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Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Outdoor fun | 37 comments

Outdoor fun

Half term was rather wet and miserable. We went to stay with Nana and Grandad for a few days. They have a wonderful garden to play and run around in, but there wasn’t much chance to get some outdoor fun.

Luckily one day was good, so we grabbed the opportunity to have fun in the garden. The children made fairy castles in the sand, it looked more like a pile of sand with petals on top to me, but who am I to argue with their creative mind?

Making a fairy sand castle

The children played with their babies in the garden and of course my girls can never play with just one baby, they always have to have twin babies!

Playing with twin babies


Their Godmother stopped by for a catch up and spun them round, which of course is every childs most fun activity!

All in all we had a lovely time in the garden of play, fun and catching up with friends. However, the nice weather did not stay, so the next day we needed to be more creative about getting the kids out.

We decided we needed to buy daddy a fathers day present, so we went for a trip to the local garden centre. I always like visiting there as there is so much to look at and there is even an animal area, for the kids to enjoy.

After having a look at the books etc, where mummy spent some money on a fab looking book called 101 things for kids to do outside by Dawn Isaac, we headed straight for the animals. We were extremely lucky to have timed our visit perfectly, as when we walked in, two people arrived with some animals for us to stroke. Well, I say stroke, I think touch would be more accurate as these animals I don’t feel are seriously stroke-able!

The children had a stroke of a snake. They were very surprised at how it felt, very silky and smooth apparently. They like the tortoise, but I wasn’t too sure of the toad. The children touched him, but I didn’t, he looked too slimy! Then there was a lizard which Pinky and Boo liked stroking, but BB wouldn’t, not sure why, it felt quite rough, but was actually quite cute looking.

We continued looking at all the animals. Nan bought some food to feed the ducks and the goats. I think their favourite animals were the very large rabbits and the goats.

Outdoor fun with animals

Unfortunately half way round it started raining, but that didn’t matter, we still had a great time and all for free (well, apart from the cost of the book and the fathers day present we went on to choose)!



  1. Great day and all for free!

  2. This is our fave in the Garden Centre too! The animals that you can buy. My son wants a pet but we cant afford one so this is the next best thing regularly visiting them in the garden center.

    This weather is a mix of everything (plus I am sick) so we are always inside but I let him play in the terrace rain or shine.

    And your girls looks like they enjoyed your trip to their grandparents and the garden center =)


    • It was a lovely trip to the garden centre

  3. They’re braver than me, handling the snake! And you’re right about all kids loving to be spun around – mine are exactly the same! #PoCoLo

    (Have you seen the new #FamilyFriday link? – This post would fit in well there, too!)

    • Yes, there’s something about being spun around that kids just love πŸ™‚

  4. Garden centre’s are great places to visit, except I end up spending money when I really shouldn’t! Glad you managed a little time outside πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I did end up spending money, buying fathers day present and book πŸ™‚

  5. Eeek! You’ve reminded me that Father’s Day is around the corner. We’d better get creative! Looks like lots of fun “stroking” the animals. #CountryKids

    • They did like seeing the animals

  6. What a wonderful garden to have fun in and what a great garden centre, this is the first one I know that has animals to pet/stroke. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Yes, I o love my parents garden. The garden centre near them is wonderful too πŸ™‚

  7. Gorgeous garden. Looks like a lot of fun has been had. I have never seen a center have animals thats fantastic. Love all the photos. #countrykids

    • Thank you, the animals at the garden centre are fantastic!

  8. How very cool to have animals at the garden center. Looks like it was an afternoon well enjoyed. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

    • It is a lovely garden centre. Thank you

  9. We love visiting garden centres. Children love gardening so they usually buy a plant or two, and come home with lots of ideas from the displays. One of our favourite ones has a pirates ship for them to clamber on. #CountryKids

    • Wow a pirate ship to climb on sounds fantastic!

  10. Bless them, it sounds like you had loads of fun. I love the look of that garden centre. We were the same with our half term – it chucked it down! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo πŸ™‚ x

    • It is a lovely garden centre. πŸ™‚

  11. Sounds like a good garden centre! A good idea for a rainy day. Garden play is always good fun.

    • We always love spending time in the garden when we visit Nana and Grandad

    • They’re great aren’t they πŸ™‚

  12. Love the fairy castles and how their minds work, just fabulous. We made a green potion for fairies the other day! The garden centre sounds brilliant especially with all the animals there. Well done with the Father’s Day present too, I must get cracking! Great post as always, thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • I hope the green potion was lots of fun. That garden center is great πŸ™‚

  13. Oh, that looks like a really fun day, garden centres are always good and the added bonus of animals to stroke and feed, perfect! #CountryKids

    • It was a lovely day πŸ™‚

  14. Aww sounds lovely, and nice to hear you got out and had some fun, despite the wet weather! xx #whatsthestory

    • Thank you x

    • We did πŸ™‚

  15. Looks like you had a great day! Animals are always a hit with children πŸ™‚ #whatsthestory

    • It was a good day πŸ™‚

  16. Fab photos and looks like a great day out πŸ™‚ #whatsthestory

    • Thanks, was good πŸ™‚

  17. We are ALWAYS heading to the garden centre to see the fish and the tortoises… although it sounds like yours is even more exciting! Loving the fairy castles! Got to love their imaginations! Thanks for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason

    • Garden centre are definitely great places, even for kids.

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