Most Friday nights go something like this:
Me: “What do you fancy doing this weekend?”
Belle, sighing heavily: “Nothing.”
Me: “You don’t fancy a fun outing somewhere?”
Belle: “No. I just want to watch TV.”
That’s no fun is it? I mean, she is 13, and she’s meant to hate me I know, but come on, it’s the weekend! What generally happens though is that we drag her out, she sulks for about the first twenty minutes, and then it’s like the clouds in her head part, and she starts to have fun. Once she gets over that idea that she has to have a miserable time, to make a point, she’s brilliant company and we have a lovely time.
Mini golf is one of her favourites, and she loves a spot of dressing up, but she even lets me take her to places like Gnome World. She’s a good sport.
She’s prove then of the results of recent research from Southeastern, which found that three quarters of kids under 12 say they’d rather spend time with family than play computer games and 87% would choose a day out with family over watching their favourite TV programmes. When asked what the best thing was about family days out, 45% of under 12s said it was spending time with their family. 17% said it was seeing something new, 16% said it was the sweets and treats and for 9% it’s about learning something. The sweets are definitely a big part of it for Belle.
Here’s a little video from Southeastern about how families like to spend their days together:
Theme parks, the beach and zoos are the top three places that the kids in the Southeastern survey wanted to visit, and they are definitely amongst Belle’s favourites. She loves the cinema too, (chiefly I suspect for the popcorn), and generally anything where we get to spend time together. She loves crafty things, like painting ceramics, and physical stuff like swimming and high ropes.
Can you spot her on this ride at Thorpe Park? Note that I am behind the camera…
Win one of two fantastic family day out packages with Southeastern
If you love a great family day out, check out this competition from Southeastern. It’s only running until Tuesday 15th March, so you’ll have to hurry! There are two really cool prizes up for grabs – a year’s family membership to the ZSL London Zoo and a year’s access to Dreamland Margate. Both prizes come with a Coast and Country picnic basket and £75 voucher for Ottolenghi and one day return travel for a family of four.
Pretty nice right? Enter now here.
What’s your idea of a perfect family day out?