A little titbit for all of the parents in the UK...

Monday, 30 July 2012

Today is the first day of summer. It’s also the first day of the unofficial pool to see how long my monster lasts. I have threatened him more than once with the ‘Keep it up and your sister is going to be an only child’ line. And that was before I had to be home with him ALL DAY. Now, don’t get me wrong... I really do want to be a ‘World’s Best Mom’ and I do really try, but my patience only stretches so far.

What my monster needs is activities to entertain him and wear him out. I think I have found the perfect solution (assuming we have a fair amount of sun this summer)—a membership to the National Trust! 
Here’s why...

The National Trust membership for a family of two adults and unlimited kids is £70.12 for the year when paid by direct debit. It comes with newsletters, a magazine... all sorts, but most importantly, it gets you free entry and car parking to over 300 properties!

This weekend I had a good look through the copy of Primary Times which was sent home in Hunter’s bag and found that not only is Tatton Park listed (a favourite place for our family),but there are many other places listed which are only a short drive from us. Free entry and parking at Tatton alone would be worth it as much as we go there. They have some great things for us to do this summer, in addition to feeding the animals at the farm and playing in the massive playground.

I also found Lyme Park which, as it turns out, is only about a 20 minute drive for us and offers a different kid-friendly activity each weekday this summer! I’m really excited about this one. I have marked several days out there on my calendar, including making and flying animal kites, watercolour painting, skimming stones, learning about water mini-beasts, and listening to a story teller in the garden.

You can even use your membership for entry into attractions in other countries. We are spending 
a week in Italy next month and I’ve already found a place to visit for free there!

It looks as though summer may be ok after all. And not as expensive as I originally thought. Thanks to membership in the National Trust. If you are home for the summer with school-age kids (of course, I’ll have Scarlett in the pram as well), it may just be the best £70 you spend.

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