Wednesday, 8 February 2012

FREE Things to do over Half Term!

Half term arrives next week for many schools (arrgghhh!) so this week I thought it would be good to get together a load of ideas for fun FREE things to do with the kids.
A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed!        

●        “Go on a winter 'treasure hunt' & make a collage/winter display when you get home (after a warming hot chocolate!)” 
Lorraine @beindemand

●        “Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is free and fabulous.” 
Julia @mrandmrswalder

●          Visit your local museum.  Taunton and Exeter’s have both recently been re-opened and are well worth a visit!

●          Visit your local library – check for half term activities too.

●          Grab your wellies and go on a muddy puddle walk/sludge adventure!

●         @NEDayCrafts are running free craft workshops in Durham Market 14th -16th February inc. puppet and card making.

          If it’s too cold for it at the park, dig out your picnic rug, make some sandwiches and have a picnic in the living room!

●         Do you have a railway bridge close to you?  My young sons love to go and wave at the trains as they pass underneath! 

●         Some National Trust Estates, such as Wallington and Cragside in the North East are holding a free entry week.  Check for details for your local area.

●         Arrange a “play over swap” with your children’s friends.  It should give you a bit of a break too!

●         Taunton Mums and Dads: “YMCA in Lisieux Way, Taunton, have a free family day on Monday 10-2, fire engine, face painting etc”

●        "Feed the ducks, do some painting / colouring / other craft stuff, read books, do puzzles, go for a walk and splash in puddles...”

●         “Have a themed day around a fave story. EG The Gingerbread Man - start off reading it, make Gingerbread men, arts & crafts, treasure hunt to follow the gingerbread man's journey etc. Could link with any story."
            Georgina @GemWriting

●         "For those near London The Southbank have a Family festival on with lots of free events. Check out Waterstones too. Ours has lots of free storytelling and book based activities on next week."
            Joanne @Actoneparties

            You may be able to do a bit of this too!

There are some other great blogs full of ideas too:


Please feel free to leave a comment below with your ideas or information on a free event in your area.  

Have fun! 


  1. Thanks, Julia! I think the picnic blankets would be used to wrap ourselves up with if we ventured out!