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DadToAson Sat 21-Jan-17 14:33:58

As the name suggests ii is as I work 5 days and I want to stay home and my other half want to get out .She says its frustrating and annoying being stuck at home nevertheless our child want to do so. I am not able to brainstorm anywhere to go and I always suggest the usual places we go. Especially its winter its hard to find a place to visit.
I was wondering whether anybody out there have the same problem and where to look for places to go and enjoy as a family.
this is getting a weekend row to entertain our child. Many of you would suggest go to library or park. But if to go beyond that what could I do

NotStoppedAllDay Sat 21-Jan-17 14:35:53

Suggest a local forest/river/lake/park walk for about 3pm

By then it will be late enough for teatime and darkness to be imminent and you can all go home fairly quickly with everyone happywink

TheSnowFairy Sat 21-Jan-17 14:41:15

How old is your child?

National Trust places if young (wrap up warmly), cinema if older.

Tinkerbec Sat 21-Jan-17 14:45:00

Depends on age of child and available funds.

There are trampoline parks, soft plays, roller skating, laser quests ,climbing walls ,scooter parks and even the cinema that cost.

Geocaching to make walks more interesting or indoor bake offs and carpet picnics for a cheaper option.

STORMY25 Sat 21-Jan-17 14:51:50

9+ and glued to Screens.... TV, Our Phones,Laptop/comp, tablet.
No family time activity.

niceupthedance Sat 21-Jan-17 15:06:28

Get the hoop app and see if anything appeals. I'm afraid there's no days off being a parent.

SleepingTiger Sat 21-Jan-17 15:47:43

Eurostar to Paris?

Bob19701 Sat 21-Jan-17 15:52:52

I am currently at a trampoline centre with my DD (12) and her friend , tomorrow we are walking a couple of miles around the local lake for some fresh air . There is loads of things to do with a little effort

DadToaSon Sat 21-Jan-17 15:54:08

Thanks for all your ideas and 3pm go out is a good idea...Not stoppedallday.
hoops is exploring right now.
great moms

DadToaSon Sat 21-Jan-17 15:54:29

any more ideas welcome

2cats2many Sat 21-Jan-17 15:59:33

Swimming pool
Library then cafe
Local gallery/museum
Bike ride

SleepingTiger Sat 21-Jan-17 16:11:32

Me and my young lad build sculptures in the garden out of things we lift out of skips. Oh, and we graffiti huge bedsheets in the summer with spray cans. Tomorrow we are going to have a bonfire with sparklers. Next weekend we will probably walk to the pub, have a drink and some crisps. We walked along the canal towpath in the autumn and cadged a lift in a barge. Sometimes we get dressed up in fancy dress and nonchalantly walk around the local town acting normal and drawing stares. It's fun.

quirkychick Sat 21-Jan-17 16:21:00

SleepingTiger I need a like button for you!

Dcs are better out and about if possible. It makes us all feel better to go outside at some point, especially in the winter. We often make a list of stuff we'd like to do, if we feel uninspired, we have plenty of ideas. Local papers etc. often have events, recommended cafes etc.

TeenAndTween Sat 21-Jan-17 16:23:29

We do:
swimming (annual membership)
soft play (£4/child)
local zoo (season tickets)
local arboretum (season tickets, nice tea shop)
local NT place (membership, OK teashop)
nature reserve (free)
riverside walk (free)
decopatch/pottery (~£10/visit)
wander into out town/village centre, coffee shop and spend pocket money

BantyCustards Sat 21-Jan-17 16:24:22

Google dayoutwiththekids

Mindtrope Sat 21-Jan-17 16:25:05

Museums were a lifesaver on cold days with young children.
Children are happy to potter. wander (lead the parents) often special zones for children
Usually with good cafes too- homemade soup.bread for lunch. We would visit our favourite museum twice a month during the winter months.

AutumnalLeaves38 Sat 21-Jan-17 16:27:32


You sound great smile


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AutumnalLeaves38 Sat 21-Jan-17 16:28:27

X post, Banty !

EllaHen Sat 21-Jan-17 16:30:28

Well, our default is the beach - we live right on the coast. Winter is my favourite time to walk along. I popped out this morning for a walk, listening to a podcast and then this afternoon with dh and the kids. Loved it.

We are going to play a new board game in a bit.

Tomorrow, a woodland walk if it's cloudy. Or a walk into our wee town and a wander round the charity shops.

I bloody love weekends.

Kione Sat 21-Jan-17 16:32:07

I love going tonour local softplay type of place because they have coffee and cakes and I get a bit of time to relax too.
Anything similar near you? Or is your son too young?

ludothedog Sat 21-Jan-17 16:36:11

OP you have my sympathy. Luckily it's just DD and I and normally she is as exhausted after a week at school and after school club as I am from work. Once activities are over on Saturday morning it's jammies on and quiet afternoon and evening at home. I feel really resentful when invited out or we have social commitments!

I'm not sure how you and your wife are going to find a good balance... perhaps lunch at one of those bruster fare places where the kids can play whilst you have lunch and read the paper?

sobeyondthehills Sat 21-Jan-17 16:59:00

Depending where you are and the age of your child. If you are near Surrey/Hampshire/Berkshire you can get a merlin annual pass. Where I am, I have legoland, Chessington and Thorpe Park all within 40 minutes drive. Added to that all the stuff they do in London.

Pick your own

If you are on facebook join a local group and ask. I have a lady who posts a blog post once a week, of things to do with the family.

Allalonenow Sat 21-Jan-17 17:05:53

Find out if there any books set in your area, read them and then seek out the locations mentioned.

Explore any iron age forts, ancient tracks, battle sites, disused railways that are now footpaths, etc in your area.

Find out about any famous local people in times past, visit places connected to them, also any local industries or crafts that are no longer carried out but you might still find indications of them.

Make some kites and go out and fly them.

Visit local farmers markets, art shows, brass band concerts.

RupertsMum2 Sat 21-Jan-17 17:19:00

SleepingTiger that's the sort of things my friends and I did as students. Sadly my children would find it too embarrassing now.

RupertsMum2 Sat 21-Jan-17 17:20:31

My preferences these days are soft play, swimming or local play park.

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