This weekend we were invited along to review Elf Adventure Challenge at the ice cream farm, near Chester. The ice cream farm is a fantastic day out for children with an amazing outdoor play area, indoor soft play and a fantastic indoor sand and water play area. Elf adventure challenge is a festive, fun family experience where your children get to train to be honorary elves.
It was a very wet, windy and cold day on our visit last Saturday. We arrived to get our tickets 10 minutes before our challenge started as advised. Unfortunately, we were left waiting outside the event teepee for the next 10 minutes so we entered the event cold and soggy. Thankfully the inside of the teepee was lovely and warm which was a relief. The teepee was decorated beautifully for Christmas with a couple of Christmas trees, lots of fairy lights, soft toy elves and blow up candy canes.
The children were asked to sit on the mats in front of a large screen by two very enthusiastic and very cheeky elves. How they kept up there high pitched squeaky voices for the full hour is beyond me. A short video of a couple of other elves played on the screen explaining that the children were to help the elves get ready for Christmas and in doing so they would become honorary elves.
Next up the children and elves did the elf march which is a very catchy song that my kids loved. Just as well really as they did this part 3 times through the next hour. All the kids loved dancing along and my kids still sing “We all love to be elves”.
After the introduction and dancing, it was time to get down to work. The first task the children had to do was build a toy robot using the instructions and plastic nuts and bolts. Once the robots were made it was then time to disassemble them straight away and move on to the next activity.
The next activity was to sort and stack a pile of presents into the correct sequence using a printed guide with rhyming clues (and pictures for younger children).
After this, there was more storytelling and singing with the elves. The elves used toy bubble guns to spray bubbles (pretending it was snow) above the children which they all loved whilst doing the elf march again.
There were 2 more tasks, throwing pretend snowballs into a bucket and finding the ingredients for Santa’s treat tray in a small sack of hay. Finally, the kids were given their certificate and copies of the book which the challenge is based on. The book is beautifully illustrated and even contains a couple of puzzles and a cookie recipe at the end.
My kids are 2 and 5 years old. They loved the experience which is what matters most. As a parent, I felt the ticket price was a bit high for the event and some of the activities a little basic (but then perhaps we have just been a bit spoilt by the attention to detail at some of the other Christmas events we have attended). Tickets are £11.50 each or a family ticket for 4 people is £40 (yes adults pay full price too).