We all know that the school holiday’s can feel like they go on for ever and ever and ever! With children to keep entertained for up to 5, 6, 7 sometimes 8 weeks at a time can feel like a bit of a nightmare! Whether you’re working while your kids are off, spending time off together at home, or going away on a family holiday, you will still want to organise your half term weeks!
Organise your family time
I usually find a calendar template on word that covers the weeks that Mia’s off school, print it off and pencil in the days we are going to do things and days we are going to spend in at home. Mia loves being at home and finds school so busy that sometimes she just wants to stay in! So here is how I would break down the half term days for Mia:
Plan ‘nothing’ days!
We tend to have a rule, as we don’t go away until Feb half term usually, that we don’t go out somewhere every single day! We do go out and do lots of things (when the weather is ok!) but I don’t feel like I need to do something every day! It can be so expensive and to be honest, Mia sometimes just loves being at home and chilling out with her iPad! So, for a couple of days each week, we will be at home, doing bits and bobs in the house. Nothing fancy!
Plan family days
We make plans to go out once a week somewhere that costs a bit of money (a theme park, a zoo, a farm, etc..) and then not only does Mia have something to look forward to each week, I don’t have to worry about spending loads of money every day! We have an annual pass to a local adventure park (which I would seriously recommend getting!) so we can literally go there every couple of weeks if we want to and just pay for lunch each time.
I use the holidays as an opportunity to see family that we don’t get to see when Mia’s at school. This doesn’t have to be expensive at all. I can pop over to see my dad and gran at their houses (they both live around 20-25 minutes away) once a fortnight each and it costs nothing at all!
The next thing I do is think about friends we haven’t seen in a while and message them to see if they are about over the holidays. We arrange to either meet at the local park and take a picnic or meet at a local soft play which costs around a fiver and a bit of lunch. It’s a great opportunity to make sure the kids don’t get too bored on their own!
Choose some books
We make regular trips to our local library in term time so Mia can choose new books to bring home, so I carry this on during the holidays too. She loves going and looking at the books, choosing them and giving back the ones we have previously borrowed. We would normally go once every 3 weeks so theres no reason not to do this in the holidays.
My mum works part time but lives an hour away from us so we usually get together as much as we can in the holidays. We try and see her once a week and usually meet half way at a lovely country park we love visiting. It’s the best of both worlds because we get to see her and spend some time in the fresh air too!
We sometimes just nip into the local town for a walk round and get a Maccy D’s on the way home! A really inexpensive treat for everyone! I think as long as Mia has some snacks, her toys and something to look forward to each week, she doesn’t really mind too much what we do.
I usually ask her a the week before half term, what she would like to do un the holidays and if there is anywhere, she can think of that she would like to go. It can sometimes be hard to think of different places to visit and she is good at remembering places she loves going to! It also means she feels like she has had some input into her time off school!
So, I hope that helps you to organise your Family’s school holiday a bit and gives you some ideas to make it a bit easier!
What are your plans for the next school holidays so far?
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