Children listless with the same old, same old? Fed up of trips to cinemas and soft-play and the local park? Whilst we bask in this glorious weather, why not think about packing up a picnic and heading out into the great outdoors for fun and adventure?
Here are some excellent events happening around the area over the next few weeks:
1. Volunteering at Bothwell Community Garden
Come along on Wednesdays and Sundays at 2pm and show your children how they can play a vital part in keeping our garden looking lovely. They can help to water the plants or wash plant pots in the sunshine; and we have a number of books in the office to help them if they would like to go bug-hunting or flower spotting at the bee and butterfly borders, the woodland walks or the orchard. Spotting sheets are also available at the brilliant Nature Detectives site.
Bring a picnic, and enjoy basking in our sun-trap in front of the potting shed!
(Please ask children not to step on or pick any of the flowers or plants; and we ask that children are closely supervised by an adult if they wish to go down to the bog garden).
2. Nature Explorers at the David Livingstone Centre
Every Tuesday at 1.30pm. £2.00 per child, adults free. Meet at the shop. Please see my review for more information on this excellent activity.
3. Spinning A Yarn – Summer Storytelling And Picnic at The Children’s Garden
Based within the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens, The Children’s Garden is a delightful, safe space for children to come and grow together. On Sunday July 28th, 12pm to 3pm. Free, though donations gratefully received
This time, storyteller Wendy Woolfson will join the children in the willow tunnel. Throw her your thoughts and she’ll weave them into stories. Bring a picnic or food to share. Come, relax, play and enjoy the sunshine and bounty of the garden.
4. Chatelherault Country Park
The park is hosting both a drop in art club on Tuesdays and a drop in activity club on Thursdays until early August. Details can be downloaded as a PDF document here.
5. Wild Woodland Adventures Children’s Festival
Saturday August 3rd, 10am to 5pm. Join the Scottish Wildlife Trust at the Falls of Clyde for a fun packed day. For costs and to book, please call 01555 665262 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Other great places we have on our doorstep to explore include the stunning Bothwell Woods and Clydeside Walk to Bothwell Castle; Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge; Kittochside Museum of Scottish Rural Life (the visit to the working farm is amazing) and Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride; Greenbank Gardens NTS (just outside Clarkston); or why not take a stroll down the Glebe and find out how Bothwell’s very own new woodland at Bothwellpark is coming along?
We would love to know how you are spending your summer – drop us a line at email@example.com and let us know what you and your children would recommend – if you have any photos of great days out, either at the community garden or further afield, that you’d like to see on this website do please send them in, we’d love to see them!