Toddler Tourism: Hastings Racecourse
It has been sweltering out here the last few days. It's a challenge to figure out ways to keep the boys cool, especially Olin. Breccan gets bored very easily at home (which leads to destruction mode), so we can't just hunker down inside all day. He is still learning how to share nicely at play gyms, so those exhaust me. Splash playgrounds only go so far.IEnter the Hastings Racecourse. It is a surprisingly family friendly place to take the kids. Entry is free, and it's pretty safe and enclosed. At the far West end of the track, there is a grassy knoll that is well-shaded at the top and is high enough to get a nice breeze. There's the remnants of a sand pit that used to be there, and it's still loose enough dirt for the kiddos to dig in. You can pack a picnic, and it's a nice, free day out. I bring a cash limit, and we pick horses to bet on, but you could just as easily do play betting.Races start at 1:45 on Sundays and go until around 5:45. We dressed up a little fancy, which can also add to the fun if your kid likes to play dress up. Between races, there are a lot of trucks and tractors on the course for the vehicle enthusiasts. You can see the horses up close between races at the east end of the tracks. Being a gambling facility, there are a few shady characters walking around, but there were lots of families too. The horses have great names, which makes it fun to cheer for them! Breccan and I enjoyed hollering for "Nana's Buddy" (who won!) and "Brother Chunky" (who did not).