It’s half term in England and Scotland, and just a week away in Wales. Here’s our round-up of the best mini-adventures over the next fortnight to keep the kids happy and your sanity intact!
1. Get outdoors… indoors!
The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show returns to Birmingham NEC and it’s just like visiting a huge, under-cover campsite! There’s plenty for children to get stuck into, including a bounce zone, climbing adventures, bushcraft activities and a woodland assault course, as well as an ultra-cool glamping village and all the latest tents, motorhomes and caravans to inspire your (outdoor!) adventures for the year ahead. With free admission for children and a creche, you might just want to roll out your sleeping bag and stay all week!
Feb 21-26, http://www.ccmshow.co.uk/
2. Spend a day at the museum
We’re spoilt for choice in Britain for mind-boggling museums and, with free admission to many, there’s no excuse not to switch off screens and learn some fun facts. The V&A Museum of Childhood in London has been turned into a giant board game for the week ahead, whilst there’s some monkey business going on at National Museum Scotland! St Fagans in Cardiff is a year-round favourite and the fact it’s open-air means lots of fresh air too - perfect!
3. Take a trip to London
Children love London - it’s noisy and full of life, exactly like them! So we say in our London Guide in Easy English, which is crammed with info about attractions, parks, green spaces and restaurants in the capital. Lots of free activities are happening over half term, whilst the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre includes readings by Sir Chris Hoy and Julian Clary and even a mini family-family rave! And, of course, the best part is often the travelling - either by train to get there or around the city on an open-top bus!
4. Have an indoor adventure
Let’s face it, it’s the UK so it’s going to rain at some point! Cosy up indoors and create your own adventure by making a den from furniture and blankets and settling down inside for a teddy bears’ picnic. Or if you’re feeling particularly creative, set out a treasure trail around the house with clues to decipher along the way; there’ll still be some cleaning up to do at the end of the day but at least it won’t involve muddy footprints!
5. Be a champion puddle jumper!
… but of course, if your idea of half term heaven IS getting muddy and wet, you need to sign up to the Welsh Puddle Jumping Championships! Taking place at the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre between February 18 and 26, everyone is welcome to pull on their wellies and try to impress the judges! There are even different categories, such as ‘height of splash’ and ‘creativity’, so whatever your puddle-jumping style, you’ll be sure to make a splash!