Gale force winds, torrential rain, power cuts and floods. And to add to that list of natural disasters comes another… half term.
The temptation has to be to buy in a job lot of DVDs and computer games, provide an endless supply of junk food and grit your teeth for the entirety. Not only is that unwise and unhealthy, but it’s unlikely to work. And children with cabin fever are a nervous breakdown just waiting to happen.
Brave the elements, get out your hats, scarves, gloves and wellies and go see what Watford has to offer to entertain, educate and stimulate the kids this half term.
Half term Bug Club at Chorleywood Cricket Club, Chorleywood Common
Bug Storeys is about learning to love, protect and appreciate nature. It’s about kids, and adults, discovering the hidden, and sometimes endangered wildlife that surrounds us whilst having fun and getting their hands dirty.
At the half term Bug Club children will build bat boxes, toad halls, bird feeders and bug hotels! Qualified, knowledgeable Bug Rangers are on hand to lead and supervise activities, and with their infectious enthusiasm will entertain, educate and inspire.
Please click here for further details about half term Bug Club.
February Half Term Fun Week with Watford FC's Community Trust
Children aged between 5 and 12 years old can enjoy structured fun based multi sport activities at Watford FC’s ever popular holiday fun week.
Coaching is by the award winning Community Trust’s coaches and the half term week is a great opportunity for kids to keep fit and healthy, learn new skills and make new friends. And if you book for the whole week (Monday 17th February to Friday 21st February) you will receive a FREE gift!
Please click here for further information about half term fun at Watford FC's Community Trust.
Farmyard'n'Funworld at the Lincolnsfield Centre, Bushey
Farm animals and more! Of course there are ponies, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks as well as little furry animals like the rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and hamsters. But not all farms allow you to get up close with peacocks, parrots, chipmunks, ferrets and chinchillas!
Children can feed and stroke the bigger animals, and give some of the smaller ones a cuddle (I’ll pass on the rats if you don’t mind!)
There is an outdoor adventure play area which has slides, climbing nets, tractors, rockers, tree house and the famous "Farmyard Flyer" aerial runway, or, if you want to be warm and dry there’s a giant indoor play area, plus snacks and meals in the cafeteria. Round the day off in the charming shop where you can by souvenirs and gifts, animal feeding bags, 1940’s memorabilia and even small pets, animal feeds and farm fresh eggs.
Please click here to find out more.
Free Half Term Kids' Activities at Intu, Watford
Join fellow Secret Agents at the Space Training Base (between M & S and NEXT) for free activities!
Between 11am – 4pm each day this half term kids get to help Secret Agent H. Design a space rocket, create out of this world astronaut masks or get dancing with Secret Agent H before going undercover by donning a cunning face paint disguise to hide from enemy spies!
Enter the competition to design Secret H's space rocket and you could win £200 John Lewis vouchers!
Click here to find out more.
More Bugs at Cassiobury Park!
Kids never seem able to have too many bug adventures! And on Wednesday 19th February children aged 5 years and above can join Community Ranger Debbie Brady and help her provide habitat for some of Cassiobury Park’s insect life. It’s not just us humans putting up with this endless rain, and imagine the impact on some of the teeniest creatures on the planet.
If you want to help build a bug box meet at the Cha-Cha-Cha Cassiobury Park at 11.00am (until 1.00pm). Advance booking is required.
Click here for further details about Build a Bug Box.
So, brave the elements where necessary, grab some fresh air, learn new skills and meet new people.
For details of all these half term activities go to our Events page as you may need to book in advance for some of them.