So it's only been a week since we booked our UK half-term adventures, which coincided wonderfully with MiniDgtl's sixth birthday (seriously, the girl has so much stuff, we're doing experiences as gifts for the foreseeable future).
Mr Dgtl is off to Bristol tomorrow for work, so we'll all bundle into the car at daft o'clock tomorrow morning, for a two hour drive and drop off to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway for a Mummy-Daughter day out.
- Indoor shopping doesn't care about rain, sleet, snow or burning sun.
- Cinema and soft play to while away time with an energetic six year old.
- Plenty of food and rest opportunities to suit both our tastes. AND half-term discounts at plenty of chains.
- Did I mention shops? And birthday money?
Yup, more indoor activities, as the park doesn't open until March. But MiniDgtl doesn't enjoy rides, and happily declared in Lapland that Disneyland Paris was her favourite holiday, because it had a Lego shop.
Plus, we've queued forty minutes for a 1 minute ride, far too often (I'm thinking of you, Peppa Pig World, Blackpool Pleasure Beach), so I'm fine with spending more quality indoor time than batting away wasps and boredom.
Mind, when she opened her present last week, she thought she was going to Lapland, not Legoland.
Still, I'm sure she'll dive right on in to the Lego theme everywhere - watch this blog for a review.
It also meant we could enjoy the hotel experience for a decent cost (£140; I'd pay that for city centre Hilton stay) and includes lots of Lego-based activities and a free Lego box on arrival. A similar stay, with park access later in the year, works out at double the price, plus a bit more.
And, because it's the fifth anniversary of our first Butlin's break, and because I'd much rather be on holiday over half-term, than do housework, we're driving to Minehead for the weekend, having snapped up a three-night room-only break for just over £200.
And, we're Butlin's alumni now, so know how to balance the tons of free entertainment with pay-as-you-go food, which will cost considerably less than the £120 suggested cost for adding buffet-style breakfast and dinner options for three of us for the weekend.
How are your half-term plans looking?
Would love to read your plans in the comments below... after all, Easter is just around the corner! (PS: Here's our travel round up from last Easter)