12 family adventures January

2 children running in the woods

This year I’m bringing back my monthly roundups of all the adventures we get up to. I love looking back on them at the end of the year (here’s what we got up to in 2018). This year they’ll also be a way to record how we get on with #12familyadventures which is my latest collaboration with Thimble and twig. We’ve picked 12 family adventures that we’d like to try this year. I don’t know about you but there are some things that we want to do but yet we never get round to doing. Read to the bottom to find the challenges we’ve chosen. We’d love you to join in too.


close up of child in woods in yellow bobble hat


Much like last January, this month has seen us hit by our fair share of winter bugs. We’ve managed to fit in some lovely adventures in between too. I do find that at this time of year we have more quieter weekends at home but we’ve still had plenty of time outdoors. We’ve visited one of my favourite National Trusts, Quarry Bank Mill, a few times. We’ve explored the woodland there as well as the gardens and warmed up with a play on the top floor of the mill where there is a fantastic space for children.


2 children sitting agains a tree

girl paddling in shallow stream in pink wellies


I discovered a new to us preschool forest school where my youngest had great fun playing in the mud kitchen area, completing a picture scavenger hunt and using magnifying glasses. We, unfortunately, couldn’t make it to the next one as we had too much snow. That’s right, at the end of January we had snow which my girls loved. My eldest enjoyed sledging with her dad and my 2 year old enjoyed painting snow and playing in her “snow kitchen”.


Toddler matching doing a scavenger hunt in the woods

toddler in mud kitchen

Toddler painting snow with red water

toddler holding a bowl of colourful painted snow

Toddler in play kitchen with snow


At home, we’ve had lots of indoor winter fun too such as playing with snow dough, play dough and making bird feeders.


Child's hands playing with toy penguins and snow dough

Toddler spreading peanut butter on pine cone

toddler playing with play dough and toy penguins


Right in the middle of the month, myself and my husband had a weekend in York without our daughter’s. We loved exploring the beautiful city of York as well as eating delicious food and staying in a lovely hotel. We loved York so much that we are already planning our next trip but this time with our children.


york street at dusk

York street of shops


I’m already looking forward to the adventures we will have in February including our first time geocaching as part of #12familyadventures. If you want to join in and try geo-caching too. Share your experiences on social media using the hashtag or better yet join our facebook group where we’ll have a dedicated thread for sharing tips and our experiences.


12 family adventures poster




5 thoughts on “12 family adventures January

    • Claire says:

      Me too. We went geocaching today! I’m not sure I’ll always get them done so early in the month. We’ll be trying to find some more though throughout the month.

  1. Lucy At Home says:

    Oh we’ve had our fair share of winter bugs this month too, but you still managed to get so much packed in. York is one of my favourite cities and a great place to spend time outdoors (we like visiting in March when all the daffodils carpet the hills that the walls are built on – beautiful!).

    And congratulations because someone chose this post as the best one they’d read all week and so added it to the BlogCrush linky for you. Hurray! Feel free to pop over and collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge #blogcrush

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