the adventures of Super Tom

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My visit to the National Gallery

Yesterday, I went to the National Gallery in London with my family. I have been learning about Van Gogh at school and we went there to see his paintings called the sunflowers, the chair and also Cezanne’s ‘Bathers’. I almost fainted when I saw actual real life Van Gogh paintings! They were way bigger than I expected and I could see Van Gogh’s oil paints stand out from the canvas because it was so thick. I couldn’t pick a favourite painting because I liked the whole gallery actually! In the gift shop I bought some postcards and a ‘mini masterpiece’ kit so that I could do my own masterpiece at home.

So today I did the mini masterpiece. I decided to paint some fruits and a painting for my mum. The fruit was called a ‘still life’ and Van Gogh and Cezanne both liked doing them so I told mum I was being “a bit like Cezanne”! 

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Dressing up smart for Nanny’s surprise 80th birthday party

Last weekend I went to my Nanny’s surprise 80th birthday party in London. 80 is very old but not as old as my great-granny who is 83! Me and my sister chose some very smart clothes to wear from Next – I got a shirt, waistcoat and tie. I really like wearing smart clothes to parties and I even had my hair spiked up.

The party was brilliant. There were Irish decorations because my Nan comes from Ireland. Lots of my family came to the party from Ireland and New Zealand and it was very nice to meet everyone because I haven’t met all of them before.

My favourite people I had fun with at the party were my cousin, Danny, and my other cousin’s friend, Chloe. Me and Danny made up a secret handshake but I can’t tell you what it is because then it won’t be secret. I did an arm wrestle with Chloe and I won. She told me that she enjoys reading my blog and I said she could be on it 🙂

I stayed up very late at the party and I am still tired now!

My spiky hair!

Secret handshakes!

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Summer holiday trip to Legoland Windsor

I was invited to go to Legoland Windsor to review it for my blog so we went this week because it is school holidays. The weather was beautiful and when we got there I was excited and there was a man in one of the ticket booths – his name was Tom too and his name tag was made of real Lego! We drove there and on the road which leads in to Legoland there were lots of Lego people building letters, and at the end we saw a word that said ‘welcome’.

Legoland is all built of Lego. In Legoland there is a hotel, lots of roller coasters, games and underwater adventures. The first thing I tried was the Star Wars Miniland Experience (it is new and uses over 1.5million Lego bricks!) – there were lots of exciting things in there like Lego ships that can move, Lego cannons, Lego troops from the Star Wars films, lots of droids and Anakin Skywalker. I crawled through a tunnel and popped up with my head in a little helmet so i could imagine that I was a spaceman!

There’s a Miniland and it’s got loads of different cities made of Lego, using more than 40 million Lego bricks! I saw marching soldiers that were made of Lego. Lego London was very fun – I spotted Big Ben, the Houses of the Government, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the Gherkin and a giant BT Tower. I think they should have built a Lego Olympic Village that could be themed to the Olympic games. They could have Lego Olympic torches! I will try to make a Lego Olympic Torch actually.

When we got inside Legoland, we bought a very amazing machine that is called Q Bot*. It let us jump the queues so we didn’t have to stand in long ride queues all day. I went to the Lego Driving School and got in a Lego car. We had to follow the rules of driving… Rule 1: always stop at zebra crossings. Rule 2: always give way at a roundabout. Rule 3: watch out for all road signs and do what they say. Rule 4: always put your seatbelt on before driving. Rule 5: never ever put your foot on the accelerator very very very hard otherwise you will crash! Rule 6: (last rule) always keep on the left hand side of the road while driving. We all passed! I was very happy because I got my driving licence 🙂

I went in a Lego submarine on a new ride called Atlantis. I saw a Lego King Neptune (made of 100,000 Lego bricks) and loads of animals (there are over 2500 sea creatures in there!) like sharks, stingrays, fish and Lego fish as well that weren’t real. I really really liked it a lot! We were on a mission with two professors who were made of Lego. We had to press all the buttons very quickly to turn the submarine around.

