Simply hanging out at home certainly has its attractions, whether that means kicking back with your feet up or getting out all the toys and mixing it up with the little ones – check out our range of Peter Rabbit™ soft toys, which just can’t be beaten for bringing one of our favourite children’s characters to life – but as tempting as it can be to stay indoors, it’s summertime, and there’s lots of fun to be had out and about!
Check out these 3 great ways to spend time with the family out of the house:
If you live in or close to London, then Kensington Gardens is the perfect location for a family day out. The Royal Park was the setting for JM Barrie’s iconic children’s novel, Peter Pan, and is now home to an oversized bronze statue of the original boy who never grew up. Kensington Gardens is a pretty garden no matter what the time of year, but especially in the summer when it is in full bloom. It also tends to be slightly quieter than some of the larger London parks, including Hyde Park, which it adjoins.
A stroll into Hyde Park will take you along the Serpentine lake and on to the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, which is the perfect refreshing stop-off for the kids. It’s a great place to people watch, as it is popular with joggers and horse riders alike, and you will see lots of boaters out on the lake. Hyde Park also has a waterside café opposite the fountain, which is another great place to stop off and enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake.
A day out to the seaside is a fabulous family day out – especially for babies and toddlers, who will enjoy the sensory pleasure of feeling sand for perhaps the first time, and the lights and sounds of the amusement arcades are fascinating to little ones.
If you live in Brighton, then you can extend the fun for the rest of the family by taking part in the Brighton Treasure Trail. You can download a treasure map online and then take the day at your own pace. The clues are on the most famous monuments and structures that litter the town, and the trail will take you to the Artist Quarter, the Pier and the Fishing Museum. It’s a fun way for grown-ups to explore, older children will love figuring out the clues, and the pace of the day can be slowed down to incorporate the stops that your baby will need. It really is the perfect family day out for everyone!
Children of all ages are fascinated by animals, and can spend hours watching cats eating their dinner or ducks cross a pond. Why not build on this fascination by visiting an RSPB nature reserve? There are dozens of these sites dotted all over the country, but the reserve at Minsmere in Suffolk, which has recently undergone a £2 milllion makeover, is by far the largest and most impressive.
The site has dedicated bird watching areas, as well as walking trails which will take you through woodland, wetland, and coastal scenery: it’s like rolling three day trips into one! Because the site is RSPB operated, you can also be assured that it will have baby changing facilities and the Minsmere site also has a café, shop and picnic area which means that feeding her will be a breeze too. Entrance charges are minimal (and under 5s go free) which means that it is a day out that won’t break the bank. It’s an ideal choice if you’re looking for a day out that will entertain children and adults alike: there’s something for every member of the extended family to enjoy here, as you will not only have plenty of fun, but also a valuable educational experience. You might even manage to spark long-term passion! Check the RSPB website for details of the regular events and family fund days that they host at their sites across the country all year long.
We love spending time with our little ones indoors, but there’s nothing quite like a family trip out to bond, have fun together and create special memories.