What's a suitable day out with children?
IN SCOTLAND THE school summer holidays have started and parents (and grandparents) are faced with the difficult task of keeping children amused without spending too much money for the next 6-7 weeks.
Sending them outside to play is fine for some but for those who live in a big town or city there are worries about traffic, stranger danger, etc. and they could be led astray by older children into activities and situations which are not suitable for them.
Speaking personally I am happy with a hike through the hills - at any time of year in any weather (unless it’s really extreme that is). But I do realise that this isn’t to everyone’s taste - especially if there are very young children involved.
A zoo or some similar wildlife experience is always popular with children, provided they don’t have to walk too far, but zoos can be expensive. The nearest big zoo to us is in our nation’s capital, Edinburgh, and the last time my wife and I went there it cost us £31 just to get in - and that’s without any kids! If we take our three grand-daughters we wouldn’t get any change out of £100 - allowing for snacks, guide books, souvenirs, etc.
That’s an expensive day out!
Of course, there is always the local park which has full facilities for young children in the shape of a play area with swings, roundabouts, duck pond with boats and such and we do take them there but the weather in Scotland can’t be relied on to be good all day (there is a saying: ‘If you don’t like the weather just wait 20 minutes - it will change!).
We can, of course, keep them going with books and craft activities at home but they can't do that every day so we often resort to a simple walk in the woods or a walk around a local nature reserve which has two medium-sized lochs as part of it. We can always guarantee to see some interesting bird life there and turn the walk into a nature lesson.
Our oldest grand-daughter (just turned 13) has reached the stage when ‘child’s stuff’ (her words) no longer do it for her so now we have to think of things like movies at the weekend to keep her happy; another potentially expensive day out - and it gets worse! She is now into fashion and her ideal day out is a trip to our indoor retail centre (mall) for a new outfit!
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