My children, being the delightful and gorgeous things they are, not to mention having big families, were thoroughly spoilt at Christmas. Our house is bulging at the seams with a plethora of colourful new books, toys and games. And in addition they were given money to spend on choosing their own gifts.
Now I have spent some of their booty on clothes for them in the Next sale. I know that may not be their first choice, but they are not needing more toys, and they will soon get cold in the tiny outfits they insist on outgrowing with a fair degree of regularity, so I think it’s fair enough that some of the money goes towards cladding them in slightly too large but new clothes. Avoiding hypothermia is a true gift indeed….
Even after picking up some clothes, they are still richer than me! We will save some for later in the year and our holiday, but I did make one further executive decision today, I got us a years membership of our local museum.
We live really close to the Dorset County Museum, and both boys enjoy a visit. They have a selection of children’s activities, and we can happily pass the morning there. At only £24 for the year it means we can pop in at will. It gives me a great rainy day option for getting Syd out and about, and because its all paid for, if we get in and he does a toddler Garbo and decides he isn’t in the mood, I haven’t lost anything! Even if we only pop in once a month we will have definitely had our moneys worth.
The museum has a hugely varied selection of exhibits covering the pre-historic right up to very recent history, taking in all sorts of areas from natural history to great local writers and more. My boys love the Time Detectives stand in the Roman area where they can do a skeleton puzzle, investigate roman objects and look at and make bead and mosaic patterns. Their favourite bit is probably the Jurassic Gallery. Dorset and the Jurassic coast in general are a great source of fossils and there are plenty on display here, plus a huge selection of dinosaur toys, Lego, puzzles, books and costumes to rummage through.
A bonus of the membership is free admittance to the regularly run lectures at the museum, I find history and particularly archaeology fascinating so I will be keeping my eye on their schedule and will attempt to make it to a couple of these.
I know your local museum may not seem obvious choice for a toddler activity, but mine is great, I really recommend seeing what yours has to offer!