Delays, changes in expectations, meltdowns, meerkats, and a tiger in a tree… Aka a day out!

Monday Dinky asked “can we go see animals?”

So after checking London Zoo and then thinking about chessington, it works out cheaper to take her to chessington and see the animals there as they have all the ones she wants to see. (Plus when she gets bored we can go on the rides).

So yesterday we got ready and set off. We waited at the bus stop, and waited, and dinky was already spinning, which is never a good sign. By the time the bus turned up, it was looking tight with getting to the train station.

We tried but we missed the train. Which made Dinky anxious, she was bashing my arm against my leg while I figured out how this would change our plans. We went to get a snack and then to get the train tickets. The only way to get there without ending up on the slowest train known to man (and woman), was to got a couple of stops and change. We had done this before so Dinky was ready for it, but she was annoyed that she couldn’t get her 2DS out as we were not going to be on the train for long.
Waiting on the platform dinky was spinning and making random noises, the train was late, which meant we could miss the connecting train. Luckily we got across to the next platform in the nick of time, but the platform was busy and Dinky was getting a little hyper, jumping and trying to spin while the train pulled in due to her rising anxiety.

The train was busier than expected. Dinky wouldn’t sit down as “not near strangers”, a lady moved her stuff off a seat and said “my name is Ellen and now I’m not a stranger”, so dinky looked at me, and then looked around and sat down. She got her 2DS out and then made friends with Ellen. She showed her how to play her lego games on her DS and was telling her all about the animals she wanted to see.
We changed trains, luckily this train was quiet. She played her 2DS all the way to chessington. She wasn’t happy with the demand of putting it away when we got close and began hitting out. I tried to reassure her, and we walked down to the theme park.DSCF6630 (Dinky took this herself!)

We had spoken about the penguins, and the penguin presentation and she really wanted to see them. When we had made it through the gate, the talk was due to start in under 10 minutes so we went straight to penguin cove. We saw the penguins, but they were different to the penguins they had at the London aquarium. So she was put off, and was talking like a 2 year old, which is a sign of impending meltdown.
I tried to get her to stay for the presentation by telling her it wouldn’t be long. I said “the penguin talk is in five minutes”.
Dinky replied “vampire ride”.
The staff member came up to her and said “you will miss the talk, don’t you want to learn about penguins?”
Dinky put her head on my hip and shouted “NO learning!”
She then pulled on the wrist reins in an attempt to get away. The guy just stood there, he seemed completely baffled at how his attempt to get her to stay and watch the penguins went the opposite way!

Monday when I was working out what we were going to do, I saw that a new amazu attraction was up and running, a tree top adventure in the home of the monkeys. It said it was open.
Well, when we went to go see the monkeys we were told it was shut. No penguin talk on top of closed monkey walk led to the first meltdown of the day. Of course this was on the cards from the moment the bus had been late.
Dinky was making noises and lashing out, luckily it only took 10 minutes to calm her down enough to carry on. I told her once we had the band she could choose what she wanted to do up until lunch and then we could go see the animals she wanted to see before they fed the tigers at 2.15 pm.

Dinky saw some animals in the little zoo, so we went in, there were ducks, chickens, goats, donkeys, ferrets, skunks, and small monkeys.

DSCF6640 (Dinky took this picture of the ferret)


We went to the adventurer services, which luckily have Dinky’s provisional diagnosis letter on the system and was the same person who took it down last week so he just gave her a wrist band to queue jump and me the card that goes with it.

We went to the vampire ride and dinky seemed a lot happier. She then wanted to go on the bubble works.
She seemed happy enough on the way round. Looking at the ducks and the lights.


We got to the ‘bath time’ bit and Dinky was so very excited. She loves the splash and then the water over her head.

Except, there was no water over our heads. The whole way to the end she was saying “No water, where is the water?” over and over. At the end she told the lady there was no water and she said “it is broken”. Dinky then refused to move. I don’t know what is going on in her head, my best guess is that she thinks if she stays still things might change. I left her for a few minutes and then tried to explain as people were due to get off the little boats. Dinky then screamed at me and began whipping me with her wrist reins. It took some doing to calm her down.

Then she was messing about in the gift shop because for some reason the camera didn’t take a picture of our boat. Cue small meltdown.

So we went to the scorpion express. There was no fire- which led to an outburst. By this point I seriously wanted to ask them if they had actually serviced any of their rides over the closed season! They have only been open a week!

She went on the carousel before lunch.

After lunch we went on Zufari

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Dinky loved taking pictures like a true explorer, so much so they let her go round again so she could sit the other side of me and take more pictures!

We then went down to see the ostrich, zebra, Fennec fox and then the Meerkats! They have this little tunnel and then a dome to see them…


Dinky loved it, especially when one came over and sat on top of the dome above her head!

We then headed over to the tiger feed. Which was amazing. We stood waiting until the people had left the enclosure after tying horse meet to a tree and post. Then the doors were lifted and two beautiful tigers came bounding out. Dinky was amazed as the first tiger jumped the tree ripped off a piece of meet and began licking it right in front of us.

10013809_10152259545351760_1747681537_n It was truly amazing.

Dinky loved watching the tigers.


We then went on rides until home time. She met the octonauts and some characters from Madagascar. We had a few more outbursts and meltdowns over rides she was either too small to ride on or were shut. But we also had some lovely moments. She was able to sit at the front of the scorpion express which really made her happy as last time the woman was adamant we HAD to sit in the middle, and she managed a total of 10 rides on the vampire as the person running it let us go the short way to the ride exit entrance for disabled people that cant queue after the 2 rides and off rule.

Dinky was quite anxious on the way home, especially on the second train as it was packed!

She said she had a good day, but honestly, I was so shattered- I hope never to repeat THAT version of a day out again!






6 thoughts on “Delays, changes in expectations, meltdowns, meerkats, and a tiger in a tree… Aka a day out!

  1. Missed you there again! Dillon and I went Monday!! Oh, and it can be classed as education as its their science week this week and they have questions up at some of the rides! I made sure we read one or two just to say we were educating!!!!! LOL!
    Dinky looks like she is going to be a professional photographer when she grows up!!

    • Lol, I did ask her one of the key stage 1 questions and she looked at me in a way that said ‘leave me alone!’

      We are off to legoland tomorrow if you have a Merlin pass and are at a loose end.

      She is pretty good with the camera. You never know! Lol

      • Thursday is the only day I work! Bit like a bus mans holiday…. As I work with yr 10 &11 kids who have been kicked out of mainstream school!!!
        Dillon is also at his centre Weds, Thurs , Fri. Have to try another day .xx

    • The web is amazing, it lets us seek out information that otherwise we wouldn’t be able to find easily.

      Your family members must feel they are trying to help, but only you know what helps you.

      Thank you for reading and replying

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