How to Enjoy Driving on a Digger if you have Motion Sickness

Enjoying your day out at Diggerland Theme Park

If you have motion sickness but you have always dreamed of manning your own digger, know that there are both natural and medical approaches that can ensure you have the time of your life at Diggerland Theme Park!

If you have motion sickness, then know that it is usually something that passes, and that sometimes, it just involves feeling a little dizzy for a couple of minutes.

Motion sickness is not actually a disease; it is no more than a normal response to, because there is a difference between what we are focusing on (a fixed point in our environment) and the movement of our vehicle.

Dig-a-Round at Diggerland Theme Park

Kids and Women can be more prone to Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is rare in toddlers. In fact, it reaches its peak by the age of 12, declining between 12 and 21.

At Diggerland Theme Park, children from the age of two to sixteen or seventeen can drive a digger, so by this time they should be just fine.

Also, if by any chance they feel like enjoying another activity, they will be happy to know that there are many rides and activities to choose from. There is a sizeable indoor play area featuring slides, bouncy castles, arcade games, and more.

Preventing Motion Sickness at Diggerland Theme Park

Battling nausea and wooziness while travelling is important if the journey is to be enjoyed. One way to do so is through prevention. Researchers at Siena College found that feeling stressed can make you feel more symptoms of motion sickness.

Children can benefit from knowing that although riding a digger at Diggerland Theme Park is a different experience, they can feel more in control if they drive the digger themselves.

They should know what to expect, but be encouraged to take a chilled out stance to any potential symptoms. They should know that they can simply get off if they are feeling a tiny bit dizzy, and take place in a plethora of other activities with their siblings and parents.

Mini Tractors at Diggerland Theme Park
Dumper Trucks at Diggerland Theme Park

Natural Approaches to Motion Sickness

Some natural methods people use to quell motion sickness include consuming ginger (in the form of a ginger ‘shot’ or by chewing on candied ginger). A ginger shot can be a little too strong for younger children, but older teens will probably enjoy naturally squeezed ginger juice blended with orange juice, or a cup of tea that has been infused with ginger.

Acupressure has been found to be useful for nausea, meanwhile. A study by researchers at the Center for Advancing Health found that stimulating an acupoint on the wrist can help reduce this symptom of motion sickness. To be precise, pressure should be applied to the pericardium (P6) point, located around two inches from the base of the palm, on the inner side of the wrist.

Use your thumb to apply gentle pressure to this spot, and make sure you target both wrists. Eating a small amount of food can also be helpful, so give your child a healthy snack a few minutes before they get on the digger. Ensure the snack isn’t heavy or greasy so it does not strain their digestive system.

What about Medication?

For people that have serious motion sickness, doctors sometimes describe medications like Dramamine, which is safe for children aged two and above.

In some cases, medications for motion sickness can cause drowsiness. Therefore, the decision of whether or not to give these should be taken after discussion with a paediatrician.

Keeping stress down and expectations realistic will help stave off symptoms, and you should also try natural remedies such as ginger. Finally, remember to bring light, healthy, sugar- and fat-free snacks that will help ensure your child enjoys his or her first digger drive to the full!

Dippy Ducks at Diggerland Theme Park

If you are planning a visit to Diggerland Theme Park, know that there are so many activities available that kids or parents with motion sickness should know that they will have a good time.

Written by our guest blogger Jane Sandwood
Diggerland’s tips for hosting the family on Christmas Day

Christmas Day is one of those wonderful – yet slightly stressful – days of the year. As well as scouting out the perfect turkey or trying to come up with original, thoughtful gifts (we’d recommend our Christmas gift vouchers if you’re stuck for ideas!), there’s the small matter of hosting – a responsibility that a fair few people shy away from.  

In fact, a recent campaign carried out by retailer Next found that in December 2018, 110 people Googled the phrase “how to tell family you’re not hosting Christmas” – an increase of 100% from the year before. 

Aside from all things dinner-related like portion sizes, setting the table and making sure everybody’s got enough to eat, there’s also the small matter of entertaining the children – who, by about midday, are likely to be hyped up on sugar and presents. 

