Keeping the kids entertained all day can be a challenge, but going on day trips away from the house tends to be expensive, so itís no wonder mums might feel a bit trapped at home.
Luckily, Nottingham has a huge choice when it comes to free days out and places to go. Here are the top five free days out for families.
Rushcliffe Country Park Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottingham 0115 9215865 Website: rushcliffe.gov.uk
With a huge play area for children that includes lots of different bits of equipment, itís no wonder Rushcliffe Country Park is a popular destination for local families. There is accessible play equipment, a skateboard ramp and a cycle track close by.
Sherwood Pines Forest Park is easily one of the best value days out for families Ė while you will have to pay for parking (a measly £4 for the day) that's just about the only thing you will have to pay for. Thereís a children's adventure play trail and the gorgeous woodland trail that takes you to one of Englandís top ten natural play areas, Robin Hoodís Hideout, while young children will be thrilled with the sand play village. There are cycle trails, plus toilets and lots of space for a picnic, making for a lovely day out with the kids.
If you are in desperate need of some fresh country air without leaving the city, Stonebridge City Farm is free and accessible to everyone. You and the children can feed and pet the animals, including cows, sheep, goats, plus the smaller animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks and turkeys. You can also wander the gardens and learn about growing your own fruits and vegetables at home or spot various birds, butterflies and insects around the area.
Mansfield Museum is the city's very own child-friendly historical centre and was founded by a local collector and historian in 1903. The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the local area and provides a fascinating look at Mansfieldís past. Facilities include the XplorActive Hands on gallery, while it is also host to range of school holiday activities.
Attenborough Nature Centre is the perfect place to take a peaceful walk (well, as peaceful as can be with children) around the Attenborough Nature Reserve while learning about the native wildlife and flowers. For just 10p, you can purchase puzzles and colouring sheets for the kids, or let them learn about the local wildlife and their habitats via the interact screens and information pages. The Centre is also home to an outdoor education centre that has a bird feeding station, pond, nature trail and even a very special Insect Hotel.
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Nottingham is a haven for the free and family friendly. For more family friendly events and ideas, read more at our dedicated Nottingham Mums Group page here.