It really is a nice idea, to let little children sit with small furries on their laps for short periods of time. Our boys were appropriately excited. Perhaps a bit surprising since they live with two cats, but the cats are young-child-phobic so the boys haven't really pet or stroked many animals! Neither husband nor I admitted to the kids that those little pigs bit both of us, drawing blood from me... Their requests for a guinea pig as a pet was swiftly and decisively vetoed.
The boys were treated to Chinese New Year Celebration in Birmingham city centre. Crowds, check, rides, check, food, check, drumming, check, dancing, check, Chinese dragon, check and fireworks, check! They said they want to go again. Happy Year of the Rabbit!