We’ve put together a couple of tips to help your Christmas Day run smoothly.

Girl opening presents - Christmas Gift Vouchers

Tip 1: Decide when to open presents

Present etiquette can be hard to get right. Do you open in the morning or the afternoon? Pre-dinner or post-dinner? What if you’ve already opened your gifts but your guests and their children haven’t? 

To avoid any unnecessary tears and restlessness on the part of the little ones, establish when gift-giving will take place ahead of the big day. That way, you’re all aligned and each child can open his/her presents at the same time as the others. 

If you’re stuck for gifting ideas, we’d recommend going for an experience rather than a product or toy that’ll likely be tossed to the side in a couple of years. Our gift vouchers allow entry into the Diggerland adventure park with access to all rides and drives for the day – perfect for adults and children alike and a great way to encourage your kids to get out and about.

Tip 2: Stagger sugar consumption throughout the day

Christmas Day is a day of food, food, food (a lot of which is high in sugar!) which is why it’s a good idea to try and stagger your children’s sugar consumption throughout the day to avoid them becoming too hyper too soon. 

Try and shift their focus to something other than what they’re putting in their mouths – for example, by setting up an arts and crafts corner. There are plenty of printable materials available online and we recommend a Christmas card-related activity – great for any little ones that have forgotten to write mummy and daddy a card.

Making Biscuits - Christmas Gift Vouchers
Christmas Dinner - Christmas Gift Vouchers

Tip 3: Set up activity stations

Although arts and crafts is a great way to fuel children’s creativity, it may be that some of your tinier guests are keener on getting out and about and moving around.

Try and schedule periods throughout the day when some of the adults can go for a wander and take the kids (those who want to go) with them. If you’re hosting and taking charge of the cooking, you might appreciate some of your guests disappearing for a little while, leaving you in peace to get on with dinner prep or clearing up. 

Similarly, some of the children might feel like watching a Christmas film. Set up a movie viewing area in the living room for those that feel like cuddling up and watching something.

By having lots of different activity stations, restlessness and possible tantrums become less likely. 

Tip 4: Consider investing in a kids’ table

Christmas Day is as much about the adults as it is about the children – and we know that many mums and dads yearn for a little bit of alone time.

To give the grown-ups some time to catch up, consider making one part of the dinner table specifically for the kids. Or, invest in a smaller, separate table if you have the space.

Drawing Table - Christmas Gift Vouchers

We hope we’ve given you some useful tips for hosting Christmas Day with family. Diggerland opens again in February (you can see the opening times here) – why not give the gift of an experience this Christmas and buy your family some of our gift vouchers

And if you’re curious to see how a celebrity like Emma Willis celebrates Christmas, have a look at her Christmas routine and traditions here.

Wonderfully written by our guest blogger Tasman Hogan
Room décor tips for the ultimate digger fan

We have compiled a list of ideas below on how Diggerland Theme Park can help turn your child’s bedroom into a magical, digger-themed world!

A recent survey commissioned by Next has found that parents’ most popular dream theme when decorating their children’s rooms is “Animal” followed by “Jungle/Forest”. 

But we know better than anyone that a lot of kids are very into diggers and JCBs, jumping at the chance to have a digger-themed space. But what does that look like, exactly?

Read on for some tips on digger-themed décor; what furnishings to go for, what colour scheme is best and what products we recommend for the ultimate digger fan.

Paint decorating - Diggerland Theme Park

Colours & Walls

When it comes to colour, we recommend opting for a yellowy/beige colour scheme to match the typical colour of diggers and JCBs.

In fact, nowadays over half of parents opt for neutral or bright colours like yellow, as opposed to traditional pinks and blues. In a shift away from traditional gendered colour schemes, 57% of parents prefer greys, yellows or other neutral shades to decorate a child’s room – according to Next’s survey. 

What’s more, yellow is “energising and uplifting” according to colour psychologist June McLeod, suggesting this particular scheme will have a positive impact on your little one’s mood. 

