Half term is almost upon us which means it’s a mad dash to find something for the kids to do. But don’t worry, we’ve got a handy list of fun things to keep your kids occupied.
Visit a children’s farm or zoo
Some would say that kids and animals don’t mix, however we beg to differ. A zoo or wildlife park is a great way for your kids to learn about animals from around the world, and even learn more about what they can do in the future to protect some endangered species. Not only that, but everyone has their favourite animal so it’s a fuss-free crowd pleaser. ZSL London Zoo has a ‘Vets in Action’ exhibit, and Bristol Zoo has an exciting ‘Zooropia’ adventure course where children of all ages can climb and swing alongside gorillas, lemurs and gibbons. Some of the larger zoos such as ZSL London Zoo even offer 2 for 1 tickets to those who have travelled by train- simply show your train ticket to zoo staff to get the offer! Meanwhile, smaller farms across the country such as Pennywell Farm in Devon, and Cotswold Farm in Gloucestershire offer the chance to get up close and personal to some gorgeous farm favourites and you may even get to some new spring arrivals.
Visit a museum and check out their latest exhibitions
They may be off school for the week, but that doesn’t mean to say they can’t carry on their learning outside of the classroom. Add in some fun and a few exhibits and you have yourself a museum. The Museum of London at London Docklands has got as whole host of kiddie friendly exhibits and activities to add to its wealth of historical artefacts, while the Natural History Museum have lots of opportunities for inquisitive families and curious children to get to know fascinating animals of the past whilst discovering some amazing scientific breakthroughs. Over in Greenwich at the Royal Observatory, there are half price family sessions in the planetarium where you and the kids can explore the mysterious and awe-inspiring depths and complexities of space, and even pretend to be a time lord by standing on the Meridian line.
Discover a National Park
There’s no substitute for getting out there and having some good old fashioned fun outdoors. While spending a whole day outdoors may seem appealing in this winter weather, there are plenty of beautiful national parks that may well tempt you and the kids out to play and explore. The National Trust looks after many of the UK’s picturesque open spaces and they openly encourage families to get out and explore their neighbourhoods come rain or shine. Make a makeshift shelter with sticks, unearth some curious woodland creatures, play on the wooden obstacle courses, take part in some crafty indoor workshops, or just simply allow yourself to get lost down a beautiful new woodland trail. Whatever you and the gang get up to, it’s sure to beat staying at home with nothing to do and gets the whole family involved in doing something memorable together.
A great value day out with a voucher
A great day out feels even better when it’s not cost the earth. Major brands and attractions are now jumping on the value bandwagon and are offering more cut-price experiences than ever. Travel by train and you and your family can bag 2-for-1 deals on all iconic London attractions such as the Coca-Cola London Eye, London Dungeons, Madame Tussauds and London Zoo to name but a few. And it’s not just London either, some nearby towns and villages offer 2-for-1 deals on museums and exhibitions, all you have to do is check to see if your chosen attraction is on the list and show your train ticket when you get there. A trip to the cinema this half term is also an option with many big cinema chains including Vue and Odeon offering cut price kids tickets from £2.50. To save even more, take some snacks from home to save on the expensive cinema treats.
Let them run wild at an indoor playground
Don’t let their hyperactivity get the better of you, take them to an indoor playground where they can run and play away the hours. Red Kangaroo, based in Reading, Nottingham and Coventry boast the biggest ‘bounce-tastic’ parks in the UK with wall to wall trampolines, complete with ninja-warrior courses, gladiator beams, foam pits, a slam dunk area and so much more. After a few hours here showing off their best bounces and nimble ninja warrior skills, they’ll certainly be satisfied and more importantly, bedtime will definitely go a lot smoother. If the kids are more the roleplaying kind, there are many roleplay centres across the country that can more than accommodate. From KidZania in London, to TotCity in Andover, PlayTown in Stamford and Little Street, there are huge play towns and cities with areas based around various aspects of real life where they can learn through play. Whether they are a shopkeeper at the supermarket or living out a dream vacation at the vets or doctor’s surgery, they’ll have plenty of fun, learn some new skills and maybe even make new friends in the process, and all for a purse pleasing price.