If fresh air and a run-around are what it takes to tire out your little ones (trust us, we know) you'll love a trip to Coolings, a garden centre/nature reserve in the Kent suburbs.
We love it because.... There's so much to see and do here, and they've really thought about what appeals to families. At the back of the garden centre/shop, they've designed a nature trail with a whole host of activities and interactive spots, including bee hotels, bird-watching hides, animals the kids can feed, a duck pond, and more.
The trail is set in 6 acres of woodland (although you can just about take a buggy) so you can speed around in an hour or spend a good morning letting the children run wild. Once they've finished, there's some tractor and digger toys back at the garden centre too.
We spotted... The pig-feeding - a winner for kids of any age and not something we've seen at other farms or zoos. Little ones can feed the greedy pigs down a long tube and watch them snuffle it all up, which ours found hilarious! There's also a small aquarium indoors if your kids are Nemo fans.
Top tip... There's a fantastic cafe indoors, with lots of kids food options and toys/books to help them stay entertained over lunch. You can even buy some lovely toys in their garden centre shop, which has a few things out that they can 'test'.