I also went on the Jolly Rocker which was a pirate ship that swung backwards and forwards very high (up to 18 metres). I went on a Viking boat too that went up, turned back down and around. My sister really liked that! And we also went on log spinners – there was a big Lego spider on a big spider web made of rope. It was very very fun! We all went on Dragon’s Apprentice too – it was a roller coaster that went all around the dragon’s castle.

All around Legoland there are lots of things made of Lego like a man with binoculars and birds all on him and around him. There is a very nice gentle ride that went all around a river to show you scenes from fairy tales made of Lego, like Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

In the afternoon we went in the splashing zone and I got drenched! A splashing zone is where there’s loads of water dropping down from a tower and lots of holesin the floor that shoot water up in the air and back down. There were puddles on the ground. It really cooled me down because it was such a hot sunny day. In the splash area there were water cannons where you could practice with targets.

At dinner time, we went to a pasta and pizza place** and a man who worked there gave me a badge. While we were eating in the sunshine, we watched the funny pirate show and afterwards I told the pirates they were excellent and cool and brave and I had my picture taken with two of the pirates.

At the end I went in the big Lego shop which has lots and lots of Lego stuff in it. These are the things I got in there: a triton and a box of new Monsters Lego which has got a werewolf and a scientist in it.

I had a great day and I would love to go back to Legoland and stay in the new hotel because it looks really cool and I would like to have a pirate bedroom with my sister Grace!

Thanks for reading,

Tom 🙂

* Q-Bot is a virtual queuing system which lets guests reserve a place on selected rides using a handheld Q-Bot unit. We paid £15 per person for a Q-Bot Regular which meant we didn’t have to physically queue up for most rides.

** All you can eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet £9.95 per person including refillable soft drinks, kids eat free after 4pm.

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For more information about Legoland please visit www.LEGOLAND.co.uk or call 0871 222 2001

Ticket Pricing: Full Price Child (3-15yrs)/Senior one day ticket £34.20,  Full Price Adult one day ticket £43.20, LEGOLAND Annual Pass from £67.20, Merlin Annual Pass from £105.30, Discounts available on tickets purchased online – see www.LEGOLAND.co.uk/tickets for more details.

We were provided with free entry to Legoland Windsor for the purposes of this review.

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My day at the Bedford River Festival 2012

At the weekend, I went to the Bedford River Festival, which happens every two years. First I saw the Roman Soldiers who were showing us all what they might have done in battle. Then I saw the carnival parade – it was very fun because there were loads of people dressed up and I saw a cat van, people on trucks, a carnival queen and lots more. People came to me giving out sweets! It was very fun.

I saw people racing on the river on dragon boats. They were very, very fast. I don’t think I could run as fast as them.

After all of that, we saw loads of stalls and I made a minibeast home at one of the stalls. It was very hard but fun. I have hung it in the garden and I hope that lots of minibeasts will visit my minibeast home. I also had my face painted as a scary vampire.

I went to the St John Ambulance place and I gave a dummy a heart massage. My sister blew into its mouth and made its chest pop up to make it come back to life!

I very enjoyed going on all the rides like the bumper boats. I like River Festival a lot because I win prizes too and I got to share some churros with my family. It’s a very big shame that it happens only once every two years!

Tom 🙂

 

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My rainy Saturday

These pictures say it all: wellies, muddy puddles, snails, splashing, jumping… and a Gelli Baff with my sister before bed.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

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My day out at the school fete

I went to the school fete today. I felt very happy when I arrived because I saw lots of fun games and ice creams… “delicious!”.

The first thing I did was try the teddy tombola. It took me ages to win a prize but in the end I won a teddy lion.

Then I went to the “soak-a-teacher” game. It was fun. The PTFA lady that I soaked said I got shot of the day and a man came over and shook my hand!

After that, I had a hot dog. Yum yum! Next I went to the bouncy castle with my sister. I fell down all the time! After I went on the bouncy castle, I got a tattoo – it was a motorbike. Then me and my sister got our faces painted. I had a skeleton and she had a doggy.

We had lots more fun on the pony rides, playing on the tyres, digging for treasure and fighting my sister with a red tube on the air arena.

I couldn’t wait until the school fete had started. I was waiting ages and I really really enjoyed it because I saw real live ponies and enjoyed myself with my friends and family.

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