It only feels like two minutes ago that my girls were off school for half term, and now they're off again this week! I'm looking forward to some lie ins and some family fun.
I put together a list of my top five activities that can be done while they are off school. We probably won't get chance to do all of them but I figured it's a handy list to have for any school holiday. We live in Shrewsbury, so obviously I have focused my attention there. Hopefully my list will at least serve as inspiration for those who don't live here. Most of the activities are things that can be done at any time in Shrewsbury, not just over half term.
1. The Quarry Park is an absolute must in the warm weather, and is still lovely in the colder months. It is definitely worthy of the top of my list! It is easily accessible, right in the centre of Shrewsbury. The park is situated next to the River Severn and there is even a stunning sunken garden, The Dingle, full of beautiful flowers. It's a lovely place to take the kids on their bikes or scooters, to let them wear off some energy in gorgeous surroundings. There is a massive play park and a swimming baths too, so you could easily spend a full day there.
2. For rainy days, I love bowling! AMF Bowling is in Harlescott and I have had many a fun time there. The centre has bowling lanes, quasar and an amusement arcade, aswell as plenty of food and drink. This is somewhere that you can enjoy for most, if not all, of a day.
3. Shropshire Wildlife Trust's The Cut Visitor Centre on Abbey Foregate is one I have not visited yet, but I have heard good things about it, and it looks lovely from what I have seen when driving past! They have a cafe, gift shop, visitor centre, toilets and picnic area, all set in a beautiful garden.
4. Older, more adventurous kids will love Climbing The Walls, on Battlefield Road. The action walls are suitable for age 5 and older, and there is plenty of staff supervision. They also have a lovely cafe for parents to sit and relax, whilst the kids play.
5. Shrewsbury Castle in the town centre is the home of the Shropshire Regimental Museum. The castle is set in stunning grounds, a lovely place to let the kids run around and let off steam, or to have a picnic in the sun.
I hope this has given you some ideas for how to keep the kids entertained over half term. They can go stir crazy being in the house all day, especially when the weather is nice, so I much prefer to get them out where possible. I hope you are all enjoying your half term so far!