornamental Garden and finally head back down to the Treehouse for the final question
(everyone who has visited Alnwick Treehouse knows the answer to this one so we and handed in the papers meaning we didn’t have to come all the way back to the start!)
At the Treehouse we were rather surprised at how well they all did on the rope bridges (just as well really since I won vouchers for Go Ape and have booked them into a tree top safari next month! haha)
Just as well we finished when we did too because as we left the Treehouse the heavens opened and we made it back to the car just in time! Happy Bunnies all round, tired and full of chocolate – another successful day!