Autumn is well and truly here now (boo). So, I’ve put together a few ideas that might help if you are trying to keep your littles amused and don’t want to spend a fortune. You can also check out all of the baby, toddler and children classes that are available in the area by clicking on the main tool bar at the top of the NHM webpage.
1. Nature Detectives
I know I always rave about Nature Detectives but it’s absolutely fantastic. They have special Autumn packs that you can download to use for Autumn activities.
2. The Cinema
From what I can see Basingstoke Odeon doesn’t have any Newbie and Children’s performances scheduled at the moment, which is a bit disappointing. I loved going to the Newbie’s showings when I was on Maternity Leave. Our little one “saw” her first film when she was three weeks old!
3. Puddle Splashing
I’ve mentioned before on NHM that I’ve heard the saying “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad weather clothing!”. Puddle jumping is great but you need some wellies otherwise it can become a bit miserable pretty quickly.
4. Find your local park.
We are very lucky in Basingstoke that we have some wonderful parks in the area. This is a great website to check out what’s around, especially if you are a bit bored with your local park. With weather being as windy as it today, Crabtree hill would be a great place to fly a kite!
5. Make Play Dough
I’ve posted up a few posts that have recipies for making your own Play Dough. Check them out here and here. I find this is a great activity when I want my little one to be preoccupied in her highchair when I’m trying to cook!
6. Cook together
We’ve tried this once and it was…interesting! lol. Our little one isn’t big enough to stand on a chair so I put her in her highchair and she had great fun playing with dough. She created an almighty mess though, but it was worth it to see how much fun she had. There are some really easy recipes out there that you can make with your children, regardless of their age.
7. Visit your local museums
The Willis Museum in Basingstoke town centre is free and has a good variety of activities for children. Milestones Museum isn’t free but is worth a whole day out. Basing House isn’t free either but they have a lot of activities for children. You might be interested in a Culture All passport or Discovery Pass which helps to keep the cost of Activities down.
8. PJ Days and Movie Afternoons
When it’s raining and cold outside, Pyjama days are great. I personally wouldn’t watch a movie with my little one as I feel she’s too young (19 months) but for those bigger children movie days can be loads of fun. If your children have seen all of your DVD’s, why not rent one from the local library for a nominal fee. They even do a special deal where you can pay for film membership for the year.