The nights are drawing in, the heating’s coming on it must mean that October half term is round the corner and it certainly is!
As my Little Shrimp is only 2 years old I don’t have the shock of having to coming up with a weeks’ worth of entertainment for him like you may do if your child is at school or even pre-school. We do however go to lots of activities during the week and I always think it’s a shame that most classes go on stop during the school holidays, but I guess everyone deserves a holiday and we’ll appreciate the things we enjoy more if we take break!
So I’ve been busy trying to rustle up some ideas of what you can get up during Half Term, and with the help of mums from the Southampton NCT, Netmums and tips from my dear friends here’s how I got on.
To kick off your half term with a swing there is plenty going on this Saturday, 27th October. Pop along to Southampton Central Library between 11am-3pm for some free Spooky Crafts and why not pick up some spooky books while you’re there to get you in the Halloween spirit.
The Play Shack, Hedge End will be hosting a Fangtastic Halloween Fancy Dress Disco from 6-8pm for all your late night little pickles. There will be party bags for every child plus entertainment from Scotty the Clown and much more.
Now, looking into the half term week (I feel like I’m writing a weather forecast) my next suggestion is hugely exciting and I actually heard about this when listening to BBC Radio Solent! The Discovery Centre, Winchester is hosting the Wessex Children’s Book Festival and boy do they have so much planned! Does your little pickle like Thomas the Tank Engine, The Gruffalo, are they a want to be palaeontologist and would love to learn about Dinosaurs, are they a fan of Jacqueline Wilson stories and would like to meet the Dame herself? Well the festival will be right up their street with 4 or 5 different workshops running from Tuesday to Friday!
If you’re looking for something which is completely free then Helen from Baby Sensory will be running free taster session at Mothercare Southampton on Wednesday 31st. I took Little Shrimp to Baby Sensory for nearly a year and can’t recommend trying out her classes enough. Spaces are limited so check out Helen’s Facebook page for more info!
And if you’re looking to get very Spooky on Halloween itself then the Tudor House and Gardens in Southampton could be the place for you. Take their family friendly ghost tour, enjoy craft activities and have fun in the vampire photo booth.
If going out every day seems a bit over the top then don’t feel guilty about staying in an enjoying the simple things in life. Maybe have movie afternoon and enjoy some homemade popcorn while you all snuggle up on the sofa, arrange some playdates or even pop along to a Little Pickles Market and pick up a few bargains for the kids to play with.
We love Netmums so for more information on what’s on in your area make sure you check out their website. As with all our suggestions please do check in advance that the activities are still running.
If you’re running any Halloween activities yourself or know of any great ones coming up feel free to share them in the comments below!
By Selina Shrimpton – Little Pickles Markets Dorset Organiser
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