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It was an opportunity not to miss, the chance to spend a full day at Meadowhall: shopping, eating, being entertained, and enjoying some beauty treatments.

Our writer Rachel McAlley spent 10 hours in the South Yorkshire Meadowhall Centre with her daughter to make a day of it.

We arrived at 10am and made our way to Rock Up where my daughter (age 8) enjoyed 40 minutes of climbing the 17 climbing walls towering over 8m high. She climbed to the top of the skyscraper and the twister, and she attempted the stairway to heaven, without much luck. She had the time of her life along with lots of other kids and a few experienced adults, I on the other hand watched in awe from the ground!

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From Rock Up she wanted to tackle the kids outdoor play area, so we took in a few shops on route, including Smiggle, Claire’s, Build-a-Bear, and The Disney Store before strolling through the Oasis Dining Quarter and outside to the Monster Play Area. Sadly it was raining so the play area was empty and we opted to stay in the warmth of Meadowhall and under cover.

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As lunch approached we chose to dine at a restaurant we have never eaten at before, and ventured into Las Iguanas for some Latin American flavours. From the massive selection of food choices on the menu to the helpful staff, it was a dining win! We opted for a rather tasty Cheesy Peru Fondue to share to start with, and followed that with the kids Chicken Crunchies, and the seriously good Chicken & Crayfish Xinxim from Brazil with mouth-watering plantain, shredded greens and spring onion rice on the side. Yummy!

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Following lunch it was pamper time for the both of us, we were booked into the Superdrug Beauty Studio for a kids nail tidy and polish, and an adult eyebrow threading. This was my daughter’s first-ever professional nail polish and she adored every minute of it, especially with all the glittery nail polish choices. I opted for eyebrow threading, which was painless, and left me with perfectly structured brows in just 3-minutes.

A little more retail therapy was on my agenda so we took in a number of my favourite high street stores including Cath Kidston, Dune, Flannels, and M&S before resting for a cuppa at Costa.

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It was definitely time for a much needed lengthy sit down, so we went to see what was showing at Vue, and we couldn’t have been more happy to see that The Addams Family was on. After collecting our tickets and some popcorn for the little one, we excitedly walked to screen 8 to watch the movie.

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Post-movie we were booked in for a relaxing arm and hand massage at the Kiehl’s counter within Debenhams, where I learned about the history of Kiehl’s in New York. I took home some beautiful samples to try and a gorgeous cosmetics bag filled with miniature Kiehl’s to match my skin type. I’m still using the turmeric and cranberry energising radiance masque now, it has worked wonders!

So, if you are thinking of visiting Meadowhall in the future, you should almost certainly consider booking some treatments, enjoying lunch, taking in a movie, and having a little retail therapy, because it’s such a great place to make a day of it.

For more information about what to do at Meadowhall visit www.meadowhall.co.uk

With thanks to Meadowhall for organising the visit with a gift card to Vue cinema, complimentary lunch at Las Iguanas, and complimentary treatments at Superdrug Beauty Studio, and Kiehl’s. Plus the experience of climbing at Rock Up.

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