Following our kite adventures last week, and the continuing dry and sunny weather, I suggested taking N’s balance bike to the park in town for a ride around. While he does get to ride it at home, we have gravel on our drive so lots of space but not a very comfy ride.
We’re lucky as there are 2 nice parks in town. The one we usually end up at is near some of the parking so it makes sense if we go to look at the canal to also go to that playground. The one we went to is People’s Park, and I’ve not been there for years, probably since we were children.
It’s got a great little playground for under 8s, lots of paths for cycling down, plenty of grass for a spot of football or dog walking, and a small aviary for children if they’re so keen.
N just wanted to ride his bike. On the farm it’s all gravel apart from the patio and the yard (which at the moment is too mucky until the cattle are out in the fields again), so it’s a treat for him to be able to ride on normal paths.
We had a brief look at the birds in the aviary
Checked out some of the unusual equipment in the play area, just leaving when it started getting busier
And did a bit more cycling before heading off home.
After seeing several older children on bikes (with stabilisers which he didn’t seem to notice thankfully as I don’t want him to have them, and without – some older youths), he’s now been going on about getting pedals for his bike. Hmm, maybe a little young at the moment.
I’m thinking maybe around Easter we’ll take a trip to the bike shop and check out what there is in the hope of getting some pre-summer offers. My thought was that if he had a proper bike ready for when the grass was drier, then it would be safer for him to learn the transfer from balance bike to pedal bike. When we got home from the park, he got straight on his pedal tractor to tell me
‘I’m pedalling my tractor mummy, I’m going to get pedals for my bike’.
How old were your children when they had their first bike? Has anyone got experience of children going from balance bike to pedal bike to share?