If you have preschoolers or Year R children, keeping them entertained over the winter can be difficult. My daughters love playing outside in the garden all summer and autumn, and start getting “cabin fever” if they’re cooped up inside because of bad winter weather. If you live in the Chandlers Ford area of Hampshire, there are some great activities for your two to five-year-olds. Here are three great options for winter activities in this area of Southern England.
The Public Library
Chandlers Ford has a nice public library that has recently been refurbished. The Chandlers Ford Library is located on Oakmount Road (across the street from Fryern Arcade) and does have free off road parking, or is easily accessible by bus. Parents will like this option because its free, and also because the children’s room only has one entrance/exit. This makes it easy to keep tabs on your kids. Kids love this library because they have a good selection of children’s books, and a well laid out children’s area with toys, puzzles, and small tables. My kids love visiting at any time to socialize, play and get new books. The library also holds regular children’s activities that are perfect for preschoolers and reception students, including story times.
Located in the Chandlers Ford Industrial Estate, Kids2Day has ample parking. This indoor play zone is a popular spot for local birthday parties, but is a good time to visit whenever there’s bad weather and your children need a good active play. They have large “soft play” areas with slides, tunnels, etc. I like that there are two sections, including one just for younger children. This helps your preschoolers to feel more confident. Admission is £3.95 for one to four-year-olds, and varies by age.
Kids2Day also has plenty of other offers and activities that may be of interest to your family, including loyalty cards, craft times, and hot meals in their cafeteria.
In the winter, weather in Hampshire is often unreliable. If you’re children can’t spend as much time running around outside, the perfect antidote could be a trip to the swimming pool at Fleming Park Leisure Centre . You can take your kid(s) for a single swim, or sign them up for swim lessons. A family admission to the pool costs £8 ( click here for a full price list)… They do have a smaller learner’s pool as well as larger, family changing rooms to make it easier for parents with young children.