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"We are already halfway through the school year, seriously?"
Yes, it really is just two weeks until half term. Panic not! If you need inspiration or ideas on how to occupy your brood in the break, keep reading.
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“My son wants to go to this club every day,” says a mum of 2. If you live in Sussex or Bristol you need to know about these afterschool clubs. Fun and games for energetic 5-12-year-olds, experienced staff and sessions including bush craft, survival skills and slime making. Things might get messy, but that's the point. Find a half term club in a park near you.
The barn doors open on 10th February for another season, just in time for half term. If you've not been to this leafy Essex attraction, it is a great day out, filled with farmyard animals and indoor and outdoor adventure play zones. One dad recommends the tractor ride as a must for the youngest ones, as are the "sheep, rabbits, pigs, llamas and meerkats."
Daily half hour lunchtime lessons will have your kid hydroblading in no time (not really, but their technique will surely improve). A mum of 1 writes that it isn't usually too busy here. Find it in the 26 mile long Lee Valley Regional Park, which means you could go for a nice long walk or cycle afterwards (or even visit the Farm, see above). Read about half term skating here.
“My daughter learns many things and makes new friends, she seems so happy,” says a mum of 1. “Lovely camps for little ones,” says another. Afternoon educational and interactive workshops are led by passionate teachers covering clay modelling and glass painting. Email for half term info here.
“My kids love going there and always have ideas of things to make,” says a mum of 4. This shop has become a firm favourite in the West Hampstead locale. Kids can choose between morning embroidery, decoupage or weaving, or afternoon sewing machine tuition. Class sizes are small, so be quick to book.
“Amazing classes for all ages,” says a mum of 2. Developed “through intensive physiological, psychological and sociological research, along with decades of hands-on experience by hundreds of fitness experts.” Oh, and fancy a Valentine's celebration? Book your kids into a special 14th February Night Time Camp while you go for an early dinner!
Puddle splashing competition, anyone? Pack the wellies for a big old splash this half term. Open 7 days a week, the nature reserve is a wildlife sanctuary – birds, otters, ducks thrive here – which offers acres of space where kids can run and run. "We enjoy the invigorating fresh air, and the cheese on toast in the cafe goes down well," says a mum.