No sooner have we tidied away the Christmas cheer than half term is upon us. Naturally, everyone’s glad of a week’s respite from the school routine but how easy is it to give the kids a mid-winter treat on a budget?
Head for your local National Trust property
While a tour round the house and gardens of a grand estate can be pricey unless you’re a NT member, kids’ events are surprisingly affordable. This February half term there are plenty of family events that outdoorsy children are sure to find exciting, including bushcraft sessions, wildlife explorations and campfire adventures. So, if your littl’uns love getting damp and muddy while building bird feeders and toasting marshmallows, this could be just the job.
Flip some pancakes
It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday 13 February, so why not have a day of pancake-based excitement? You could simply have a messy, floury and fun-filled day of making, filling and eating pancakes. But if a fine day beckons, you could challenge friends to a pancake dash. The citizens of Olney in Buckinghamshire have an ancient tradition of Shrove Tuesday pancake races and know a thing or two about running while flipping pancakes – take a leaf out of their book!
Explore Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year falls on 18 February which offers a great opportunity to learn about the customs associated with this global celebration. If you can get into a big city like Manchester, you can immerse yourself in the many festivities but if not, why not have a crafting session to make kites and lanterns, enjoy cooking Chinese food and ring in the Year of the Dog in your own way?
Fun at home
Of course, there are lots of memories to be made by simply staying at home. The trick is to find something all the family can do together – a scavenger hunt is a popular choice and can be held indoors if it’s raining. Get the Lego out and give everyone a build challenge, make a puppet theatre out of old boxes or dig out your favourite board games. Whatever you do, enjoy your half term week!