Whilst young children naturally have widely differing interests depending upon their individual tastes, a love for all things animal-related is usually one uniting factor. It is a love that many never lose, with even myself still going slightly crazy over new-born kittens and big lumbering dogs!
A healthy love and interest in animals can lead to many things and here are three fantastic activities for animal-loving kids:
Cheltenham Festival, Gloucestershire
Children can be mesmerised by the majestic beauty of 2014 Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, while the adults can enjoy some cheeky betting and some animated discussion about their choices.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the oldest, and most jam-packed, horse racing festivals in the UK. This iconic event is absolutely brimming with races of various disciplines and varieties. Meanwhile, the line-up includes every jockey and horse worth their salt. The children will love the electric atmosphere, the impressive jumpers and the various breeds on display. More details about this event can be found on the Cheltenham Jockey Club's webpage.
Pennywell Farm, Surrey
Each day an average of ten ewes can be seen lambing at this idyllic farm in Surrey. Recommend by The Guardian as one of their top spring activities, this intimate and heart-warming experience is guaranteed to make adults and children alike melt. Children will be allowed to watch the baby lambs take their first, uncertain steps and even assist with their care by helping to feed them.
Set in a stunning country landscape, Pennywell Farm is the perfect break from the hectic rush of everyday life. Whilst the children enjoy mothering the baby lambs, you can enjoy the fresh air and picturesque views as you walk amongst the grounds. Moreover, the staff at Pennywell Farm have received excellent reviews for their engagement and interaction with the children, always ensuring the experience was mutually beneficial for everyone involved. For more information, go to pennywellfarm.co.uk.
The Natural History Museum's Animal Puppet Show, London
Another change of pace, this vibrant and educating puppet show is perhaps the best of its kind. Whilst the previously mentioned experiences allow child to interact with the animals themselves, this complimentary experience teaches them about the various facets of our native wildlife.
Featured in Londonist's 'Things To Do In London In Half Term', this vibrant show deftly mixes gentle humour, basic knowledge and just enough winks and nudges to the adult audience. Moreover, the setting of The Natural History Museum means that once your child’s interest has been peaked, you can take them around the various animal-related exhibits within the main building. Check out the National History Museum's website for the full lowdown.