For first time parents with nursery/school aged children, the first-half term may be bit tricky… if you are at home with them. Some parents may have enrolled their child(ren) into some sort of school run club. Hence, there may be little change to their daily routine, with the exception of school work of course. However, for those who are home with mum, dad or carer they may fall out of routine. I reckon there is little you can do for that, apart from reminding them that is only a short ‘break’ or ‘holiday’. If you stay local you are likely to run into a nursery/class mate or two at the same activity, this reminds them of usual routine while seeing their friends in a more relaxed environment. With four days left here a five suggestion of things you can do locally, that will be either free or cheap.
The Children’s Centre
Visits your local children’s Centre. Check online you are likely to find that they will have more activities planned for this week. Some activities will be a season based and this will also help little ones understand their environment and changing of seasons. If you have never been to your local children’s centre before visit your council website for a list of centres and groups close to you. Click THIS LINK to see what’s on in Wandsworth.
Visits your local gym/leisure centre. Some leisure centres have a soft play area, swimming pool and even a special sporty activities just for half term. Everyone Active Leisure Centres usually have a host of things going on
Do it yourself nature walks. Depending on where you live you may not have far to walk or commute to find a fun open park with greenery. Once at the park you can have a walk about to spot mini beasts and observe them. The Royal Parks are stunning. So see what’s on this season, visit their website.
If you are not into do it yourself nature activities them perhaps your local ecology centre or conservation group may be running special Autumn or Halloween themed events for the kids. For example the Sutton Ecology Centre will be hosting a Halloween Trail and Moth Trapping events to mention a few.
Visit your local library. Local libraries always have something going one. Pop in see whats happening, there may be story time, sing along or special craft sessions. You never know AND chances are you are likely to see flyers about activities in the lcoal area you had no idea about. The local library is a hub for information for you community, its always worth a visit. For example Brixton Library has storytelling and craft session on 28th October 10:30 am.
Good luck and happy half-term!