Friday, 10 February 2017

How To Survive Half Term

How to survive half term!

1) Discovery Walk @ Priory Farm, Redhill £2.50pp  I took Nyla here a few weeks back, by far one of the best days out, even better if you bring friends along. You will be given a list of things you can find along the nature trail which you can tick off as you go along. There are loads of lovely creepy crawlies for the kiddies to find, cool tree houses to play in, theres also a part of the trail that is in a forest, we like to call it the "scary adventure" part. Theres a great view point at the top, and a fish pond near the end where you can feed the fish seeds, which you buy from the farm shop for £1. We were there for a couple of hours, on a cold day so in the summer you can stay even longer. The pirate ship was also a big winner! If you bring a packed lunch the whole day out will cost you £6 for entry and fish food, which isn't too bad for a whole day of kids entertainment.

Tip: Bring something to keep them from napping on the way home, its a very tiring day out for them.




2) Soft Play  Standard rainy day fun, kids love it, mums love the coffee, win - win!  Soft plays can be pricey in half term so look out for monthly passes if its your local and you go often. Very few soft plays let adults go free so if you find one you're onto a winner! Personally i think its unfair adults have to pay, we spend enough money in the cafe and its not like the kids can go alone, but hey thats life.

Tip: Bring packed lunch!

Soft play locations (cheaper)  Wacky warehouse - Colliers Wood. £3.50 per child, adults are FREE (yay)  Smaller soft play but bonus is you dont need to run around like a mad woman making sure you dont lose your child.  Downside - You may fight to find a table.

Cafe Flores - Hammersmith £5 per child  Very small indoor play mainly for under 5's but again you can sit and relax whilst the kids go crazy. Theres a bubble machine, unlimited disney songs, a huge chalk board wall and more. Owners are lovely too!






3) Swimming!!!  May seem an obvious one but its never a go to idea for me, probably because its quite a lot of effort, but theres no denying it, kids bloody love it. And you are almost guaranteed a peaceful early evening to yourself as this will have them fast asleep nice an early.

Brentford pool - West London £4.90pp Great beach effect pool, starts off shallow and gets deeper. Huge fun slide!  Tip: bring another human to catch the kid when they come flying out the slide!! Last time we had a bit of a kid-dunk situation, she was fine and loved it but i aged about 10 years with worry!

Westcroft Leisure centre - Carshalton £2.70 per child £4.80 per adult Pretty standard pool, with baby pool & cafe, but loooads of free parking which is great, they also have lots of kids activities, like active antz which is a soft play so you can make the day of it!



4) Duck ponds!  Free day out yaaay! Google local duck ponds and bring some bread, happy faces all around.  Theres a lovely pond in Carshalton with a little bridge you can stand on to feed the ducks. Theres also a park right behind the pond that you can go to after to tire them out!

 

5) Museums.  Pro - most are free or very cheap Con - Half terms can be crazy, but saying that, most museums put on special events for half term so its not all bad.

Horniman Museum - Forest Hill - Free! Lovely museum, loads to do with kids. Cant fault it at all.  5-10 min walk from forest hill station, or parking onsite.

Science museum - South Kensington - Free (donations optional)  Who doesnt love the science museum! Huge space, loads of cool things to see, bubble show, play area, huge cafe area with seating where you can eat a packed lunch.

Tip: Leave the buggy at home if you can, waiting for lifts and leaving it in the buggy park area is just added stress you dont need!



 

Hope you enjoyed this post. Would love to hear where you take your little ones for half term? xx
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