Place a big firm focus on fun this February and March, and before you know it spring will be on its way. Mix up some winter welly walks with some sandy strolls on the beach and conjure up a whole lot of fun at home with some simple science and craft activities.
Forest Schools are particularly popular at this time of year, partly due to the opportunities they provide to reacquaint children with nature. Plus, if we’re lucky enough to receive a small smattering of snow, the chance for fun times escalates greatly.
Find out more about some of the great activities and events happening in the area right here…
Welly and Waterproofs Walks
As we creep out of winter, the daylight hours may be getting longer but it can be a struggle to entice ourselves outdoors when it is oh-so cosy indoors sometimes. Yet, there are so many big puddles to splash in, animal tracks to follow and mini adventures to be had.
So, pull on a brightly-coloured pair of wellington boots, grab a waterproof coat and get splishing and sploshing on a wonderful winter walk – you might like to try one of these local walks:
5 Best Beach Walks for Kids
Winter weather can be incredibly invigorating, and the senses will be stirred even more so at one of the many beaches in the area. Wrap up warm, steer clear of stormy conditions and enjoy the quiet stretches of beach at this time of year…
Wembury – the easy level walks on the surrounding coast path are great for mini hikes for short legs, and of course, Wembury is renowned for being one of the best places in the country for rock pooling.
Bovisand – a sheltered bay popular with locals and families. At low tide, a large expanse of sand is exposed making it ideal for ball games, kite flying and general running around.
Bantham – a shallow, sandy beach which is perfect for paddling adventures. At low tide, loads of rockpools are revealed making it a superb spot for crab and aquatic critter hunting. In the warmer spring and summer months, Bantham is a superb surfing beach.
Bigbury on Sea – a popular family beach that is great for watersports and the shallow water makes it suitable for paddling. There are rockpools for young explorers to investigate and at low tide cross the causeway to Burgh Island either on foot or by sea tractor.
Beesands - the mile-long shingle beach at Beesands, close to Kingsbridge, is backed by fields and a village green where children can play. The large freshwater lake, known as Widdecombe Ley, attracts plenty of birds so is a great place for young wildlife enthusiasts too.
Simple Science at Home
Turn your home into a science lab with fun educational experiments for the children:
Make Rubber Band Cannons
Build a rubber band powered cannon from a crisp tin and a drinks bottle and use it to explore projectile motion and conservation of energy. Experiment with materials to build the best catapult possible, then use the slingshot to investigate how things fly through the air.
Make a good mixture for blowing soap bubbles, learn why bubbles are always round and find out how to make giant bubbles with a couple of wooden spoons and some string.
For information and videos on how to conduct these experiments see www.rigb.org/families/experimental/
February Half Term Fun at Pennywell Farm
Get 9 days for the price of 1 at Pennywell Farm this February Half Term, reopening on Saturday 15th February. Buy a day admission ticket and you’ll get a return ticket, valid until 23rd Feb to use as many times as you like. See and bottle feed the lambs and goat kids, race the ferrets, cuddle the piglets – there’s a new activity every half hour! There will be two big shows in the theatre every afternoon and Noah’s Barn has acres of space to picnic and play, and there’s plenty undercover in bad weather.
For more, see www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
Kickstart your child’s future with Future Make
Future Make, presented by Real Ideas, is a series of creative-techy-making clubs and activities for children aged 7 – 11.
What can kids do at Future Make? From flying drones and creating digital immersive experiences, to designing extreme structures and thinking up exciting new ideas. Use the confidence, experience and insight gained to shape your creative future.
Join them for their Holiday Clubs. Find out dates and book tickets – www.realideas.org/futuremake
Superhero Week at Woodlands
At only £7.50 pp during the Winter Fun season it’s amazing value for the whole family! This February half term they are open daily from the 15th – 23rd for the Devon School Holidays. Get your costumes at the ready, all children over 92cms dressed up as either a superhero or princess will get a FREE* return ticket! Plus join in with their live entertainment show days. *T&C’s apply. Please visit woodlandspark.com for full details.