The February half term is a funny one, isn’t it? This year it starts on the 18th or 25th February depending on where in the UK you are. Here in Wales, we start ours on the 25th and I am already planning some half-term activities.
I say planning – that is no guarantee that we will actually do them. We find ourselves getting progressively slower and slower whilst the kids hunker down with games and iPads whilst my Facebook timelines fill up with happy pics of mums on beaches, hanging of rock-faces, cooking banquets and still fitting in yoga, pilates and running a 10K.
So, if like me, you have more in common with Ice Age’s Sid Sloth than Scrat, here are a few things you might like to try to add a spring into half-term proceedings.
Half term activities for a fun spring break
Eat Something Different
No, not a bushtucker trial but perhaps a different cuisine. We’re taking the kids to Wagamas, Yo Sushi or our local Japanese restaurant to try some Japanese cuisine (primarily to see the expression on Ieuan’s face), but you could ring the changes with an authentic curry house or perhaps Chinese. We love The Summer Palace Chinese Restaurant in Llandaff in the shadow of the magnificent cathedral.
Try the theatre
There is nothing like live theatre, particularly where musicals are concerned. We’ve recently enjoyed Matilda at the Wales Millennium Centre and there are loads of shows and contemporary theatre productions happening this season at venues near you. Look out for interactive theatre workshops for acting, singing and dancing or even puppetry or mime.
Drive something different
I love my Skoda Roomster but it isn’t the fastest vehicle on the planet. The Husband prefers a Beemer – although ours is now 11 years old. As my dad would say “it’ll see us out”. But how about whizzing around a race-track all day?
There are experience days for the family where 11-17-year-olds can get behind the wheel of a Mazda MX5.
Caitlin is already campaigning for this for her 12th birthday in November and since the venue is north of London, it’s easy to get to as well.
Get the kids involved with the DIY and gardening
Yes, I am serious. Let’s face it, the chances of lots of us ending up in our nearest DIY superstore are high so if painting is on the agenda rather than exploring the countryside, why not let the kids help with the painting (you can always paint over it!). You could get them to create some paintings for your own indoor art gallery too (if you’re brave enough and you ban glitter).
There’s no reason why they can’t help in the garden either – perhaps planting some summer flowers, weeding, sweeping up fallen leaves or making a bird table or nesting box.
Caitlin and Ieuan like to use these opportunities to wangle a little more pocket money so you could add on cleaning the car to remove last August’s beach sand and the thousands of Werthers Original wrappers that never finally made it to the bin.
Get a babysitter
It’s funny how a lot of us plan to entertain everyone else but don’t give a thought to our own entertainment. We soldier on selflessly whilst keeping a very close eye on the corkscrew and parking the diet until ‘next Monday’ (note – specifying which Monday is not required).
So why not get a babysitter? (even better if you can bribe your other half or relatives) and leave them for a home cinema afternoon whilst you treat yourself in a spa or take your bestie for a posh afternoon tea whilst trying not to think about the probable domestic carnage you’ll be returning to.
Explore somewhere different
We are so lucky in the UK because almost every part of the country has amazing sights and places to visit. We’re in the Vale of Glamorgan which combines beautiful countryside with country pubs and close proximity to wonderful beaches and castles. And then, of course, we are only a few miles outside Cardiff with its 5-star shopping, restaurants, bars, entertainment and culture.
If the weather is as stormy as it has been and you are forced to stay indoors, check out my post on easy ways to entertain the kids without blowing the budget.
Have you made plans for the Spring half term yet? Let me know what half term activities are on your list.
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