Parks – what’s your local park like?

Parks are a budgeting mums no. 1 summer budgeting activity option.

 Local parks can be absolute lifeline for all parents for the following 2 reasons: they are free and open all year round …hurray. Usually empty of big kids on a weekday, they are usually well maintained by the council, safe, and they help your little one expend loads and loads of energy and they usually have a bench for you to rest your weary feet. They are also lots of fun.

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 Don’t ever let the weather put you off, get wellies and an all in one rain thingy (for baby not for you, you would look really stupid no matter how practical!) and brave it anyway. Children are so much better behaved when they have run off their excess energy and got some fresh air and it will perk you up too if you are having a down day.

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Parks also a good place for them and you to make new friends, pick leaves for pictures, jump in puddles, have races, practice on bikes etc. Magical. Even if your baby isn’t yet walking a little swing and a play in the sandpit as well as seeing other children play is great stimulation.

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 As they get bigger a flask and a book (for you of course!) aren’t a bad idea!

If your park isn’t the business get campaigning to your local newspaper/MP or anyone who will listen. If you want to comment on your local park go check out www.greenstat.org.uk/   GreenSTAT is a system that gives people the opportunity to comment on the quality of their open spaces and how well they feel they are being managed and maintained . Writing and complaining to a local paper can often help too.

 Do take action your local park is going to be a vital part of your life for the next few years!

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5 Comments

  1. June 17, 2010 / 8:29 am

    We go to our local park most days after school. The boys run off their never ending energy. They love compiling a list of all the ones they like to visit. We do that a lot over the holidays

  2. June 17, 2010 / 3:34 pm

    I’m really lucky to have not 1 but 2 fab parks within 10 mins walking from my house. We spend a lot of time in the park especially in the summer months where things like soft play are more expensive with the schools on holidays!

  3. Sarah
    June 19, 2010 / 1:47 pm

    I completely agree. Yesterday I took my 2yo to Leazes Park in Newcastle and we spent a good 90 minutes there, feeding the ducks, eating icecream, playing in the park and generally enjoying being the open air. We had a fabulous time and it cost us very little (cost of an icecream). I don’t particularly like soft play, so parks are a real favourite of mine.

  4. June 19, 2010 / 10:29 pm

    Parks a great and brilliant for picnics although the facilities are usually quite cruddy unless you have a decent cafe or pub on hand. Coram Fields in London is a park dedicated to children and adults are not allowed in unless accompanied by kids.

  5. June 30, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    My mum even goes park hopping with the kids one day they did 5!!!!

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