A chilly February half-term holiday looms and for some parents and carers it can bring a special kind of magic and chaos but for others it can bring a great big dollop of hail and sleet.
With temperatures outside less than desirable parents and carers often find themselves grappling with the challenge of keeping little ones engaged and entertained during this time. Fear not! With some simple strategies, you can make it through with smiles all around. Here's a straightforward guide of things to do with the kids to help you navigate the winter break without stress:
When it's chilly outside, plan some fun indoor activities. Movie nights, board games, and puzzles are easy and enjoyable ways to spend time together without braving the cold.
2. Libraries often have special activities, events and reading programs during school breaks. Take a trip to the library, pick out some new books, and attend any scheduled activities. Come home, make a hot chocolate and snuggle with your home made treats, a blanket and your cosy reads.
3. Gather some basic craft supplies and let the creativity flow. Simple projects like making paper snowflakes or creating winter-themed drawings can keep the kids entertained and engaged. Get crafty with DIY home decor projects. Simple projects like making winter-themed garlands or decorating mason jars can add a touch of seasonal charm to your home.
4. Not always a ‘less stress’ or ‘less mess’ option but how about bringing the family together in the kitchen to bake some simple treats like cookies or cakes and then…
5. Can’t face the thought of clearing up crafting or baking mess? Just need to get out of the house for a circuit breaker? Yep, we hear ya! Take your kids to your local pottery painting studio. Or if local to St. Neots, book a pottery painting session or our popular build-a-bear activity with us at Crafty Monkey.
We have a mix of pieces to suit most budgets and tastes for the young and young at heart. Yes, Grandma and Grandpa if you are looking after the kids in the half term bring ‘em in and get the kids to paint you a nice plant pot or teapot. They get to enjoy time spent with you and you get to enjoy a restful cuppa in a painted with love vessel!
Scroll through our little gallery of images below to get some pottery painting inspiration...
6. If local and looking for other activities and things to do to keep the kids entertained near to you, St Neots boasts a range of fantastic venues and outdoor spaces, ensuring there's something for every little explorer. If you haven't already, check out:
St. Neots Museum – they often run budget friendly kids activities in school holidays
Paxton Pits – great for winter walks and the education center runs activities for kids
Miniature Railway – at Riverside Park near a play park and café
Eat n bowl - ten pin bowling alley
One Leisure - recreation center for raquet sports, roller skating and swimming
Mini Monsters soft play
With a mix of activities, a bit of creativity, and some quality time together, you can make the most of the Half Term and create cherished winter memories. Enjoy the downtime, stay warm, and have fun!