A parent's holiday diary

 

A real-life account of what one parent did during the holidays

Monday

Took Brandon (my six year old) to Victoria Park, he loves it there, as there is loads of space for him to let off steam. After playing in the park, Brandon enjoyed feeding the ducks, then ate all his packed lunch, it turned out to be a good day out for him, plus it really didn’t cost much. 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: Free

·        Food: Homemade sandwiches, carton of juice, two oranges, and a shop-bought coffee for me - £1.73p

Total for the day: £1.73

 

Tuesday

Took Brandon to The Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, he loves it there, what kid wouldn’t? Loads to do there plus it gives kids lots of information on the history of different toys. Entry is free and they have great coffee and souvenir shops, where I bought Brandon a gift; the prices are very reasonable. Only one problem - Brandon doesn’t want to leave… 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: £2.00 (2 x bus tickets at £1.00 each)[JO1] 

·        Food: Coffee for me – 70p

·        Extras: Wind-up mouse (50p) and pencil set (£1.50) for Brandon - £2.00

Total for the day: £4.70

 

Wednesday

We went to the Thames, Brandon really enjoys going there. The fresh air does him so much good, and there is so much to see. Brandon loves watching the people who stand around looking like statues, and all the other fun things that always happen there. Plus there’s a Christmas shop there that feels like it’s always Christmas which any kid would love. Always a great day out and only a short bus ride away. 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: £3.50 bus pass

·        Food: Kids meal (£2.00) and jacket potato with a tea (£4.00) for me - £6.00

Total for the day: £9.50

 

Thursday

Brandon and I went to Borders in Angel, Islington[JO2] . I adore that bookshop, and so does Brandon, there’s a great selection section upstairs, where all the kids books are. You can sit there as long as you want, and read to your child as many books as you want, it’s great bonding time. When it was time to go I bought Brandon a book of his choice, to read to him when we got home. 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: £2.00 (2 x bus tickets at £1.00 each)

·        Extras: Children’s book - £2.99

Total for the day: £4.99

 

Friday

Took Brandon to the Hackney Library/Learning Centre, there’s loads to do there. There’s a museum in there that Brandon loves, as there‘s plenty for him to see and they have a great gift section there selling lovely little toys, some are handcrafted and amazingly low in price. Upstairs there’s a children’s book library, where Brandon can read and go on the computer. 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: Free

Total for the day: Nothing

 

Saturday

We went to London Fields, another park that he loves to go to and again loads to do to tire him out! It's also only a short walk from where we live, so convenient too.

 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: Free

Total for the day: Nothing

 

Sunday

Took Brandon to Chats Palace, there are always different events and free activities going on there, from stage shows to drama classes, and arts and crafts. There’s loads for kids to do and nothing costs more than a couple of pounds, and it also has a great café. 

 

Costs

·        Activity: Free

·        Travel: Free

·        Food: Coffee - 50p

·        Extras: Performance admission fee £5.00 (£3.00 adult and £2.00 child)

Total for the day: Ј5.50p Total for the week: £26.42

 

Brandon’s comments

"I love it when mummy takes me out, especially to the park, because it’s fun there, and I like to play on the rides, and feed the ducks. I also love playing in the Bethnal Green museum, especially in the sand…" 

 

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