I've never really been a playgroup person and it's something that worried me initially when Wilf was small. I tried a few of them and each time I left feeling just a bit down. There was nothing there for me and I didn't enjoy the small talk but I wondered it should be something I just did for Wilf regardless of how it left me feeling. I soon realised that was silly, I wasn't just the 'bringer of the baby' and those places are partly designed so parents can socialise or get out the house, if it wasn't doing that for me then there were plenty of other opportunities for play that didn't involve church halls and plastic cups of tea.
I discovered that what made both me and Wilf happy was doing the things we both enjoyed. Parks trips (that involve coffee for me) days out at the zoo, play dates with friends and trips to the cafe for pancakes and babyccinos.
I love taking the morning to go somewhere new or just a bit different and there are so many child friendly places in Bristol and the surrounding areas to do so. We love our weekly visit to the zoo gardens, we have a special secret spot we head to with fountains for the kids to splash in and cake and coffee bought on the way from the restaurant.
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Often these places can be kinda pricey to attend though and not always ideal to suggest as play dates if you don't want to spend a lot of money. I was recently contacted by Kids Pass which is a really interesting concept. They are free to join and when you do so you are able to get access to savings up to 50% on places from Outdoor Adventure Parks, Zoo's, Aquariums and lots more.
I found their site super easy to navigate and by selecting my city I could see what attractions they had listed in Bristol to make savings on. We last went to the Aquarium with Wilf well over a year ago so it would be fun to go again now he can appreciate it (considering how much he likes to see the fish in our local pet-shop I think it would blow his mind!; )) I found out they have a deal on that kids go free which is amazing if you have more than one child especially as prices can really add up.
It also helps that you can scope out which attractions have deals on in other areas on the country incase you are visiting an area you are not familiar with. Gone are the days you had to pick up leaflets at your local tourist office!
What do you think of Kids Pass? Would you use it?
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