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The Best Things To Do With The Kids For Free

21 October 2016 accommodation-leisure


The Best Things To Do With The Kids For Free

With the kids finishing for the half-term holidays today, it’s time to plan how to entertain the kids for a whole week. However, planning activities that get them excited, and that fit around the great British Winter weather, whilst not costing the earth can be anything but a holiday for parents. Here are our best ideas for things to with the kids for free this half-term.

Get into nature

It’s tempting to hide out indoors in winter, but it is definitely a time to be outside and exploring. With the crisp fresh air there’s no better time of the year to be down in your local park. The weather can always throw a spanner in the works, but if you encourage the kids to put on a woolly hat and pull on their wellington boots, you can be sure your young explorers will be ready to discover the world outdoors. Take  a picnic rug, a flask full of hot chocolate for an outdoor picnic. Take along a ball so anyone feeling chilly, or restless can have a game of footie or baseball, both are great things to do with the kids for free.

Get crafty

The half-term holidays are a perfect time to get the aprons on and get messy. Whether your children are budding Picassos or fancy themselves as the next Gordon Ramsay, kids love to get creative with their parents and there are so many things to do with the kids for free. If art is their thing, try to incorporate bits of your trip to the park into the session. You can try making collages with leaves you have collected, or use poster paints to decorate stones you have found. Maybe the kids have been inspired by the Great British Bake Off? If so, why not try making buns or decorating cupcakes with them? Whatever they fancy, there is an artistic activity for them, and you might enjoy it more than you expect yourself! A childhood favourite, make a den! Indoor den-making will bring hours of contentment and joy to your little one’s faces, plus it is great fun for adults too. This is an easy activity to organise, just use the blankets on your bed and arrange the room chairs and table to throw the blankets over. Now, it’s time to use your imagination and get inside the den for hours of playtime. If your kids are more the academic type than the crafty type, why not get them to pen down their holiday memories in a diary. The kids will love this one, and they will be able to look back at it years later and remember the fun family holiday you enjoyed together. Collect activity tickets from your trip and other bits of memorabilia to make your holiday scrapbook a sentimental keepsake.

Get educational

Museums have changed a great deal in the last few years. Not only are they bright, modern, and interactive, they are now almost all free. There are museums for all sorts of tastes these days, whether your kids are into sports, science or history, and many of them will run special events during the half-term holidays, so there are even more reasons to get your kids excited about learning. Here are some great things to do with the kids for free.

National History Museum

Take a step back in time to the land of Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum. Get up close to the roaring T-rex and uncover the facts about how these pre-historic giants became extinct. The magnificent Alfred Waterhouse building is home to over 70 million plants, animal, fossil, rock and mineral artefacts. This is a fascinating day out for all the family and the little ones will love the Explorer Backpacks, full of safari goodies. A perfect museum when exploring London for free.

British Museum

This magnificent museum is one not to miss. It’s fascinating collection spans over two million years of human history. It takes you on a journey into the history of around the world from the Rosetta Stone to Egyptian Mummies. Uncover the famous moments in history with your family one of London’s best museums.

Museum Of Science And Industry

For any Science lovers in the family, this is a must-visit. Discover what it’s like to live in Space, and Marvel at the aeroplanes in the Air and Space hall. This five part educational museum is the perfect day out for budding little scientists and an excellent day out in Manchester for free. If you’ve ever wanted to fly your own jet then don’t miss the Fly 360 flight simulator, it’s great fun. This half-term it hosts Manchester Science Festival too, a week long festival of fun and interactive things to do with the kids for free.

Get sporty

Half-term breaks are the perfect time to get the kids into sports, with many leisure centres running week-long holiday camps for kids. Whether they want to hone their skills in something they already know, or learn something completely different, holiday sessions are ideal for kids to get active and make new friends. It’s also the perfect solution if you can’t get the week off work, as you know the kids will be entertained and supervised for the time you can’t be there. If you’re staying with us make a splash inside by taking a trip down to the hotel’s pool facilities. The kids will love spending a few hours jumping in and out of the pool, whilst the adults can get a few lengths in to stay fit whilst on holiday. This is an excellent activity for burning some energy to ensure the kids rest their heads when it comes to bedtime. Why not install some competitive spirit in them and time how quickly the little ones can swim a length, reward the winner with a sweet surprise from the hotel restaurant at dinner time.

Get with friends

This may be one of your only periods off work, so it needs to be a time that’s fun for you too. A great idea is to hang out with any other friends who have children a similar age to your own. That way, you can organise things to keep everyone’s kids happy, while also giving you the chance to catch up with friends you might not otherwise see. This is the ideal solution to make half-term a week that works for everyone. With so many things to do with the kids for free from Hallmark Hotels, half-term will be a walk in the park – perhaps literally!

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