Are you looking at the forecast for half-term and worrying about how you might keep the children entertained next week? Looking for a really interesting passage to wow in our Speech Competition? Tired of taking the children to the same old places for a day out? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions then help is at hand! Below is a run-down of all the activities going on in the local area this February Half Term with a couple of free day out suggestions thrown in for good measure. Whatever you do, be safe, have fun and enjoy the time you spend together, as a family! Remember, above all else this half-term – The fun doesn’t stop when the rain starts!
First and foremost, the children have half-term to hone their entries to the Reading Competition. If you’re looking for something to set your reading apart from the rest this year, then why not think about reading one of the Blue Peter Book of the Year winners (https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/awards-and-prizes/current-prizes/blue-peter-book-awards/blue-peter-book-awards-archive/). Instead of buying a new copy why not take a trip down to your local library!
The pick of the activities, for me, takes place at the Hornby Visitors Centre on 15/16 February where children over the age of 8 can make and then paint an Airfix Kit for only £2! The following weekend 19/20 February Hornby are offering £2 entry for everyone into the Visitor Centre.
Anyone interested in animation should not miss the ‘Animate it! Aardman Model Workshop’ taking place at Dreamland on Sunday 16 February. Children will have the opportunity to create their own clay models of popular characters; Shaun the Sheep, Gromit or Morph. There will also be screenings of some of Aardman’s best loved films. Pre-booking is strongly advised and workshop tickets are priced at £12.
Love our whole school STEAM Days? Then Margate Caves is the place for you. Between 17 – 21 February there are fun craft activities set around STEAM.
If it rains during the week you’ll find the Andrews’ Boys in The Beaney Museum, Canterbury. There is an interactive exhibition named ‘Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art’ in which your child can create their own comic. Take a trip down memory lane yourselves with British comic icons such as Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace and other newer DC characters. The exhibition runs throughout half term and admission is £5.
Those of you with an English heritage card listen up! Dover Castle are calling all super sleuths, secret agents and investigations to sharpen their detective skills with hands-on training, disguise and code cracking sessions as part of their ‘Get Hands on with History Secrets and Spies’ week.
The Folkestone museum is running Iron Age workshops throughout the week should you be stuck for an activity on a rainy day. With children studying the Iron Age in Year 6 – taking part in one of these workshops could give your child the jump on their peers later in their schooling careers.
If you’re willing to travel a little further afield then the Huguenot Museum, Rochester are running a felt making classes on Thursday 20th there is no need to book and each session costs £3 or free with a family ticket upon entry.
The Great Outdoors
The thought of a long car journey and the dreaded ‘mid afternoon nap’ are all too familiar then you may be relieved to know that Bettshanger have a whole host of activities planned for the week. A self-led Winter Tail Trail will be running all week, booklets are £1.50 and available from the cycle hire. A daily Geo-caching treasure hunt is also on offer should you wish to hone your child’s orienteering skills. Archery sessions are also on offer throughout the week for the aspiring Robin Hood’s amongst us.
If you’re looking for a day out with a difference, why not try the DIY Snail and the Whale Adventure! Download a free a pack from the website https://www.panmacmillan.com/snailandthewhalecoastaladventure. Make sure you read the safety instructions before taking part!
Reception and Nursery parents if you have a child enchanted by Julia Donaldson then the new Zog activity trail should be at the top of your list of things to do. The new book themed trails are open at both Bedgebury Pinetum and Jeskyns Community Woodland and half term is the perfect time to complete them if you hand already done so!
Picnic enthusiasts – fill up the flask with soup and head to the remains of the medieval church at Reculver, Herne Bay, and learn more about one of the earliest Roman forts built against Saxon raids. Let your children’s imagination run wild as they roam around the ruined remains of the twin towners!
Finally, take advantage of any break in the weather with a good old-fashioned family walk. We are lucky enough to live in an area brimming with natural beauty; get back to nature and check out the walking routes near you on the Walking Routes website:
Pack your wellies and waterproofs and immerse yourself in nature this half term!