50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

Have an adventure in the park and gardens at Charlecote Park.
There are some things you can do all year round, and some that you’ll have to plan ahead for the right weather or season.
Collect your scrapbook on your way in and start ticking off some amazing activities.

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    06 Run around in the rain

    Splashing in a puddle at Charlecote

    Never mind the weather. Come in your wellies, splash in puddles, feel the raindrops on your face.

    07 Fly a kite

    Child flies a red kite on the paddock at Charlecote Park, Stratford-upon-Avon

    It doesn’t have to be blowing a gale – a simple box kite will take off in a breeze. Bring your own or choose your favourite colour from our shop.

    10 Play conkers; 19 Play poohsticks

    Child on West Park bridge at Charlecote watching to see if poohstick has come through

    Games for free! Look for the horse chestnut trees and collect a pocketful of shiny brown conkers to string when you get home. Stand on the bridge by the entrance to West Park and see whose stick comes out on the other side first.

    12 Make a trail with sticks; 18 Create wild art

    Child collects sticks under tree at Charlecote Park

    Collect twigs, leaves and feathers and whatever you can find in the parkland and see if you can make a trail for people to follow, or make your own original artwork.

    16 Make a daisy chain

    Child with daisy on cedar lawn at Charlecote Park

    Create your own jewellery for free. Perhaps a grown-up will help you make a hole in the stems to thread your daisies together.

    22 Explore inside a tree

    Child looks inside fallen tree trunk at Charlecote Park, Stratford-upon-Avon

    Stroll down into the park from the end of the long border and you’ll see a huge fallen tree to investigate. Is anything hiding in there?

    25 Make a grass trumpet

    Child blows grass trumpet at Charlecote Park

    Put a wide blade of grass between your thumbs. You'll need to hold them together side-by-side and keep your fingers out of the way. Then blow – how loud can you be?

    31 Hunt for bugs

    They’re everywhere! Look in the grass, check tree bark, look under stones, what will you find today.

    33 Catch a falling leaf

    Children with autumn leaves

    Chase them and catch them before they land. How many colours can you find? Make a collage when you get home.

    34 Track wild animals; 44 Go bird watching

    Can you see the tracks from our deer and sheep? Bring your binoculars and see what you can spot, from friendly robins and blackbirds in the gardens to swans and herons on the river. Can you spot a woodpecker’s rising and falling flight in the park?