A trip to the shopping centre on my own with a baby and toddler isn’t necessarily top of my list of things to do with them. But sometimes needs must. Hubs is currently building a mud kitchen and so we needed to pop to Debenhams to collect a toy sink which we had ordered online. Understandably this was very exciting to my almost 3 year old and so he wanted to come with me and the baby boy. I always find it’s good to have a couple of ideas to entertain them whilst we’re there, particularly when it’s busy at the weekend. One of those is a visit to what we call the frog clock in Intu Milton Keynes – other people refer to it as Midsummer Place or even ‘the new bit’. On the half an hour and hour there’s music and the frog blows bubbles down to the children below who take great delight in catching them.

Frog Clock at Intu Milton Keynes

However as we approached the clock at 2pm we saw a sign which said it was broken. Oh no! No bubbles. But wait… hang on… as the music finishes bubbles start coming down. We look up, only to see a member of staff with a bubble gun. I took a quick pic. The children loved it, especially when she then came down the escalator afterwards to give them extra bubbles. Happy children, yay! We went on our way to collect the sink and returned home. I’ve shared the picture on facebook, it’s become my most liked post with over 600 likes and the local newspaper site One MK has written it up as a story. So I just wanted to say thank you to that staff member who I now know is Krysti – you made my little boy’s day.

I'm Laura, mum of two boys - aged six and four. I started this website at the end of Sept 2015 whilst on maternity leave. I now work four days a week and do this blog late at night once the little boys are sleeping. It's won several awards over the last four years and I continue to run it for free and mostly focus on free, cheap, and good value days out. Do drop me an email laura@miltonkeyneskids.com if you want to contact me. Don't forget to follow all of our latest adventures on facebook, instagram and twitter and have a look at all of the videos of the places we visit on the Milton Keynes Kids YouTube Channel - subscribe to it for notifications every time I add a new place. And remember... you may been reading this post months after we visited, do check with the destination you're visiting for up to date opening times and prices. If you find this blog useful then please do comment on my posts and leave me a Facebook review - it makes doing this all the more worthwhile.

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