What to do in Half Term

Shopping with kidsHalf 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!

Happy holidays!




Summer Holidays at House of Vans

unnamed (4)The summer holidays are getting close – for some they’ve already started! Over at House of Vans they’ve got the holidays covered with a series of free (yes FREE!?!) events. If you don’t know your Fakie from your Goofyfoot that doesn’t matter! House of Van’s is here to teach you.

House of Van’s London has been welcoming novices and seasoned shredders (more skate speak) since opening in August 2014 and is a Hub for the UK skate scene. Open for 4 days a week, Thursday to Sunday, Vans have transformed 30,000 square feet of space in London’s Waterloo into an art gallery, cinema, live music venue and skate park all under one roof

This summer, they’re at it again offering sessions and lessons that are all free and can be found here www.houseofvanslondon.com/skate You might have to check the link closer to the holidays to see all the sessions.

To date they’ve provided over 205 skate school sessions, which equates to a whopping 6100 people receiving free coaching equipment. Pretty sick no?

Ok I admit – I had to google all this skate speak…. and it doesn’t really work for a Gremlin (poor inexperienced skater) like me..

Kids Skate London

Its ‘also worth checking out the Little Rippers Film Club. Every Saturday and Sundays House of Vans Cinema is hosting screenings of kids film favourites, new and old. We spotted Wreck -It Ralph coming up soon – bit of a favourite here. Little Rippers (Van’s speak for little skateboarders!) can attend an hour long Skate Skool session before kicking back on a beanbag in the 100- seat screening space. While they’re chilling, parents can nab brunch and some quality time in the cafe or join the little ones for the movie.

Further information can be found here http://houseofvanslondon.com/film

Good luck with the alley oops!

House of Vans Cinema