If you’re using paint, find one that’s free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as these can let off harmful gases. Alternatively, invest in some digger wall stickers (Pinterest has some great ideas for how these can be used to jazz up the décor). Wall stickers are great because they’re easy to apply and remove, and since parents redecorate their children’s rooms and nurseries every 23 months on average, it’s important to invest in décor that can be altered and changed with ease.

Toys & Stationery from Diggerland Theme Park

Just because the bulk of the room is likely to be more neutral doesn’t mean to say bright colours shouldn’t be present. We recommend introducing the full spectrum of colours via toys and furnishings. Young children love to play with colourful toys while older children tend to express themselves in many different ways with colour. What’s more, brightly coloured toys and equipment can be easily moved or stored away to create a more restful atmosphere for quieter times. 

Ultimately, toys are a fundamental part of a child’s room and make the space feel homey and personalised – and for digger fans, there’s a wealth to choose from. 

At Diggerland Theme Park, we’ve got teddy bears and soft digger toys to make those restless nights a little more bearable for your tots. Meanwhile, retro Top Trumps Adventure Days offers hours of weekend fun.  

If your child is in primary school, get them kitted out with digger-themed stationery. These may just make those projects and homework assignments slightly more fun and enjoyable!

Child playing in nursery - Diggerland Theme Park

Clothes

Update your child’s wardrobe with digger-themed clothes – this might make morning wardrobe battles a little more bearable! You can find a range of clothing options on both the Diggerland website and on Next too.

From wellies and socks to different types of tops, Next have the ultimate digger fan catered for – and their pieces will no doubt add a bit of colour to your child’s wardrobe. 

You can even create a personalised digger top (a great Christmas present for digger fans!) 

Mum & Son at Diggerland Theme Park

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought when it comes to decorating with the ultimate digger fan in mind.

Have a look at our Christmas Gift Vouchers and come and visit us at the Diggerland Theme Park in February!

Wonderfully written by our guest blogger Tasman Hogan
Diggerland Theme Park is great for younger guests too!
Mum & Son at Diggerland Theme Park
Last year, the total number of visitors to England’s theme parks and similar attractions grew by 2% compared to 2017.

However, child admission declined by 1%, according to Visit England. One reason for this is that parents with multiple children worry that theme parks won’t have much to amuse their youngest children.

But there’s no need to be concerned about this at Diggerland Theme Park as there is plenty to do for guests of all ages.

Preparation is key!

For safety reasons, a number of rides at Diggerland have a minimum height restriction of 90 cm in place. This means that the average 2 and a half-year-old will be able to go on the majority of the park’s rides, based on On Average’s figures, but children under this age won’t. There’s no need to avoid taking a trip to Diggerland if you have a child under this height though as they can still enjoy the rides with the assistance of you and their older sibling.

When asked about how Diggerland caters for younger guests, Fatima of Blogs by FA stated that “keeping the fact that children under 0.9 m enter the park free of charge, it’s impressive that the management has still ensured to include some activities to keep the little ones busy and entertained too.” Diggerland lists all the height restrictions for their rides on their website, so it’s recommended that you review these before your trip. This will allow you to steer your smaller child’s attention to the height-suitable rides and attractions as soon as you enter the park and avoid an explosive toddler tantrum.

Diggerland Mini Landrovers

Mini Fun

Rides play a big part in the enjoyment you’ll experience at Diggerland. While some of the site’s youngest guests aren’t able to take a spin on Spindizzy or have a laugh bumping up and down on Groundshuttle with their older brother or sister, they can have their own fun on the coin-operated rides which are dotted around all of Diggerland’s parks. For just £1 a go, smaller children can hop on board miniature electric-powered diggers and cars, which is a great way to ensure they don’t miss out on the fun. 

