Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Day out guide for mums on a budget

A Gallery of ideas and a Museum of fun!

We made a fantastic discovery today, that good I thought it was worth sharing with you.  A day out guide for mums on a budget, regardless of where you live.

So far our summer holiday started well, had a major slump last week but has now taken a major leap up today.

Last week my son fell ill with some mystery virus that meant no sleep and lots of crying and wailing - and that was just from us parents! So as a treat to us all, we decided to go to the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. I had absolutely no idea what it would be like, but there was a dinosaur exhibition on and frankly that was enough incentive for us to go along.

To be honest, I didn't have a very positive view of Coventry having worked there years ago and seen some of the less desirable parts while working. Recently though we discovered the joys of free entry to the Transport Museum and the other day we went to see some Olympic football and my views have changed somewhat.

Anyway, I'm digressing.  We went to see the dinosaurs, and discovered the beautiful cathedral ruins, and another amazing (and free) place to visit.

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum is absolutely brilliant.  I can't believe you get to see all that stuff for free. Yes FREE! There are loads of permanent exhibitions as well as temporary ones, but the best thing is the amount of hands on activities and exhibits children can touch and feel. Cue the pic below, come on son I need a pic for my blog...

Day out guide

My son is not yet two and my daughter is just six and yet there was enough in there to entertain both of them, plus two parents, for at least three hours. I know, that's practically half a day.

My daughter is the arty crafty one and it looks like my son just likes machines or anything remotely dangerous. Normally this could be a tough combination to cover, but not in The Herbert.

The downside is that we barely touched the surface so will definitely be going back as there's so much we didn't get to see. The atmosphere inside is really children friendly too which always makes me feel more relaxed.

Outside the Museum and Art Gallery are the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and a lovely paved area for the children to run round.  We enjoyed our picnic outside the ruins and even got in a bit of living history whilst looking inside the cathedral.

All in all a great day out and one I can highly recommend. So if you're looking for something to do with the kids during the Summer holidays and you're on a tight budget. Then head to your local Museum or gallery.

I guarantee you'll all have a ball. If you have any top tips for a day out near you then please feel free to share.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays Mums. X

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