things to do for toddlers - jan sweeney photographyIt dawned on me last week that my littlest baby, Katie, will be starting school NEXT YEAR!  This time next year, I will be waving goodbye to buy little buddy, my little shadow and she’ll be off to school five days a week.  She will love it I am sure as she already goes to a lovely childminder three times a week and has an amazing time but it might take a bit of getting used to for me.  I have been filled with thoughts about never getting these days back, never having been to this place or that.  So, I have decided to make our days together really count.  We are going to have a year of mini adventures and I am going to document this with a series of mini blogs to perhaps give you some inspiration and ideas on things to do with your little ones.  I would love your ideas on the best places to go/rainy day activities that you have found.



days out for children in YorkshireWe wasted no time and, after dropping Holly to school this morning, we headed to Goose in Harrogate.  I have heard about this place from so many people over the years, since having Holly but have never actually been.  I was a bit apprehensive as I wasn’t really sure what to expect and we hadn’t booked so I  was crossing everything that we would get in. I was met by a lovely lady and as soon as I told her we had never been, she was more than happy to help me and show me around.  I have recently purchased a Big Little Days discount card which only cost me £20 for the year with their summer discount and this gave me 30% off the admission price into Goose, making it just £3.50 for Katie and free for me.  Mid week is classes as ‘quieter pricing’ and was based on 2 hours of play.  Prices are staggered based on the age of the child and you can pay for unlimited play.


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Goose describes itself as ‘an extraordinary place for children and adults’, and I couldn’t agree more.  As soon as I walked in, I knew this place was right up our street.  It’s spacious, well laid out, clean and really welcoming.  It has lots of activities for little ones and yummy food and coffee for parents.  There is a constant supply of fresh water and apples for all, which was a big hit with Katie.  The space is divided into two main play areas, one for under 4 year and one for over 4 years.  My little dare devil of course headed straight to the over 4 area (she’s 3) and the staff are absolutely fine with this as it’s ability based so if they can do it, you’re welcome to go on.  There is also a blue room full of big foam shapes to build things, a magnetic wall with lots of wooden shapes, colouring pencils and paper, Duplo and a large selection of toys and books that you can borrow to play with.  Hours of fun!


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We had a fantastic start to our year of mini adventures and will be heading back to Goose on a Wednesday when they run story and craft time at 10am – definitely advisable to book for this one.  I am also desperate to try one of their yummy meals!

Thanks Goose!

Jan and Katie xx


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