February half term week is one of the trickier times of year to fill with activities. The weather is still chilly and often wet, while many attractions are closed. How to fill the week. Fortunately with a bit of planning there’s plenty to keep children occupied. Here are some ideas to get little ones out and about.

Soft play and play cafes

If the weather isn’t looking favourable for being outdoors then indoor play is a great way for the children to burn off energy. It comes in a variety of sizes – larger soft play venues are relatively common in industrial estate locations or for smaller scale fun, play cafés have been popping up all over in recent years. It’s also worth checking local sports and leisure centres and some host soft play and even bouncy castle fun.

Museums

While some are still closed for the season, plenty of local museums are open and feature activities for children to get stuck into. Better still, some museums are free and others can be low cost.

National Trust and English Heritage

The grand houses and castles of Britain aren’t just impressive to look at, they often make for great days out with playgrounds, cafés and surroundings that inspire little imaginations.

Animals

For a bigger day out, a trip to a zoo or open farm are always favourites. Many have interactive sessions throughout the day to get closer to the animals.

Countryside

The weather may still be chilly but don’t underestimate the benefit of getting into nature. Warm coats and boots can make muddy woodland walks and nature trails great fun.

Chilterns, Bucks and Herts

If you live in or near South Buckinghamshire or South West Hertfordshire, make sure you check out my half term feature hosted by our friends at Chiltern Chatter.

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