I can’t believe we are already here – the first half term of the new year. it doesn’t seem like two minutes since it was the Christmas holidays. The summer holiday will be here before we know it.
I always think that this holiday is one of the worst for finding things to do. It’s usually not the nicest in terms of the weather and many of places we like to visit as a family are still closed or on shorter days as the main tourist season doesn’t normally get into full swing until the Easter holidays are here.
That being said there are a few things we’ve managed to do and plan to do this coming weekend.
I love baking and we always bake at least one thing in the holidays. So far we have made flapjack and cupcakes and I think at the weekend we are going to attempt some bread and scones.
This half term we have been quite busy watching a lot of different things including The Flash and Arrow. My Three love anything superheroes related but especially these two programmes. The boys also went to the cinema with their uncle to see The Lego Movie 2. They said it great and really funny. Personally, I enjoyed my afternoon of peace and quiet catching up on Coronation Street and a couple of chapters of a book.
We have also been watching Goosebumps 2. It was released on both Blu-ray and DVD 15th February. If you enjoyed the first instalment you’re sure to find the second just as entertaining. The boys loved seeing me cringe every time Slappy the dummy came on screen. It’s a fun and not too scary film that all the family can enjoy.
The weather has been surprisingly nice for this time of year. So we have been making the most of it. We have been busy in the garden – righting the trampoline after it went for a tumble around the garden in the last storm we had and picking up any leaves and litter that have blown in. It looks so much better for a clean up don’t you think?
We’ve been for walks around the local racecourse and woods and hopefully, if the weather is nice this weekend we might go for a gentle walk in the dales or we might find a new public footpath near here and go for an explore. Last year we took the boys to a local nature reserve and it was lovely – we got lost (not literally) in the trails and we loved it.
If like us you enjoy a walk in the countryside or you are new to hiking or fell walking it’s a good idea to do your research first and make sure you are dressed for the occasion. Simply Hike is a good place to start they have everything you need including footwear, clothing and backpacks including Osprey Backpacks.
If you’re planning a long walk – especially in the dales or hills make sure you take a look at the weather forecast before you leave as the weather can be so unpredicatble even on nice days. Also, it’s a good idea to have a backpack with you so that you can take a drink, snacks, an extra layer if needed, a torch, whistle and a compass – if you do end up off the beaten track you need to keep yourself safe.
Lastly, we have been playing on our consoles too. I have been whizzing my way through Spyro and Harry Potter on the PS4 whilst James has been playing the new How To Train Your Dragon game – Dragons: Dawn of New Riders on his Nintendo Switch. Since Christmas, all he has wanted to play on is Mario Kart and Fortnite, so this game came as a bit of welcome relief.
Players will find favourite DreamWorks Dragons characters like Hiccup, Astrid, Gobber and more. They can complete quests in locations like Valka’s Mountain, alongside a host of newly discovered islands, such as Blood Briar Island. They will go up against fearsome boss dragons and defeat the Dragon Trappers who will stop at nothing to capture Patch.
Are your children on half term too? If so how have you been keeping them busy?
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