Next up, we walked into the 'survival zone' - we all had fun taking part in various bush tucker trials and challenging each other to go first. We ran across rope bridges and put our hands into various hidden holes as the sound of jungle bugs filled the air. Lots of fun for adventurous families.
Into the sporting area we couldn't resist a few photos with fellow Geordie Alan Shearer. The kids had fun looking inside various footballer's lockers and laughing at some of the contents. There were lots of activities to join in with including playing golf with Tiger Woods and darts with some of your hero's.
We were looking for a break at this point and gladly stumbled upon The Rovers Return - Madame Tussauds have created an entire replica of the famous pub where you can order real drinks and snacks to enjoy with Deirdre , Ken and Bett Lynch whilst famous scenes from the show are broadcast around you.
After our little break it was time to venture into the musical superstars zone. Our children decided to form their own band and played on (real) drums and guitars and Jack sang in a microphone. Super cool and lots of fun!
There is the chance to make your own wax work hand at Madame Tussauds for children and grown ups over the age of 8. It costs £9 to add this to your experience with discounts available when you buy more than one. Harry was a very willing volunteer and we waited our turn in the queue for about 20 minutes. The experience is fully supervised by trained staff but it does involve dipping your hand 9 times into hot wax - the staff were super though and checked Harry was ok on numerous occasions and asked him to let them know if he needed to stop. It was fine though and Harry didn't seemed bothered by the heat at all. He now loves his hand and it has pride of place on his bedroom shelf. This experience was very good value for money and even fun for our younger two who enjoyed watching the whole process.
I was very excited for the next part - to have my photograph taken with the Queen! My phone may or may not be full of Royal selfies now! haha!
We all had a wonderful time at Madame Tussauds - although the kids didn't know who all of the stars were, they thoroughly enjoyed all of the interactive experiences and laughing at mum and dad who were dressing up and getting involved too. What I will say is that the staff at Madame Tussauds really stood out for us. Sometimes attraction staff can be a little less than enthusiastic however this was certainly not the case here. Nobody knew we were bloggers but they all went out of the way to make our experience a little bit special whether this be holding our bags whilst we took another selfie, using our camera to take a photograph of us all or taking the time to ask us who our favourite celebrities were. I have honestly never met such happy and helpful staff so thank you!
I'm not sure if it was because we had such a fantastic time but we did end up spending all of our pocket money in the Madame Tussauds gift shop - we bought branded photographs of our family hanging from a window ledge and spiderman rescuing us, Madame Tussauds teddy bears and lots of Marvel goodies. Prices were inflated but I think because we were in such high spirits we didn't seem to mind! It wasn't until afterwards I realised we had just spent £12 on a teddy bear that we could have paid £3 for on the sea front. Oooops!
This post only gives you a tiny snapshot of what you will find inside Madame Tussauds and the exhibits are always changing and keeping with the times. We spent 2.5 hours here but could easily have spent longer. We visited in the school holidays and it wasn't too busy - we didn't have to queue to take photographs with any of the figures.
Entry to Madame Tussauds Blackpool costs £13 per adult and £10.50 per child if pre-booked online or is included in the fantastic value Blackpool resort pass which is just £55 for entry to 8 fantastic Blackpool attractions over 7 days.