Just off the A64 near York is Piglets, a farm-themed adventure playground which is currently my son's idea of heaven.
Attractions are many and varied, and not all of them are suitable for the under-5's, but at the moment our highlights would definitely include:
a giant sandpit;
bouncing pillows (sounds like a double entendre, I know, so just think bouncy castle without walls)
a tractor powered barrel train; and
a farmyard trail with petting barn (the pigs really enjoy being brushed apparently).
The action all takes place outside, and so if the weather lets you down, you're unlikely to have an especially good time (unless you enjoy crazy golf in the rain, of course). In recognition of this, the park is only open 7 months of the year. There is a very good farm shop and cafe on site though, and so shelter and cake are always available as a backup option.
We went on a weekday during term-time, and so only paid £7.00 for the two of us. There was no big pressure to carry on spending once inside, aside from the ice cream parlour which we were powerless to resist. There are plenty of picnic areas for those planning on making a day of it.
At weekends and during the summer holidays it can get a bit expensive, but annual passes are available for frequent visitors. In fairness the park does have an air of money having been ploughed back into it (if that isn't too cheesy a pun).
The real beauty of Piglets for us, though, is that there is so much fun stuff to do crammed into an easily manageable space that my son has a huge smile on his face from the second he gets through the door right up until the second before I tell him it's time to go home (and by extension, so do I). And of course, that makes the entry fee feel like brilliant value for money.
For prices, opening times and details about all the latest attractions, have a look at the Piglets website here.
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