14:46 24 February 2013
1. Go for a walk: This is the most simple and most affordable way to entertain children at half
term. Maybe you’ll walk around your nearest reservoir and the kids can spot birds and other wildlife that live in the area, or perhaps you prefer to drive somewhere to go for a walk. Depending where you go, you may have to pay for admission or parking, but we’re sure this won’t break the bank and it will be worth it!
2. Play Crazy Golf: Anyone can enjoy this! It doesn’t matter if you are younger or older, crazy golf can be fun for all the family. That’s why it’s in our Top 10 Things for Children to do this Half Term.
3. Have a Day Out: Depending where you live, it may be easy for you to enjoy a day out with your youngsters while they are on holiday from school. How much you spend depends on what you decide to do. You could head to the coast and visit the beach. It doesn’t have to be sunny, as there are plenty of things to do, such as enjoying a bite to eat by picking up some chips from a seaside chip shop to strolling along the pier.
4. Do Arts and Crafts: There are plenty of creative options you could utilise to amuse children this half term. Whether you are looking after someone else’s children during the holidays, or you have children at home, if you provide paper, pencils, felt-tip pens or crayons, as well as sparkly glitter and an idea of what to create, we’re sure they’ll have a great time this half term.
5. Go Outdoors: With spring just around the corner, it’s always great to get your children or grandchildren to play outside in the great outdoors! Not only will they burn off lots of pent-up energy, but they’ll also have the opportunity to take in the world around them. They’ll be able to socialise with other children and play games like what all children should do as far as we’re concerned.
6. Visit a Theme Park: We’re not promising that this is the cheapest way to treat the kids this half-term… but they’d certainly enjoy themselves! Maybe you have vouchers to spend at Alton Towers, or maybe you want to treat your grandchildren to rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach or even Camelot.
7. Read a Book: What’s wrong with good old fashioned reading instead of playing on video games, we say? If the weather is wet and miserable and the children are stuck spending their holiday from school inside the house, why not suggest that read a book? This will keep their minds occupied as well as give you peace and quiet. Perhaps you have Harry Potter books at home? We’re sure they’d enjoy getting to know the story this half term.
8. Visit a Museum: There are plenty of museums you could visit around the UK. Perhaps a child that you know is interested in art and sculptures? Or maybe you could try visiting a science museum during the school holidays? Museums can also be a way to keep children busy this half term for free!
9. Do some Baking: If you’re feeling brave, why not invite your friend’s children or grandchildren round and do some baking? Simple buns and cupcakes are pretty easy to make and the basic ingredients are generally affordable. You never know, your friend could return the favour so that you end up with quiet time to yourself this half term!
10. Enjoy a Train Ride: This might sound bizarre, you say? Well, there are places around the UK where there are still steam trains in operation. Prices do vary, but some steam train rides are do-able at a small price. The children could then go back to school for the start of term and talk about their steam train ride with their friends! You could enjoy scenery from the comforts of your carriage, and if you’re lucky, the train driver may give you an insight into how the steam train works! It’s number one on our Top 10 Things for Children to do this Half Term.
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