When we first decided to go away this year my initial thoughts were on things that the girls would love to do. I know that when I was little and we went away arcades were pretty high on the list of things to do. The rides, those penny push machines, the rubbish food and grab a toy machines – is it even a UK seaside holiday if you don’t spend half your time (and money) in the arcades?
Scarborough is known as one of the main UK seaside holiday destinations and with it being less than 2 hours from home we knew this would be our first girly holiday. Arriving Monday and leaving Friday means we had 5 days to fill so I organised a visit to Flamingo Land and Williams Den for 2 of those days leaving the other 3 for us to potter around at the seaside and local attractions.
We would have loved to visit the water park but unfortunately it was way too cold to even contemplate braving a costume outdoors! It rained one day so we ended up bowling inside one of the larger arcade centres – 3 floors of games and machines which sent the girls into overdrive!
I can remember coming home one year from a holiday with mum, dad and my sisters with the back shelf of the car packed with toys we had won on the grab machines, boy have times changed! They are SO hard to get now and even when you do they drop them straight away – someone needs to tighten those arms! Lisa did manage to secure herself a few Adventure Time goodies and Evie won the little girl wolf from the new Hotel Transylvania movie so all was not lost (except a shed load of 30p attempts!)
One of my favourites movies growing up was BIG, the one with Tom Hank using a Zoltar machine and changing into an adult over night. We spotted 2 of the said machines and I couldn’t resist giving it a go! Thankfully my fortune was pretty spot on and should I get a life changing letter in the next couple of weeks I will most definitely be back for another little insight into whats coming! I know its only for fun but take the positive where you can get it, right!
Of course there isn’t just arcades along the seafront, the place is packed with shops selling all kinds of candy rock, buckets and spades and foods of all kinds. As we were at the end of the summer season and a week into the kids going back to school (joys of home schooling means we missed the rush of families and had quite a relaxing, quiet time!) there were a few places that were no longer serving foods or only doing tea and cake but we did stumble upon a rather fabulous hidden treasure! The Mutiny was the perfect family restaurant and the food was absolutely amazing – I went for the black burger which looked as good as it tasted!
We will most definitely be back to Scarborough and hope for better weather too, although it wasn’t too bad and we did have a couple of days of sunshine we really want to visit the water park and a couple of other outdoor attractions.