Half term activities for kids
With half term here, it can be stressful to think of things to do with the kids to keep them engaged while they're off school. We've rounded up a variety of activities to suit a range of budgets, to get out and about and keep the kids entertained!
Take a trip to Haldon Forest Park and embark on the Gruffalo Orienteering trail! Pick up a Gruffalo-themed map for £1.50 (which includes a certificate) and head off the beaten track to find all twelve markers in the deep, dark wood.
On top of the abundance of animals, Paignton Zoo will also be receiving a visit from Bing and Flop! Enjoy Bing’s fun activity trail and story time sessions, and meet Bing and Flop themselves. Let your little ones run wild and follow Bing’s fun activity trail to learn about the animals at the zoo and help our zookeepers complete their checklist.
National Marine Aquarium
The largest aquarium in the UK, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is well worth the visit. Educational and engaging, you can’t go wrong with the aquarium. Set against the backdrop of the sea, you can see sharks, jellyfish, turtles, a variety of fish and more!
Mars: War and Peace at Exeter Cathedral
Visit Exeter Cathedral to experience artist Luke Jerram’s famous installation of Mars. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features detailed imagery of the Martian surface at an approximate scale of 1:1,000,000. Using the art as inspiration, children can craft their own rockets to fly to Mars.
River Dart Country Park
Whether camping for a few nights or visiting for the day, River Dart Country Park never fails to disappoint. Set within 90 acres of woodland in Dartmoor National Park, River Dart is packed with activities. From the Pirate Ship in the lake to the Tree Trail Activity, the Mini Zip Wire to the Wooden Play Fort, there’s over 25 activities for the kids to get stuck in to.
The Donkey Sanctuary
Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, meet the donkeys, and take part in Drizzle’s Green Guardian Trail. Follow Drizzle and her friends and keep an eye out for the critters and plants who call the sanctuary their home.