Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Museums, half marathons and pizza

Summer often brings days which are difficult to fill – especially if it’s raining, as it occasionally does in Wales – and we’ve come to love the National Museum of Wales for those eventualities. I am always astonished these wonderful facilities are free to enter, which makes for some really good value days out.

Our nearest is the National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre which guides you through the process from fleece to finished garment. H8 and R6 came away with a keepsake card with various bits of wool they had carded, spun, stitched and woven. We also love St Fagans National History Museum, which has lots of fascinating old houses and buildings to investigate and some enjoyable hands on exhibition pieces inside too.

The jewel in the crown, though, is the National Museum in Cardiff, with its floors of lovely exhibitions and the added bonus of spotting the parts of the building which have been used in filming episodes of Dr Who. H8 and R6 particularly love the Evolution of Wales exhibition – complete with dinosaur skeletons – which charts the development of Wales from the Big Bang to the Ice Age.

We’ll be going there again in a few weeks’ time when I take part in the Cardiff Half Marathon. This is becoming a bit of a family tradition. We book a hotel for the Saturday night before Sunday’s race, have dinner at Pizza Hut – where I can scoff the necessary pre-race carbs and H8 and R6 can pile into the Ice Cream Factory – and then the following day I run while Brian takes the girls to the museum.

Last year it was such a hit, H8 and R6 demanded to do exactly the same this year. The grown-ups, of course, were also delighted to find Pizza Hut has extended its Kids Eat Free offer, which has been such a success this summer.  The offer, which allows children under 12 to eat for free, has now been extended until January 9th 2011.

For every adult main course or adult lunchtime buffet purchased, an accompanying child can choose from either a FREE two course kids’ meal (which includes a drink) or a FREE kids’ lunchtime buffet (which includes pizza, pasta and salad). For more details click here: http://bit.ly/a1DhgJ You'll also find a code on your Pizza Hut restaurant receipt which you enter at the website to get great deals on family activities and adventures including theme parks, zoos, holidays and more.

I can see it’ll be busier than ever with that offer this year. Last year Pizza Hut was full of families getting ready for the half marathon and there was a happy buzz of anticipation as everybody enjoyed pizza and pasta before the following day’s exertions. This year, I am sure, will be every bit as good and we’re all looking forward to it.

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  1. I love musea and the like. The wool museum would be particularly interesting. (At one time, both my wife and I were weavers.)

    Have fun in the Half Marathon, and at Pizza Hut. Hope you do well in the run.

  2. I love the National Museum; so many fascinating exhibits.

    And yes, everyone should have a big slice of pizza at Pizza Hut on half marathon day. Do it people!


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