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A short holiday approx halfway through a school term.
"It's half term in a few weeks, I'd better be quick to book some holiday camps."
"Failing to plan is planning to fail," said Alan Laiken. Who's Alan Lakein, we hear you ask? A well known author on personal time management, no less, an issue that trumps the best of us.
We've got holidays pretty much nailed now, though. Our general routine is: arrange a sleepover swap; ask a relative to help; work from home one day; oh and book a camp or two well in advance, knowing that the good ones, especially those lightest on the purse, get booked out.
Here are some recommendations from the app that will delight the kids this October half term. There are plenty more, you just have to join the party to see them.
Thank you to one of our parents on Kinfo for recommending this nature-based holiday camp in Kent. “Kids celebrate the outdoors through food, art, theatre and song!” Groups journey to a wood, park or beach, they picnic, sing songs around a piano and get arty – all the while discussing questions to connect with the surroundings.
A mum of 3 recommends booking these holiday sessions in advance. The football, tennis, cricket and basketball all-dayers are popular! Enrol at the main reception of Paddington Recreation Ground, or try calling (see phone number on the app). Oh and hunt down the park's wild garden... if it's good enough for a princess
Mill Hill is where this parent enrolled in some holiday TLC for her 3 kids, but you can find Beaumont Camps in venues all over Surrey and London. Split into age groups (5-7, 8-11 and teens) there are 40+ activities to choose from, spread across six sessions per day, including zorbing and archery, quad biking and baking.
In the grounds of QPR F.C. and schools of NW10, the Queen's Park soccer camps are a fun and energetic holiday option. “Well organised professional coaches,” says this Kinfo user. (Waving our flag of impartiality, here are links to rival Arsenal and West Ham camps, not on the app! Have you been?).
Emma Bunton. Rita Ora. Billie Piper. Denise Outen. An alumni of pop singers and presenters, alongside other musical theatre talent, has done very well indeed. Offer your mini self-starter the gift of a half term 5-day theatre club: a week of drama, street, jazz dance and drama.
If your kid prefers being carried around by four legs, visit these stables. "Go for a walk on Hackney Marshes but take time to say hello to the horses," says this parent. Better still, have a half term riding lesson! (Better still times a thousand, sign up for the half term "Own a Pony Day". Kids only, sorry).