Half term in Dorset: Fun things to do during the school holidays
Entertaining the kids during school holidays can be a challenge, especially out of season and with the weather being a little hit and miss, but the last thing you want to do is have the kids cooped up at home for a week with nothing to do.
Did you know the winter months are the perfect time for searching for fossils on the Jurassic Coast and we love nothing more than pulling on our wellies, throwing on our warmest coats and heading to our local beach beaches to see what we can find. It is free, fun and educational and a perfect excuse to warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate treat. Find out where to begin with fossil hunting!
My family are also known as thrill seekers and you will often find them at the very top of the climbing frame or hanging off monkey bars by their feet, so giving them a challenge to get to grips with keeps them entertained for hours.
If the weather is good, they love nothing more than clambering up trees, negotiating tricky crossings and whizzing down the zip wires at Go Ape, Moors Valley, however, if the weather doesn't play ball then we head to Bournemouth Pier and RockReef where they can scale 28 climbing walls and try their hand at indoor caving and the highline.
Sadly the weather is something we cannot control and without fail mine always ask for snow during the winter, however, living on the south coast means it never arrives. We do still get to enjoy some winter activities locally and love nothing more than hurling ourselves down the giant dry ski slope at Snowtrax in a giant rubber ring called a Ringo.
For the slightly less adventurous, a visit to the local soft play centre is a much loved activity and mine adore Lemur Landings in Poole which has just undergone a massive refurbishment. It has entirely new play frame for the under 5's, a role play area, an updated play frame with cannons for older children, a new sky tykes activity, a digi wall and new a climbing wall complete with lights and timers.
For children that have outgrown soft play, why not try a Trampoline Park. Mine were a little nervous at first, preferring to stay in the open jump area full of 70 trampolines at Activate, but they were soon playing dodgeball on the bouncy court and then leaping and somersaulting into a giant air bag.
Finally, one of our favourite activities to do as a family is to go swimming and Splashdown is our venue of choice. My older ones love nothing more than hurtling down the log flumes, floating down the Mississippi Drifter on a giant rubber ring or choosing their favourite tunes on the infinity bowl whilst the little ones and I will quite happily chill out in the splash zone or toddler pool.
Where is your favourite place to visit during the school holidays?