As a busy family, we really value our days out together. Sometimes we get sucked into thinking we need to spend a fortune to make these days special but recently I have begun to see that often the reverse that is true.
Last Sunday we were able to make a day trip to Manchester to take in the Chinese New Year celebrations. I try to engage The Dude with cultural events as much as possible, he still talks about the monkey picnic we had last year, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to assemble enough toy roosters to replicate it this year – it is good to know there is actually a toy we don’t have!
As Manchester has one of the oldest and largest Chinese communities in the UK and there was a host of events on, it seemed like an opportunity not to be missed, plus it was technically free! I say “technically” because me and Big Bear have a way of making even the freeist of free days expensive!
We did well though, we found a cheap all day car park, limited the rides at the funfair to just two and took a picnic. If we overlook the impulse buy of a £13 dragon puppet that The Dude neither has the skill or inclination to ever play with again, we were positively perfect in our desire not to spend on unnecessary things.
Obviously if you like the look of this event you will need to put it in your diary for next year, but despite a bit of chaos at the start of the Dragon’s Parade, it is definitely worth it. We had watched videos of parades on YouTube but judging by The Dude’s face, they were no match for the real thing. Even The Pea was mesmerised by it all from the sanctuary of her carrier. Living in a small, rural town, I love the opportunity to be able show them more of the world.