Juggling three kids means I don’t often get a chance to spend time one on one with them individually. It is something that plays on my mind quite a bit and so I always try to carve out a bit of time as and when I can.
So when McDonald’s asked whether Grace and I would like to come along for one of their character visits, I knew it would be right up her street.
This year McDonald’s are putting on character visit events for children at their restaurants, which involve a visit from the character from their current Happy Meal promotion! McDonald’s put on a special event with Super Mario for me and Grace- and Super Mario will be back visiting restaurants from the 16th of June to the 17th of July (the same period in which Super Mario toys will be found in Happy Meals).
Such a great idea and a fun day out for the family on those days when you might be stuck for ideas for something to do all together.
McDonald’s put on a special event for Grace and I and we met Super Mario at our local McDonald’s, a character that brings back so many memories of playing the game as a child! Fun fact – I once completed the whole game on my GameBoy! Life achievement right there!
We had our meal first, with Gracie choosing something new – something I haven’t noticed on the menu before actually – a chicken wrap.
She loved it – I think it will become her new meal of choice from now on!
I love that you get the option of a fruit bag or carrot sticks. So different from when I was a child and what I love even more is that children actively choose this option now. Sign of times changing, isn’t it?
Just as we were finishing off our meals, there was a friendly face peering through the window at us (it was Super Mario!). It was so lovely to hear all of the children so excited and the Happy Crew (the entertainers that play with the children and Super Mario) made sure everyone was involved in welcoming Mario into the restaurant.
First up was a meet and greet with a chance for photos. All of the children got a turn and posed with Mario for a good length of time – nobody likes to be rushed, do they?
They were all given certificates too – a really nice touch and something to remember the afternoon by.
They were also given stickers – really great considering this is a free event.
Next up were some games and a sing-song. All of the children were so excited and everyone wanted to get involved. The character visits are such a simple idea but one that makes a regular trip to McDonald’s a little bit more special.
The children were invited to come up for one of the games – Gracie had a little go at ‘Guess the animal’.
They then sprung a ‘get the parents involved’ activity on us and of course I ended up at the front! Mario looks less than impressed with my silly face, haha!
Gracie loved every second though, a really lovely way to spend the afternoon together.
The whole afternoon whizzed by (although it was an hour and a half in total), with fun and food to keep us busy. We are definitely going to go back for the next event to see what other characters will be making an appearance.
I made a little video of our afternoon so you can see and hear for yourself the fun that was had by everyone…
If you’d like to find out more, you can head over to the McDonald’s UK family events postcode finder to find your nearest participating branch. McDonald’s are putting on over 2,600 around the UK for the rest of the year, ranging from Family Fun Days to Character Visits, so keep an eye out and let me know how you get on!
Character Visits featuring Super Mario will run for 6 weeks, but events with other Characters will be taking place at different points throughout the Summer.
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