I’ve been very quiet during the past couple of weeks. This is due to some housing ‘issues’, that is, we are currently without one. Our short-term tenancy ended and our long-term home hasn’t been vacated yet, so we are now living in Yorkshire with Grandad Toddling. I’m hoping this is a very temporary situation because I’m raring to get settled and sorted in Lincoln. Also when I offered to pay our way to my dad and he declined I said “but what if we are still here at Christmas?”. Tea squirted out of his nose as he ran out of the room choking. This is a true story. I think it’s best all round if we are only here for a couple of weeks. However, in the meantime I will continue my explorations around South Yorkshire.
Our first toddling trip was to Weston Park museum in Sheffield. This was a recommendation from my sister and although i grew up in this area I haven’t lived here for 20 years and many of the places are absolutely unknown to me. Weston Park is one of them.
The best way to describe it is as a touchy feely, history, science and design museum. It’s quite an odd selection of exhibits but this did not phase the tods at all as they participated wholeheartedly in building an igloo, dressing up as dragons, being butchers and green grocers and testing their strength against a dung beetle by seeing how forcefully they pushed a poo. There’s so much more to see and do and it is really fun and interesting for all ages.
It is free entry, has a cafe selling a good range of food, if a little pricey, and good facilities for access and baby change etc. Very family friendly. The museum is open from 10-5pm Monday to Saturday and 11-4pm on Sundays. It is situated in the corner of Weston Park so the kids can burn off that final bit of energy in the park. You could also take a picnic and make it a full day out.
It is just across the road from Sheffield’s Children’s hospital. I would recommend using public transport to get there. We parked at Meadowhall (free) and got the tram to the University stop. It is a 5 minute walk (15 with toddlers) uphill from there. We took tod and his cousin and the tram ride was almost as exciting for them as the museum visit. It is a fun, educational, cheap and exhausting (for the kids) day out.