When we were Londoners we lived 30 minutes away from lions and tigers and bears and Oh My! Do we miss London Zoo.
Pregnant and struggling to entertain a lively toddler the zoo was my go-to day out, the penguins were far better company for Eeh Bah daughter than a fat grumpy mum could ever be.
Being near penguins also made me feel better because, well, who doesn’t like a penguin?
I cannot think of a single situation in life that would not be improved by the addition of penguins. (Please sign up to follow my blog I have an ill thought out plan for world domination that involves penguins and a large group of angry sleep deprived mums.)
Now we are in Yorkshire and 30 minutes from Hesketh Farm Park.
And it is glorious.
There is no better answer to the question ‘What have you done today?’ than ‘I brushed a pig!’ I cannot believe I have made it to the ripe age of 40 without ever having brushed a pig before. What the hell was I doing?
Children love interacting with animals, we went on a fantastic trip to the USA and the only thing my daughter can really remember is that she touched a starfish at Monterey Bay Aquarium. (To be fair it was a very momentous occasion, probably more so for the poor starfish which was waved around her head like a flag on the F1 finish line.)
Taking children to see animals is one of the most fun things you can do. It genuinely is fun for all the family and here is why….
It’s the activity that’s not really an activity. The time and effort required are minimal – apart from the actual getting out of the house bit which does entail a fair bit of energy.
Maybe you are one of those mum’s who makes their own play doh (and if you are this looks awesome) the more observant of you will know that I am not the putting in too much effort type (this morning’s activity for Eeh Bah daughter has been washing up).
Going to a farm is a perfect day out for both me and the children. In the photo gallery with this post there is one picture missing: Me sitting drinking tea, reading Tatler whilst the children make friends with piglets.
Animals are basically an interactive version of CBeebies that cannot be turned off accidentally.
A day at the farm is also educational so you can feel smug about your trip. Yes you have basically sat on grass and watched some chickens scratch about but the children have seen where eggs come from and learnt that a chicken poo covered feather is not a tasty snack ( imagines Gregg Wallace chewing a large gobful of them).
And finally the best reason I can think of for doing anything with children is this:
Children + Fresh Air x Excitement = Big Sleep.
It’s the Holy Grail of parenting.