Half Term ideas to keep kids active

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Attractions, National Trust

The dreaded February half term is upon us, and parents all over the UK will be scratching their heads for ideas to keep little ones busy.
Low cost half term fun ideas for children

Low cost half term fun ideas for children

February half term is always the most dreaded school break for parents as the weather can be dreadful, and kids are left to hang around the house bored and eating you out of house and home.

But with a bit of forward planning and careful thinking, there are loads of things up and down the country to keep kids occupied this February.

BritEvents.com have some great ideas for Half Term just for you. So no stressing… the sun is out, the sky is blue, grab your coat, perhaps a Zoo?

1. The Wheels on the bus go round and round.

Catching the bus doesn’t sound that interesting, but kids are so used to be ferried around in cars nowadays that taking a ride into town on a bus can be quite exciting. Do you need to pop in town during the week? Well, this will be a perfect opportunity to take the bus instead of the car. If it’s a dry day, why not plan your journey to arrive just before lunch time, taking a simple picnic with you to be eaten in the park.

If it’s raining, there are plenty of coffee shops that you could pop into and treat yourselves with a warming bowl of soup.

2. National Trust properties and days out

National Trust properties nearly always have half term events for children. These can include pond dipping, walks, snowdrop spotting, family trails, winter milling and baking or you could try your hand at bird box making.

Normal entrance charges apply, but if you are members of the National Trust children go free. There maybe a small charge for each event. Check out what’s on by clicking here.

3. Story time

Most libraries have craft, story telling or children’s events on during the week for the under fives. But during half term some libraries offer these craft or story telling events to older children. All these activities are normally free, but can get quite messy, so remember to get your kids to wear old clothes. Some libraries offer a games mornings, craft events and most offer a story time. Children aged 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

4. Free football coaching in association with the FA and Tesco

During the school holidays FA Tesco is offering FREE football coaching at skill centres throughout England. This is a great way of introducing your children to try the programme for the first time. FA Tesco Skills holiday football coaching is a great way to develop football ability for girls and boys aged 5 – 11 and is available for all levels of abilities. Check out the FREE football coaching sessions by clicking here.

5. Splash sessions at local swimming baths

If you live in Wales, then you are very lucky as children in Wales swim free. Lots of leisure centres in the UK offer cheap ways of keeping your kids occupied in the holidays, and if it’s a rainy day, then at least you are under cover and don’t have to spend a small fortune.

Most centres have splash sessions in their swimming pools, which include fun packed sessions with fun shaped floats, toys and inflatables. There are some leisure centres out there offering crash course swimming lessons from just £10 per day or a whole week for £45. Check your local Leisure centre for more details.

6. On yer bike 

Another great idea on a dry day is to pack up your car with bikes, skates, scooters, skateboards, bats and balls and arrange to meet in the local park with some other mums and dads. Kids will be happy to spend time with their friends and enjoy trying out each others toys. Perhaps whilst they are busy playing you could grab a well-earned coffee!

7. Walking off the winter cobwebs

Even if you live in a town, there is always somewhere where you can walk. It is fun to wrap up warm in coats and wellies and see where your feet can lead you. It is surprising how much you miss by travelling by car day in day out! Look up! There are so many things we miss whilst going about our busy everyday lives. Even walking around a town and looking up at buildings, statues or bridges can teach your children so much about their surroundings and even takes their mind off how far you have walked!

8. Fun at home

Sometimes a day at home, just chilling out and recharging the batteries is what kids and parents need once in a while. Why not plan a day at home, either baking, drawing, painting or even a games day. Dust off those board games and enjoy an afternoon of competitive fun playing games such as Snakes and Ladders, Ludo or even simple card games such as snap. You could even enjoy making your lunch together, which is a great way of getting picky eaters to eat their lunch! Always try to finish off the day with some exercise perhaps a race around the garden or even get the Wii out for some fun zumba dancing!! Haven’t got a games console? Why not check out YouTube for exercise or dance clips you can all join in!

What ever you do, keep safe and warm and always enjoy the rare opportunity you get to spend time together as a family! For more ideas go to www.britevents.com for What’s On. When It’s On

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