I was up, showered and basically dressed before my three daughters and hubby had even opened their little eyeballs Tuesday. I always hate it when this situation occurs. It’s like I’m breaking the law of sleep and should be severely punished but it was all for a good cause. Innocent Drinks had invited the girls and me up to Fruit Towers for a Fruit & Veg Fest. I had decided to brave the journey on my own with the three of them. I know… mad!
We arrived at the train station early. The girls were so excited and pointing at all the trains going past. The station was deserted at this point but with about 5 minutes until the train was due the station became packed with people heading off to work. The train was due at 8am. Thankfully it was nearly empty so we were able to get seats. Half way through the journey P2 announced she needed a wee. I went into panic mode as I realised I was completely outnumbered, no toilet in my carriage, the Doona and a child. I offered her a baby nappy to use but she refused and insisted that she could hold it. We still had half the journey left so I was very worried. Thankfully, she did make it and we used the station toilets at London Charing Cross before catching the taxi to the venue.
Arriving at Fruit Towers was so exciting. It’s a five story modern building with the Innocent logo on the front of it. There was an ice cream truck in the car park covered in fake grass. The girls were so excited. As we walked through the automatic doors we were greeted by friendly staff. I just can’t describe in words all the visual things to see as you enter the building. It’s so unusual and not at all what I expected from a London office. We were taken into what would usually be the canteen/chill out place for the staff. It was all set up ready for the Fruit & Veg Fest. I was the first to arrive along with two other bloggers that I recognised.
The staff explained how the day would work; splitting into smaller groups to do each little activity around the room that were to do with or using fruit and veg, and collect a sticker to place on there shopping lists. I missed the beginning as I was taking P2 to the loo, again, but we headed straight to the Painting with Fruit & Veg table. I figured they may need a while to dry before coming home with us.
There was a huge selection of veg to choose from. I have tried myself potato printing but never thought to use Brocolli or Carrots for instance. It allowed the girls to feel and have fun with the veg where they would probably turn their noses up if they were popped on their plates. P3 was none the wiser to what was going on and just spent the whole day crawling along the fake grass which was actually super soft, at one point I thought I lost her to find her under the table. Then there was another time when she was sat chewing the Innocent sign.
We then moved on to making some Fruit & Veg Heads. These of course would be such a waste if done at home but definitely a really good idea for exploring textures. It gave me the idea that we could make these at home but without the glue involved then cook them or turn them into our own smoothies. There was a man who worked at Innocent who came and sat with the girls. P2 adored him and was laughing away, he gave her the idea to use mushrooms as teeth for her face. P1s face was based on Hubby with a beard too!
They then headed to Bounce Says. The poor bloke pictured was running, rolypolying, blowing raspberries and tap his head for the whole 3 hours. The kids loved it and he had such enthusiasm. It was a bit like Simon says. I’m not sure how much P1 and P2 knowingly took in but it was all fruit and veg related which I loved.
Next was P1s favourite activity of the day. The real reason behind Innocent Drinks… The smoothies!! The girls got to pick what fruit they wanted in their smoothie, blend it up, taste it and then create a label. I loved this activity, apart from it being super stuffy in that room whilst juggling a camera and P3, I caught a glimpse of the hidden bond that P1 and P2 have. They worked as a team to create a pretty yummy tasting smoothie drink. P2 was caught munching on a strawberry and a few raspberries which wasn’t surprising as she classes them as treats, better than chocolate for her.
We took a breather to try some Innocent Smoothies, fruit juices and eat a few snacks as I myself was starving being surrounded by fruit and the smell of toast every now and then. Fruit Towers has an amazing kitchen for their staff where they are able to help themselves to toast, eggs and cereal. When I first walked in I thought it was set out just for us but I was very wrong. The girls loved running about, playing with the table football and making friends amongst the other blogger children. I also caught up with some very loved fellow bloggers that I’ve met and chatted to for a while now.
Next up was the Coconut Shy. Very brave of them and my hat goes off to the man who esd repeatedly picking up coconuts and most likely having his toes squished. I bet his nerves were on edge the whole day. This was P2s favourite activity and although she didn’t grasp the concept, she’d never seen a coconut before let alone hold one and bash a ball at it. She was in her element. Returning for more the whole time.
But the point of all this fun, laughter and bonding was of course the fruit and veg themselves. We all know we should be eating a recommend five a day. I roll my eyes when I’m asked if I myself eat the recommended, I don’t. Please don’t blend me up Innocent! I’m sorry. I probably get one, mainly potatoes, two at a push of we have some bananas in my daily intake. The kids get there’s, or at least they do most days with various things like pouches and actual fruit and veg. Innocent Smoothies are 100% fruit and veg completely crammed. My girls love them and after seeing behind the scenes and talking to the staff that help to create these drinks it has made me want to buy them not just for treats but for every day to help with getting the one a day into my kids.
There’s an encouraging 93% of 1-3 year olds getting the right amount of fruit and veg each day, unfortunately, studies show that only 10% of 11-18 year olds meet the 5-a-day fruit and veg recommendation. Girls finding it harder which means I have my work cut out to get my girls eating exactly what they should be. Innocent Drinks are offering one of my readers the very lucky chance to win a whole classroom supply for your kids class. What a fantastic way to start the new school year and a fabulous way to break the ice. All you have to do is enter using the rafflecopter below.
On the way home the girls were exhausted. I tried to keep P1 and P2 awake but I just couldn’t. I had a slight panic about how I’d get them from the taxi and to the train, especially when we were stuck in traffic with only a few minutes to spare. I literally pushed P3 in her Doona, carried P2 and dragged poor P1 across London Charing Cross and managed to catch the train I wanted with about 30 seconds to departure. I was so proud and as we headed home, the rain pouring down outside, I felt like super woman. I’d managed a full day in London with all three of my girls alone but not only that, we actually had so much fun and I have been completely inspired by Fruit Towers and all the activities we took part in. Seeing my girls smile was amazing.
* I was invited to attend the Fruit & Veg fest, we were gifted a goody bag, however all photos and opinions remain my own. The competition is in association with Innocent Drinks, UK Entrants only, your child’s school will need to be disclosed at the point of winning so that the prize can be organised directly *