So, half term is upon us (or will be soon), so what have you got planned to keep your brood entertained? We’ve been looking for last minute half term ideas, to help you out. If you’re not going away or got the kids booked into some sort of holiday activity… you’re probably wondering what to do. We never know what the weather will do from one day to the next, so it’s always best to have a few ideas (indoor and outdoor) up your sleeve. Let us know if you do any of these activities and if you’d add more.
Enjoy Free Museums
Many museums in the UK are free – especially some of the more famous ones in London. You can head to the V&A and see the incredible plaster casts of some of the world’s most incredible statues (including Michelangelo’s David) and pretend you’re on an art history excursion in Italy. Or emulate Andy from Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and go to the Natural History Museum. Or get all science-y at The Science Museum. We are very lucky to be able to visit these places for free. Check out your local museum!
We would always recommend having a craft bag/box for rainy days and you probably know how good The Works is for staples and great value craft embellishments. When supplies are this cheap, you can afford to let them get seriously creative!
Need to start a craft stash for kids? Here’s what we would suggest:
Lollipop sticks (50 for £1)
Felt (14 sheets for £1)
Wiggly eyes (200 for £1)
Pipe cleaners (30 for £1)
Paper pad (160 sheets for £2)
Glue sticks (4 for £1)
Tissue paper (80 sheets for £1)
PVA glue (1 litre for £3)
Coloured card (20 sheets for £1)
Assorted glitter (6 for £1)
You might also want to collect egg boxes, cereal boxes, kitchen towel and toilet rolls – they’re great for fun little craft projects.
Have A Laugh
The Comedy Club 4 Kids is touring around the South East and East Anglia over half term – head across and get the kids into comedy! We’re betting there’ll be some laughs for you parents too! Matinee performances are usually slightly cheaper – this counts for all sorts of different performances.
Start Your Kitchen Garden
Even if you don’t have a huge outdoor space, you could start a window box of herbs and you don’t need a huge amount of tools to do it. The bare essentials you’ll need is a space to garden… and some seeds/baby plants/compost and maybe some gardening gloves. The best thing to do is to roll your sleeves up and get involved.
Not too keen? Then you should make a fairy garden. Because… fairies. Learn how here.
Make Your Family Tree
See if you can get the kids interested in ancestry by getting them to make a family tree. Start with parents, siblings, then grandparents… aunts, uncles, cousins… See if you can find a photo for each person and see how far back you can get into your family history.
Aim To Learn a New Skill
Whether it’s cooking, knowing how to change a tyre, or something that mum/dad does… Pass on your life skills to the kids. Ask them what they’d like to learn or think about things they need to know. We have a whole range of life skills for kids articles that you can draw inspiration from:
Don’t forget to check out our month-by-month family activity ideas. Here are the ones from February, get the rest here.