Keeping the family busy during half term
Having the kids at home during the holidays can be great fun, with so many places to visit and enjoyable days out to be had. However, it’s also easy to run out of ideas for keeping the family entertained. If you’re wondering how to spend your time this half term, check out our suggestions for fantastic days out and fun activities home.
Feed the birds
A fun and worthwhile activity for the kids is to make birdseed cakes, something the birds will definitely appreciate as we go into the colder months of autumn. They’re really easy to make, and kids will have fun making them into different shapes. Simply make up some gelatine as per the packet instructions, and mix with your choice of birdseed. Squish the mixture tightly into cookie cutter shapes, and push in a piece of drinking straw to create a hole. Set in the fridge for a couple of hours, then leave to dry before removing from the shapes and hanging on tree branches or hooks.
There are fantastic free museums all over the UK, providing cheap family days out (as long as you bring a packed lunch and avoid the gift shop). If you live near London you’re spoilt for choice with Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Imperial War Museum and many more. In Edinburgh you have the stunning National Museum of Scotland, and there’s the National Football Museum, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Take a look what free museums there are in your area!
Down on the farm
Zoos can be very expensive, and kids often get tired with all the walking around, so a free city farm can be a good alternative. They’ll also be able to get up close to all sorts of animals including pigs, cows, horses, and goats, and learn something about farming in the process. There are free city farms to be found all over the country, including Edinburgh, Nottingham, Bath, and London.
Hit the shops
Shopping doesn’t sound like the most appealing way to spend a day, but many big stores do special events during school holidays. You can do Lego builds at your local Lego store, or pet workshops at your nearest Pets at Home store, giving kids the chance to handle small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. Ikea outlets also do lots of instore activities, which can be useful if you have some urgent furniture shopping to do.
It’s not known for being a cheap day out, but if you grab a promotional bottle of Carex handwash or shower gel you can get half price tickets for Alton Towers. As adult tickets cost around £50, this can save you a great deal of money. You can also use the promotion to get half price tickets to Sea Life Centres around the country. This might be good if you’ve been budgeting for one “bigger|” activity during half term.