The October half term is shortly upon us. We're looking forward to loads of fun at our 15 October activity camps.
If you don't have a local camp, we've got some great ideas you can do with your child to keep them entertained.
National Trust are hosting lots of family-friendly activities this October half term. From following a wildlife trail to discovering historical stories or getting creative with natural materials, find activities and events near you that'll suit the whole family.
Visit a local pumpkin patch is a quintessential autumn activity. Let your kids explore the fields and select their own pumpkins. Once back home, carve the pumpkins together, creating spooky or silly faces for Halloween.
Kids love a challenge and a nature trail is a great way to get them outdoors. A bit of competition also encourages them to notice what's around them and connect to the changing seasons.
Make a list of autumnal thing's you're likely to see in your local area and get them to check these off as you go. You can even ask them to tally the number of examples along the way to total up at the end.
Gather a variety of leaves, twigs, and conkers and bring them back home for your arts and crafts project. You can clean the leaves and paint them in various hues, then use them to create an entertaining collage or leaf-inspired animal pictures by printing them on paper.
Unleash your creativity in the kitchen! Kids love to bake and this teaches them key life skills they'll value for life! It can get messy, but that's all part of the fun. Older children should also be able to help clear up too!
If it's a crisp day, why not warm up outside with some fun garden races. Think sports day events like egg and spoon, three legged race or a relay!
Garden treasure hunt
Get them outdoors (and get some peace and quiet for you) with a garden treasure hunt. Hide bits and pieces in the garden and time how long it takes them to cross all the items off the list. Fancy a cuppa?
Top tip: Don't hide anything you don't want to loose. Select smaller items that will be more difficult to find if you have older children.
Create a cozy movie night at home with a selection of your kids' favorite films, popcorn, and warm blankets. You can even choose family-friendly Halloween classics to get into the spooky spirit.
Learn something new together
Discover a fresh skill as a family, be it juggling, mastering a magic trick, or delving into the art of knitting. Embrace the opportunity to learn something novel during the school half term, and relish the journey of acquiring expertise together.
While they might outshine you in no time, their progress will only add to their enjoyment!
Halloween costume preparation
With Halloween just around the corner, why not spend some time planning and creating costumes? Kids can get creative and design their own costumes, which can be a fun and memorable experience.