February half term can be a bit of a challenge, its hard to occupy the kids if the weather is typically British, and it’s the first holiday of the new year, so we thought we’d create a guide of how to keep the kids occupied this half term. We’ve got a range of ideas, from simple indoor activities to more outdoor adventures and other things to do.
- If the weather is good why not head out on a bike ride? Sustrans is a charity that encourages more people to travel by foot, bike or public transport, and has created a great map of the UK which shows all cycle routes, so why not find some routes near you and take the kids out? http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map
- Teaching your kids about nature and the outdoors is really important, so half term is a great time to learn more. The National Trust is running a variety of activities, from Welly Trails to activity days outdoors that help you tick items off your ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ (find out more here https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50-things-to-do )
They are also running a variety of other activities at many of their gardens and properties, for example the Zipwire challenge for Teddies at Corfe Castle, along with themed quests around the castle, and a professional storyteller on the 19th February. Make sure you check out our Swanage Store while you’re in the area!
- If you’re near Brixham, why not visit the Berry Head Visitor Centre, where they have several events on over half term, including a chance to join a ranger to look for the ‘signs of spring’, a rockpool ramble, or joining a bird feeder making class. While you’re there don’t forget to check out our Saltrock store in Brixham, and get yourselves some warm clothes before you head outdoors!
- Are you near Looe and have kids that enjoy the outdoors and wildlife? Why not head to the Rockpool Ramble on Hannafore Beach with the Looe Marine Conservatory, or take a trip to the monkey sanctuary! The Porfell Wildlife Sanctuary is also a great place to visit, with a great range of different animals and wildlife to learn about. Don’t forget to pop into our Looe store while you’re there and get some hoodies to wrap up warm.
- Do something different – Why not take a trip on a steam train? Dartmouth has a great steam railway and river boat company that can take you on a variety of tours around the area, it’s a fun way to get around and something new for the kids! http://www.dartmouthrailriver.co.uk/ Make sure you pop into our Saltrock store in Dartmouth while you’re there too!
- If you’re in North Devon, you could take your kids to Sciencedipity, a holiday club based around science, with a range of different experiments and activities throughout half term. Its a great way to keep the kids entertained but also help them to learn new things this half term. Don’t forget to check out our Saltrock Stores in the area while you’re there!
- Why not take a trip to your local museum? Museums are a great wet weather activity, they often have some great activities for kids, as well as being educational.At Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum throughout half term you can create colourful ‘Day of the Dead' puppets and learn about traditional Dia De Los Muertos celebrations, so why not take the kids along and pop into our Saltrock Truro store while you’re there?
- Travel to Space! The National Maritime Museum in Cornwall is holding a Space Odyssey Planetarium over half term, where you can learn about planets, skies and space exploration, as well as an opportunity for craft making. Make sure you head over to our Falmouth store while you’re there and get some great deals on clothing for everyone.
- Do your kids love history? The Golden Hind, moored in Brixham harbour, is re-opening for half term. Your children can re-live Drake's 1577 voyage aboard this full sized replica, which is open from 10am-4pm each day. Don’t forget to pay a visit to our Brixham store while you’re there!
- English Heritage are running a variety of events throughout half term, for example Terrific Tudors is a great event at Pendennis Castle, where you can "assist the cooks in the keep..sword drills & junior jousting..". It’s a great way for your kids to have fun and learn about life in the Tudor Period. Don’t forget to pop into our Falmouth store while you’re nearby!
- Getting your kids active and using up their energy! Head to your local leisure centre and take the kids swimming, or find a half term club for them. The North Devon Leisure Centre has a half term club called Camp Adventure, that you can book today to keep your kids occupied! While you’re there make sure you pop into our Barnstaple store and get some hoodies and t-shirts that are great for running around in.
- Climbing is a great way to get active,as Saltrock Ambassador and professional climber Jenna Goddard knows, so taking your kids to an indoor climbing wall is a great half term activity! They are all over the country, but if you're near Exeter then you can head to the Quay Climbing Centre, where they run a range of sessions for all abilities! Make sure you head to our Saltrock Store in Exeter while you're there to get some great clothes for climbing in.
- Why not take your kids to a trampoline park? It’s the new trend and a great way to get fit and have fun, as well as wearing the kids out. There are trampoline centres all over the country, from Southampton to Swansea so find one near you, but make sure you get your Saltrock T-shirts and trackpants first as they are perfect for jumping around in!
- Do your kids want to be like Saltrock Ambassador Andrew Cotton? half term is the perfect time to learn to surf, so why not take the family for surfing lessons? You’ll be provided with wetsuits to keep you warm, and perfect your skills in time for the summer! There are surf schools all over the coast, from Bournemouth and Poole, to Newquay and Croyde, so take a look and make sure you visit our local Saltrock stores at the same time, so you’ve got some hoodies to keep warm afterwards!
- Why not have a cooking day? Take a look at these easy, fun and tasty recipes that are perfect for cooking with kids - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/kids-cooking
- Horrible weather outside? It’s the perfect time to have a duvet day, cuddle up on the sofa in your Saltrock hoodies and sweatpants, with your favourite snacks and some classic films!
- Half Term is a great time to be able to sit down and do some arts and crafts with the kids. Take a look at this list of ideas and get everything you need ready for the inevitable rainy day! http://www.kidspot.com.au/things-to-do/collection/craft-activities