School’s out for half term and excited children across the country are gearing up for some serious holiday FUN. But as undeniably lovely as it is to spend quality time with your children, finding new and exciting ways to keep everyone occupied can be challenging for frazzled parents. But don’t despair! If you’ve been wracking your brain to think of something different to do this half term, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Joules, we all love to have a good time and we certainly don’t do run-of-the-mill. So to help you keep your little ones occupied from dawn ‘til dusk, we’ve researched ten fabulously fun (and definitely different) activities to try.
Rush UK has just opened up in High Wycombe and is one sure fire way to exhaust your brood this half term. It’s a big colourful bouncy paradise packed with trampolines of different shapes and sizes. There are foam-filled pits to fly into, walls to leap from, pillars to dive off and a nice little café for grown ups to sip coffee in. Prices start at £5 for an hour session.
Head to the world-famous Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, where budding racing drivers aged 8-17 can take to the track for a day. The Junior Dragster One Day hire includes full tuition with experienced instructors and admission for two adults plus any extra children not taking part. At £165, it’s not the cheapest day out, but your mini Lewis Hamilton’s will no doubt pay you back once they’re racing Formula One.
Junior James Bond fans are going to love the new adrenaline-fueled Spy Camp Experience, open at various locations across the UK. Every Spy Mission involves solving a series of puzzles and challenges on board the Battle Cruiser UNS Steadfast and ends with an exciting movie-style escape! Spy Camp are offering a special half term rate starting from £9.
Forget endless walks with the dog this holiday and walk a llama instead? At Kiln Farm near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, children aged seven upwards can join you and a very furry friend for a leisurely 90-minute wander. Llama ‘hire’ starts at £12 and once back at the farm you can check into the Pet Village and say ‘happy half term’ to some of the resident guinea pigs, ferrets, rabbits and chinchillas.
Moored at Little Venice, this irresistibly sweet water-borne theatre puts on magical puppet shows that little ones (and sentimental grown ups) will love. First anchored in 1982 the company performs its critically acclaimed marionette and animation shows for a mini 55-seat audience. There are regular shows on Saturdays and Sundays and a daily schedule during school holidays. Cost £8.50 for children, adults £10.Visit their website
No half term ‘to do’ list would be complete without a Natural History Museum mention. There is a treasure trove of interesting and amazing things to see and do at the museum throughout the holidays including a 3D virtual reality journey to explore the world’s largest coral reef. Or how about joining expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the museum’s fascinating zoology collection?
Have you got any half term hidden gems that might help children beat the boredom? Let us know today…