I’m a fan of getting out and about. Whether it’s exploring a book maze a short bus ride away from our house, or staying in a Borneo village accessible only by boat, I don’t think there are many places you can’t take children. So when I was asked to host the MAD Blog Award Carnival on the theme of Out and About, I said YES!
First up are some people after my own heart, who have blogged about taking their children abroad. Dorkymum had a very big adventure in Canada, possibly TOO big if you ask her son. The Sojourn Series went to Prague and discovered that pretty much anywhere is good with small children as long as you’ve got a swimming pool. Kiddycharts has been to Austria twice in the summer and thinks the mountains are a great destination for children. I couldn’t agree more, having had a lovely holiday in Switzerland a few years ago. Actually Mummy visited the vineyards in Catalunya and can report that the wine was very good!
I’m also a fan of tourism at home, discovering what you can find in your local area. Yesterday we went to a rainbow beach, walked through a maze made of books and became citizens of Antarctica. All for the price of a bus ride. Ever so slightly less successful on the outing front was Relentless Laundry. I know it’s wrong to laugh at someone else’s misfortune, but she does tell the story very well. And I now know why she chose her blog name. Baby Budgeting has a very lovely friend who told her about a scarecrow festival which kept her children happy for a whole afternoon; we all need friends like that! Little Sheep had a lovely day at Birmingham Thinktank, a place I’ve never been but now want to visit. Northern Mum has been holidaying in the UK and is extolling the virtues of caravans, just as long as you don’t mind leaving your sex life at home. Next time, I’d recommend she takes a tent. And Geek Mummy has had her first proper family day out, it’s lovely when everything goes well and everybody enjoys themselves.
If you’re feeling crafty and want to make use of any ‘treasure’ from your latest outing to the park, have a look at Science Sparks Outdoor Craft Adventure post. It’s a lovely idea and perfect even for little ones. Also perfect for little ones is Red Ted Art’s leaf crown, especially lovely with Autumn leaves.
Family budgeting has tips for eating out without breaking the bank, very useful when you’ve got a horde of kids! And last but not least, All Baby Advice tells us what it’s really like to get your heart’s desire and actually own a Stokke Xplory.
So that’s it, I hope we’ve inspired you with our tales of getting out and about. There are still three weeks of the summer holidays to go!