Girls can be bus drivers too!
With an active three-year-old and an increasingly active 20 month old we’re always looking for new things to do and new places to go. Getting out of the house, exercising and fresh air are essential daily requirements for us – without them everything goes a bit wrong. And without nursery for six whole weeks to keep R busy we’re very much in need of new places to go.
Kennington Park is close to our house but not close enough to walk and we’d never made it there before. So when a friend from out of town was visiting, and staying near there, it seemed like a good opportunity to visit it. I’d heard that it had a double decker bus that the kids could climb on and a café, which were reasons enough to hop on the bus and make the journey there.
We got there at around 10am and apart from one other child had the playground to ourselves for a while. The bus was a bit hit – although of course R and (not really a) baby (any more) R fought constantly over who got to sit in the driver’s seat. “She needs to be a passenger mummy!” was shouted repeatedly. Incidentally – I’m finding it increasingly difficult to know how to deal with these sibling battles. As baby R is getting older and more independent I’m finding myself leaving them more and more to sort out their own battles – as long as no-one gets hurt…
Anyway, once the bus had been exhausted the kids explored the rest of the playground – there’s a small sandpit, with a slide that lands in it, swings, climbing frames, a boat to climb on, one of those circular things that changes its height as you spin round on it (no idea what the name is) and some little motorbikes to ride on.
Our friends turned up soon afterwards, at which point the boys ran off to play hide and seek and we discovered a lovely little nature garden at the back of the playground. It was lovely that it was part of the playground, so could be easily explored. The boys had a good time playing super-heroes and hide and seek amongst the logs back here and baby R tried her best to join in. I love these little nature gardens – not only do they provide an opportunity for the kids to run around on grass and play in a more natural environment than that which they’re used to, growing up in zone 2 London, but they also provide an opportunity to talk about nature – what might like to live in logs, what birds can you see, can you spot any insects? Hopefully R at least learns something, and baby R always has a wonderful time if there are sticks and mud involved.
The nature garden at Kennington Park
We also visited the cafe (for the purposes of research of course!) for coffee and ice creams. The boys finished their ice creams before everyone else of course and so ran off to chase each other around some nearby trees and then when we’d all finished had a great time having races up and down the park, while baby R tried hard to keep up.
Lots of space for races
It was a lovely outing, close enough to home for us to get back in time for lunch and baby R’s nap but not so close it’s become over-familiar. We’ll definitely be going back.