Since having Molly I have never spent amount of time in parks since I was a teenager getting pissed on cheap cider.
Being a stay at home mum on a budget though, parks are a life saver when it comes to trying to keep a lively toddler entertained every day.
I have a rule…if it’s not raining we go to a park. We even went all through the winter. I pack a lunch, a ball, her bike/scooter, wellies and off we go. It means we both get plenty of fresh air and exercise, and I don’t spend a fortune in soft play centres each week.
We are lucky where we live in South Birmingham as there are plenty of decent parks there, and in the surrounding areas, to choose from. I thought, as I pretty much spend my entire life in parks, I might as well start documenting our little adventures, and blog about the best ones.
I’m starting with Sandwell Valley Country Park:
It was our first visit here on Sunday, and Molly had the added bonus of daddy coming with us, as it is usually just us two.
We were really impressed by the size of it, it was really clean and well kept, had loads for the kids to do and catered for all ages. They even had swings/roundabouts especially for disabled children.
Walking down the hill the first little play area we came across had a sand pit, which Molly loves. Although I don’t know who’s having more fun here?!
The main play area further down the hill though was fantastic. It had plenty of climbing frames for all ages, slides, swings, roundabouts, trampolines, and even a little splash water park!
The weather wasn’t the best though so we didn’t go in there. Molly didn’t know what to go on first, and John got to practice his climbing skills (he is an ex-scaffolder)!
After our little picnic we carried on walking and came across a lovely boating lake where you could hire pedalos.
Further down again there was another adventure play area for older children with zip wires and ropes, and right down the bottom there was a fun fair (much to Little M’s delight).
There was an agricultural event on that day too (all free) so there were stalls, live music and animals for the children to get up close with.
There is a farm there too and tea rooms but we didn’t get that far. We had been there for 3 hours so we were all pretty knackered. I felt comfortable enough to let Molly run free, and the only thing I worried about was washing her hands after she touched the animals (cue my never ending supply of antibac wipes)!
It was a fantastic family day out though, and would highly recommend this park to anyone. We will definitely be back.