We recently visited The PlayBarn in Poringland, Norfolk with our friends Kate and Max. It is a farmyard based adventure centre designed for children under 7 years.
I had never been before but had heard good reviews. We certainly weren’t disappointed. As we were one of the first people to arrive the outdoor tractors were still in a line – Adam’s heaven. He immediately set about re-arranging the vast array of wheeled toys. The tractor courtyard was perfect for Adam as it was an enclosed area. He had an area to run around and I knew he couldn’t escape. This meant Kate and I could catch up over a cup of tea whilst the boys played.
A great view of the tractor courtyard from the outdoor climbing frame:
After a little persuasion we managed to get Adam away from the tractors to explore the indoor ball pool.
Adam had great fun playing with the air jet and hitting the balls off.
There was another enclosed play area which had several large plastic toys. Even Kate had a go!
There was a large draughts board which Adam turned into building blocks and created his own towers.
Adam can certainly persevere!
As always Adam managed to create a ramp for the day.
The Play Barn also had a large indoor area which could be hired for birthday parties – great for the British weather. It was here that Adam managed to get a black eye for the day before his birthday. You would have expected him to have received the black eye by running into something or falling off some play equipment. No – not my son. He managed to get a black eye because he fell off his stool whilst colouring!
Before lunch we visited the children’s farm. They had Shetland ponies, alpacas, miniature donkeys, ferrets, kune kune pigs as well as rabbits and golden Guernsey goats. Adam managed to miss every animal as the ferret house provided a great place to run around.
Can you spot Adam?
There was a good menu for lunch, although nothing was dairy free for Adam. There were plenty of high chairs and places to sit. There was also a great little gift shop – perfect for keeping a toddler occupied!
The boys enjoyed the large wooden outdoor climbing den which was partially undercover. It was perfect timing as it had started to rain.
We never managed to explore the large indoor sand pit, the rest of the outdoor areas or the indoor soft play area. We certainly need a few more trips to explore it all.
Later on in the afternoon we visited Whitlingham Country Park in the hope that the boys would fall asleep on the walk around the lake. Yogi the dog joined us. It continued to rain but we were fully prepared.
Despite walking for an hour neither of the boys fell asleep. We attempted another cup of tea. There is a large field next to the coffee shop and although I had expected Adam to run around I hadn’t expected for him to go so far.
Can you spot Adam?
He was distracted by chasing geese.
After having to catch him before he ran onto the road I relented and he went into a high chair. Adam discovered he could feed Yogi. Luckily Yogi enjoyed dairy free biscuits almost as much as Adam.
Check our other toddler friendly venues in ‘Adventures of Adam around Norfolk’.
Adam was 23 months old.