George’s 3rd Birthday
Young birthdays are difficult to cater for. You need to strike the balance between an entertaining day out for the children and also the adults.
We decided to go to Carsington Waters, which is a nature reserve and sailing centre near Wirksworth, Derbyshire. For older children you can hire bikes and there is a fantastic play park. They have a visitor centre with a selection shops and Severn Trent Water have a great interactive educational exhibition.
Outside there are many picnic area and we set up shop near the play park. We took a disposable BBQ and invited friends and family to join us.
George and Olivia loved playing and George made many trios to the play park for the delights of the play frame and slides.
George loves Sonic the hedgehog so it was a no-brainer… Sonic cake! We bought some figurines from eBay and there was an exclusive we received the week before from lootcrate with the running sonic… perfect!
Grandad made the cake and iced a layer of chocolate icing. Hubby finished off the decoration. George loved it!
The kiddies are a bit young for a nature walk so we took hopscotch and giant bubbles with us. The giant bubbles went down a storm… Thanks Uncle Dave and Auntie Jo. The bubbles were huge and some drifted really far, much to the enjoyment of many other children.
In true British style we were equipped with both sun cream and umbrellas: we needed both.
Both babies had a great day. Thank you to everyone who came along and thank you to all who gave George gifts xxx
Crich Tramway Museum
I have lived near Crich Tramway Museum for almost 5 years now. I have walked past it on many walks past the Crich memorial tower and thought that it would be a nice place to visit. The thing is, I’m not that big on trams. We decided to give it a go this spring bank holiday and boy we were not disappointed!
Great for all the family
It is not all about Trams at Crich Tramway Museum. It is like walking back in time with the trams and buildings looking like they straight out of the 18th-19th century. There are various picnic areas including one near a bandstand. The museum also features the following which will keep your children entertained:
- An indoor soft play
- A large outdoor play park
- a rock maze
- a woodland walk with magical wooden sculptures to investigate (including a workable giant wooden Mr Potato head wooden sculpture)
- Fish and Chips
- Ice-cream from artisan ice cream makers bluebell dairy
- An old blue wooden police box (for those doctor who fans)
- Gift Shop
The trams take you to various parts of the immersive village where you can take in stunning views of the Derbyshire landscape or investigate the history of the area. At one of the stops you can hop off your tram and enjoy a small circular walk to the Crich Memorial Tower which overlooks the attraction.
Fairs at Crich Tramway Museum
The prices are very reasonable for the family. We paid £16.50 for each adult. Under 4’s are free so we sauntered in at a little over £30. Children’s tickets are £9.50 and there are family tickets available as well as concessions. The best thing about the tickets though: once you have paid to go in, you get free return within the year. You just need to keep the receipt that you have signed. There are a few themed days that the free return is not valid on (5 per year) but you can’t really grumble at that.
It can be difficult to find attractions which cater for the whole family when your little ones are so small. With George being 2 he could not really enjoy the fun fair. The mock up beach area just presented an opportunity for him to run off and find a hill to ascend and descend repeatedly. That being said, the village was push chair friendly and he was able to get out and explore at various times during the day. George enjoyed his first Punch and Judy show as well which was a pleasure to see. IF you are looking for a relaxing day out with a young family, I would definitely recommend Crich Tramway Museum in Crich Derbyshire. Website.
If you wanted to incorporate a Derbyshire walk or some geocaching there are some nice walks (and geocaches) nearby. Check out my walking with toddlers blog for tips or for my summer fun tips.
There’s no doubt about it, the world is an incredible place. Our problem as adults is that we are so habituated to seeing the world around us we often forget it’s wonder. However, a child doesn’t look at the world this way. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this viewpoint again?!
I was visiting a relative this weekend with my 2 week old baby and 2 year old son. My newborn was receiving lots of cuddles and this gave me a chance to play with my son and watch him explore his surroundings. Although there is repetition to what he liked: hiding behind a door or cabinet; running away when you say “ready, steady…go” or never ceasing to grow tired of walking up and down steps, I loved watching him explore and make periodic stops to take in the world. He would stop every now and then to look at something, jog on the spot and laugh. He would look at me as if he wanted me to share in his excitement. Although I didn’t quite know what tickled him I would smile and be excited as it was so wonderful to see his joy.
We explored the garden and it occurred to me that everything in the garden was new to him: new plants; different paths which were effectively a maze,and an intriguing glass house with the most wonderful sliding door. He pottered around for such a long time re-running the same route and babbling to himself. He absolutely loved it and I was there sharing it with him. It got me thinking how amazing the garden must be for him and what he might be thinking as he re-ran his route… would he be thinking up a story in his head? Would he be looking for objects to associate words to? Would he be looking for a means of escape from my gaze to go independently exploring? Who will know?
I’ve rambled on but other than thoroughly enjoying spending time with my family today, I want to start looking at my world with fresh young eyes. I am so accustomed to being busy and this allows stress in. I need to start looking at the world as if it’s the first time I’ve seen the colour green, the sky or just the pavement I walk along. If I can appreciate the world likes child does even for a moment during each day then maybe it will slow me down enough to stop me stressing and keep me topped up with a feeling of contentment and happiness. Be careful you might just spot me stopping when I’m out and about and just laughing… would that be such a bad thing?
What would ou look at with h fresh eyes today?
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