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...any suggestions on outings?<br><br>
we'll be staying with my MIL right outside Guildford. We have one ds, who just turned 4 in October. He's very active, loves trains, consruction, exploring, and really active play.<br><br>
We'll be there about 10 days over the holidays, so i know some things may be closed but hopefully we'll get out to see some things this time. Last time we were over he was just over a year old and between late morning starts and naptime it felt like we hardly left the house.<br><br>
Thank you in advance for any tips. I found some great info already on these boards, but was more geared towards older school-age children.
 

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<a href="http://www.diggerland.com/" target="_blank">Turn the sound on your computer off before you click the link if he's in the room with you....</a><br>
Trains, it seems like almost every local steam railway (and there's lots) has a Santa special, and most of them do Xmas outings. I'm also loving the <a href="http://www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk/" target="_blank">Let's Go</a> books, which have some remarkably good ideas, some of which are free and cheap.<br>
Don't forget the traditional Xmassy things though- if he's being raised with an awareness of Christianity, take him in to the cathedral in Guildford to see the crib and maybe even to the Seven Lessons- that's one of the highlights of my boys Christmasses when we're up in Durham with my mum. Roast chestnuts, hot chocolate, if there's any truly obscure local traditions near you (I grew up in an area where grown men walked around with burning tar on top of their heads at New Year, and that's something that really sticks in the memory <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> The boys LOVE it. There's also the boxing day dip, in some areas...) I know some of this sounds incredibly grown-up for a small person, but these are tried and tested things that we've done with the boys over the toddler years, not just recently. Even the most rambunctious little boys stop and gaze in awe and wonder occasionally.<br>
Finally, if you find yourselves in central London at any point over the Xmas season, you have to promise me that you'll take a ride on the top of a London bus? Preferably coming down Regent Street and on towards Trafalgar Square...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.diggerland.com/" target="_blank">Turn the sound on your computer off before you click the link if he's in the room with you....</a><br>
Trains, it seems like almost every local steam railway (and there's lots) has a Santa special, and most of them do Xmas outings. I'm also loving the <a href="http://www.letsgowiththechildren.co.uk/" target="_blank">Let's Go</a> books, which have some remarkably good ideas, some of which are free and cheap.<br>
Don't forget the traditional Xmassy things though- if he's being raised with an awareness of Christianity, take him in to the cathedral in Guildford to see the crib and maybe even to the Seven Lessons- that's one of the highlights of my boys Christmasses when we're up in Durham with my mum. Roast chestnuts, hot chocolate, if there's any truly obscure local traditions near you (I grew up in an area where grown men walked around with burning tar on top of their heads at New Year, and that's something that really sticks in the memory <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> The boys LOVE it. There's also the boxing day dip, in some areas...) I know some of this sounds incredibly grown-up for a small person, but these are tried and tested things that we've done with the boys over the toddler years, not just recently. Even the most rambunctious little boys stop and gaze in awe and wonder occasionally.<br>
Finally, if you find yourselves in central London at any point over the Xmas season, you have to promise me that you'll take a ride on the top of a London bus? Preferably coming down Regent Street and on towards Trafalgar Square...</div>
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Fantastic ideas Helen!!!<br><br>
Also Legoland is in Windsor, Berkshire, about 25 miles from Guildford. Always a great pull for little boys (and girls of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)
 

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I am going to UK with DD in Feb, she will be 4 in Jan. My mother suggested a local swim class and that sounded like a good idea to me! The ones where she lives are 3 to 5. I bet you will have a blast! I am not too looking forward to the flight though especially since DD is still nursing and announces very loudly when she needs to have the booby....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Fantastic ideas Helen!!!<br><br>
Also Legoland is in Windsor, Berkshire, about 25 miles from Guildford. Always a great pull for little boys (and girls of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)</div>
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Unfortunately Legoland is now closed for the winter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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these are fantastic ideas! my MIL has promised a truly English Christmas, so I'm interested to see exactly what that means. I hope to take ds into London on the train one of the days. He'd love to ride on top of a bus...
 

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If you are going into London then the museums are well worth going to. I grew up just outside London & used to go to the <a href="http://www.nhm.ac.uk/" target="_blank">Natural History Museum</a> all the time when I was little & it's great going back there now with my own DS when we visit my parents who have retired to London <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. He is fairly active as well & loved the Human Biology exhibition at the NHM even though he was really too young to appreciate what is was about - loads of things to pull & push & play with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. He was a little scared though by the large dinosaur skeleton in the entrance hall and by the full size model of a blue whale in the Mammals section I think simply because they are so big, so might be worth bearing in mind...<br><br>
Last time we went to London was in September & we tried out the <a href="http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/" target="_blank">Science Museum</a> after a few online friends recommeded it for DS. I couldn't remember it at all from when I was little but it was a huge hit with DS. Lots of interesting things like planes, models of all kinds of boats & ships, household items through the ages etc to wander around & look at.....but the biggest hits were the <a href="http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/pattern_pod.aspx" target="_blank">pattern pod</a> and the <a href="http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/galleries/launchpad.aspx" target="_blank">Launchpad</a> with loads of active things to play with & explore for both kids & adults alike <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">. Had to drag DS out in the end of the day he had sooo much fun<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
You might find this site useful for other ideas as well:<br><a href="http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/" target="_blank">http://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">these are fantastic ideas! my MIL has promised a truly English Christmas, so I'm interested to see exactly what that means.</div>
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Food! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I miss the Christmas food when I'm over here....
 

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Hi,<br>
I live in Guildford,we could meet this but wouldn't be very interesting for your son <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
You can take your LO to Guildford Spectrum Leisure Center for swimming if you'd like to.They have a website to check times.<br>
There are lovely public footpaths however it's very rainy this night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi,<br>
I live in Guildford,we could meet this but wouldn't be very interesting for your son <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
You can take your LO to Guildford Spectrum Leisure Center for swimming if you'd like to.They have a website to check times.<br>
There are lovely public footpaths however it's very rainy this night <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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thanks for the pool recommendation, that's one of our favorite activities for dark winter days.
 
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