You’ll also find indoor and outdoor play areas, including soft play which cater to young toddlers in need of burning off some energy. Alternatively, the Little Tikes’ section is the ideal hang out for toddlers wanting to get in a vehicle and drive themselves around. When asked about activities for toddlers at Diggerland, Fatima advised that “the most favourite activity for this age group, according to my observation was the indoor play area where they could jump, bounce and enjoy slides. Little Tikes Wheelz Play Zones also seemed popular where children under 5 can enjoy playing with Little Tikes toys such as dump trucks and diggers and even ride on Cozy Coupe.”

Full Tummies

After spending several hours having fun on the diggers, you and your children are sure to want to fill your tummies with good food. Many parents worry about eating out with their offspring as 22% of children are fussy eaters. But at Diggerland, all tastes are catered for as you can bring your own food on site or purchase food from the park’s food outlet. At Diggerland Kent and Diggerland Devon you have the option of warming up baby food and baby bottles using the park’s equipment. If you’re planning a trip to Diggerland Durham or Yorkshire you’ll need to take your own heating equipment to warm up your child’s milk; but this is easily achieved with a portable bottle warmer or plug-in car bottle warmer.

Dumper Trucks diggerland fun things to do in Yorkshire

Make your own fun!

One of the best things about Diggerland is that it offers a great opportunity to spend some family time together. Research from Highland Spring Group reveals that the average British family spends just 34 minutes together per day. Yet, 86% want to take part in activities that they can do together. Diggerland is all about spending time together as a family, which is why there are rides and activities suitable for all ages and abilities. However, families should also consider ways that they can make their day at Diggerland more enjoyable and memorable. Small children who aren’t able to go on the bigger rides with their siblings will enjoy having their own disposable camera to take photos of their favourite diggers in the park. This will then increase your family time as once you get the photos developed you can make a scrapbook together with them. Other joyful and simple games to play while you wait for older siblings to finish on the bigger rides include ‘who can spot the biggest digger?’ and ‘how many diggers can you see?’.

Family Time

When visiting a theme park with two or more children of different ages, it’s common for one parent to stay with the older ones while the other parent takes the younger sibling or siblings off to do age-appropriate activities. At Diggerland there are plenty of opportunities to come back together as a family as the Diggerland train invites family members of all ages to ride together. There’s the option for young guests to ride up front or they can sit in one of the back wagons and have fun steering and honking the horn. When asked about Diggerland as a family attraction, John Adams of award-winning blog https://dadbloguk.com said: “The beauty of Diggerland is that many of the rides are open to little people. My kids love the place and won’t turn down the chance to visit. It’s also surprisingly diverse with theme-park style rides as well as driving challenges. For those who aren’t tall enough, the safari ride is a great attraction because kids can sit in the back of the vehicle while someone else drives.” 

Diggerland Train at Diggerland Theme Park

Diggerland is designed so that children of all ages have a whale of a time. You can even enhance their experience by diverting young children to height-appropriate rides and activities by planning ahead. No matter what, one thing is for certain and that is that your children will want to come back and experience something new as they grow.

This article was wonderfully written by Amy Fletcher
Healthy Snacks for Summer Days Out
picnic at diggerland
Packing to go for a family day out this summer needn’t be stressful especially when it comes to snacks, picnics and packed lunches.

The Great British Summer is upon us and that means long family days out exploring and enjoying the great outdoors! Family days out mean one thing – picnics! But what do you pack to make it exciting for the kids whilst staying healthy? We’ve got you covered! 

Days out at Diggerland are packed full of fun for the little ones (and adults!) so keeping the food exciting is important too!

Packing snacks for a family day out needn’t be a chore. It’s time to think past shop-bought sausage rolls and cakes and try making them yourself at home. These healthy ideas don’t take long and are a much healthier snack or light lunch for long days out – and cheaper too!

Make it a fun occasion and get the kids involved in the food prep ahead of time, that way they will be more excited when it comes to eating it.

We’re all guilty of buying crisps and chocolate when we are out as soon as hunger strikes. However, these quick creations and forward planning will not only be healthier but will prevent temptation and save you money too!

Lunchtime creations for the whole Family!

Think light lunches that can be easily carried around with you or stored in the car in a cool box. These delicious quick creations are easy to make and will be enjoyed by even the fussiest of eaters.

