Photo: Face painting at Brockhole; courtesy of Cumbria Tourism - © Steven Barber Photography
Commissioned by child mobility experts, Britax, 'The Family Time' report exploredfamily lifestyles and adventures in the UK; 65% of the 2000 parents surveyed agreed that family time outside is fun. However, almost one in five (18%) families labelled it as 'stressful' with a further 41% worrying about their child's safety when they are outdoors.
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Other challenges to family outdoor freedom reported include:
- 63% said the cost of family days out limit quality time together out of the home
- 35% said the time it takes to prepare and leave the house with children is a deterrent
- Almost 25% cited the amount of equipment needed (pushchairs, changing bags, bottles, etc) as a de-motivator to heading outside
- Balancing household chores and family life is a major factor for 27% of parents
- 22% say the fear of their children throwing tantrums in public tends to keep them inside for family time
What do you think?
Despite the deterrents, 61% of parents surveyed still recognise that getting out with their children is important in terms of building memories with their family with activities like family holidays (47%), days out with the family (15%) and playing outdoors with friends (25%) topping the list of the best memories from their own childhoods.
Family life specialist Dr Pat Spungin said, "Whilst spending quality time at home together is still incredibly valuable for any family, powerful life-long memories can be made by discovering new things together outdoors. Whilst excursions and theme parks can be expensive, don't underestimate the value of simply taking a walk out in the park with the children. You'll all get some fresh air and will have lots of fun in the process."
As well as local parks, we love our national parks but you don’t have to be keen walkers to enjoy them as a family. For instance, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, has a fabulous, fun-packed programme of activities for children of all ages. How about this variety? Secret beaches, pond dipping, bushcraft, family picnics, archery, whizzy ropes, pony rides, canoes, rowing boats, zip slide, treetop walking – and ice cream, of course.