School is out and half term has officially begun. Usually I would be huffing a massive sigh of relief that I don’t have to do the school runs for a fortnight, but instead I’m worrying about how I am going to keep the little ones entertained on my own whilst the Mr is in Germany for work for 6 of those days (send help!). Actually its more like how I am going to not crack under the constant demands of two little people who make negotiating Brexit look like a piece of cake in comparison.
Solo parenting isn’t for the faint hearted on a normal day or week let alone half term, but the idea of the three of us being cooped up at home for more than half of those days make me want to quite frankly curl up in a ball and hide. My approach is get out, tire them out, get home. So I’ve put together a list of 8 fun things to do over Easter with little ones. I may be broke by the end of it (financially), but they’ll be happy and I’ll hopefully still be sane, and you can’t put a price on your sanity (or a hot cup of tea) can you. So its money well spent if you ask me..
#1 Polka Theatre
A visit to the Polka Theatre is always on our list during half terms and holidays. It’s the perfect place to go to with little ones, and this Easter half term is no exception with some great shows running including the lovely Sarah and Duck children’s programme from CBeebies, and there’s even a sensory theatre experience on for babies this season called Duvet Day.
#2 National Trust
Now that we’re proud members of the National Trust, its great knowing that at any point we can jump into the car and visit one of the 500 heritage houses and grounds on offer. But you can still visit their beautiful parks, grounds and houses even if you aren’t a member, and over Easter children can join one of many Cadbury’s Easter Egg hunts that the National Trust holds. Yum.
#3 London Zoo
London Zoo is celebrating 35 years of the classic and iconic children’s book Dear Zoo with an exciting new, and exclusive interactive trail for little ones to explore over the Easter half term. Think Dear Zoo on a large scale and you can just imagine the fun that you’ll all have (yes, you too parentals!).
#4 Take in a film at the cinema
There is lots on for little ones at the moment from Trolls, The Ballerina, Boss Baby, Smurfs, to Sing and Beauty and the Beast. Little ones, and adults are practically spoilt for choice if you’re lucky enough to have a cinema close to you that has baby and child friendly screenings so you dont have to worry about your baby crying or your toddler having a meltdown because you picked sweet instead of salt popcorn.
#5 Visit Chessington World of Adventures
There is plenty on offer at Chessington for little ones. They have the lovely new Gruffalo ride amongst many others for toddlers, as well as an actual safari ride (for little ones over 1.30m) and a zoo with more than enough animals to keep everyone happy. We visited last week and I was seriously impressed with just how many rides there were for our three year old, and they had a pretty amazing indoor and outdoor soft play area too. It was practically three trips in one = winning!
#6 Visit a farm
Bocketts Farm is our current favourite as there is so much to see and do there, and the facilities are fantastic. But Hobbledown has been on our list of places to visit for a while and we have a birthday party at Dean City Farm which we’re looking forward to visiting over the Easter half term. Of course these are just a few of so many fantastic big and small farms in and across Surrey and London.
#7 Bounce On To A Trampoline Park
Trampoline parks seem to be all the rage these days, and with a new one opening up in our area just in time for Easter, this is definitely something we’re going to be trying out over half term. Sessions may be short (approx an hour) but they are bound to tire little ones. Perfect!
#8 Soft Play
If you can stomach soft play then its always a great option for a day out with little ones, just make sure you’re there when the doors open. There are probably more soft play places than there are school holiday days, but a chain that we always enjoy going to in London and the South East is Gambado where they also have little fair ground rides and a decent cafe.