Saturday was supposed to be a very boring day. Running errands, stocking up on cleaning products and staying indoors, that was until Mr B came home from work and said we should scrap the plans we had in place and do something different. The weather was predicted to hit the 30° mark and I really didn’t want to be spending it indoors.
Last year we were told about a lovely little place in Maldon, Essex and although I had heard about it before, I never bothered to take it on board. This year we decided to. We packed up some towels and swimming bits and headed to an out door splash park. Anything to do with water is a huge hit with Moo and I knew she would love it.
It was a quick 40 minute drive and by the time we arrived it was peaking at 25° We parked the car and made our way down to the splash park. They have a system that you pay for 25 minute slots, so we decided to get two slots one either side of lunch. As you can imagine, when its hot and when there is water involved its bound to get busy. I was slightly anxious at how busy it was and trying to keep an eye on two very fast children running through the different apparatus was a little stressful. Mr B got a soaking and I happened to be standing right by some over flowing buckets which managed to spill over and soak my back, but it was so hot I didn’t actually care.
After our first session we went and had lunch and we may of over done the whole eating thing by ordering waaaayy to much. We had a walk to burn it off along the front and looked at all the boats. It was time for our second session and I decided to sit this one out with H as he didn’t want to go back in. I managed to bag a bench on the outskirts and watched Moo and Mr B pushing each other under each downpour of water. The second time around wasn’t as fun as the first as it was even more busier and there were a lot of older children running around and being a tad boisterous.
Moo wanted to leave and go to the park, so we did just that. A huge wooden boat with two slides, netting, climbing frames and climbing walls.. Everything a 6 and 4 year old want. Moo took H and guided him around and really stepped up to the big sister role. She wouldn’t let him out her site. Up and down the slide they went and only came back to us for an ice-cream.
We ate ice-cream looking out at the boats. It was then time to head back to the car and leave. Moo instead that we needed to come back and I insisted we would. I wish I had taken her sooner if I am honest.
Considering the day was planned to be a boring day, doing mundane things, I am glad Mr B threw the idea around of going out and making the most of the weather. Unscheduled, impromptu days out like this are always the days that you remember, they are the days that end up being ones that stand out and ones that you really enjoy as a family.