I often find that trying to find fun activities for little ones is can be a real chore. Other than soft play, or the local park, finding ‘cheaper’ options can be difficult.
So here’s some of our favourite activities that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Soft play is a given, this is often my go to, especially if it’s cold or wet as it is indoors and they ALWAYS have coffee.
A few weeks ago I discovered this little treasure and I have to say, it’s amazing. Entry for adults and babies under 6 months, is free, for non walkers it’s £4 and for confident steady walkers it’s £8.95.
Both Noah and his cousin had THE BEST time there. The layout and creativity that has gone into this place is incredible. Every play room has it’s own theme from a hair salon to a construction site. Including a town square with an ice cream van and picnic area, all complete with tiny prototypes of the real thing, giving little ones the perfect opportunity to create their own role play, grow their social skills and feed their imagination.
I urge every Mummy or Daddy to take their little ones here. On top of all the above, The Play Village offers a great range of food and drink on the premises, perfect for a little play pit stop. For myself I ordered ‘The little Mermaid’ (A fish finger sandwich) and for Noah ‘The Little Picnic Basket’, which by the way was the cutest little meal ever, including a little sandwich, cake, fruit, crisps and the choice of juice or milk.
I genuinely couldn’t recommend it enough.
This is not just your typical farm. This place is what dreams are made of for any little animal lovers out there.
Their farm tickets include, animal interaction with the chicks and bunnies, goat feeding, egg collecting, sit on a donkey experience and a Tractor ride.
They have every farm animal you could imagine. Including lama’s, pigs, horses owls and cows.
After your little farm adventure there is a HUGE play area, indoors and outdoors for the little ones to use up some of their never ending energy… seriously though, does anyone else’s kid have endless amounts of energy!?
The play area includes outdoor assault courses and outdoor park. Indoors they have a huge wacky and a separate soft play area for younger children. Also, their ice cream, which is locally sourced is quite possibly the best I have ever had.
This is the perfect ‘Cheap and Cheerful’ day out. You only have to pay for parking which is £4.50 per car. There are other things on site that you have to pay for, but they’re all optional. If you take a picnic and a bat and ball, you can have heaps of fun all day.
The site has 3 different parks for the children to play all day, big or small. There’s a little train ride, donkey rides and paddle boats. The lands are gorgeous so even just a long stroll can be very satisfying with the views alone.
This is literally my perfect day out, with Noah at an age where he just wants to run wild there is so much space for him to run and run and run.
There’s also a little cafe and shop on site, in case you forget to bring anything with you.
This is one of the little more expensive ones, however if you book online in advance it is slightly cheaper.
Although it is that little bit more costly, it is definitely worth it. Particularly if it is a cold or rainy day as it is all indoors.
There’s also an app, called ‘HOOP’ whereby you can enter your postcode and find current activities in your area relevant to your children’s ages. This is great, especially when you have exhausted all of your options.
They’re our favourites, what’re yours?
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