Half term is nearly upon us, and to help the week whizz by, we’ve compiled some fun activities to keep the kids occupied. Plus make sure you keep checking the What’s On calendar for details of local events.
1. The Snow Centre
The country’s largest indoor ski slope is running one day ski (for 4- to 16-year-olds) or snowboarding courses (for 7 to 16-year-olds) over half term. Families can also ride the new Ringo Slide together (advance booking recommended) – and there’s an alpine-themed restaurant and bar to get the après mood going. Courses from February 13-17 February, from £65. Find out more at thesnowcentre.com
If you head along to Empire Cinema in High Wycombe on a Tuesday, tickets will cost you from £4.25. Kids films this half term include Sing and The Lego Batman Movie. Find out more here: http://www.empirecinemas.co.uk/
Last summer we had lunch at The Waffle House in St Albans, which is located next to the park– the kids loved it! We went mid week and it was busy so would imagine the school holidays and weekends get mega busy. You can’t prebook so I would recommend arriving early, let the kids run around in the park to burn off some energy and then heading over to the Waffle House to refuel. We did have to queue, but as the venue is so big we didn’t have to wait long. For more info about the Waffle House click here.
We parked at the Verulamium Museum Car Park which cost a very reasonable £1.60 for up to 3 hours or £3.70 for up to 24 hours. For more info about parking click here.
4. Kite Flying at Dunstable Downs
Dunstable Downs is within the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the highest point in Bedfordshire. The wind-swept ridge provides ideal conditions for a variety of air sports, especially kite flying. Dunstable Downs is part of the National Trust so parking is free if you’re a NT member otherwise it’s pay and display. The downs are absolutely beautiful and the views are simply breath taking. It’s a great open space for kids to run around. When we visited we walked around with the kids & dogs and ended up in a wooded play area which the kids loved. At the end of our walk we headed to the cafe by the visitors centre for a hot chocolate and we watched the kite flyers. Next time we go back we will definitely take a kite as it’s the perfect spot to fly a kite and by the looks of it a very popular place.
5. Visit the Big Smoke
With the big smoke on our doorstep, below are a few suggestions of things to do & see in London this holiday:
• Visit Big Ben – This is a must when sightseeing in London! Be prepared for it to be busy as there are always lots of tourists, but hey you’re in London so it’s kind of expected ☺ Website: click here.
• Head to the South Bank – the streets of London can get very busy so take a breather and head to the South Bank. It can get busy around the London Eye but once you’re past it there is lots of room to stroll along, snack on street food whilst enjoying the view of London (Tate Modern, Big Ben, Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral etc) across the River Thames. A variety of entertainers, musicians, and food trucks line the riverbank so there’s plenty to do, see and eat ☺ The atmosphere is always great and for me South Bank is a great place to hang out in the summer (reason below ☺) Website: click here.
• Glass walkway at London’s Tower Bridge – If you’re struggling to think of something new & exciting to keep the kids entertained then a trip to Tower Bridge could be in order. The glass walkway offers visitors a unique view of the road-bridge and River Thames, 42 metres below. This definitely requires a head for heights though ☺ Website: click here.
• Parks – Instead of the usual tourist destinations, check out one of London’s Parks. At Kensington Gardens you can visit the fantastic Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground. The area’s main attraction is still the vast wooden pirate ship sailing a sea of sand and, if you’re feeling cultural, you could visit the Serpentine gallery to see some modern art. Plus, you could also take in the impressive site of the Albert Memorial and the whimsical statue of Peter Pan.
• Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace – You don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy London. Find times at www.changing-the-guard.com
• A trip to one of London’s museums – London is home to some of the world’s best museums. Most of the major venues have free admission, although voluntary donations are encouraged. Here’s our top 4 museums to visit:
The British Museum
Natural History Museum
London Transport Museum