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Just for Giggles – Family Fun

Need a break from the daily routine that is just for giggles? Bored at work and need a serious distraction just before the weekend starts? Kids driving you crazy? Then look no further – Treasure Trails could just be the answer to your anti-boredom prayers. These family fun ideas will help you get fitter and more active – and relieve the boredom too!

Top Six Reasons Why Exploring is Good for the Family

There are numerous studies on what is good for children and we are all aware that children who spend quality time with their siblings, parents, grandparents and other close family members are often grounded and happy.

Our claims below are generalisations, but we are certain they are right!

Top Six Reasons Why Exploring is Good for the Family - The family that plays together stays together!Stay Together

1. The family that plays together stays together!  Playing together develops as families grow up and become more independent but there is nothing like a good game to keep everyone connected – and of course in today’s world of technology the game playing can continue even when the children have left home! We play several games on line with our siblings and adult children.


2. The family that takes regular exercise will be healthier and happier. Children who play and explore outdoors are less stressed and more confident. And whilst you could explore from your sofa, it is much more fun to get up and go outdoors to do it.

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3. The family that knows their local area will have more choices. Imagine moving to a new area and not exploring it. It is almost the first thing most of us do when we move – find out where the shops, schools, leisure centres, parks and so on are. That’s exploring!


4. Encouragement of inquisitiveness will remain with children long after they’ve grown up. Having or showing an interest in learning things and being curious keeps the old young!  It was Albert Einstein who said “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing”.

Love of Travel

5. Exploring new places as children instils a love of travel and it is said travel broadens the mind. We couldn’t find the source of that saying, but we completely agree with Mark Twain who said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

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6. Exploring isn’t expensive unless your plan is to explore outer space or the Arctic Circle!  Exploring the garden and investigating all the wee bugs and beasties counts as exploring in our book!  “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

So get out there and explore if you know what is good for you!

We really enjoy reading about people’s exploring adventures – send your stories and photos to us on Facebook (as these families did) and have a great summer.

6th August 2014

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You Know You Are a Detective When…

Some of us are born detectives and some of us have to learn how – just for fun we’ve put together a check list to see what sort of detective you are.  Score 1 point for each sentence that describes your behaviour!  Add up your score to find out what sort you are!

So, here we go, you know you are a detective when…..

1. You take people’s fingerprints the first time you meet them!  Make sure you have your fingerprint kit to hand (ha ha) which you can buy or make yourself!

You Know You Are a Detective When... - Fingerprint2. You always dress as Sherlock Holmes when you are invited to fancy dress parties. Ebay do a great line in Sherlock cloaks

3. You carry a roll of crime scene tape in your pocket! It is amazing how useful this stuff can be to keep the kids out of the no-go areas of your home!

You Know You Are a Detective When...4. You have a selection of magnifying glasses and handcuffs which you keep on the shelf in size order!  A tidy mind as well as a tidy desk is a useful attribute.

5. You honed your interview techniques at an early age by forever asking why?!   According to one expert, in many instances, “why” does not mean why at all. Often what it really means is, “Now that’s interesting! Let’s investigate it together.”

6. Your favourite party game is Who Am I – the one where you stick a name on everyone’s forehead and they have to guess who they are!  Oh and your favourite board game is of course Cluedo.  Even when you are relaxing, you can’t help yourself! Your idea of a great gift–> a Cluedo tea towel.

7. You’ve developed an unhealthy interest in body language and spend hours people-watching to see which ones are acting shiftily! People tend to touch their nose more when lying and are quite likely to cover their mouth too!

8. You write a journal – you never know when you might be called upon to be a witness.

9. The Pink Panther theme tune was the first piece of music you loaded onto your iPod and you regularly watch detective movies!  Click for a list of the top ten – how many have you seen? 

10. Your idea of a fun day out is visiting the Sherlock Holmes museum and you are planning a holiday in San Francisco so you can spend the day at Alcatraz.

You Know You Are a Detective When...

If you scored 4 points or less, then you need to get out there and practise!  There are lots of Murder Mystery Trails across the UK; there is bound to be one near you!

If you scored between 5 and 9 points you are pretty good detective material but could do with some brushing up on your skills. Can you solve all the clues and puzzles we post on facebook?

If you scored 10 points we take our deerstalkers off to you!   Well done!

How many did you score?  Did we miss anything?

The best additional suggestion as chosen by Aaron, our General Manger will get a free Trail of their choice.

Please give us your ideas by leaving your comments in the box below before the end of August.

14th August 2013

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