Family fun in West Yorkshire

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Erin Rush is a Spanish teacher in Wakefield and runs a blog for family events and fun in West Yorkshire called yorkshiretots.com She hails from the mountains of Montana, America and met teacher John rush, who now works in Halifax, at an American school in Istanbul, Turkey. They married five years ago and moved to the Leeds shortly after. The couple have two children, Lily, four, and Leo, two. Erin says that she loves that there is so much to do for children in West Yorkshire.

What family task takes you the longest?

Going to bed! We’re terrible at it.

What’s the children’s favourite food/meal?

Cheesy pasta - unless Kinder Eggs count as food.

What’s your top penny-pinching tip?

Take advantage of free family fun put on my museums, parks and libraries and pack a picnic whenever possible.

What’s the weirdest thing your children have done/brought home/done to your house?

Lily went through a phase of collecting snails or ‘shell guys’ as she called them. Our garden became a snail sanctuary.

Mini moan - what really gets your goat?

People who don’t clean up after their dogs on the school run.

What’s your favourite family day out?

A walk that ends with cake and coffee.

What’s a typical evening for the grown-ups once the children are in bed?

Either we watch a crime drama or Mom blogs and Dad reads about how to brew beer.

What’s the best thing about weekends and why?

The best things about weekends is that we get to do what we like. The best day is a lazy morning of coffee and dad’s pancakes followed by a walk.

What’s the number one thing you would change about Leeds?

The one way streets - I’m always a little bit panicked that I’m going to wind up turning down the wrong way!

Can you also tell me your child’s favourite book and author.

They both love Dr Seuss. Luckily there are lots of stories to choose from.

* The YEP is looking for more families to take part in this feature, contact janet.harrison@jpress.co.uk for more information.

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