Last weekend we needed to go to Ikea.
My mother-in-law wanted to get some chests of drawers and I really needed to get some bits and bobs together for work.
It turned out that Ikea were launching their new catalogue that weekend and were hosting what they were calling their “Ideas Festival”.
They had loads of great activities going on in-store.
As we arrived, there was a chap with a microphone telling everyone what was going on, and when he spotted Jack, who had insisted on going dressed in his spiderman outfit, he started calling out “Look everyone, we have a real celebrity here. The real spiderman is right her doing his shopping in Ikea” Obviously this was a great start!
Then in the dining section we found a lovely lady doing facepainting, and there was no queue, so Rachel hopped straight up and asked for a cat. The lady offered her the choice of a generic tiger sort of face or Hello Kitty.
Guess which one she chose??
Then Jack’s choice was a no-brainer – a spiderman face to complement his outfit and trainers!
Then in the bedroom section, it was Mummy and Grandma’s turn to be pampered. In the alphabet according to Ikea, M is for massage and we both had a really lovely Indian head massage. I am not sure how wise it was to do this in the bedroom section as I for one, could quite easily have got right into one of the beds afterwards to catch 40 winks!
By the restaurant there was a lady making dreamcatchers with the children. Jack was not interested, he wanted to go round into the toddler play area, but Rachel decided to have a go. We worked on hers together and made one for Jack as well.
Bet you never would guess which one was Rachel’s and which one Jack’s?
Then we had a lovely lunch in the restaurant. I mean who goes to Ikea and doesn’t stop for either a hot dog or there super delicious meatballs.
Eventually we got around to doing the shopping, and for the final treat, as we reached the tills there was a very big, little ted there meeting all the children and shoppers and dancing away! You may or may not know little ted. We discovered him when Rachel was a baby and at the time we had a dog that very much enjoyed eating stuffed toys, so we had approximately 6 little teds in the cupboards at any one time, just in case!
Except for a bit of whining and stroppiness, from a tired, grumpy 3 year old, half way through the trip, it was a pretty fun trip to Ikea.