Thursday, 11 February 2016

Fun Things to do During Half Term

It seems like the children have only been back at school for a few weeks and already it is almost time for another holiday!

The February holiday is a strange one; there aren't any clubs on because depending where you are in the country, some schools only get a few days off whilst others get a full week off. We're lucky in that we get a full week off here!

So as there aren't any clubs of sort to attend, we make our own fun plans for half term. These are some of our favourite things to do:

Baking

We love baking and the older the kids get, the more they enjoy it as they have the freedom to weigh and measure out ingredients, pour and mix all by themselves and creative freedom over icing their cakes. We'll definitely do some form of baking over half term...I'm thinking of brownies as we haven't made them in awhile.


Swimming

Since we stopped taking the kids to swimming lessons, we try and go swimming as often as we can. They love swimming and lessons certainly improved their confidence and skill in the water however they enjoy splashing, jumping in and going down the slide the most.

Ice skating

This is definitely a firm favourite with the kids. Z has been with his friends a few times and really enjoyed himself. Ice skating was something I loved to do when I was younger and we used to go to the ice discos every Friday night. It can be quite expensive to go as a family so we tend to look out for any deals that are on.

Bike rides

The kids and Husband love their bike ride adventures. They were going pretty much every weekend up until the weather got bad but now that it is starting to improve, I think they'll start going more frequently. I haven't got a bike but I might take them out during half term and try and run alongside them. Maybe.


Walks

We're lucky that we have quite a few parks within walking distance and one in particular has many forest trails you can walk through. The kids love these types of walks. Ask them to walk in to town or to the library...they ain't for it. But they can walk for hours in the country park, spotting wildlife and collecting leaves, chestnuts or flowers depending on the season.

Library

I do love to visit the library during half term holidays. The kids get to pick some books that they haven't read before (which is really quite hard given they have over 500 books in this house!) and they do some colouring in at the art table. Our library also has a museum and art gallery which is fun to look around and passes the time.

Play dates with friends

I will quite happily have a house filled with the kids' friends at any time because they all keep each other amused and I can get on with the mundane tasks that the kids find boring. Miss C loves when her best friend comes over to play and Z enjoys having someone other than Miss C to play Xbox with. You'd think they'd all be needing a break from one another after spending 5 days a week together in school but they never do.

What are your favourite things to do during half term?


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