Looking for something to keep the kids busy this half term? Well then, look no further.
We’ve got a few things that you can do to keep them busy, which only means that there is less hassle for you, bonus.
First up, you can not only get to treat them to a fun day out, you’ll also be helping to raise money for UNICEF – what more of an excuse do you need?
To celebrate the launch of this year’s Soft Toy Campaign, where every soft toy, children’s book and kids meal purchased between October 24th and December 23rd at IKEA stores generates a donation of £1 to UNICEF and Save the Children to support children’s education programmes throughout the world, IKEA invites you and your little ones to take part in an afternoon of teddy bear themed fun and adventure.
The IKEA teddy bear take over day will include an array of exciting activities, from storytelling sessions using this year’s range of IKEA kids’ books told by BJÖRN the Bear’s special friends, to delicious teddy bear’s picnics. The fun does not stop there, as an exciting bear hunt will also take place across the store where you have the chance to take home a FREE BJÖRN the Bear of your very own.
Go to the IKEA website to find out where the nearest one is happening to you.
Next up, the much loved Aardman character, Shaun the Sheep, will be visiting the National Trust’s mass on-line farming MyFarm project at Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 26th October.
MyFarm aims to educate and engage the public in all aspects of farming. Every month the online community help make real decisions which are then carried out on the farm, with real consequences.
Families will be able to meet Shaun and pose for photos, whilst taking home MyFarm and Shaun related puzzles and worksheets.
The National Trust has partnered with Aardman Animations to encourage children and families to learn about farming and food. Shaun has been brought on board to help expand the audience to include more families and young children.
Families visiting the farm can sign up to MyFarm (cost £30) and get into the farm for free! (Usual cost for 2 adults and 2 children £38.70 – so saving of £8.70). Farm gates open at 10.30am.
The National Trust has also created a dedicated Shaun the Sheep page on the MyFarm website which will be regularly updated with new content, including activities and discussions aimed at a family audience. The website will also include Shaun the Sheep online games and downloadable posters. For more information visit: http://www.my-farm.org.uk/news-and-blog/shaun-the-sheep-day-at-myfarm
Finally, if you have little monkeys roaming about your home then this is the activity for you.
Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure is the UK’s leading forest adventure company with 27 giant outdoor sites nationwide. Visitors can experience a liberating sense of freedom as they swing through the forest on zip wires, cross wooden walkways and bridges, climb tree-top ladders and fly through the air on Tarzan Swings whilst safely attached to a harness. Instructors are on hand to help and all participants are given a thorough safety briefing before being let loose on an adventure like no other in the forest canopy.
Courses are suitable for participants aged 10 years old or above, are at least 4ft 7in (1.4m) tall and weigh under 20.5 stone (130kg). Book your adventure at www.goape.co.uk or call 0845 643 92 15.