Z is for Zoos and other field Trips
It’s the last of our Back to Basics Series on Rainy Day Mum and we’re been sponsored by Zulily UK to write these back to basics of play ideas for you and your kids to enjoy. This week we’re looking at Z and Z is for the Zoo and other field trips for you and your kids to take. Some may have a little cost with them others are completely free.
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We have annual Zoo passes to our local zoo and visit it regularly throughout the year (we aim for once a month but there are times when we go much more regularly) seeing the animals in different conditions and at times of the year is exciting for the kids. For example we had a great trip to the zoo in the Snow back in January – with a lot of the animals in their indoor homes we were able to see them closer than normal however the tigers who are normal indoors asleep were outside playing in the snow enjoying the sort of temperatures that they are used to. The annual pass was a great investment – after just 2 visits were started to save on each visit and with the zoo that we go to there are extra benefits like 10% off in shops and restaurants with the pass.
Over on Nature and Play this week I shared out recent trip to a completely free forest near my parents – I called it Nature’s Gymnasium with natural balance beans, climbing walls and working on Stamina and lots of other gross movement activities it was a lot of fun for the kids and what’s more for the first time ever T slept through the night the fresh air and the exercise must do a lot of good.
Beach or Lake
A large expanse of water is a lot of fun for the kids – the beaches at the edge of the sea/ocean or at the Lake can provide hours and days of fun for the kids and the family. As a child my vacations were spent on the beach, building sand castles, shrimp netting in the ocean with a push net, digging boats in the sand, paddling and swimming in the natural pools that form on the beach, playing cricket and rounders and running up and down the dunes with my brother, dog and parents.
So much closer to home, a trip to your local play ground or park is some free outdoor fun for the kids – join the kids climbing up and down the slide, sit on the end of the see saw and push each other around and around on the round about.
A little like the zoo, but an aquarium has some added attractions whether small or large there will be fish of different sizes and shapes for the kids to look at and learn about. Our nearest aquarium also has penguins, seals, turtles and crocodiles in the collection and although we don’t go often it’s fantastic for the kids to visit and see what happens under the waves.
Not a playground just wide open park land to run, jump, fly a kite, play chase, sit and lay and watch the clouds pass, take a picnic, meet some friends. The Park is free and open all seasons well at least it is near us. The kids love it – feeding the ducks, running along the paths, rolling down the hills and just having fun for all.
I hope you have enjoyed our Back to Basics of Play – 26 ideas to get you taking play back your own childhood with fun traditional ideas for back to basics of play.
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