Friday 18 June 2010

Silver Cross Days Out website - discover, rate and add ideas for days out with pre-schoolers

How many times have you organised a great family day out then gone home disappointed at the end of the day because it didn't really live up to expectations or wasn't really kid-friendly ? Those places where access with pushchairs is almost impossible or where you have to pay loads for every little extra. Maybe there are no kids meals at the restaurant or there's nothing to keep the tiny tots entertained ? Well, a brand new website launched today that could be the answer to the prayers of parents and grandparents all over the UK, especially with the long summer holidays coming up.

Silver Cross Days Out is a website developed by Silver Cross and designed to help you find places to take your little ones throughout the UK. Families will be able to search for specific types of attraction such as zoos, parks, aquariums, museums or places to eat. Alternatively you can enter a postcode to discover what attractions there are close to you or wherever you're going on holiday.

Silver Cross decided to build this website after several of their customers said that they were frustrated that the existing websites that provided recommendations on where to take children were commercially motivated and often did not allow for reviews. ‘We have built a website called and set it up with 500 venues to get the site started,’ explains Alan Halsall, the Chairman of Silver Cross. ‘Silver Cross will not allow any advertising or sponsorship on the site as this exciting new development has been built for the benefit of the community and it is up to you to both take advantage of the reviews and also give us accounts of your experiences, good and bad, so others can be helped by what you have discovered. That's great news because you're guaranteed to get an unbiased and therefore genuinely helpful opinion.

But Silver Cross need your help to make it work. They explain, "We hope that Silver Cross Days Out becomes the go-to website for anyone looking for something to do with their family, be it near to home or further afield. However, the website relies on the community getting involved and updating the content as often as they can, so please get involved ! "

If you need a little encouragement, there's currently a competition running, to celebrate the launch, where you can win either an annual Scottish National Trust family pass and an English Heritage annual pass or a National Trust family pass and an English Heritage annual pass, just for adding a review. And even if you don't win, you'll still help other mums and dads enjoy some great family days out and maybe find some new ideas for yourselves - I'm off to see if they've already got the brilliant Sheep Farm near Eastbourne where you can even feed the baby lambs in springtime !

star rating : 4/5 as it's only just launched - but almost definitely 5/5 when more people get involved ! Go on, what are you waiting for ?!

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