Recession triggers a return to outdoor play.

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Recession triggers a return to outdoor play.

Outdoor play is making a come back as cash-strapped parents swap spending on DVDs and the cinema for free days out in the park, research suggests.

A poll of 1,250 UK parents of school-age children suggests 44% of youngsters are now spending more time playing outside than they did two years ago.

Many parents recognise that trips to local parks and open spaces can be cost-effective days out.

But time and the weather are the greatest obstacles, the survey adds.

The research for food manufacturer Arla's Kids Closer to Nature campaign, suggested 70% of parents are spending less on entertaining their children than they did two years ago.

And three-quarters of the parents surveyed said they knew they could have a cheap day out visiting parks and green spaces. Four out of 10 opted for a budget trip to the seaside.

Author and children's play campaigner Tim Gill said: "Times are hard, so parents have to make savings.

"But the good news is that families are realising that fresh air costs nothing.

"Getting under the open sky - whether in a local park or the great British countryside - is the perfect way for kids to explore, have adventures and feed their curiosity and imagination."

See, there is a positive side to the recession after all!

Are your kids spending more time on outdoor play than they used to?
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