September is lumbering towards us like a slow-moving weather system. It has us in its sights. In September Noo starts school and everything changes and like the weather there is no escaping, macs for the rain, picnics in sunshine, you fit accordingly.
Where school dictates and you can only follow, over the next few years our lives will be formed by the hours of school and the dates of the school holidays.
School will be a wonderfully positive experience, Noo is ready and despite my massiveabout the system we unexpectedly scored our first choice school. The highest intake of children in a decade and asking for an over subscribed school out of our catchment area. I still can’t quite believe it.
I am very aware that now is the time to do things while we have the opportunity outside of the decree of school. We visited the Natural History Museum and it was busy but nothing like the school holidays, I’m told the queues can be 45 minutes. So now is the time to make visits and take the opportunity to stroll in, queues of no concern.
With this in mind we recently re-visited Eureka, the Museum of Childhood in Halifax. It is a great resource and we visited just under a year ago on a wet Sunday afternoon. I’ve been meaning to re-use the tickets. Entrance is £9.95 per adult and the same for a child over 3 for the initial visit, you can then visit again the in the next year for free. This time we visited mid-week and what a difference less crowds made. Being aimed entirely at children the exhibits are very interactive on this visit we were able to try everything. Displays that held less interest a year ago now piqued the interest of a blossoming Noo, particularly the body space, how we grow, taste, listen.
The robot that converses with children, completely passed us by at the last visit, this time Noo had a long conversation, jokes and giggles exchanged, as a parent it was wonderful to watch him innocently interact with what he thought to be a real robot and I, bemused, knew was a member of staff sat in a little room watching via a screen. Mr Noo went back and had his own chat and discovered that various staff take a turn at being the robot.
We had a really enjoyable day out and throughly recommend a visit.
Parents of pre-school aged children what would be on your list? Parents of school aged children any tips for a pre-school bucket list? Things to do before school starts – advice welcome.