Stuffed mini pitta breads

Make some delicious falafels at home using chickpeas, coriander and morrocan spices – they are quick are easy to make and are super healthy too. (If you want to save time you can buy ready-made falafels from most places.)

To create simply stuff falafels in wholemeal pittas along with spinach, hummus and cucumber for a super tasty lunch that can be enjoyed on the go.

child having a picnic

Rice salad

Cook up some wholesome brown rice and leave to cool. Dice up some peppers, salad leaves, spring onion, cucumber and radish and mix into the rice. Squeeze lemon juice over the rice salad and mix together – easy and healthy!

Penne vegetable pasta salad

Pasta takes hardly any time at all to cook and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whilst a pan of pasta is cooking, saute courgettes, onions, mushrooms and red pepper. Once cooked add a can of chopped tomatoes and tomato puree to create a thick tomato sauce. Once the pasta is cooked, drain, add to the sauce and stir well to combine.

Spanish tortilla

Tortilla contains an abundance of healthy ingredients – eggs, vegetables and potatoes. Make ahead of time and enjoy sliced and cold – great finger food and the kids will love it!

healthy packed lunch for diggerland theme park

Healthy snacks on Family Adventures

Snacks are made to be carried around with you to prevent the need for buying food on the go. These light and yummy snack ideas will keep it exciting and healthy.

Hummus and crudites

If your little ones struggle to eat vegetables, try packing them little individual pots of raw vegetables such as carrots, cucumber and pepper along with some tasty hummus and say that they can’t have anything sweet until the pots are empty – works every time! Hummus is easy to make and can be adapted to create flavours that the family will love. All you need is chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, a touch of olive oil and a pinch of salt – add all of the ingredients to a blender and whizz up until thick and smooth.

Courgette muffins

Muffins are super easy to make and is an easy way of disguising vegetables (or fruits). Make these ahead of time for a delicious and satisfying snack on the go.

Cheese and apple skewers

Super easy to do – simply cut cheese and apples into cubes and thread them onto cocktail sticks alternating as you do. 

For that sweet tooth…

We all get a sweet tooth in the afternoon so it is a great idea to have an abundance of sweet treats at hand for the family. Think fresh fruits, dried fruits and snack bars to satisfy those cravings.

Fruit kebabs

Skewer chopped strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and mango (or any of your favourite fruits) and lightly drizzle with melted dark chocolate.

Healthy picnic

Apple with almond butter dip

Prepare individual pots of sliced apples and almond butter for a healthy snack that is high in protein. Tip: squeeze lemon juice over the apple to prevent it from browning.

Dried fruits, nuts and seeds

Create your own trail mix with a selection of your favourite dried fruits, seeds, nuts and a few dark chocolate drops. A combination that works well is dried cranberries, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Homemade granola bars

An easy way to combine a bunch of healthy ingredients – oats, honey, dried fruits, seeds and nuts. You can find an abundance of recipes online from no-bake creations to crunchy oven-bake versions!

child with healthy watermelon

Drinks – Easy refreshers for Family Days Out!

Don’t forget to pack plenty of water in reusable bottles for long days out. If your little ones struggle to drink water why not try these alternatives:

  • Infuse water with slices of lemon for a natural flavour.
  • Make your own sugar-free cordial with added ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and prepare some premixed bottles of water. 
  • Whizz up some homemade smoothies that taste like milkshake! Pop strawberries, yoghurt and milk into a blender and mix until a thick consistency is formed. Pour into bottles for an on the go healthy breakfast to kick start the day.

There are so many ways you can make your family summer days out healthier – you just need a little time and forward planning. Kids love to get involved in the making of delicious food so why not make a day of it before your fun day out?

The ideas above are not only healthy but are super colourful making them exciting and nutritious to eat. Be sure to make family time enjoyable this summer and bask in long days outside with loved ones.

Be prepared with tasty, colourful food, fun activities and exciting adventures to keep the little ones entertained and make this summer one to remember!

