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Top 5: Kid-Friendly Ideas For February Half-Term

Worried about being stuck inside with the kids all week? It’s time to throw caution to the wind and get outdoors for some budget-friendly fun.

I know what you’re thinking… February isn’t exactly warm (or dry), but that’s no excuse - crack out the hats, coats and walking boots and get out there!

Here are our top 5 easy ways to get the kids outdoors during half-term:

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1. Get on yer bike!

You’ll be amazed at the amount of ground you can cover using pedal power. Get the whole family out and explore some of the fantastic cycle trails Britain has to offer. There’s lots to look at along the way and the more competitive among us will no doubt enjoy a bit of a family bike race - somebody needs to pinch that yellow jersey from Dad, eh?

Perhaps it’s time to teach one of your youngsters how to ride. They’ll have the whole week to practice, so there’s a good chance the stabilisers will be gone by the time they’re back at school.

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2. Get mucky in the garden

It might not seem like it, but spring is on the horizon - get ready with a spot of gardening. The kids will love getting involved, particularly if they’re fond of messing about in the mud! Kit them out with wellies and waterproofs before setting them to work, although don’t be surprised if they get distracted by the resident creepy-crawlies!

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3. Stretch your legs

A quick, easy (and cheap) option is to go for a walk around the local park. If you want the kids to burn off some energy, it’s probably worth finding somewhere with a decent play area! Don’t forget to feed the ducks and pick up some big sticks for any four-legged family members that may be joining you.

If you’re more adventurous, get the hiking gear on and find a trail suitable for families. You’re guaranteed to get some quality fresh air and experience stunning landscapes at the same time. For fun, you could mix things up with a game of hide-and-seek in the woods or bit of wildlife spotting (pigeons don’t count). Remember, the terrain is likely to be tricky, so you’ll need some sturdy walking boots, and if you’re bringing a baby along, ditch the pram in favour of a child carrier.

Not sure where to go? There are lots of great National Parks as well as National Trust sites up and down the UK that can provide a fun family day out.

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4. Hit the beach

The beach isn’t just for summer sun-worshippers. There’s lots of fun to be had on the sand and visiting the shores can be lovely at this time of year, especially if you want some space to yourselves. Remember though, it’s likely to be breezy out there, so windproof jackets all-round if you do decide to go coastal! If the wind does pick up, make the most of it by flying a kite with the kids.

UK seaside not for you? Winter sun holidays are always popular with us Brits. If you do happen to be jetting off, make sure you’ve packed all your travel accessories and sunshine essentials (shorts, sunglasses, swimwear etc.).

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5. Pitch up

With so many campsites open all year round these days, you could take the family on a camping adventure. If you do plan on camping out, it’s important that you get wrapped up in well-insulated sleeping bags - evenings under the February night sky can be pretty chilly! If you want even more protection from the elements and can’t bear to go without your creature comforts, there’s always the glamping option!

There you have it, five ways to keep the family entertained this half-term.

Whatever you end up doing - enjoy yourselves! Why not capture some of the fun on camera and share it with Millets on our social channels below using the hashtag #MyMillets - we’d love to see what you got up to!

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Cameron is a young(ish) family man finding whatever time he can to read, write and kick a football around. His weekends involve getting the kids out in the Cheshire countryside for adventures, increasingly involving tents! Photography is the newest of his hobbies – documenting days out and doing his best to capture wildlife on film. Follow his blogs here for a candid view of family fun in the great outdoors.

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