We've become firm fans of the National Trust, not only because of their amazing 50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾, but their properties. I will confess that before I became involved with the National Trust campaign to promote outdoor play and a natural childhood, I had a preconceived (and wrong) idea of what their locations were like. I have never been more happy to be proven wrong.
And I'm never wrong.
Receiving a media pass to gain entry into the National Trust sites has enabled us to see the wonderful work that they are doing in restoring and preserving the nation's history. Visiting a local mansion house which has been boarded up since I used to visit it as a child, was like opening up a treasure box; the nearly derelict or partly restored rooms awaiting preservation are fascinating and allow visitors to see the wonderful bare bones of the buildings. Likewise visiting another recently acquired site last weekend (to join in on their 50 Things event) demonstrated how hands on and interactive the displays are; children were encouraged to interact and learn about their world in a way I've not seen before.
To help children complete their 50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾ list, 350 National Trust places are offering over 7,000 activities and events throughout the year. Scrapbooks are available free of charge at participating properties to record the children's achievements.
Not forgetting of course the brilliant 50Things website which keeps a virtual record of the ticked off challenges, we've worked our way through 21 of them and have some firm favourites; tree climbing, den building and bike riding are our top three along with 63% of children surveyed about the list.
In order to help two families make some steady progress on completing their 50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾ lists, I've got two family passes to give away.
These two passes are valid for any National Trust Wales properties for one visit for one family each. In order to be in with a chance of winning, please complete the Rafflecopter form below.
I am a National Trust parent blogger promoting the '50 Things To Do Before You're 11&¾' campaign for which I received a media pass.