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Tell Arla Big Milk about your plans for getting out into the fresh air - £300 voucher to be won NOW CLOSED

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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 28-Mar-17 15:26:18

Over the past few wintry months you'd be forgiven for feeling like the icy starts and shorter days were never going to end. However, now that the days are drawing out and it’s light into the evenings, it’s great to be able to start spending more time outdoors, getting some fresh air. Arla Big Milk would like to hear about your plans to spend more time outside and ensure your children get the fresh air they need and some much-needed Vitamin D, now that spring is here.

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Maybe you’re looking forward to getting the barbecue out without there being a downpour. Or you might be planning longer family walks with your dog or perhaps you’re looking forward to spending time in the park so your toddler can use up their excess energy? If you expect resistance from the kids, what might be your cunning plans be to persuade them to join you outdoors? Share your plans for being out in the fresh air with Arla Big Milk below to be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £300 voucher.

Thanks, and good luck!


GoodyGoodyGumdrops Tue 28-Mar-17 16:37:00

I'm sitting in the car, right now, making plans to get out once this rain squall passes!

GoodyGoodyGumdrops Tue 28-Mar-17 16:41:14

Seriously, though, things that help get the dc outside:

Wellies, cloggers, etc by the back door.
Chalks by the back door.
The trampoline. Plus allowing toys on the trampoline - spacehoppers! - and also multiple jumping.
Wristwatch so that I can say "go to the park and be back by 5."
Access to independent digging and/or planting.
A kick up the backside (for my 16yo).

Polyanthus Tue 28-Mar-17 17:24:31

Picnics are always good. On the last day of the holidays We usually meet some other families for a breakfast picnic and walk. It's a nice way to do something special on the last day, it gets us to practice getting up and out of the house early again (!) and we're back home in plenty of time for winding down, baths and early nights before school the next day. It's become quite a tradition for us now!

Jayfee Tue 28-Mar-17 17:46:34

Bushy Park picnic yippee

WowOoo Tue 28-Mar-17 18:16:00

In the summer I put some essentials in the boot - picnic blanket, frisbee, ball. That way if the sun ever comes out when we're out and about on the weekend we can head to the nearest beach or park and get some fresh air.

theresamustgo Tue 28-Mar-17 18:33:11

No persuasion needed...we rush out to castles, beaches, parks, heaths and commons as on as there is the slightest glimmer of sunlight. Already doing it.

Gazelda Tue 28-Mar-17 18:53:47

We're lucky to live cross the road to a brilliant park, which is also close by DD's school. As well as going there regularly to run around for 20 mins, We tend to meet most of the class there once a week for a picnic. Happy days.

like7 Tue 28-Mar-17 19:01:01

We used to get the map out (live in a London Borough) and visit all the different parks - so much variety and also all the different play equipment in each one! I'd pack up a picnic, a blanket and toys etc and we'd have an adventure. They seemed very happy with that and I also found it less boring visiting different parks with them.

UpOnDown Tue 28-Mar-17 19:03:00

They'll be excited once the splash pads start at the local park.

funkypyjamas Tue 28-Mar-17 19:45:02

DS is 4 and can pedal his own bike without us having to push him along now, so we're planning to do a lot more cycling at weekends this summer.

DW is obsessed with picnics so there are always plenty of days out combined with huge amounts of sandwiches, cakes and sausage rolls. As long as there is food left there is always a way to motivate us to walk a bit further grin.

We're also hoping to save up for a trampoline in the garden so if it's bit of a rainy day with the odd bit of sunshine we can still have lots of fun in the garden.

rupert23 Tue 28-Mar-17 20:26:45

we already walk the dog in the fields whatever the weather wellies on etc. We are looking forward to going to the park after school and the sunshine so that we can have picnics in the park.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Tue 28-Mar-17 21:01:47

We come home from school via the park every afternoon so that the DC can run around and get some fresh air. As it gets warmer I'll take a picnic some days so we can have tea there too.

CMOTDibbler Tue 28-Mar-17 21:13:01

We get out everyday now the evenings are lighter. Once I finish work we're out with the dogs to walk down the river, or out cycling. Ds also cycles to school and then does the daily mile

CheeseEMouse Tue 28-Mar-17 21:13:51

There's no such thing as bad weather, just inappopriate clothing! Waterproof trousers are one of my best investments for the children

MrsOllyMurs Tue 28-Mar-17 21:48:43

We've just had our first bike ride of the year! I make sure the bikes are easily accessible and all helmets etc stowed with them. Then there's no excuse!

BeeMyBaby Tue 28-Mar-17 21:55:01

We are planning to teach dd2 how to cycle over Easter/summer

littledinaco Tue 28-Mar-17 22:03:40

Organising a bag in the car with picnic blanket, baby wipes, balls to play with outside etc so can just grab some food and drinks and can be ready to go.

Firewall Tue 28-Mar-17 22:11:11

Trampoline and outdoor toys in the garden so kiss can go out to play after school or whenever they feel like it and freeing up at least 1 day each week to go out on a family adventure.

finova Tue 28-Mar-17 22:13:05

Looking forward to:
Days trips to the coast. Takes 2 hours but easier to go for a long day then deal with a tent! Take pjs to change into before drive home.
Bike rides-loads of trails out there.
Beer gardens.
Exploring local woods and nature reserves.

dani1991 Tue 28-Mar-17 22:23:08

I have garden toys at the ready for my little boy, been waiting patiently we have a swing, a trike, a climbing frame. as hes now began walking so were looking forward to getting him comfortable experiencing new things.

we have woodlands and countryside close by where I live so were on the look out for fruit hunting.
we take gala days very seriously where we live. so that will definitely be fun. we have volunteered to help make up floats for the local school to show off during the day.

NeverTwerkNaked Tue 28-Mar-17 23:17:17

Scooting!! My sons just outgrown his scooter so I have bought him a new (to him!) one and I have one too. I love that you can get so much further on a scooter, we have lots of great off road tracks here that lead to a huge adventure playground and country park smile

Starlingsintheslipstream Tue 28-Mar-17 23:42:06

Geocaching is a great way of getting out with kids so we'll definitely be doing that now the weather is improving.

foxessocks Wed 29-Mar-17 01:45:44

We go to a wonderful cafe with a big garden so we can all eat chips and the kids can run around while I eat and drink in peace!

NauticalDisaster Wed 29-Mar-17 10:20:18

Just do it! We pull on our waterproofs and wellies and head to the forest or put on the sunscreen and sun hats and head for the beach. There is no inappropriate weather just inappropriate clothing. My DC demand adventure each weekend so we go.

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