If you're living in fear of hearing the dreaded words "Mum! I'm bored!" or god forbid you've already heard them, then you'll be glad to read some of my ideas for what to do with the kids this summer.
I have two approaches to how I spend my free time: I'll either head out to all the baby groups and events I can or I take the opportunity to stay inside and relax in my pyjamas with my hubby and son! If you relate more to the latter approach and just need to find a few things for the kids to do at home then stay tuned for future blog posts about creative ideas to do with the kids at home!
Going out for a meal or coffee is so much easier when the little ones have somewhere to play! There are tons of family friendly places to eat in Bristol with outdoor playparks, but a few have been popping up with indoor play areas too. The Crafty Cow in Horfield is a personal favourite and has often provided me with a much less stressful way of going out for coffee and catching up with friends. The Eastfield Inn and Playful Cafe are other great places with indoor play areas. Mothercare in Eastgate shopping centre as well as in Cribbs Causeway have cafes and the one in Cribbs even has a softplay!
Churches and community centres often have activities on throughout the summer and may offer alternatives to their usual groups. Henbury and Brentry Children's Centres offer stay and play groups and often organise days out. Filton Avenue Children Centre are hosting picnics and even provide fun indoor activities if it rains! Cairns Road Baptist Church have a nice cafe with a children's play area - it's good value for money too!
There are quite a few softplays in Bristol but I have to say that our favourite at the moment is Jump in Cribbs Causeway which has an absolutely huge play area for kids (and adults!) of all ages. If that isn't nearby for you, then Kudacan would be another option. It is a more cozy softplay area where you can meet old and new friends while enjoying a cuppa. Other softplays include Playspace and Noah's Ark.
Other activities in Bristol include:
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