We went for a visit to the Baltic Art Gallery in Gateshead. We were last there in the summertime (maybe before then?), and it’s changed a bit since then.
Such a beautiful day.
We went originally to see the Wish a Upon A Star exhibit, as I thought it sounded interesting. When we got there, however, I discovered it’s for children a little older than James, and less of an activity than I imagined after I read the website.
However, level 2 still houses the craft area, books, blocks and a rowing boat, so James was all set for two and a half hours of happy playing.
The craft activities were space-themed, so we drew a planet, and cut lots of paper up to stick on a star to make a wish wand. Cutting is James’ favourite craft activity right now. He’s learning how to use scissors, and he is really keen on it.
We enjoyed a brief story time and then headed downstairs in the super fast lift for lunch in the café. This used to be a cafeteria-style set up, now it’s more restaurant in approach – you are seated and they take your order. There are colouring pencils and paper on the tables which is a nice idea.
I ordered a delicious ciabatta for me, and a kids basket for James. At £11.90 for the two of us, and that doesn’t include drinks (we drank tap water), I think that’s the most expensive lunch we’ve eaten! But I have to say, the kids basket was brilliant. A lovely chunky sandwich, Pom Bears, a fruit shoot, giant chocolate muffin and a little pot of sliced fruit (pineapple, pear, and apple).
As it really was a gorgeous day, we headed to Jesmond Dene for a run around. Yes it was freezing and really windy, but it was bright and light for a change!
Since going on maternity leave, we have taken James out of nursery. I’m feeling such a lot of guilt and stress about this decision. I know he needs interaction with other toddlers. Today James headed for the park, shouting, “My friends are in the park, Mammy!” So he played with some of the children there, until the dad of an older child didn’t want his son to join in with James’ imagining a café under the slide, which upset and puzzled James. He only wanted to play! He carried on talking about his drink as the dad walked the boy out of the park.
So we nipped out into the animal section. Where we found the most amazing, entertaining thing! Berries! On the ground!
Roughly 30 minutes later, James had squashed as many berries as he could find on the paths.
Then he remembered there were animals to look at, and stood excitedly watching the goats, saying, “hello! Hello! Hello! I love goats! Hello!” He does like goats; when we were in Paignton Zoo in October, his absolute favourite thing about that whole place was a goat!