Half term is here again (haven’t we just had school holidays?) So what will you be doing to keep the kids entertained? Here are a few suggestions.
Day trips – Obviously it is the busiest time of year for many places, farms, zoos etc. So plan your day, find a map online, find show times and activity times and that way you are prepared and ensure you get to see everything you want to despite queues. Don’t forget to take something to keep them entertained during long queue’s, a book, a DS or even eye spy, it’ll stop the “are we nearly there yet” and “I’m bored” comments! Also don’t forget the wet weather gear. You may also want to phone or check the website for flooding as there are still many places that are flooded and if wether people are to be believed we maybe in for a bit more flooding! Top tip: A fab place to go is the Shard and this half term they are offering up to two free child tickets for every adult ticket bought, plus under 4’s go free anyway!
Do your homework – Farms for example can charge a small admission fee and have lots of animlas, others can charge a much larger fee but can have indoor play and activities to keep the children entertained all day and cater for wet weather. Work out hours v’s budget a higher entrance fee might seem like it isn’t worth it, but if it keeps them entertained all day it may well be worth the extra few pounds.
Halloween – As Halloween falls at the end of Half Term there are many places doing special Halloween based activities, so look out for those. But if you are thinking of having your own Halloween fun why not check out our top Halloween party tips.
Museums – many are free including the Science museum and Natural History museum, now I know train fares can be expensive (although children under 5 are free), however if you are going up to London on a Sunday there is no congestion charge and parking restrictions are reduced so you can often find parking spaces on the main road, so why not drive to cut costs further.
Parks or walks in the woods – There are lots of parks with different apparatus. Obviously if the weather is awful they potentially can’t use the swings and slides at all! But with waterproofs and wellies they can enjoy jumping in puddles for ages at the local park or woods! Sorry mums not so much fun for us!
Local shopping centres often offer activities during school holidays, why not check your local centres website to see what they have on and see if there are any charges before you go.
Home – Now I know staying in can be boring, but why not get out those messy activities that you dread but do them in the garage or shed or with a bit plastic sheet to shield your carpet! Paints, play doh, sticking and glitter whatever it is as they don’t do it every day it may keep them entertained for a little longer! What about baking, from simple rice crispie cakes to more extravogant icing, what ever level you are from Delia to novice! Also websites such as Disney Junior have various colouring and activites you can print out to keep the kids entertained.
Cinema – Trips to the cinema can cost a fortune, but check your local cinema to see if they do Kids weekend – which is often extended into the half term holiday, our local Vue cinema does a 10am showing on a Saturday and Sunday and it is £1.75 per adult or child. Plus they do a little popcorn and drink package for about £3. So actually it doesn’t have to cost the earth, however there is only usually one film to see so you may have to plan this activity to ensure they get to see something they want to see.
Home Cinema – Why not set up the living room as a cool cinema, bring down the duvets shut the curtains, get the sweets and popcorn or whichever snack you want your child to have and make it a fun experience, you can even get the torches out for shadow puppets before the film starts.
Play dates – Simply inviting friends round can keep them entertained in their own home with their own toys and there is no cost, in fact there is an added benefit of either adult company whilst the kids play or even an afternoon off if the mum of the friend returns the favour!
If you have any other great ideas feel free to share them below! Have a great Half term and let’s hope the weather isn’t too bad!