Things to do for FREE in the February Half Term!
Winter is an expensive time of year for most families and it can be hard to think of things to do for free or little expense. So we have compiled list of activities the whole family can enjoy.
- Go on a nature trail
Wrap up warm, put on your wellies and head out to your local park or nature reserve. For activity ideas of what to do while you are there, visit the parenting teams blog here!
- Visit your local library
Libraries are no longer places just for borrowing books, they provide a wide variety of services form sing-along groups, creative play activities to storytelling sessions. It’s a good way to meet other families in the community too.
To find out what your local library in Newham are doing, click on link here!
- Join a local Children’s Centre
If you have children under five, why not check out your local Children’s Centre activity calendar. Children’s Centres host a range of services for families, from early year’s education, adult learning to health services. Some Children’s Centres in the school holidays allow children up to 8 years attend their sessions.
To find out what your local Children’s Centre offers in Newham click on link here!
- Family bike ride
The Olympic Park is the perfect place to take the family for a bike ride. You can ride around the car-free tarmac safely, taking in the iconic sites of the Aquatics Centre, Olympic Stadium, VeloPark and The Orbit.
- Make a snowman
We may get snow this year, and if we do make sure you head out into the garden or nearest open space to build a snowman! Search for stones, sticks or feathers to make facial features, buttons and body parts! Bring along an extra scarf and hat for accessories.
- Go to a city farm
Farms are suitable for all ages but especially appealing to younger children. Most inner city boroughs have city farms so you don’t have to travel far to experience a taste of the countryside.
- Take a ride on public transport
All children travel for free on London Transport which can be a very exciting adventure for children. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is particularly popular with its driverless trains, children experience what it’s like to sit in the front of a train, riding along the tracks taking in the great views.
- Visit a museum
When it’s cold and wet you may not want to be outside but you need to get out of the house, museums are a good option. Living in London we’re spoilt for choice with the number of museums to visit! If you wanted to combine a trip to the museum with a DLR ride, the museum of London in Docklands is a good option. They have free activities for children in the half term, visit their website to find out more!
- Fly a kite
Flying a kite is a fun way to spend a windy dry day. All you need is an open space, parks and beaches are ideal, strong arms to hold the kite in the wind and someone to help launch the kite into the air!
- Indoor Activities
Do let us know if you have any more activities we can add!