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An attraction that has it all - Explore Diggerland with myhotelbreak

We have invited the hotel deals website myhotelbreak.com to discuss why their guests love visiting Diggerland Theme Park. View what they said in our latest blog:

One of the great things about hotel getaways or holidays are having fantastic attractions near to where you’re staying. For our guests staying in our hotels in England, we highly recommend taking a day trip with the family to Diggerland Theme Park.

With locations in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire, this is a fantastic attraction for all the family.

Let’s find out more about this attraction…

If you want a day of adventure then look no further than Diggerland. The whole family can experience this unique Theme Park and create memories.  Here you can drive, operate and ride real diggers and a range of other full size construction machinery like dumpers. This is a fantastic and unique attraction if you and the kids want fun, excitement and somewhere that is full of action.

This attraction is perfect for all age groups (permitting height restrictions apply though) as it has over 20 rides, drives and other experiences to savour. From real JCB’s to the head reeling Spindizzy, or the 360 excavators. Experience the Skyshuttle and its views and then the off-roading Groundshuttle. Diggerland also has Dodgems and Go-Karts which are always a treat too.

Diggerland Theme Park Robots Ride

What else should you experience?

These are just some of the fun filled activities you and your loved ones can take part in. For more information please click here.

 

Create memories to take home

The parks all have a great Diggerland Goodie Store. Here you have an abundance of toys, merchandise and souvenirs to choose from. There are also cafes where you can kick back and relax and enjoy some down time after a day having fun.

What are the prices?

  • Adults £19.95pp
  • 65+ (ID needed) £9.95pp
  • Groups of 10+ £16.99pp
  • Children under 90cm go free

For the full pricing list click here.

This is a wonderful place if you’re looking for somewhere different to take the family. No matter where your hotel break takes you in England this year, enjoy a day out at Diggerland and explore the unexpected.

Bring Diggerland Home with These Fun Family Hobbies and Activities

From the go-karts to the rides and drives, Diggerland is a bucket of fun for the entire family. But what happens when the day is over and you return back to your homes? How do you take a piece of Diggerland with you and create fun family hobbies? Check out these activities that can keep the spirit of construction alive in your home.

Geocaching Is the New Treasure Hunt

If you’re looking to find new family hobbies to enjoy, look no further than geocaching. As a virtual treasure hunt, geocaching gets your children outside and playing in the dirt with an educational twist. You simply download the app on your phone and select a hidden cache that is close to your location. Then, you use GPS coordinates and clues to help you find a hidden treasure. You and your kids will love the thrill of finding these prizes through caves, waterfalls, and even your local grocery store. With geocaching, the entire world becomes your gameboard.

Days out at Diggerland - Fun Family Hobbies

Building Blocks

Your child probably plays with Lego, but how about you enhance their experience and make their building blocks even larger. You can buy giant, life-sized blocks online or make your own, and encourage children to build their own creations. Sit down and start to design a blueprint before heading straight into construction and see how close you can get to your original design. Then at the end, be sure to knock the blocks down. It’s definitely the most fun part of building and will also allow you to start the fun all over again.

Train Collecting

If your child loved the train section of Diggerland, why not encourage them to start their own model train collection. Take your kid to the store and help him or her pick out a train that speaks to them. Then, pick out tracks and other items such as mountains, trees, and stores that can bring your town to life. You and your family can spend hours building these sets and when you’re bored with it, simply add on to your town or start a new one.

Build a Go-Kart

One of the best bonding experiences between a parent and their child is to build a go-kart together. You can find a design plan online, or start from scratch and use your own imagination. Your child will learn about the mechanics of the vehicle and the two of you will enjoy valuable family time. Take the project day by day, and work on it a little every day after school. This will make the project more worthwhile. However, when it’s complete, invite everyone out to test your vehicle and watch your kid’s face light up.

Just because you left Diggerland doesn’t mean all the fun has to stop. It’s so easy to find new and fun family hobbies; you can create similar construction and outdoor activities to keep the family entertained between visits to the park.

With thanks to our guest blogger, Jane Sandwood