On the final day of the holidays we decided to have one last summer day out and headed to Preston Park in Stockton where they also have a Butterfly World.
The last time we came here it was L’s first birthday and while she enjoyed it she wasn’t fully aware of what it was all about. One year on and she was completely in awe of the place.
It has always been a big hit with M and we have been a lot over the years. It never gets old though and this time the butterflies seemed even more active than last time and seemed to fly right at you before darting off at the last second.
This little pond in the middle is stunning and all the flowers everywhere are beautiful.
You can get so close to these gorgeous butterflies, I just wish I was a better photographer, or at least had something other than my phone to capture them on.
At the far end there is a door through to another room that houses reptiles and meerkats.
There is another pond that is teeming with koi carp, L loved saying hello to them all.
At the other side of the fish pond is a lovely waterfall.
Butterfly World done we headed back to the car to collect the pushchair and all our picnic food and set off for the park. The kids had a quick little play on the way through.
All fed we headed down to the river to feed the ducks and swans. Poor Granny almost had a heart attack as she was sure L was going to fall in she kept getting so close. We had to keep firm hold of the back of her dress as this girl has no fear.
Despite visiting the park so many times we’ve never actually been in the museum so that was our next destination. Unfortunately it turns out it doesn’t open on Mondays (which is when we went), so we still haven’t been inside. Maybe next time.
Museum closed there was only one thing left to do. Back to the play equipment.
This huge climbing frame leads to a walkway between the trees then an enormous slide. M has been up several times before but has always needed help getting in at the top as he was never quite tall enough. This time round he managed all by himself and he was so happy.
All in all, another great day out. It was the perfect way to round off the summer holidays.
Did you have one last adventure before the schools started back?