Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

01st June 2018

Commit random acts of wildness, make vegetable frozen lollies, jaw-dropping cardboard creations, days out in Bath, Bristol and London.

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

01st June 2018

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

01st June 2018

EVENT Going Wild
30 Days Wild starts tomorrow! Spend a month immersing yourselves in nature with the Wildlife Trust’s month of challenges. 30 Days Wild is now in it’s fourth year; last year 49 000 people signed up to take on daily ‘Random acts of wildness’ that might include ‘eating a wild lunch’, ‘tuning in by switching off’ and ‘tickling toes in the grass’. Families take inspiration from the free 30 Days Wild Pack; fill in the wall chart to record what you’ve done, or download the app to record your progress!

RECIPE Frozen Veg
They might sound like unlikely hits, but our kids have gone nuts for veggie iced lollies. Cooling on hot days, but still packed with vitamins, they’re incredibly easy to make – children can help. We love these kale and frozen fruit versions, these ‘hidden veg’ popsicles, made with cucumber, celery, pineapple, apples and avocado, and can’t wait to try these crazy-but-delicious-sounding vegan cauliflower and chocolate ice lollies with pistachio dust! Up next; carrot ice-cream!

EVENT Green Bath
Bath is going green this weekend, and Bristol will follow next Saturday and Sunday! Festival of Nature, the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world is marking its 15th birthday this summer with its biggest programme yet, promising a wild adventure for all the family. Kicking off with a pop-up wildlife party this weekend, the festivities continue all week, with nature walks, talks, music, and expert panels. Next Saturday and Sunday, the fun continues in Bristol with performances, a pop-up waterfront market, wildlife garden and green chat.

MAKE Boxing Clever
We hoard old cardboard boxes; there’s so much they can be before they’re recycled. There are cardboard forts to be made (here are some ideas for incredible ones – scroll down to the castle!), gigantic, human-sized bird nests to be constructed, magical and elegant sun-catchers to be crafted, and corrugated airstream camper vans to be put together, ready to take tiny explorers on travelling adventures across the living room. Alternatively, get all your friends together and take part in a session of… Box Wars!

EVENT Sea Siders
One of the best free days out in London, the National Maritime Museum not only has a great pair of kid-friendly action-packed galleries (AHOY! for under-7s and All Hands for 6-12-year-olds, but also a fascinating giant interactive map, a huge ship in a bottle, and artefacts from our seafaring past that include Nelson’s jacket. They also run an excellent series of fun events; this weekend try making your own protest banner, hear stories about the suffragettes, try make-and-do activities, and meet some of the most colourful characters to have braved the waves! Older kids and adults will enjoy the excellent Great British Seaside photography exhibition (ticketed), which includes work by Martin Parr.

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