It was about midday on Saturday when we decided we wanted to get out of the house and do something instead of staying in all day. It was too late to go further afield so we decided to stay local, though we didn’t know what to do. Two things Molly loves are books and ducks, so we decided to go and read some books at the library and feed the ducks at the park.
I am from Oldham and the town always seems to be portrayed badly on television or in the news for one reason or another but you know what, we have some fantastic services. The council always make the effort to organise free events and things too which I think is brilliant. Us Oldhamers are quite lucky with the things we have on our doorstep, and we are perfectly positioned for travel to a lot of other places and have fantastic transport links.
The main library in Oldham is absolutely fantastic. There is so much on offer to people of all kinds and ages, from books and computers to events and educational courses (I’ve actually attended some events and taken a couple of courses there myself in the past).
The children’s library is amazing and Molly loves it. The environment is comfortable and child friendly with comfortable seating. As well as books there are toys and tables with paper and crayons set out.
Molly went running in to the children’s section and immediately picked up a book and sat down with it.
Then she put the book down and ran around for a bit playing with the toys and crawling through the bookcase tunnel, before picking up more books.
We selected a few books to borrow; we even managed to get a book about a duck. It was seeming that books and ducks where the order of the day which made Molly very happy. Bless her!
Within the library there is an art gallery. I hadn’t been for a while and had never taken Molly in case she destroyed the place. We decided to take the risk and check it out.
It’s a great little gallery. Molly enjoyed looking at the pictures on the wall and she especially enjoyed getting to dress up and play pretend.
There are tables set up around the gallery where children can sit and draw. This worked in our favour as it meant we managed to keep Molly’s attention all the way around the gallery.
I’m not sure if it was a one off or a regular thing, but there was a water colour art table set up in the gallery for the children. There was a member of staff teaching some older children a few little techniques. I wouldn’t have minded having a go myself!
Molly was a little young to join in but the lovely man in charge gave her a printed picture and a box of water colour pencils. She coloured her picture in and set about brushing (soaking) water on it. She loved it. I think I’ll get her some for at home.
After the art gallery we went to the park. We fed the ducks and enjoyed a nice stroll around the park.
We didn’t actually make it to the playground but Molly didn’t seem to mind. In all fairness she was probably getting tired as she’d had a busy few hours, what with all the books and ducks!
I have been to this park numerous times before but I didn’t realise how much there was to see or how big it was. Usually we feed the ducks and head straight to the playground; we have never really spent any time exploring the park.
We stumbled across areas that would be perfect for picnics and places that would make great adventure walks with the kids. I’m really looking forward to our next visit.
Time was getting on and we were all starting to tire so decided to head home. We had a fantastic family day out, and you know what made it even better? We didn’t spend a single penny! Well, apart from a fiver we spent getting a taxi home – we had done loads of walking and we were all knackered by this point. We all fell asleep on the sofa when we got home!
This free, unplanned day out is probably one of the best days out we’ve had in a long time. Who says you need to spend loads of money to have a fun day out?
What is your ideal family day out, or your favourite thing to do as a family. I’d love to hear your ideas, especially now the weather is starting to get slightly better.
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