Let’s Go Outside!

The daffodils are opening up their flowery wings, after-school afternoons are getting lighter and all at once, Chorlton feels like it’s about to reach full bloom. Tess Gee has a spring in her step.

Spending time outdoors, reconnecting with nature and making the most of our suburb in spring is top of our to-do list as we enter March. There’s no better time to sign up to a new activity and if you have preschoolers in tow, Babes In The Woods by We Are Adventurers is our top pick for outdoorsy fun. The sessions (which you need to book in advance) introduce pre-schoolers to the great outdoors: muddy puddles, mini-beasts and more.

They can also hunt for bears, elves or fairies – depending on preference! So many very young children only find their tiny feet on carpet or concrete these days. Grab their wellies, get out and explore! We firmly believe that when your kids come home mucky, it’s a sign of a good day, well spent.

Parks are as reliable as ever as the days lengthen. Meet Gandalf the goat, along with his fluffy and feathery chums, at Longford Park Pets’ Corner; feed the ducks and geese in Alexandra Park; enjoy safe and age-appropriate play areas – or just run about till you fall over – in any of our local green spaces. Older kids will love a spin on the wacky array of bikes at Simply Cycling at Longford Park, every Sunday from 1-3pm. And we’ll definitely be making a beeline for the new play area in Chorlton Water Park. It’s never too early in the year for a lakeside picnic!

Not strictly Chorlton, but a place that attracts a huge tribe from our lovely suburb is the drop-in toddler session at Hulme Garden Centre. Having rediscovered this amazing spot in the chilly winter months, we’re very much looking forward to spending our Thursday mornings enjoying their seasonal activities, such as Ladybird Hunts, digging, planting and generally getting a bit mucky. Take a packed lunch and while away time exploring their extensive miniature woodlands, treehouse play area, sandpits and water filled sinks. It’s so simple, so sweet and the best bit of all is that you can make yourself a mug of tea and drink it al fresco as the kids potter about.

At Our Kid we’ll be making the most of our astroturfed outside seating area with a season of alternative Easter fun with workshops for big and little people including ‘Chaoscoffee Crafts Cool Table Settings’ our seasonal spin on wreath making, Happy Makers ‘Chicks Dig Baskets’ and a BKD London biscuit workshop (www.our-kid.co.uk/events).

A gem of an outside seating area can be found at The Edge Theatre Cafe. Its walled garden feels like a bit of a secret spot, best enjoyed with a plate of salad and the sound of your little ones tumbling on the grass, safely out of the reach of traffic.

Spring my darling, it’s good to have you back!