What the heck do we do with the kids?!

Spring is springing but inbetween the bright sunny days there are still plenty of rainy, windy ones! This makes it very difficult to plan our days, how do we make the most of the fresh air on those days when the weather is on our side or keep them entertained when it’s not?

We asked some local parents for their recommendations for days in and out with the kids in Notts, here are their suggestions —

Days out

Stonebridge Farm — the city farm has loads on offer for the little people including goats, pigs, ducks, rabbits and Kev the tortoise! There are also gardens with lots of growing veggies to explore, a playpark and a cafe. We have been here lots of times with our toddler, he loves to have an adventure around the farm and show us all the animals.

Wollaton Park — a firm favourite with many Nottingham families. Wollaton Park has so much to offer, a great walk around the park gardens and the lake to say hi to the ducks and the deer and a fantastic playpark. If the weather is looking a bit ropey you can take a tour around the natural history museum withing the hall itself or duck into the cafe.

Clumber Park — comes highly recommended for nature walks and burning off that preschooler energy. Clumber Park also hosts the annual Gloworm Festival.

Newstead Abbey — we love it here, the gardens are beautiful and there are loads of lovely spots for a picnic in the Summer.

Sherwood Pines — We haven’t been here yet which is crazy as it’s on our doorstep. The new Gruffalo spotting app that can be used at various Forestry Commission sites looks fab so we will definitely be heading there to look for some owl ice cream soon!

Kelham Hall — There were plenty of votes for walk out here, it looks lovely with loads of opportunities for great photos. Kelham Hall are also offering a special mothers day lunch which looks delicious!

Lanes Farm, Risley — This farm has a great variety of farm animals that little ones can feed and pet. Once the animals are fed you can feed your own brood at the coffee shop.

Attenborough Nature Reserve — Play sessions now run from Attenborough Nature Reserve. Wild Play sessions include mud play, campfires, woodland crafts, minibeast hunts and more to encourage exploration, confidence, imagination and creativity. These session take place every Thursday for 2–5 year olds. Wild Kids sessions are for kids aged 4+and take place on the first Saturday of the month.

Rufford Country Park — We had alot of recommedations for this country park. There is a so much to see and to keep the little ones busy including a great play area.

Arnot Hill Park — we are regulars here, my son loves feeding the ducks whilst we have a cheeky coffee and he can tear around the park to his hearts content. There are also regular family events running in the park in Summer.

Lakeside — another great place to visit with lots on offer for the kids. The park here is great as it caters for kids of all ages. There is boating on the lake, a great cafe and family activies run regularly in the theatre.

Days in

Robin Hood Gymnastics Club — We are regulars at the preschooler sessions here, my son absolutely loves it. There is so much for the little ones to do, soft play blocks, a parachute, a huge trampoline runway, a bouncy castle, balance beams, toys, loads to climb and jump on and all with an active singing session to finish. Guranteed nap afterwards, result!

Nottingham contemporary- There are always loads of family activities on the go at the Contemporary such as craft sessions, many of them are free. Another bonus is the lovely cafe which is really spacious, great for trips out for cake in the newborn days.

The Milk Lounge — if you know us you will already know how much we love this family friendly cafe in Arnold. It’s especially great for those with younger children looking for a space to enjoy a coffee without having to worry about the kids making a mess or not having everything they need. We can’t recommend it enough.

Newfields Dairy Farm — a tractor themed play area and ice cream that’s handmade at the parlour using fresh milk and cream from local dairy herds, what’s not to love?

Eds playbarn — this is one of our favourite soft play centres as it has something for kids of all ages. Too often we have been to a soft play and it’s been just that bit “too old” for our toddler, this place has it nailed for the littler ones and we love it.

When all else fails and its truly miserable outside you cant beat a bit of den building & cushion mountain climbing at home :)

Huge thanks to all of the lovely, local parents that gave us thier suggestions x