Review: The Lookout, Bracknell.

Thu 20 Oct 16 | Reviews | 9 comments

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Talk about misleading a 3 year old Paw Patrol obsessive. When I told M we were off to The Lookout Discovery Centre, his eyes lit up with thoughts of pups, emergencies and Mayor Goodway having yet another chicken-related drama.

This particular Lookout is not in Adventure Bay, however. It’s a science-based activity centre in the middle of a forest on the outskirts of Bracknell, next to ‘Go Ape!’ and an awesome outdoor woodland playground. A perfect setting for a family day out.

Well. What a gem! It’s quite a hard place to describe – perhaps you’ll get the idea if I say it’s a bit like a bigger version of the kids’ section of the Science Museum in London…

There are different zones with themed interactive fun, ready to show you up on how much basic school science you’ve forgotten.

In the Body and Perception zone, M found out how little Mummy knew about where exactly in the body various organs go. Really worth doing A-level biology then.

There were puzzles to solve – like how to open this treasure chest, which having watched us struggling for 5 minutes (and probably having a good chuckle), another nice Mum helped us solve. Not telling you how to do it or I’ll ruin it…

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In the Forces and Movement zone, we launched a hot air balloon and a rocket. Well, we kind of failed on the latter as I didn’t quite wind up the lever enough with a baby on my hip and an impatient M hitting the red button too fast. There’s a little soft play area and ball pit for the smaller ones with a comfy seats and lovely books. As I was feeding Little P, M came over raving as he’d found a book about ‘where the Go-Jetters went Mummy!’ – so we sat reading about Egypt and the Pyramids. No Disco Donkey (a.k.a. Ubercorn) in this version sadly.

Ooh, and we made a little animation about horses! Very cool to show M how that works. (Although, as you can see, they all died in the end. Read: “What does die mean, Mummy?” Sigh.)

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We loved the Woodland and Water play section, where we spent most of our time actually. Loads of things to push and pull, spin and guess. We learnt which trees certain leaves belonged to, how to build a fire, and how canal locks work by getting our hands wet.

The Build It! Zone was a big hit too with wheelbarrows, ride on construction vehicles and walls to build. “It’s giant Lego Mummy!”

We were invited along on a toddler ‘In The Jungle’ day, with added extras including face painting, animal storytime and arts and crafts – a nice touch. (There’s no way I could get M to have his face painted though sadly, even though I thought he’d look cute as a bear).

We only just had enough time to munch our sarnies in the outdoor play area, which is ace. Plenty of picnic benches if the weather holds up but a decent cafe if not, and an epic woodland play park the littlies will love come rain or shine. M was not a happy bunny as I prised him away for his swimming lesson.

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It’s not the newest of attractions so don’t expect shiny modern experiments and equipment. I think it makes the place all the more charming and homely though, and takes you back to those brilliant Bunsen burner type days at school. M’s got a curious little mind at the best of times, and this place certainly fired up his “what’s that?”,  “why?” and “how?” cylinders.

The only thing missing? Ryder and the Paw Patrol pups I suppose. But I’m pretty sure this Lookout was here first…

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9 Comments

  1. Sunita

    M looks so happy especially when he found all of that dosh in the treasure chest! Clever mummy talking about the invisible link to Paw Patrol. What a cool day out and so much to do. Another great post Kimberly. Looking forward to the next one Xxx

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  2. An imperfect Mum (@animperfectmum)

    Oh I absolutely love the look of this! So great to be hands on like that, I know my boys would love this. If we are ever in the area we will look it up. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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  3. The Mum Reviews

    That sounds like so much fun. My son loves science stuff and I’d never heard of this before. Definitely within travelling distance for us too. #familyfun

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  4. Alana - Burnished Chaos

    This place looks amazing, my kids would have so much fun there. I wish we lived closer, I’d be straight there at the weekend x
    #FamilyFun

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  5. tammymum

    That looks like an amazing place to take the little ones. So many things for them to do and explore. I think it’s a bit far from us which is a shame But if we’re ever in that beck of the woods will certainly be worth a visit. Glad you had a good time and thank you for sharing at #familyfun

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  6. twotinyhands

    Loving the look of this centre and sounds like loads to do to keep him occupied minus the paw patrol. I’ve still not watched an episode of this!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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  7. Lucy's Locket

    I used to go here as a kid! Not all that exciting for you I guess, but it is for me. I grew up in Finchampsted and moved to Australia when I was 13. So those memories are far away (in distance and in time) for me! So cool to see 🙂

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    • kimberly

      Wow that’s so cool! Are you in Oz now? Thanks for reading – I’ll check out your blog soon 😊👍🏻x

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      • Lucy's Locket

        Yes, living in Perth, Western Australia now 😊

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