I thought I would share my Victor Meldrew moment and see what you guys think. My 5 year old son went on his first ever school trip yesterday to a local animal park. When I sked him to tell me about his day, he told me that his class were told they couldnt play in the play area! It was a sunny day, no other schools present. I just cannot think of a good reason to tell a class of 4 and 5 year olds that they "can't play in the play area and that play areas are for when we go with Mummys and Daddys". He didnt understand why they couldnt play when "it was right by where we ate out lunch so it wouldnt have been a long way to get there". I don't know about you, but that is the primary purpose for my son wanting to go to these places and then play area completely explored and played with, we retire to walk around the animals. I did the usual "well we dont always see the point of school rules, and sometimes we may not agree, but we must follow the rules and do the things the grown-ups tell us to do because they are trying to keep us safe". I still don't get it though. What do you think? Am I unjustified in thinking they are a bunch of miserable so and sos? Your thoughts??