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1 CommentWednesday, 25 May 2016  |  Admin

My Favourite Places to Take Jack

Over the last few months I have found that I have being staying inside a lot more. Whilst we often take Jack to different places at the weekend, in the week you are liable to find me at my house, at my dads, at a local toddler class or at the local park. I don't drive and to be honest think I have just gotten comfortable staying at home. In the last few weeks, I have been trying to change that and have been heading to different places via the train for a day out with Jack.

Here are some of my favourite places to take my toddler:

The Library - Jack loves reading. We have many books at home and a little reading corner in his room. He had until recently though never been to the library. In the last few days I have taken Jack to our local children's library. He absolutely loved it. He sat in a chair looking through various books before selecting a few to take home. We are going to make this a weekly trip into town, incorporating it with a bit of shopping for me and a park trip for Jack.

A Park - I love taking Jack to the park and instead of just taking him to the nearest one, I have recently started venturing to others. After our trip to the Library we head out to the largest park in the town. Jack loves feeding the ducks, attempting to ride his scooter and loves the playground. We have a bit of a routine at the minute where we get an Ice Cream. I think Jack thinks this will happen forever and not just during the summer. We are very lucky as this park has a splash pad too which I'm sure we will make use of in the summer.

Farms - I love a good walk around a farm. We have a free one locally and others aren't that expensive. Jack loves walking around and looking at the different animals. He really likes seeing the tractors too!

Local National Trust Areas and other Museums

There are some lovely areas to be found for you to explore locally. If your child is anything like mine, they will just love being outdoors. Museums can be a hit too. I recently took Jack to the ThinkTank Museum in Birmingham. Under 3's often go free in places like these so I only payed entry for myself. Jack loved it. 5 hours later Jack had seen planes, buses, been in the toddler village and explored the science gardens complete with water play.

Soft Play

The dreaded soft play. If your at a loose end on a rainy day then soft play is perfect. It will tire your toddler out for bedtime. Problem is it most probably will do the same to you!


Wednesday, 25 May 2016  |  11:11

Great ideas Claire, it's hard keeping them occupied at that age isn't it!