Half term is just around the corner and we’ve been making plans to avoid many years of ending up in Smiggle or the Lego store, expensively killing time…… If you’re looking for a few last minute ideas we’ve pretty much got North South East and West covered!
First stop London and the Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre. Every year this festival has a range of free events and this year is no different with everything from Glitterbox Face Painting to Heroes of the Imagination a series of activities to bring out your inner superhero. Even if you can’t book one of the events the Royal Festival Hall always has something going on and is a handy indoor playground at this time of year.
So what if you’re not in London (like most families in the UK…. )
Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry Robots exhibition is a great family day out. The exhibition explores the full 500 years that humans have been trying to make robots. Who knew we’d been trying for so long!
Across the Pennines at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds we rather love the look of the Warrior Women events! We’d like to know more about those women who fought their way in world of the Vikings and the Romans.
So maybe you’re a little more outdoorsie? How about Lambing Live! Down between Bath and Bristol Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park have 20 ewes ready to lamb with twins and triplets! You can go and visit the lambs and maybe even see some being born. If you are a little squeemish there are plenty of other activities indoor and outdoor.
If we haven’t quite covered your area have a look at Treasure Trails for downloadable Spy Missions, Murder Mysteries and Treasure Hunts. They’re not too long and a fun way to explore with kids We found a Spy Mission around Brockenhurst in Hampshire and a Murder Mystery in Kendal. The maps are downloadable with free mobile phone texts for answers to clues for if you get stuck.
So with that I think we’ve got the whole country covered!
Who doesn’t love an inflatable toy? We sadly popped our inflatable dolphin last year so we’ve been on the hunt for a new toy. Its been a terrible task googling for the most interesting toys out there. On a hot day all we can think about is messing about in a pool (in our case a small paddling pool) and the fun you can have with any shape or size of inflatable! Here’s our little selection of a few of our favourites!
What better way to start than with a Blue Elephant! and as it turns out he’s a bit of a design classic. Originally created in 1972 by Libuše Niklová he’s come all the way from the Czech Republic and back into production. We don’t think an original from the 70’s would really survive looking this shiney! But he’s a little bargain at £13.95
Like a glamrock pool god this ain’t no ordinary Flamingo – this is a Rose Gold version! He’s is a little pricey at £58 but you could probably get two or three children on it? So its a sort of okish – think of it as a babysitter you only have to pay once. And we think he’s definitely a he…. boy flamingos are pink too!
If you’re not a flamboyant Flamingo kind of person how about a Triceratops? This little fella (he’s not full sized – he will fit in a suitcase) comes in at a modest £6.99. I’m pretty sure he’d be impossible to sit on in a pool but you can have fun trying! Triceratops pool buckaroo anyone? Failing that, at the end of the day he’s handy place to hang your swim things out to dry.
And what if you have a little one who’s not really up for the rough and tumble? Well Tou..can play that game… (see what we did there…. yep really ban punning) Yes a Toucan Baby Float is guaranteed to please any baby/toddler and at only £25
So speeding on. If you’re not a pool kind of person but you’ve got a taste for the classic’s in life; you’ve had your eye on a classic car but…. well… couple of issues.. The insurance is a nightmare. Its a gas guzzling ecological disaster on wheels and there’s the little snag of squeezing in children and the weekly shop. Just get a cute inflatable one instead. Hours of fun! And no people thinking you’ve bought a midlife crisis car! This Sports Car is by another Czech designer Jan Capek and races in at sporting £22.50
Talking of classics. Of course you could just go for the ultimate inflatable classic – and it just happens to be the cheapest of them all. The classic Beach Ball a snip at £2.49! Fun for all and it isn’t a disaster if you pop it! Imagine how you’d feel if you popped a £58 quid Flamingo…. deflated?!…. just a little….