Schools across Wales are breaking up for Christmas and New Year next week. Have you thought about how you are going to keep the kids entertained over the holidays?
Here is a selection of 5 free things you could do with them over the festive period:
Discover the national museums of Wales
A perfect choice when you are stuck for ideas for what to do on rainy days. The 7 National Museums of Wales across the county are free to visit and offer different things for children of all ages to enjoy.
For example, the National Slate Museum will be running the Snowflake Trail this Christmas, where your child can win a slate decoration for your Christmas tree.
At the National Waterfront Museum, you can watch the film Frozen for free on the 20th of December or drop in to make a rocket calendar for the New Year between the 28th and 31st of December.
Check out Christmas markets and Santa’s Grotto
To soak in the festive atmosphere, you can take your children to visit the Christmas markets in your local area. Enjoy sampling interesting food or even pick up some unique last-minute gifts for family and friends.
There are also places where kids can meet Santa for free. For example, from the 19th to 23rd December, Santa will be welcoming children at his Grotto in the Wales Millennium Centre at these times: 10.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm. Arrive in plenty of time as this is a very popular free event.
Visit Wales has a calendar which you can search for events happening across Wales.
Visit the library for stories and crafts
Many libraries across Wales are planning free events for children this month. For example, there is a Christmas Party on the 21st of December at Pennard Library at 2:30pm and on the 23rd of December at 3:00pm at Morriston Library, where you could take your little ones for some fancy dress festive fun and food. There will be a story-telling session at Swansea Central Library on the 22nd of December where children can listen to the popular Christmas classic The Nutcracker.
Other public libraries across Wales might also be planning similar free activities for families, so do check with your local library to find out. Most libraries also have a children section where you could spend some time with your kids by enjoying a book or two together.
Get out and play
County parks across Wales are usually free to visit and they have lots for little ones to explore. Some shopping centres also offer free indoor playgrounds, great for keeping the kids active on wet and rainy days.
Many organisations, such as Groundwork Wales, run free outdoor play sessions for children in Wales. Over the next week there will be sessions in St Mellons, Gendros, Carmarthen, Flintshire and Tredegar. For further details call 01495 222605.
To find out if there are other free play sessions in your local area, please get in touch with your local Family Information Service.
Take a dip in the pool
Children aged 16 and under can swim for free at your local authority swimming pool as part of the Welsh Government’s Free Swimming Initiative (FSI). Check with your local pool to find out the free swim times. Take advantage of this great all-weather and low-impact activity to keep the whole family entertained over the festive period.
To find out about other activities happening during the school holidays in December, please contact your local Family Information Service.
If you know of any free events and activities happening in your local area in December, share this with other parents by commenting below!