Sunday, 13 April 2014

My classic family day out

Ugg Australia are asking bloggers what their classic family day out would be, so I put my thinking cap on, what would we love to do and how would we do it?

It takes us less than an hour into London from where we are (by train) and the thrill of going on a train there and back is exhilarating for two little boys with a train obsession. It's the perfect start to our day. Counting bridges that we journey under, spotting buildings, tractors and animals in the fields as we travel. The closer to London we get and the bridges become tunnels, long dark ones that excite my boys even more! Traveling my train is definitely my preference for the day as there is plenty to keep my two boys busy which they need as they just don't stop and they can stand up and stretch their legs too which makes it easier for us all.

It's lovely to have time just the four of us together; my husband, myself and our two boys who are two and three. Family time is so precious and we love every minute of it. With the business of life at the moment it is always nice to have a day where my husband and I let our hair down a bit and we get to relax with the boys. We love being hands on and regularly are seen with our rain coats on sliding down slides and getting stuck in. I like our boys to see us being practical and fun as well as parents and it helps us all to get into the spirit of the day.

As we arrive into Kings Cross the hugeness of it all is overwhelming and I can see my boy faces gasping in wonder, then we head for the tube. Different from the train with it's sliding doors and the warmth of being deep underground. The escalators that seem to go on forever are a world away from the countryside that we live in and I love being able to show the difference to our boys. They seem to absorb so much and want to learn all of the time, so on a day trip out I love their curiosity.

Going into London is a special treat and there is so much choice as to what to do from the zoo to shopping and plenty more. Our eldest son is just about to turn four and although not something we have done before I think he would just love the Natural History Museum in London with its gigantic diplodocus skeleton in the main hallway. I as a child always loved it and remember going to see it vividly and with fond memories and I would like my children to experience the same excitement I did. With Andy's Dinosaur Adventures being based from there it has spiked an interest from my eldest and they have so much more than just dinosaurs. There is something about seeing dinosaur skeletons and learning about them that you can do over and over again. With a day trip like this with little ones it's nice to be able to do the visual element of the day and leave more for when they get bigger so you can come back again. Its free entry (it only costs for temporary exhibitions) which I was surprised and also relieved about, when it costs a lot I always put more pressure on us to see and do everything so its nice not to have that, and to know we can go around at our own pace. They have lots of ideas on the Natural history museum website with things to do including the Explorer backpack aimed at under 7's where you get a safari hat and binoculars as well as lots of things to find and explore. There is also an earth lab where you can check out fossils (one of my son's favourite things), the dino gallery full of dinosaurs, mammals - I just can't wait!

This is the diplodocus! 
Somewhere in our day we have to have a hot chocolate with marshmallows, it's become family tradition and one I like to keep in as everyone gets excited about it. Lots of coffee shops will do a small kids version thats not to hot but made with steamed milk the same and just as delicious, my boys lap it up.

Finally we would grab some food whilst we are out. As a family we love wagamama as the food is great and they serve quickly. Plus what kid doesn't love chopsticks? It feels like a special treat.

On our feet I would choose the Ugg Australia Toddlers Perrin £40.00 because they look so very comfortable with their soft butter leather, they have durable soles and I love that they come in navy and brownstone so each of my boys could have a different colour. When your on your feet all day as an explorer its important that you wear the right shoes! Both boys usually wear casual clothes and these would fit really well with their style.

It's a big day and I am thankful that the train ride home gives plenty to see and lots to talk about from the day we have had. For me the important part is that we have all had fun and all been together as a family, it wouldn't matter how big or how small our adventures had been as long as we were all together. What activities do you and your family like to do on your classic days out?

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