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O.K., so the days are short and often cold during winter, but that’s no excuse to get cabin fever. We all know that kids can get ratty and bad tempered if they’re cooped up for too long so we’ve got some great weather proof days out for you to enjoy this winter.
If your kid’s a bit of a skater boy or girl, this will be right up their street! Based in Dagenham, London, Better Extreme is an indoor skate park for kids 5 years and over. This is great for all ages, with a Beginners Zone with staff on hand to help new skaters and the Street Zone configured as an urban space to challenge more experienced skaters.
Indoor climbing centres are great to entertain the kids and keep them active on rainy days. Get them out to a centre near you and let them stretch their legs (and arms). Not only will this burn some energy but it’s also a great activity to help kids develop upper body strength and coordination.
Give your kids a taste of adult life at Kidzania at the Westfield Centre in London. Let them loose on running their own city, without parents getting in the way! They’ll get the chance to test their skills and try out a bunch of job roles from fireperson to chocolatier! If your kids are over 8 years old you can even leave them to have fun for a while and get some ‘me time’ or do a Christmas pressies dash in the shopping centre.
Sometimes the best things in life really are free. Most towns and cities have their own museums, culture centres and/or art galleries. To attract more visitors they’ll often hold special events throughout the year. Why not check at your local library what events are going on near you? This can be a great way to break up the day and expand their minds. The great news is, that as it’s free, you can nip in and out without them getting restless. After all, you can always come back!
The Eden Project is a great winter option. A bit further afield, this is a great option if you’re looking for mini-break away with the family. There’s loads to do here all year round and winter’s no exception. With a winter festival, after dark light installations, ice skating and even a visit from Father Christmas, there’s loads to keep them entertained. The special winter programme is available from 24th November to 30th December and only closing on Christmas day!
We hope this gives you some good ideas for family winter days out. If you’ve got any other ideas, please share your suggestions by commenting below!