It can be hard to think of things to do at half term, and there's nothing worse than bored children. So here are some ideas to keep your days entertaining and varied while you are loving outdoor life. If you have some other ideas then share them here, we'd love to hear from you.
1. Go Geo-caching. It doesn't matter what the weather is doing, rain, hail, snow or shine... geocaching is great fun for everyone and will occupy the team for as long or short as you like (see our previous blog for how to get started).
2. Book some time away in the UK. It may be cold and windy at the moment but the weather always looks better when you take a break away. Take a look at Classic Cottages who have lots of lovely suggestions for the South Coast, here's one we found earlier
3. Take a trip into London for the day and visit some fantastic attractions for free such as the National Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, Changing of the Guard, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern and the Science Museum which is great fun. There are plenty to choose from and children up to age 10 travel for free on the underground!
4. Make Valentine's cards - gather some craft materials and have a day thinking about the ones you love, making pretty cards and chocolate hearts. If you don't fancy indulging your Valentines then have a craft day instead, we have some lovely Seedling kits that will keep them busy!
5. Create a vegetable patch you can work on as a family. Just decide whether you will have a raised bed or pots, the vegetables and fruit you love to eat as a family, and buy your seeds. Plant and watch grow. Just don't do what we do - get a bit overexcited, buy tons of seeds and run out of space to plant them all. Here's a great article to get you started... and you might need one of these:
6. Join the National Trust or English Heritage. Visit stately homes, let the children run wild in magnificent gardens (they often have nature trails or treasure hunts to keep small people busy) and finish off with a little something from one of their tea rooms. ps. they will both give you 3 months free membership if you pay by direct debit!
7. Have a nature watching day - visit the New Forest / Dartmoor ponies, watch the Hares boxing, see Lambs being born.. this is a lovely time of year to keep an eye on nature.
8. Have a Kindness day - volunteer for a couple of hours; bake a cake for a neighbour; ask an elderly neighbour if you can pick up some shopping for them; buy/pick some flowers for a friend...it will all be appreciated.
9. Buy an OS Map, pack a picnic and explore a favourite walk in your local area with friends, while discovering the snowdrops, violets and crocuses that are all starting to make their way into the world. You might need one of our lovely rugs to sit on while having your picnic...
10. And if all else fails and you just have to get away, go ski-ing (we have another article on going ski-ing for the first time with children).
Whatever you do, have a lovely half term together and send us your pictures to enter our competition to win a Tinder & Tide £25 gift voucher for the best half term outdoor picture.