One of the first things I did when I started Home Educating was look at as many articles, resources,websites & groups as possible – mainly to convince me that I wasn’t completely insane! Haha. It gave me the reassurance that if Home Educating could work for other people then we had every chance that it could work for us too.
One of the Facebook Groups that I joined is the Home Educating West Yorkshire Group. With just under 1000 members I feel fortunate to have got to know some amazing people already and it’s a great place to hear about different events that are taking place in your local area.
One of the lovely HE mums (Thanks Lacey!) recently arranged a few HE trips to Skipton Fire Station and we visited today. As Monday is a working day for me I had my own girls Keira & Scarlett and we were joined today by L (3) andA (2).
We arrived a little late so we’re pointed straight to the fire engines where the children could sit in the fire engines and even a little boat too. We then went outside where we watched the fireman drive the fire engine around the back of the station and fill up the hose using a fire hydrant. All the children then
got a go wearing the fireman helmet and using the hose. Keira really enjoyed this bit!
The fireman that did the talk (I feel awful as I forgot his name) was absolutely fantastic. He had a great sense of humor and his interaction with the childr
en was amazing. The children I brought with me absolutely loved it and my Keira still wants to be a ‘fire girl’
when she is older!
He understood that whilst demonstrations and talks are regularly available for schools, not much is set up for Home Educators like ourselves and it is something he is going to look into for us too which is great.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day & look forward to similar adventures in future.
So this week I have set myself the challenge to spend as little money as possible.
We have been home educating for over 5 weeks now and initially I planned so many activities/days out to ensure the girls days were as ‘fulfilling’ as possible but I spent an absolute fortune.
More experienced Home Educators have said to me that HE can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be and they are completely right.
Today was a working day for me and we were joined by L (3) and A (2). I absolutely love Monday’s as both little ones are fantastic and get on so well with Keira & Scarlett too.
We started the morning making fruit salad which the little ones really enjoyed. Through my job as a childminder I follow the EYFS and the topic we are looking at this week is ‘healthy eating’ so getting them to learn about and try new fruit seemed appropriate. They did some drawings and coloring of fruit which we then stuck on the wall.
All the little ones then helped me get the picnic ready, ready for our day at the park.
We are fortunate that where we live there are plenty of lovely parks and outdoor areas. Today I decided to take the journey to Manor Heath Park in Halifax which all the children love. We were joined by a fellow HE mummy and her two children, J (4) & I (2) and it was lovely to see the relationships continue to build between all the children.
We spent time in the butterfly garden & they loved watching the fish and the terrapins. We then ran around the walled garden (queue me panicking that i’d lost Keira who thought hiding would be a good idea!) They played in the water area and spent a lot of time in the outdoor playground. All the children had waterproofs & wellies on so even when it rained it wasn’t too bad. Did find though that for the little ones in the puddlesuits slides are lethal! Ha. We even managed to eat our picnic sitting outside once the rain had taken a break. Scarlett just decorated the floor with our lovingly prepared fruit salad!
It was honestly a brilliant day and I spent … (drumroll please!) just £1.00!!
It cost me £1.00 for me & 4 little ones to enter the Butterfly Garden! A good result if you ask me. If you are looking for a nice day out I highly recommend this park. There is also a cafe onsite, public toilets (though you pay 20p for the privilege) and an outdoor gym area so plenty to do for all ages.
Tomorrow is my day off work and I have the dreaded meeting with the council lady about my HE journey! I will most definitely do a post on this at some point during the week and let you all know how it went. The lady I spoke to seemed pretty nice on the phone though so I have my fingers crossed.
Oh & just had to share this adorable picture of Keira & Scarlett cuddling up before bed tonight. Scarlett loves having her hair brushed & Keira is more than happy to play the role of hairdresser.
x Jenna x
So with Keira requesting a day with lots of jumping and bouncing, I headed to google to
search for a trampoline park. I was really pleased to find one located on Halifax Road in Liversedge.
Adrenaline International is a family run business that opened in early 2016. From looking at the website it really seemed like they thought of everything that a family may want or need. Not only is there a trampoline park on site but there is also a soft-play area and a cafe too (perfect for my hungry monsters who’s favourite line seems to be ‘can we have dinner?’ – even if it is only 9am!)
On Mondays to Friday at 10am until 11am and then in the afternoon at 2pm to 3pm they have a dedicated 5’s and under only toddler jump sessions. It’s £5.00 per person (children and adults are charged the same which I think is really fair). If you haven’t visited before you will need to purchase special socks but these only cost £1.00 each and you can machine wash them so using them again is fine.
We arrived at 9:30am, a little earlier than planned but the staff were great. We had already pre-booked online so they checked us in and provided us with the socks. They also gave us the option of paying an additional £2.00 per child to enable them to play in the Lost City Soft Play area and I am glad we took advantage of this. We were firstly showed us the compulsory safety video and then shown the lockers. Free of charge lockers are available which I was really pleased about (with a toddler and a 4 year old I do not travel lightly!).We then waited in the cafe area until we were allowed on the trampolines.
When 10am came the girls were the first on the trampolines and they honestly loved it. The marshals were so good with the little ones. My youngest was in awe of how high they could bounce. Mr Tumble was playing on a big screen which I thought was a nice touch and they played age appropriate music which the girls loved jumping about to. By 10:45 am we were all shattered so decided to call it a day and go and play in the soft play.
I have to say I was even more impressed with the soft play area. It was fantastic! I think they have thought of everything and the girls (and mummy!) had such a fun time. We spent another hour in the soft play before calling it a day and deciding to go home for lunch.
I did have a quick look at the Menu in the cafe and I was pleased to see a nice variety of foods available. The prices are similar to what you would see in most play gyms. We would definitely consider eating in the cafe next time we visit.
We only spent the morning here but you could definitely stay all day if you wanted to.
I am really impressed to have found this trampoline park and will definitely be recommending to family and friends. No matter how old you are their is definitely some fun to be had here so I would give it a try.
If you would like to find out more about this attraction click Adrenaline International to be redirected to the website.