Brilliant half-term days out

If like us you're staying at home this half-term, then you're probably planning some days out to keep the little darlings out of trouble entertained. Here are some fab ideas – but if you have any suggestions you'd like to add, please do leave your comments below:

Thinktank in Birmingham is holding a ‘Beauty of Science’ Family Show (complete with multi-coloured fire tornadoes), and over at the LEGO Robo Lab at the new Creation Animation Workshop visitors will learn how to make animations like ‘Wallace and Gromit’. (For younger visitors, there are special storytelling sessions.)

Imperial Museum   

The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester has some great spy-themed activities for your would-be OO7s.

If you'd like your kids to be really active this half-term, then Asda Sporting Chance  provides free sports and activity sessions around the country – everything from swimming to hula-hooping! And Argos are holding some super cool Toy Testing events for kids in stores all over the UK.

    English Heritage  is offering a range of Halloween Fun and Halloween Tours at some of their castles, gardens and stately homes, including Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire, where kids can scare their socks off on the creepy castle trail and make their own ghoulish creations.

You can discover the spooky past of Hampton Court Palace on a ghost tour for all the family. Hear tales of past Kings and Queens including Henry VIII as you tour the darkened Palace, exploring hidden corridors and ancient artefacts. Kids can also fill out a free 'ghost investigators' booklet along the way. Mwwah-ha-ha.

The London Eye  is being transformed into a spooky forest for half term, and you can even take a Trick or Treat flight… but be warned, there may be some unexpected guests on board.


Chelsea Football Club and The London Dungeon are offering two-for-1 deals on tickets (you buy a ticket to one and get two for the price of one to the other). And if you're planning a day out at Legoland  or Chessington  , don't forget that KidStart offers AMAZING discounts on tickets (almost 50% off the adult price). Legoland is holding an Indiana Jones Firework Show on the 31st. Should be spectacular!

written by Liz Jarvis