A bit of a deviation from the norm and a new idea!
Following the warm, fuzzy feelings I got throughout our family outing today I thought I would start documenting some of our family days out, away from the norm of local parks, food shopping and general errands. The aim of these posts is to share a snapshot of life in our family (as are many of my posts), provide some ideas for other Melbourne families looking for cheap things to do with youngsters, particularly those juggling the needs of bubs and toddlers and as a way for me to look back over some of the adventures we had over L’s first year and a bit!
We took possession of our new car yesterday and decided that we needed a country drive to enjoy it! Several people on a community Facebook page had discussed how good Bollygum Park was so we decided to take a drive for a late morning/Lunch outing. Bollygum Park is in Kinglake, a beautiful community outside of Melbourne. The park came post-Black Saturday, a horrific day which saw Victoria ravaged by bush fires, King Lake being one community the worst hit.
On top of this there are many hidden nooks under the equipment and other things to explore:
We were the only people at the park today. I was very peaceful and the beautiful towering Mountain Ash trees are a fab backdrop. There are plenty of places for a picnic – D wondered into Kinglake and bought some lunch from the bakery. Both girls had a fantastic time. C enjoyed the freedom of having the park to herself and discovering new things at each turn. She had fun playing with us and on her own. C enjoyed some playtime on a blanket, attempting to add sticks and leaves to her solids list along with sand and also put her energetic personality into action exploring the slides and swinging with her dad! We loved it so much we are contemplating the idea of having L’s 1st birthday party there. It will be a smaller affair than C’s first but I think the ‘theme’ I have in mind might suit an outdoor winter park adventure! They have been known to get snow in Kinglake though so a mid-August park party may not be the best idea!!