Yesterday I met up with a few of my best mummy mates to take the little ones on a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham.http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/
This was only my second visit to the gardens, I brought Molly here a few months ago during term time, so it was a very different experience. The grounds are beautiful and you would never know you were in the middle of Brum. It really is a small haven of green solitude in a loud and grey city.
There are always a variety of events and activities going on, you can even get married here, but yesterday they had organised a teddy bear’s picnic. There were bouncy castles, circus skills, face painting, stalls, magic shows, clowns, raffles, cakes and even a prosecco stand (I didn’t get round to that one though)!
It was a scorcher of a day, and, as with most 2 year olds, Molly was getting a bit hot and bothered after so much running around. After sitting down (for 5 minutes) to eat our picnic we went for a wander around all the stalls. She did want her face painted but the queue was too long, so she settled for a glitter tattoo instead:
It was a lovely atmosphere and all the families there seemed to be enjoying themselves. However the only thing we were a bit miffed about was having to pay for the bouncy castles (£1.50 a go), and also the clown was charging for his balloon animals. After paying £7.00 to get in, these activities should have been in with the price.
At the risk of running out of money we wandered down to the play areas which the kids were happy about, and went exploring:
It was lovely to catch up with my mummy mates. We all had our babies at the same time and met through local groups. We are all quite close now, and it really is wonderful to watch them all growing up into little people:
After stopping at the tea rooms to get an ice cream and to cool off a bit, it was time to head home. We all had a thoroughly enjoyable day and we will definitely be back to the gardens when it is less busy.