Before I’d managed to get back into the swing of things with the routine of school drop offs and pick-ups, here we are, at half term break!
But for once the weather forecast is looking promising and I have done a bit of planning and now have a list of things to do to keep me and the little ones entertained. Here’s 5 ideas for 5 days of half term, how I intend to fill up our five days off school! I hope it gives you some ideas and inspiration too.
Autumnal Picnic at Margam Park
Margam park has over 1,000 acres of wonderful parkland and wildlife, with lakes, great walks, bike paths, playgrounds and a farm trail. It’s not surprising that it has just been voted one of the top ten favourite parks in the UK. It’s here that my eldest learnt to ride his bike, so it has special memories for us. Whilst vast, its very buggy friendly (although be warned there are some steep sections) and with so much to do, you can easily spend a whole day here.
We’ll be wrapping up warm, putting on our wellies and taking a picnic (and a flask of coffee) and we’ll head there for a crisp Autumn day. I can’t wait to see the park in all its autumn colours and go for a long walk with crisp leaves under foot.
We’ll probably start at the Fairytale land, with it’s miniature houses and castle. I’ll then end up screaming at the boys for the tenth time so we can then leave the play castle and then we’ll push the buggy up towards the proper castle, stopping first at the lake for a breather and to feed the ducks.
Next stop will be the adventure playground, with it’s wooden towers, mock moats and aerial run way. Then we’ll head on to the farm trail to see the hens, turkeys and pigs before heading back to the car, through the woodland trail, with three exhausted little ones in tow.
Entry to the park is free, but there is a £4.90 car parking charge. We purchased the annual car parking fee earlier this year, which is fantastic value, and means that we visit regularly.
Check out their website for more information and a list of what’s on during the week.
Let’s go Fly a Kite – at Ogmore Beach!
Ogmore beach, with its wide expanse of sand, and exposure to the wind coming in off the sea, is the perfect spot for some kite flying. We’ll be taking our kites and having a go at letting it soar in the air, with competitions of who can make it fly the highest and for the longest.
Make a splash at Swansea LC2
The LC2 is home to the biggest indoor water park in Wales, and for those liking to make a splash, it really has it all. Three brilliant water slides (the Masterblaster is my favourite), waves, lazy river and a whirlpool.
There are also areas for little ones, with an interactive pool with a mini slide and tipping buckets and the Volcano bay, which has a slide and snakes jetting out water. The entry fee is for two hours, and the time flies by as it is so much fun.
As we’ll be close, we’ll probably call into Joes ice-cream on St. Helen’s Road, before heading back home – well it would be rude not too!
For more information on opening times, prices and height restrictions, go to the LC2 website www.thelcswansea.com
See the Giraffes at Folly Farm
Folly Farm, based in Pembrokeshire, is so much more than just a farm. Based in over 120 acres of land, it has over 750 animals to visit, it has a vintage indoor fairground and nine adventure play areas.
In the barn area, you can get up close to pigs, hens, donkeys, goats and rabbits. In the zoo area, you’ll see penguins, lions, zebras, rhinos, meerkats and my favourite, the giraffes. The giraffe area has a walk way where you can stand at the head height of the giraffes and get up really close to them, that’s where I was when I took the picture below!
The vintage fairground, whilst extra to the admission charge, is very reasonable, with lots of rides being just 50p, and it’s a great place to head to if you encounter a shower.
The park also has mini tractors, go karting, diggers and plenty of outdoor parks and picnic tables. They also have lots of places to buy food if you’re not in the mood to take your own. There’s just too much to do there in one visit, so plan your day and choose your must dos before you go. What’s perfect about Folly Farm for us, is that it appeals to all ages of children, so my youngest at 18 months will enjoy it just as much as my eldest who is 8.
To plan your visit, check out their website www.folly-farm.co.uk
Carve Pumpkins at Hendrewennol!
Hendrewennol is a pick your own fruit farm in the Vale of Glamorgan, where depending on the season, you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries or blueberries. They have a coffee shop, and a rustic play area, which has space for kids to run around, play in the sand or on the hay bales.
During half term week, they have a week of Halloween spooky activities, with pumpkin carving, broomstick making, web making and the terror trail. They’ll also be serving pizza’s, soups and hot drinks.
Having heard such good things about it last year, we have managed to book our tickets this year and will be taking part in the spooky terror trail and carving out our pumpkins ready for displaying on the 31st. I will let you know what it was like!
For information and tickets go to their website www.hendrewennol.com
I hope you like these ideas for Half Term, if you do, please share.
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