It’s is the school holidays and well the weather has not been great has it?
Certainly not here in Wakefield. Pretty much every lunch time we have had a downpour of rain. So this morning I was determined to get out early and visit the new play area at the National Coal Mining Museum.
Thankfully for me the National coal mining museum is ten minutes down the road. I got my kids (12 and 5) into the car as quickly as I could. When we arrived the car parks were all ready getting full at around 10’oclock. We headed straight to the play area and thankfully the car park was free today (I like a free day out!)
There are railings which provide a walkway all the way down to the museum, which is a good safety aspect. We passed an old train giving free rides to families. My son said he wanted to go on, then didn’t. Argh the joys!
The new play area!
The play area looked really impressive as we approached. It isn’t quite finished as the seat for the zip wire was missing (a real shame). There is however, plenty of climbing to be had. Obviously everyone else had the same idea as it was quite busy already.
Why is there always a lack of seating for adults?
There is definitely not enough seating and I am hoping they will add more picnic tables. However the ground is that spongey safe stuff for kids and so with it being fairly dry I plonked myself down on the slopey bit which gave me a great view. I could see some adults had already bought hot drinks from the restaurant which is fairly nearby, great that it is so close.
A variety of things to play on
The play area has plenty for all kids. The toddlers have a couple of swings and a climbing frame and I do like that it is made out of wood! There are also a couple of little rocking horses, the ones on the bendy springs.
There is another large climbing frame for bigger kids with a balance beam, rope ladders, a slide and bars to climb up. I worried that my 5 year old might fall off the beam but with handrails either side or the chance to use the drop down ropes, made it easy. Children were loving climbing on the Zip Wire building. It reminded me of a mine shaft with a huge wooden wheel at the top.
The basket swing was consistently full, well I can lay in one of those all day! Over the other end there was a small roundabout and a couple of tube slides. On the top of the slope was a sort of assault course. The ones where you start and end up somewhere else. Children need this exercise and they were certainly enjoying swinging, climbing and playing.
The National Coal Mining Museum play area is made out of wood which is a nice touch. I hope that it will endure many feet climbing and playing upon it!
A visit to the beach
After they’d had enough we headed for the beach. Hidden away at the other end is a man-made beach, a huge sandpit. Loved the deck chair touch and thankfully a snack shack selling hot drinks and other refreshments. Plenty of buckets and spades for kids to use too. I felt like I was at the seaside for a moment as there was a bouncy castle and a couple of other attractions. There were charges for these activities though.
The heavens opened and it started to rain. We dived into the nearby building to find craft tables. Yay! We were kept busy trying to make a paper origami boat. The instructions weren’t great!
If you want to go take a look you can spend a whole day out here at the National coal mining museum. We didn’t even have chance to go ‘darn’t pit’ either! Let me know your thoughts on the new play area if you manage to go!