Entertaining a toddler can be an expensive business, classes and outings soon add up so it’s great when you can find some free things to do. Below is a list of some of my favourites.
Museums are a great place to visit with young children, especially during the week when most older children are in school. They can be both educational and fun. We live fairly close to Tring and love going to the Natural History Museum there. It makes for a great trip out and can be done whatever the weather.
Playgrounds are lots of fun for little ones. In the spring, summer and autumn we visit our local one almost daily. Even in winter we try and go a few times a week. To mix it up and to keep things fresh for both of us, I try and take my daughter to playgrounds in other surrounding villages. That way she gets a new experience.
- Classes in your local Sure start Centre
Sure Start Centres are excellent services run on a non-profit basis, with trained family support workers. They aim to have two universal services a week which mean anyone can attend. In addition they have other classes/sessions, which you might be able to attend if you fall into the specific target group, which is set by each centre individually. Most services should be free. For more information go to the Childrens Centre Website.
- Play dates
Play dates are a great for both the parents and the children. The children learn socialising skills and how to play with/near each other. They also learn how to share which is very important. For the adults it is great to have some adult conversation and also to share child raising experiences. We try and have play dates for our daughters as often as we can.
- Annual Pass
Although technically not free an annual pass is a one off purchase or you can ask for one as a present. Once you have one you can use it for free entry as many times as you like. Last year we had an annual pass for Woburn Safari Park and we used to go most weeks. We didn’t do the drive through safari that much as our daughter couldn’t see out of the car that well. However we did the walking safari and made good use of the indoor soft play area on rainy days. Whenever we were stuck for something to do the safari park always came to the rescue. Alot of places do annual passes and if you want to go a lot then it is well worth getting one.
Have I missed anything out? What would make your top 5?