Things To Do With The Children In And Around Berkshire This Half Term

If there is one half term that I dislike then it is most definitely is the February one. More often than not the weather is rubbish. Bitterly cold and often wet. It means that the kids can be left climbing the walls and the Mums reaching for the wine! So here are some ideas for things you can do whatever the weather in and around Berkshire.

1.Soft play/trampoline parks

These can be horrendous in the school holidays but if you get there early you should keep your sanity as they really fill up later in the day. Kids n Action in Winnersh, has a range of play equipment including x boxes which means it caters for a range of ages. If your children are too old for soft play then trampoline parks are the way to go. Here is the low down of the ones that we have tried in Camberley, Slough and High Wycombe.

2. The Cinema

There are loads of child friendly films out at the moment including Coco (which I am too afraid to watch as I am worried I will cry) and Early Man. If you want to save money and haven’t seen all the latest realeases then kids viewings at Odeon and Vue are worth looking for. A fraction of the price but again you need to be out of the house bright and early as the films usually show around 10am.

3. Milestones museum

Milestones museum is in Basingstoke and takes you back in time. I was shocked at how much my boys enjoyed it here and you can easily spend a few hours here. I would recommend that you let them play on the old style entertainment (it will cost slightly more but will make them appreciate what they have today!) The old fashioned sweet shop with a ration card is also a must.

ration cards for the sweet shop at Milestones museum open at half term

4. Bowling

Now my boys are bigger this is a hit. Again there are often offers if you book online in advance or go early. We enjoy both the new Superbowl in Wokingham and Hollywood Bowl in Bracknell. My decision on which to use tends to be whether I want to combine it with a quick shopping trip!

5. Swimming

I have yet to try the “new” Coral Reef waterworld in Bracknell yet, and am not sure I fancy it on my own with the 3 boys just yet. But if you are braver than me or have children that can go in by themselves then this could be an option. Bracknell sports centre often have infaltibles out in half term so that is worth checking out too.

6. Chessington Zoo Days

Again not Berkshire but not too much of a drive if you already have Merlin passes. Here you can wander round and see the animals and there are a few rides open too.

7. Pottery Painting

There are lots of pottery painting places around but we have been to Pottery Pals in Holme Grange Craft village before. It can get busy so best to book a slot if you are thinking of going.

8. Reading Museum

Reading museum have a range of family friendly events going on. There is a drop in session to make a medieval goblet as well as tile decorating.

9. Wellington Country Park

Now this could be a bitterly cold day out, but if the weather is nice, it is a great place to take young children. There are dinosaurs, plenty of playgrounds and crazy gold included in the price. Over this half term they have their craft room open so that you can warm up a but and the theme is Jungle Crafts.

10. Ice skating

Ice skating at John Nike Leisure Complex is always lots of fun. If you are taking young children I would recommend calling in advance to book penguins or seals as these can sell out at busy times.


I hope this gives you some ideas and most of all enjoy half term with your family!

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