Never one to miss an opportunity to cram as much into a day as possible, after our time at the Midlands blog meet at the weekend, I’d arranged to meet a friend and her daughter in Nottingham. In fact, she’s not just my friend, she’s my bump buddy from when we were on the Babycentre forum together when pregnant.
Nottingham was a pleasant surprise, as since I’d last been, they’ve built some great water fountains and features in the main square, so although cold, it was perfect entertainment for two three-year olds after a bit of water fun.
N and his little friend enjoyed seeing each other. I love it the way young children just take everything in their stride, and even if they don’t exactly remember who the person really is that they’re seeing, they seem to get really excited at the prospect of having another friend to play with.
It’s taken a while for N to like water fountains, or anything unpredictable when it comes to water. He still hates showers, so I was astounded at how confident he was playing with the water.
It probably wasn’t the best weather to be playing in freezing cold water, but he didn’t seem worried. He did end up a little on the wet side…but very happy.
A bit of tram spotting later (I think N was confused why the ‘trains’ were going through the middle of the city!), and we went for some coffee and cake. The children were really good, and N was really impressed that E had brought him a present (whoever thought of doing ‘mystery’ Happyland figures in single packets should be given a payrise. A great cheap reward for kids and to keep them entertained while out and about…I’m planning them as potty training rewards as well!)
Our catch up was only fleeting, but it was great to see the children together having fun, brilliant to catch up, and a relief to get some time outside after all the bad weather of January and early February, and a good breather before we had to get in the car onto our final destination.
What features do your town or city centres have that are great for children and a breather from shopping? (Banbury’s is limited to a statue of the Fine Lady upon her horse)