Half term is here and at last, and we are excited to get a break from school. The kids have had a good few weeks at school, but have been very tired as well. So this half term break is needed. Although I have my car, I currently don’t drive (can’t drive on my own) because I am yet to pass my driving practical test. The plan is to get that sorted in the next few months. I am currently taking 2 hours driving lessons every week, and I am also driving outside those hours, so my confidence is growing. The lessons are going really well. I am looking forward to smashing the driving test but the reality for now is cabs/trains to get out and about when alone.
Many parents secretly dread half term weeks and the big summer break because they never know what to do with the kids. So the privileged amongst us always make sure we have all sorts of activities planned so the kids don’t drive them mad.
No plans this half term?
Well, this half term, we have no major plans. And with me not being able to drive without M (he will be at work), it means our activities are quite limited. I am dreading the half term week and the kids are not bothered they won’t be going away. It is the fact so being bothered won’t change it anyway. But I need to think outside the box in order to keep the twins busy.
Last half term in October, we spent it in Portugal, and we had a lovely time exploring the city of Algarves. This half term we were tempted to go for a short break in a different city in the UK, but decided not to for many reasons. So this half term will be spent at home with us relaxing and taking it easy activities wise.
Here are some fun things we plan to do this half term –
Go for walks
The weather has been good here in Cheshire for the last couple of days, and I hope it continues to be good. We have long walks planned in for the half term break. We will put on comfy shoes and coats, and head out exploring our little village. The kiddies love going for walks, especially my son, so we will be doing a lot of that. We will also be getting out the bikes and scooters for some fun rides.
The kiddies have swimming lessons planned out. They are learning to swim and developing the skills they need, so we will be have more of the lessons this half term week. The swimming centre is not too far away, so a short taxi or bus ride would work.
There will be a lot of Indoor play this half term. The kids never really have the time to play with their toys as they are very tired after school and homework. So they will be making the most of the free time they have this week, which will hopefully allow me get some peace and quiet.
Meet-up with friends
It is always nice spending quality time with friends and family. We will be meeting up with friends during the week, and playing catch up over a cup of tea. It should be fun.
Working on their new skills
My children are now free readers. They are reading and writing amazingly well for the age, and they enjoy practising. Which is why they are always happy to pick up a book from their bookshelves to read. You can also easily find them colouring in their colouring books, playing with some play-doh, or writing on their writing pads. I know a good couple of hours will be spent doing these activities this week.
We are blessed to live in a great neighbourhood with 2 playgrounds very close to us. We will be visiting both playgrounds for some outdoor fun this week. I know the kids would spend hours doing this if I left them. I am hoping I won’t have to drag them home when it is home time.
The kiddies love soft play centres, so we will be visiting a couple this half term week. They never get tired of running around the centre and I can have some peace (hopefully) watching them from a distance. We have some soft play centres not too far away from us.
If you don’t drive, what plans do you have for the kids this half term? If you do drive, please share your plans in the comments section as well.
Thanks for reading. Have a great week.
Your kids are adorable! I don’t have kids yet but these tips are handy. I have younger cousins and they always have so much energy. I’ll show this to my aunts.
Thank you 😊
This is a great idea for people who can’t drive or don’t like to drive! My husband took several years to pass and is still a nervous driver to this day!
I am gradually getting rid of my nerves.
Great ideas! My parents put me in clubs or special camps for long breaks when I was little.
Enjoy your time with them. It goes faster than you think. My kids are all in their twenties and thirties now. They make their own fun. lol
I know! The last 5 years have gone really fast already. Thanks for reading.
Your kids are adorable and seems like you are doing well dealing with the challenge! As someone who came from another country, I understand the dilemma of not being able to drive and waiting for a valid license.
It has been a struggle but I am hoping to get the license sorted this year. Thanks Nina.
Your kids are cutely adorable.. Awesome ideas but time doesn’t really allow me to do all those things with time.. Bur i will try and make out time for some of them.
Going for walks along with the kids is always awesome; I take my brothers to a waterfall near home and it’s always such a great moment bonding with nature.
Yes we love walks here.
Keeping kids healthy and active is so critical. I really do enjoy some of the activities you have listed that anyone could enjoy with their children.
Yes it is. Thanks for reading.
Great ideas!! Thank you, for sharing
Thanks for reading.