Park Days {The Ordinary Moments}

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I started blogging when LP was 8 months old and I started taking it seriously just after Little Man was born. Since then we have always favoured big days out and adventures over the simple pleasures in life. Well, that is until lockdown.

Now, we are happiest at home or close to home and I have really been trying to make the most of the places on our doorstep. We are not doing a huge amount this summer – like most people – and so I made a simple plan to take the children to one or two play parks a week around where we live.

There are so many playgrounds in our local area that we have never been to. many are in country parks and surrounded by beautiful scenery. And yet, we’ve never made the time to go to them. But this summer is different, and we have all the time we need.

So last week we went to Virginia Water for a scoot. The play area was closed but the children scooted for miles and we had a great morning.

Then, a few days later, we went to Frimley Lodge Park, about a five minute drive from us and yet somewhere I’ve probably only been twice in the ten years we’ve lived in the area.

We only stayed for an hour, and left when the weather got far too hot, but it was lovely. Somewhere new to play, new equipment to explore and time for me to just sit and be whilst the children enjoyed themselves.

I’ve learnt over recent weeks that whenever we do something that doesn’t involve tickets and a strict arrival time, we have to go early to ensure we can socially distance and be comfortable throughout. The children appreciate this too and it means we can then get home, having been out, and enjoy a lazy afternoon together.

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  • It’s amazing what you can miss that is right on your doorstep. We live real close to Cadbury World but it had been open for 30 years before I visited for the first time. The kids had all been on school trips so I just hadn’t bothered. We have some gorgeous parks too, but they have been way too crowded. I’d love to go early in the morning, but I can’t get the kids motivated early enough.

  • I know what you mean. I think lockdown has made me slow down & realise the kids are happy doing things closer to home than arranging things all the time. Parks are great & ive not ventured to many recently as ours are so busy just now. This looks fun & glad you are finding it’s the simpler things that sometimes give the most joy x