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).
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.
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?