Plan now for Half Term Fun
The first half term of the school year is the one where your children will most likely become tired as they get into a new routine after the summer holidays. Or, if starting a new school, getting used to a new schedule.
Time to be flexible
Do you have to go to a particular attraction when there may be a more convenient, cheaper alternative? Instead of driving to a water park, have you checked with your local pool first? Often, there are special activities in the school holidays, including family only swim times and large inflatables. Why not ring now and find out.
Time to shop clever
If your heart is set on a particular attraction, there may still be ways to save money. Is it possible to get a group discount if you go along with other families? Are there off-peak times that you can take advantage of? Check for money-off vouchers: search online, ring the attraction, and, if you have a supermarket loyalty card, see if you are able to cash in the built up rewards for money saving vouchers off the entrance fee. If travelling by train, you may be able to get a 2 for 1 offer. You can find out more here.
Time to stay local
Explore what’s on your doorstep – and if the afternoon suddenly grows cold, you won’t be too far away from home. Check the internet or in your local library to find out what activities are available – you may be pleasantly surprised to see what is available for free or at a very low cost. Perhaps you could do something your kids liked to do before they went to school, such as feeding the ducks or going to the local park.
Time to be crafty
If your children are interested in making things, start collecting suitable items now: eggboxes, empty tins, toilet rolls and newspaper are perfect for creative minds. You may want to arrange a walk to collect ‘treasure’ such as fallen leaves or nuts (such as acorns and conkers) or small twigs that can also be used in a variety of projects. There are hundreds of ideas online about suitable craft activities, but remember that paint, coloured pens, glue and glitter could turn your children into mini works of art, so dress them in old clothes!
Time for green fingers
There’s plenty that can be done in the garden in October, for children of all ages. If you don’t have a garden yourself, perhaps you can spend the day helping out a relative or friend. Whether it’s collecting fallen leaves, giving the lawn its last mow, digging out the last of the vegetables or a general tidy up – it’s a great opportunity to spend a few hours outdoors before it gets too cold. It is also a good time to get planting. You can plant bulbs that will flower next spring, including primulas and forget-me-nots. You could prepare some pots to flower in the winter and cheer up those darker days. Daffodils and hyacinth are good choices as they are so colourful and fragrant.