Family Friendly Activity Ideas for Half Term

Published: Saturday 31st Jan 2015

Written by: Ginnie James

In a few weeks it will be February Half Term, even though it only seems like yesterday that the house was filled with chocolate coins and homes still need to be found in the house for all the gratefully received presents. It will be lovely not worrying about uniform and packed lunches for a few days but, particularly when the weather is still so temperamental, it can often be a challenge to keep your younger ones entertained.

I am really lucky that my little one absolutely loves school and would go every day at the moment if she could. This does mean however that I run the risk of the house ringing with the cries of ‘I’m bored!’ if I can’t live up to all the fun she has in school. With a bit of research and planning though there are plenty of options that shouldn’t break the bank. So if you will be in Wales over this half term, here are a couple of ideas of places that jumped out at me that have the potential to keep the whole family entertained and happy.

The National Botanic Garden of Wales, near Carmarthen, is going all out with family activities this half term. At over 568 acres of grounds to explore with lots of exhibitions, trails and a play area, a good night’s sleep is pretty much guaranteed. Every day there will be something special going on that you can take part in from pancake flipping and races on Shrove Tuesday to a performing magician and balloon modeller on the Friday. The site is large but there are indoor spaces including the great glass house and a tropical house where you certainly won’t feel the chill. You can bring a picnic or, as children have free entry during the school holiday, maybe treat yourself with lunch from the café or restaurant.

If the weather is favourable, or at least not tipping it down with rain, then head to Coed-y-Brenin. This forest within the Snowdonia National Park is a world-renowned venue for mountain bikers but it is also so much more. There are audio, discovery and riverside trails along with easy access routes, great for pushchairs and wheelchairs, that have resting spots every 200m or so. The play area (which can be seen from the balcony of the visitor centre café – just saying!) has sections suitable from age 3 and there is a free play area with a stream where you can have a go at dam building. Bike hire is also available on site for all the family and the option of a half day rental helps to keep costs down.

Neither of these options may be the kind of thing that your family enjoys, but don’t be disheartened. Wherever you are in the country there is bound to be something going on so if you need any more ideas of destinations or events please feel free to let me know and I am positive I will be able to come up with something!

Ginnie James
Ginnie James



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