Outdoor Adventures

  • Outdoor adventures are so important (and so fun!) for children. Bonitots children are in the outdoors every day come rain or shine (parents are asked to provide cold and wet weather gear) – unless it’s unsafe (e.g. in gale force winds – although we might take advantage of the situation and build a wind sock in the garden!).

  • Whether we’re playing in one of our two gardens, visiting el cocodrilo de madera in Shrewsbury Park, los animales at Woodlands Farm or taking a trip further afield (for example, to the “pick your own” farm at Hewitt’s), we’ll make the most of the opportunities for fun, and therefore learning, in each of these locations. Children leave brimming over with tales of the adventures they’ve had – and their arms brimming with the cookies they’ve baked, twigs they’ve collected or art they’ve created – each day.

  • The local area is brimming with things to do. Here are just some of the treats the area has to offer:
  • Woodlands Farm Trust

    We are a five minute drive away from the glorious Woodlands Farm. This beautiful 89-acre working city farm has sheep (and gorgeous lambs in the spring!), pigs, ducks, hens, a gorgeous cafe and a wildlife pond. The toddler club every Thursday features a craft activity, an opportunity to explore the farm and a chance to play with the guinea pigs.

    Shrewsbury Park

    Shrewsbury Park is a five minute walk away (okay, maybe thirty with inquisitive toddlers and pre-schoolers) and attracts nearly 40 species of bird and more than 20 species of butterfly as well as a whole host of creepy crawlies begging to be investigated by eager pre-schoolers armed with magnifying glasses. The meadow is made for picnics and no visit to Shrewsbury Park would be complete without dropping in on the woods’ resident Cocodrilo and Serpiente.

    Oxleas Woods

    Oxleas has trees dating back to the last ice age – there are some pretty magnificent specimens – fallen trees aplenty (for clambering on), a café, a folly tower, puddles, mud and all other essentials for a trip with children. It’s a site of Special Scientific Interest and is considered by ecologists to be one of the most important sites for wildlife in the whole of London. In the spring and summer, berry picking and a visit to the bluebells are a must.

    Eltham Park North

    Eltham Park North’s pond houses ducks (very much in need of being fed!) and wild fowl from all over the world. There’s also a lovely play area.

    Wide Horizons Environment Centre

    Wide Horizons in Eltham is a wildlife site designed specifically for children. It runs a range of activities including forest school, pond dipping and minibeast hunts.

    Greenwich

    There are a whole host of activities in Greenwich, from the Royal Observatory, which runs shows for young children in the planetarium, to the Maritime Museum, with its children’s gallery for 0-7 year olds and Play Tuesdays, where under 5s can explore the museum through art, music and stories.

    Foots Cray Meadows

    A bit further afield, we can explore the open meadows and streams of Foots Cray Meadows. The meadows are a local nature reserve, so this provides another opportunity to investigate local wildlife.