Outdoor adventures

January 15, 2016

2016 is going to be our best adventure year ever! I am sure if it.

Inspired by Little Buttons daily question of ‘are we going on an adventure today?’, I am planning to write a list of some brilliant things to do over the year from treetop walks to crabbing, it’s got to be done. As the proud mum of a newbie threenager (who just can’t stop talking), I am suddenly more aware of how quickly she is growing up and I simply must embrace all things delightful and magical while I have the chance.

You thought I was going to tell you about some amazing place I found… didn’t you 🙂

Well, I am.

Except it might not be what you expected to hear.

It’s not always possible to whip out a fabulous weekend away or thrilling adventure to the coast. Sometimes time constraints, commitments that you just can’t get out of and money can get in your way. Here is a very simple day-out we had just this weekend that anyone can do. All you need is your feet!


Off we go

Find out where your local open green space is, and head there with all the family for a fun filled day.

Is that it!? – you ask.

Urmmm… actually yes, it is. But trust me, you are the key to making this an amazing adventure that your little one will want on repeat.

Leave your expectations and plans at home and instead opt for bringing all your words of encouragement, plenty of enthusiasm and willingness to just let the day take you where it wants to go. The trick is to relax and let your little ones lead the play. Be mindful and stay with them in their moment, they will treasure this.


Our perfectly ordinary outdoor adventure

We are lucky to be surrounded by parks where we are, extremely lucky, given that we live in the thick of things in busy London. So on Sunday I declared that yes, we are all going on an adventure… and travel as you may.

Little Button has a gluttonous appetite for words and meanings, so I like to throw in the odd sentence here and there to get her thinking.

‘My scooter! Can I go on my scooter!’ she said. Great.. she got it and phew… so glad she picked her scooter (the easiest contraption to manage).


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Ready to go, we bundled out the door off on our adventure with Little Button leading the way to our local green space. In no time at all she had enveloped us in her game of treasure, pirates and x marks the spot, then just as quickly, off she went as fast as she could on her scooter, her face beaming with exhilaration.


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3 Little Buttons blog, scooter


The game changed several times and she opted to skip the playground, the pond and a juice from the park cafe as she was simply enjoying being out and about in the fresh air.

We had a lovely time and I sort of felt….. free. There were no worries as we didn’t have to think of parking, or buying tickets. There were no times to keep to, and I didn’t have to entertain during the boring bits. We were just ourselves, having a blast.

When I think back to what I remember most when I was little, it was those glorious trips out to feed the ducks. Reminded of this, I have decided that these type of adventures will also be joining my 2016 adventures plan, not just as the back-up, but having starring roles.


What are your favourite adventures?


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Happy Diaries







13 responses to “Outdoor adventures”

  1. Edward says:

    I look forward to reading about your adventures with little button throughout the year.

  2. Jenny says:

    That sounds like the perfect adventure! We often just head to our local greenspace, easier to get to when we’re car-less and the boys have just as much fun. Little button is clearly having a whale of a time and has such an amazing imagination that really gets you involved.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  3. chloelifeunexpected says:

    Oh I love this! What a perfect adventure, just letting her be free. The simple days really are the best aren’t they. You don’t need to worry about going anywhere or how much it’ll cost or when or where you’re stopping for lunch. It’s just you, the outdoors and your imaginations. It sounds like so much fun. I’m also curious about the tree top walks and I’m off to google it. That sounds like fun! Thank you so much for linking your adventures to #whatevertheweather x

  4. I love this – it’s so true that days out don’t have to cost anything. We have a gorgeous public boating lake close by that we always go to. There’s a big park for little kids, and a skate park across the road for teenagers. It’s awesome. 🙂 #happydiaries

  5. Becky, Cuddle Fairy says:

    I remember feeding the ducks when I was little too! It was those great fun days that were relaxed that were & are the most fun. Have a chilled out day in the park with a scooter sounds idea! #HappyDiaries x

  6. Sassy says:

    What a beautiful way to spend the day with your little button! I think those days are the best where you don’t plan anything and literally let your mind take you where it wants to go sounds like a A lovely adventure had by all! Xxx #HappyDiaries

  7. Life as Mum says:

    Lovely post. The best days don’t cost a penny! Looking forward to seeing all your adventures

  8. crummymummy1 says:

    Love the idea of crabbing! Our favourite adventures have to be seaside walks – they’re the best! #happydiaries

  9. What a lovely adventure. I miss the toddler adventures we had. We used to go everywhere on my bike, one boy up front and one behind. Duck feeding and swings were always the highlight and you are right it is much better not to be stuck for times but yo be free to do as you please.

  10. Me and Mini R love a trip to feed the ducks or a walk to our local green space. Little buttons is very cute! I look forward to hearing about your future adventures. Your post exudes happiness and it’s obvious how much you love being her mummy. xx #happydiaries

  11. I think when you approach a trip out from the same frame of mind as your child and look at tthings through their eyes, everything can become an adventure.
    Thanks for linking up, Tracey xx

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