Our friends at Micro Scooters have written a lovely blog post for
us this week and it’s full of fantastic ideas of things to do (with or
without a scooter!) this half term.
Another half term has come around again (I’m sure it was only a
few weeks ago that we were in the rush for new uniform, shoes and pencil
cases….where does the time go?) and like most parents we are trying to juggle
the commitments of work, holiday clubs and trying to plan a couple of fun days
indoors and out with the kids. With the Christmas shopping lists in our
heads getting longer every day, our thoughts turn to how to spend a fun-filled
week or two with the kids that doesn’t cost the earth. So, with
inspiration from all the parents who work at Micro Scooters UK, we thought we’d
share our tips for surviving (and hopefully enjoying) this October half term.
- Avoid theme parks. It sounds like a good idea, and you even manage to pack a lovely
picnic to take with you. But inevitably the day turns into a re-enactment
of the most pressured hostage negotiations known to man as you try to keep the
kids entertained/from throttling each other/running off/saying “I’m bored”
every 5 minutes (you pick). From personal experience, our advice is to
save your money aka small mortgage payments on entrance fees and spend the day
designing and perhaps building your own thrill rides in the garden or park.
- Bake! Channel your
inner Mary Berry, accept there will be mess and get gingerbread/fairy
cake/biscuit making. Or if you are anything like Dannii who works with
us, cheat and buy packet mixes – no one will know and we won’t tell. Here are a few cupcake recipies that kids might enjoy making (and eating!).
- Scoot. Of
course. We never get bored of evangelising about the power of scooting.
It enables you and the kids to get from A-B quickly, it’s fun and it’s
fantastic exercise. Whether it’s a trip to the shops to stock up on the
aforementioned ready mixes, or a leisurely scoot to the park or – for the
really adventurous – a full-on Micro adventure. For inspiration on places
to go and things to do on your scooter, have a look at parent submitted
suggestions here http://www.micro-scooters.co.uk/community/micro-adventures/
- Board Games.
Scrabble, Chess, Frustration or for the very brave amongst you Monopoly. Nicki
from the customer services team says she couldn’t think of anything
better than spending a rainy day, warm and snuggly with the kids arguing over
whose turn it is and whether we really landed on Mayfair.
Quite frankly, we couldn’t agree with her more.
- The Farm. Because a
half term holiday is not a half term holiday without a trip to the farm – or a
zoo. Whether it’s an excursion (scooters optional of course) to the local
small farm holding or a visit to the zoo we really do enjoy seeing the children’s
faces light up as they discover new furry friends.
- With Halloween
falling in the middle of this half term, we feel it would be almost rude not to
mention pumpkins, costumes and sweets. Kim in the accounts team does by
all accounts (ha!) make a mean Halloween punch (we suspect it may be the
alcoholic version) but that’s not to stop you and the kids making an alcohol
free version. And with pumpkin carving, costume making and scary sounds
to make, we think there is plenty to keep them amused.
- Penny from the
customer services team used to let her girls (now 16 & 18) choose whether
they wanted to have a “big day” bowling or at the Cinema. With Sunday
morning Cinema kids clubs now widely available for as little as £1 per child
maybe the option to do both is now more accessible. Strike!
- A scavenger hunt is
possibly our most favourite half term hero. Particularly useful to help
keep the kids quiet when doing the weekly shop but much more fun for everyone
when deployed Bear Grylls’ style in the back garden or local park. The
delight is that you can make it as simple or more complicated as you
like. 2 points for a rabbit, 10 points for a blue flower etc. etc.
Lots of fun.
- Let them go and play
at someone else’s house for the day (preferably someone you know – that would
be weird otherwise) and don’t feel guilty about it. Just remind yourself
that children are ALWAYS better behaved, more polite, in fact, all round little
angels when at someone else’s house. Be prepared to return the favour
though. The moral of the story is to make sure your parent circle
involves only one family with 7+ kids.
- Breakfast in Bed – for you, on Sunday. You deserve it after surviving yet another half term.
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