The October half-term holiday.
That came around quicker than most of us expected, and if you’re like me, you probably haven’t made any solid plans yet. When it comes to work, planning is something I’m on top of. And yet when it comes to family life, we kind of fly by the seat of our pants. Well, you have to, don’t you? Who knows what’s going to crop up during the course of a day, or a week.
You could plan your days and weeks as meticulously as you dare, but it’s unlikely to stick.
But still, when it comes to the holidays, you find yourself wishing you’d set up a more solid plan and had a few days out tucked up your sleeve.
So, here’s a plan.
Are you on Instagram? If you are, you might be familiar with the various challenges you see crop up in your feed.
When Wiki Places For Kids mentioned a parenting/half-term holiday challenge to me and suggested that parents set their own challenge, I wanted to share this idea with all the other parents I know to join in the fun.
It’s a simple concept. Make memories, not stress.
To make your half-term holiday one to remember, rather than one fuelled with hair-pulling (that’s you, not the kids). A holiday to help you enjoy your children and cherish the short time you have with them. The short time before they morph into
unresponsive teens independent young adults who want to do their own thing, and think parents are embarrassing (sadly, it happens).
5 themes. 5 days. 5 challenges
- Indoor Play
- Forest walk
- Park time
They can be anything.
Indoor play doesn’t have to be expensive soft-play. It might just feature den-building indoors with some cushions and blankets. Or you could use the site wikiplacesforkids.com for some pointers on where to go, if you need to take the kids to burn off some energy and love to get involved in the soft-play antics.
Round up the kiddies and take them to your nearest forest, to see how many different shaped leaves you can find.
Take them to the park at least once in the week.
Go animal-spotting at a zoo, an open-farm, or even on a woodland walk. You could even write a list of common animals for your children to spot, and have a prize for the winner (and something for the runners-up, because no-one likes to be a loser).
Experience some culture. Visit a museum. Your local library.
The linked photos are just a few ideas to kick-start your thought process.
It’s a simple process; make memories, not stress.
So go on, get involved, and share your adventures with WikiPlacesForKids on social media, hashtag #WikiVentures and be part of something fun!
This post was written for WikiPlacesForKids.com, THE place to go for epic days out, or that much needed hour out of the house.