We are now half way through February and that can only mean one thing; it’s time for the February half term! This school holiday has certainly snuck up on us as it seems like just yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year. If this half term has surprised you too and you’re struggling to come up with ways to entertain the kids next week, then keep reading as we suggest ten fantastic ideas that will get the whole family involved.
1. Explore the coast
One of the many benefits of living on an island is that we are surrounded by coastline, with beautiful golden sands, magnificent cliffs and welcoming pebble beaches all on our doorstep. This half term take the time to explore the coast; visit a new beach, take a walk along one of the many coastal paths or simply relax on the shore as the children run around with the dog at their heels. It’s a great way to use up their excess energy and get some fresh air!
2. Get to know your city
City tours are offered almost everywhere, in fact here in Chester we regularly see crowds of people following a Roman centurion round the city walls and learning all about Chester’s rich history. No matter how long you’ve lived in an area there is always something new to discover, so seek out an individual tour guide or join a group this half term and pick up some new and interesting facts that you can share with your friends and family on their next visit!
3. Try a new craft
Learning a new craft is not only a fun activity but it teaches children something new and if they really enjoy it the crafts can make wonderful birthday and Christmas presents for family members. If you’re new to crafts and are having trouble getting started then check out our recent craft guide. This guide is perfect for beginners and has some wonderful crafts for children including a penguin finger puppet and a cool upcycled phone cosy.
4. Child friendly baking
Sticking with the “homemade” theme, another great activity for the kids is baking. They love to get involved and when properly supervised, the results of a long day baking are simply delicious! Try not to over complicate your baking-keeping things simple is always the best way to go because everyone loves a good rice crispy cake. We would highly suggest a visit to BBC Good Food for inspiration and child-friendly recipes.
5. Day trip to the zoo
Asking a child if they want to go to the zoo is like asking a chocoholic if they want to visit Cadbury World, the answer will always be yes! The zoo is a fantastic place for children, not only will they discover new animals but they’ll also learn about critical conservation work. To make the most of your time at the zoo make sure to visit their website before you go, it will have lots of useful information regarding special half term events and feeding/display times.
6. Historic day out
The kids don’t have to be in school to learn something new; this half term hundreds of National Trust properties throughout the UK are open and hosting special events. These attractions will help inspire your children as they discover hidden passages in an ancient fort, walk the footsteps of royalty in a historic house or even discover a secret garden in the grounds of a castle. For more information on half term events visit the National Trust website.
7. Nature safari
Visit your local park or garden and take time to appreciate nature as it works its way from winter to spring. Look out for the first budding snowdrops and keep your eyes open for squirrels, birds and bugs. If you haven’t got a park nearby why not invite nature into your own back yard by putting up a bird box or feeder? We recently put together a fabulous graphic which will allow you to “Give a Bird a Home”, so make sure to check it out for ideas.
8. See a movie
This half term there are a number of fantastic films coming to your local cinema like Big Hero 6 and Into The Woods. If your cinema’s a little too difficult to get to then why not have a home cinema day? Draw the curtains, grab a bowl of popcorn and some snacks and watch all your favourite films from the comfort of the sofa. If you want to make things extra special then why not serve up the tasty dishes made in your child-friendly baking session?
9. Get active
It’s incredibly important to keep your kids active and the half term gives you the perfect opportunity to do this. To encourage the little ones why not try something new like canoeing or rock climbing? You never know, this new activity could turn into a hobby for life! Alternatively, pack the kids into the car and venture off on a family walk; we have lots of great walking ideas here at Sykes so make sure to check out our ‘Walk of the Month’ blog posts for inspiration.
10. Spend time with the family
For me, spending time with the family is the best part of half term; you get some quality time with the kids and the more family members involved the better! So invite Nan round and arrange a play date with the cousins, or better yet book a Sykes Cottage to bring everyone together. We have a great selection of cottages still available for the February half term so take a look and make this a holiday the kids will never forget.