Spending time with your kids during the half term school holiday is fun, but keeping them entertained isn't always easy.
While it's good for everyone to get a break from school, half term can be just as stressful if you don't make any plans. It's a good idea to think of some fun activities you can do together with the children, so you don't get stuck for inspiration.
Fortunately, it's not difficult to come up with a list you can fall back on. Even if your original plan doesn't work, you can always pick something else out of your list. Try one or more of the following activities this half term for a fun-filled week!
Look for Local Events
When the holidays come around, it's always a good idea to look at local events. Businesses and organisations know that it's half term, so they're ready to entertain you! There are typically all sorts of events available around half term from treasure hunts to ghost tours (it’s nearly halloween after all) fun fairs and more!
Parenting websites such as www.netmums.com or local ones like www.mumsintheknow.co.uk are a great place to look for local events. Facebook is also a great resource as well. Check out your local council’s website as well as local press and specialised listing sites such as http://www.eventbrite.co.uk.
With these web resources at your disposal, you should be able to find a fun event for your children in no time!
Visit a Fun Museum
If you’re thinking that museums can’t be fun then think again!
For example, the National Space Centre www.spacecentre.co.uk in Leicester offers over 150 interactive experiences and 6 interactive galleries that make finding out about space for children fun!
There’s also Dickens World www.dickensworld.co.uk which is a reconstruction of a real victorian town with boat rides and a themed restaurant.
For Roald Dahl fans, there’s the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden where there are free story telling sessions and craft activities.
There are many more museums for kids to enjoy, just check out the list below for more ideas:
Try a free Martial Arts Class
Half-term is a great chance to try out something new. There's less pressure, and if the kids like it, they might want to continue in term time. One of the things available is the option to try out a martial arts class. The best part is that they can do it for free!
Martial arts is a great way for children to exercise and have fun. Some schools offer family classes so parents can give it a go too alongside the kids.
To book a free class go to our martial arts classes page
Spend a Day at the Park
The autumn half term is the best time to see the changing of the seasons. The leaves are changing colour, and your local park is sure to look beautiful. It might be a little wet on some days, but that only means more chances to jump in puddles. There might be conkers too!
Go to the Cinema
The cinema can feel expensive sometimes, but it's easy to find great deals for families, with cinema chains such as Odeon and Vue offering family tickets and offers.
With two fantastic animated children’s films on release at the moment in Storks and Trolls half term is a great time families to enjoy the cinema!
Go on an Outdoor Adventure
The (hopefully) crisp autumn air is a perfect opportunity to get involved in some outdoor activities.
There are many outdoor adventure parks around the UK that offer activities like bike riding, climbing and beautiful nature trails for kids to run and explore.
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Have Fun in the Kitchen
Most children love cake so why not teach them how to bake one? It’s not only fun and educational, it’s a brilliant way for families to spend more time together. It can be a bit messy though!
Kids who love art will enjoy some arts and crafts sessions during the holiday. You could look for an event to participate in, or just get out some craft supplies at home.
Combine craft making with the outdoors by visiting a park or woodland to collect bark and leaves to use in the children’s craft making when you get home.
Visit a city farm
There are many city based farms around the UK so you don’t have to get into the countryside to visit one!
City farms are a wonderful opportunity for children to see and interact with different types of animals. For example, at Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, alongside the sheep, rabbits and pigs, there are more exotic animals such as snakes, chipmunks and tarantulas.
Further down south in London, Mudchute Farm in the Isle of Dogs (mudchute.org) , is one of Europe’s largest city farms with giant rabbits, ponies, horses and llamas to name but a few.
For a full list of UK city farms see below:
Build a Den
Whether you're inside or outside, den building is an age old practice that every child needs to experience. If you need to create some spontaneous fun, it's a great way to get creative. If you're inside, find some blankets and sheets, and use the furniture. Outdoors, you can search for hiding places and construct shelters from branches and foliage. You can join in with the kids, or just sit back and let them get on with it.
Children’s den ideas:
So there you have it. We hope that we’ve given you plenty of half term activity ideas and we wish you a happy and fun half term!