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Half Term is on its Way! Activities 2017

Thursday, 2 February 2017  |  Admin

Spring half term (and Valentine’s Day) is fast approaching, although with all this awful weather it doesn't seem much like it!  I hear some of you groan when faced with long days with nothing to do, the rain keeping you all indoors and everyone is squabbling.  How about planning a trip out with activities to look forward to, but how do you go about finding out what is in your area and suitable for the conditions?

If you are within traveling distance or living in London there are lots to choose from, two of the best events are at Kew Gardens and the Southbank.

Kew Gardens

A ticket for a family of three is only £18 which seems good value and you don’t have to book for the children's activities, just drop in.  There are lots of craft themed things to do, including block printing, Bodhi leaf colouring, Mandala colouring and face painting.  Ideal if your child enjoys colouring and drawing and something a bit different will give them ideas for things to do at home.  

Southbank Centre

Imagine Children's Festival – 9th to 19th February 2017

For eleven fun filled days, the Festival has the best in music, theatre and literature for children up to the age of 12 and lots of the events are free.  Run by kids for kids.  Children can listen to some of their favourite authors including Chitra Soundar and Michael De Souza, co-author of Rastamouse plus picture book poets Peter Bently and Jeanne Willis.  Also there are family friendly performances and workshops where your child can become as creative as they want to be.  There are  extra special double-bill performances of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom accompanied by fantastic music.

If you live outside of the London area, don’t despair.  We have found two useful websites which are worth exploring.

If you have a dinosaur obsessed youngster, lots of dino themed attractions around the country can be found on the website which is also good for finding other things going on in your area.  Just visit the home page and type in your location to find events near you.

Likewise another excellent website for those with children of primary school age is  They have all sorts of different ideas for outings near you as well as easy recipes for cooking with children and some worthwhile competitions.

Earthworm Watch


I have had a love affair with worms since I was a toddler and still can’t walk on by if I see one stranded on the pavement.  For those of you who haven’t raised your eyebrows at this you might like to get involved in an outdoor science inspired project Earthworm Watch, which is a national citizen science project.  Discover the hidden creatures living in your garden or local park with your children and make a real contribution to a worthwhile project while enjoying time outdoors.

Great British Dog Walk

Being held across the country during March and June 2017 (unfortunately not in time for half-term) these events are being held to raise funds in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People which is a wonderful and worthwhile charity.  With more than 20 walks across the country in gorgeous locations there’s lots of fun to be had.

If either of the above have inspired you to encourage your child’s interest in nature there is an interesting article entitled Deepening Your Child's Relationship with Nature by Sue Bayliss, which can be found on The Green Parent website - how to embrace mindfulness and deepen a child's connection to the outside world and the creatures that inhabit it.