Half term is just around the corner, and may have even started for some children. So that means furious organising and planning being done by parents across the land. We thought we could do a little of the leg work for you and find some quirky days out for restless little ones. Of course outdoor play equipment such as climbing frames are great for keeping them occupied and active but it’s understandable that they may want to venture further afield on at least one day.
The Electric Forest.
This is a superb opportunity for the whole family to experience the beauty of the great outdoors in a whole new light. Literally. With the help of leading light, sound and visual artists the forest is transformed to a wonderland of magical sights and sounds. There is an illuminated play area as well as a tree top walkway complete with gently spinning mirror balls. P.S. Remember your torch.
Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
11th-19th Feb, 6.30-9pm
£15.50 per adult and £10 for children
Seeing new lambs being born is a childhood rite of passage. At Willows Farm Village in Hertfordshire children can learn all about the the lambing process from Tuck the Shepherd. The experience doesn’t stop there, once home children can track the progress of the Lambs they saw being born. Simply log onto the Lamb cam.
Willows Farm Village,
11th-19th Feb 10am – 5.30pm
£7.95 per adult, £9.95 per child
Boggle Wish Bonfire.
BeWILDerwood is a place filled with family fun and adventure. Along with Treehouses, boat trips and zip wires there is also a hint of the weird and wonderful. As the location for children’s book ‘A Boggle at BeWILDerwood’ the forest is full of colourful characters. The boggle wish bonfire is a magical event allowing children to make their own wishes the ‘boggle’ way.
BeWILDERWOOD, Wroxham, Norfolk
Prices depend on height. £10-50-£12.50
Step Back in Time.
Blists Hill Victorian Town is a great way to keep children learning over the holidays without them really knowing it. Visitors can stroll down Canal street with its sweet shop, fried fish dealers and photographers or enjoy a ride on the Clay Mine Railway. There is lots to do and see for all ages.
Ironside Gorge Museum, Telford, Shropshire
Open 7 days a week 10am – 4pm
Adults £22.50 Children £14.75
Nottingham’s City of Caves.
This hidden world of tunnels is a complex series of 400 caves. Dating back to the Dark ages these caves are great for little explorers. There is even a recreation of the Drury Hill slums so you can see where entire families lived cooped up in one single cave.
City of Caves, Nottingham
Open 7 days a week
Keeping them occupied the rest of the time may involve investing in a climbing frame.