We’ve not been on many outdoors adventures recently, I’ve been feeling awful and the weather hasn’t exactly been great either.
The kids have been off school this week on half term, a week later that everyone else so not as many fun activities on. We’ve still managed to get out and have some fun and here’s what we have been up to.
National mining museum
Not outside but technically a walk of sorts – well, 140 metres underground! We visited the National Mining Museum, but this time took an underground tour with Eric, a former miner. Dark, enclosed spaces aren’t really my thing, but I was brave for the sake of the kids and we had a great time. Just over an hour and half underground learning about the history of mining, it was really interesting. Once back on the surface we visited the pit ponies and the kids played in the new adventure playground. It was rather chilly and still feeling wobbly I decided to save the nature trail walk till another day.
Great value – museum free to get in, underground tour was £4 each with miners brass check souvenir.
The kids get bikes!
Both children have grown out of their bikes. Our youngest can’t quite ride one without her stabilisers and I really think it’s a skill she needs to master. New bikes are obviously expensive, so after a bit of research I’ve found a local place that recycles and refurbishes bikes. A trip to Cycle-recycle and the kids have new helmets and their cleaned up, safety checked bikes will be ready to pick up in a few days.
We got two bikes, a bell, bike horn and two cool new helmets for under £100
Walking local footpaths
I lead a local health walk every week and this week the kids came with me. A few miles on local footpaths and bridleways across fields and golf courses, certainly got the blood pumping. Little legs were exercised, and cheeks were rosy.
Visiting Grandma and Grandad the other day we managed a walk to a park. It’s a bit of walk up a big hill but the kids love playing there. We even got Grandad on the tyres!
Check out the Ordnance Survey ‘greenspaces’ option on their online maps for green spaces near you, make it an adventure to walk to them.
Ok, not quite. We had a small session playing in the garden and having a go at some bushcraft. I was bought a flint and steel for Christmas, so we planned to make a small fire in an old barbeque. The kids gathered things they thought might help start the fire from a spark, we talked about how things burn, and why wet grass might not. I think the kids had grand plans to roast marshmallows on our fire, but we didn’t really get that far! Under supervision the kids had a go at trying to get a spark. I’ll blame the wind, but we only got a pathetic flame. It kept the kids entertained for a while though and they spent time outside playing.
I’m crossing my fingers that the weather this weekend is kind and we can have a family walk. I’m getting fed up of the cold weather, icy pavements and howling wind. Come on Spring, I can sense you’re just hiding around the corner! I was thrilled a few days ago to see some snowdrops peeking out of a flowerbed, let’s hope the snow doesn’t come back and kill them.
What have you been doing this February? Let me know in the comments.