Wednesday, 6 June 2018

How to Survive Half Term Like a Pro

It's THAT time again, that time every six weeks where the kids take over the house, the food cupboards remain empty (even though you're sure they were full yesterday!) and the kids wrestling could put John Cena to shame. 

Follow my guide on how to survive half term, stress-free...


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Plan in advance. 

If you're going to be at home with the kids this half term, get planning. 
Google activities happening in your local area. 
Check the weather and plan around it. 


Visit somewhere new.

Go on an adventure! Go exploring!
Get out and about, visit a new park, a woodland area or a trip to somewhere you haven't been before. Best of all, it's FREE.
A few years ago we did something we nicknamed 'Magical Mystery Day' where we wrote down the names of all the towns in our region, picked one out of a hat, jumped into the car and headed for an adventure! It was such good fun and you can never run out of options, the World is a BIG place!

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Have a Theme Day

Let the kids take over!
Allow them to choose a theme for the day, whether it be a Pirate Day, a Pink Day, Under the Sea Day, a Superhero Day... it's a great idea for the kids to feel in control, and a good excuse for the whole family to get involved, communicate together and for everyone to have input.


Get Messy!

After working and training in child development for 16 years, I'm a big advocate for messy play!!
Young children learn best through unstructured, exploratory play. Experimenting with different materials and textures promotes curiosity, knowledge and builds on their senses. 
Take a roll of old wallpaper and make paint footprints.
Go hunting in the cupboards and make a small world village; shaving foam, porridge oats, lentils? 
If the weather allows, chalking on the pavement or water painting on the fences is great fun for little ones. 

Go crazy. Get messy!


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Explore Local Events

Check out your local shopping centres to see if they have any fun events planned to keep the kids entertained. 

Last week, Taylor and I visited our local shopping and leisure centre Highcross Leicester where hands-on science workshops were being held. Little Labs held a number of FREE interactive workshops and demonstrations involving an expert team of scientists who led the children on a journey of creation and discovery, allowing them to learn about science in an educating and entertaining way.

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half term, survive half term, children, family, days out, Highcross, Leicester, Little Labs

Taylor put on his lab coat & goggles and took part in some bubble popping, sherbet making, dry ice blowing fun!

We took part in two different shows; an interactive workshop and then a demonstration. Both were fantastic, really interesting and children orientated. Taylor got to make some sherbert, enjoyed attempting to make some giant bubbles and watched some really entertaining 'tricks'. 


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half term, survive half term, children, family, days out, Highcross, Leicester, Little Labs


In between the shows, we took a walk around the shopping centre, stopped for a drink and a yummy doughnut at Krispy Kreme (well Taylor did, Mummy was good as she was Shredding!!), did a bit of shopping; choosing a new t-shirt in FootAsylum for Bradley, a Father's Day card for Daddy in Clintons Cards and of course, we had to go on every single coin-operated ride on we came across in the centre!! (just my child??)

And after the shows, we headed to Frankie & Benny's for some lunch. 
Highcross has a huge range of delicious places to eat, perfect to finish off a family day out. Frankie & Benny's has a fantastic children's menu offering a main, 2 sides, a dessert and a drink for just £4.99. Although very busy with it being Half Term, we were well looked after, we didn't have a wait very long for food and the food was perfect!! 

The Highcross PLUS app has some fantastic offers on at the moment, we'd planned on treating ourselves to the 'Buy 2 Pretzels Get 2 Free offer' at Auntie Anne's but we were far too stuffed after the meal!! 


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half term, survive half term, children, family, days out, Highcross, Frankie & Benny's, food


Parents, you've totally got this. 

It's totally acceptable to snuggle up with some popcorn and watch The Greatest Showman at least twice ;) And don't forget to take some time out for you too, Mama!! 

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*We were invited along to watch the Little Labs workshops 
& offered complimentary meals at Frankie & Benny's 
for the purpose of this post.

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