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.
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.
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.
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!