Even though it seems like Christmas was yesterday, February half term is already here. Don’t panic, we’ve put together a list of ideas of things to do with the children next week.
If you’re struggling to think what you can do to fill the week with your children then we can help. We’ve put together a list of events in different areas of Wales. Even better, we’ve looked for things that are cheap or free so that half term doesn’t cost you a fortune. And if you can’t go to any of these, then we’ve added a list of things to do at home.
North West Wales – Anglesey
What better way to make the most of our lovely rain and mud here in Wales by having a mud week during half term! Just bring a raincoat and a pair of wellies to Plas Newydd and you can enjoy a mud filled afternoon of fun with the Wild Elements team. You could try the barefoot challenge, have a play in the mud kitchen or have some water fun, guaranteed to keep the little ones busy with excitement for the afternoon!
Free event. No need to book.
North East Wales – Wrexham
Messy Museums is a messy craft event on 20th February for children aged 0-3.
Make and Take is an event on 21st February suitable for families where you can create your own mini rag rug.
Both sessions are drop in events costing £1 per child
Mid Wales – Powys
The CAT centre is hosting a love filled half term week. They have lots of different activities for all the family to enjoy to celebrate that spring is on its way. Nature inspired activities and guided walks. Take a picnic lunch and you can enjoy an action packed day out for free, guaranteed to tire those little feet!
Free admission if you live locally.
South West Wales – Pembrokeshire
The Wildlife Trust in Cilgerran is hosting a week full of events for children of all ages over the half term. They have all sorts of craft activities from decorating your own love spoon to making your own hedgehog sun catcher, something to suit all ages at affordable prices.
Admission prices vary from £2-£5 per child depending on activity (booking advisable)
St Dogmaels Abbey & Coach House is hosting a Bee Hotel Workshop. Pop along to make a luxury pit stop for our furry friends!
Booking advisable for this free event, contact the coach house to secure your place.
South East Wales – Cardiff
The National Museum of Cardiff is hosting hour-long family workshops with an opportunity for you to get creative together. There will be guides to help you with your imaginative creations.
This is a free event but you will need to book your place at reception when you arrive.
Activities to do at home
If you are unable to get out to one of these events then there are plenty of fun and cheap activities that you can do with the children at home.
Touch and feel box
Get an old shoebox and cut a hole in it for a child’s hand. Place different objects in the box and get them to guess what’s inside by feeling the object. You could keep a chart on who guesses correctly to add some competition and get the whole family involved!
Pirate treasure dig
Why not have a pirate themed day, get the children dressed up in their pirate outfits, scrunch up some silver foil or silver coins in a sand or mud pit and let them dig, the pirate with the most treasure wins! You could even add some magic to the day and have a pirate themed lunch, shark salad, tic toc croc fish and chips, boat hot dogs anyone. Check out Pinterest, they have great ideas for themed foods.
Fresh air and an outdoor activity will do everyone a world of good so why not visit your favourite park or even turn it into a nature detective challenge? Give everyone a piece of paper and pen and they could write down/draw what they find and see. A perfect way to get the children active whilst also teaching them about nature.
Have a bake off competition in your own kitchen! Dependant on numbers you could have presenters, judges and competitors, all you need is some basic kitchen cupboard ingredients and supervise the children with measuring and baking. Once the bakes have been created and judged, whoever helps to tidy up and clean can taste the cakes for tea! A perfect way to fill some hours and teach your children some practical life skills at the same time.
Family Point Helpline
If you feel you need to talk to someone about this issue or any other problems your family is having then call our advisors on the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. The helpline is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. They can help you to find organisations that can help.
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