10 Great Half-Term Ideas Plus Thames Rockets Special Discount Offer

Some call it Whitsun, some call it the Whit Break and some call it half-term – all we know is the kids are off and we need plenty of good ideas to keep them entertained – eek.

Well now you can stop worrying, because DAD.info has teamed up with KidRated – the website where days out, attractions and events are all reviewed by the small people themselves to help you make the best choice possible – and we've got plenty of suggestions for outdoor fun that won't break the bank (with a couple of rainy-day ideas thrown in for good measure). Enjoy...

1. Bows, Arrows & Battle Tactics at 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battle Field

The site of the Battle of Hastings is only 60 miles south of London, and this half term, kids will be celebrating its 950th anniversary. So what’s the best way to do that? By recreating the battle, of course. Get ready for swordplay and the clashing of shields (just don’t look up!). Organised by English Heritage (free entry for members).

Kids will love: Actually having permission to fight whilst in fancy dress. 

Parents will love: Kids not realising they’re doing something educational!

For more information, go to english-heritage.org.uk

2. London Zoo Sunset Safari

Experiencing London Zoo after hours is a great opportunity to see some of the nocturnal animals. 

Kids will love: The excuse to stay up late.

Parents will love: The evening’s chilled-out vibe complete with smooth jazz.

Check out the KidRated review.

For more information, go to zsl.org

3. Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors at Hampton Court

See a play about those terrible Tudors in the place that Henry VIII called home – Hampton Court.

Kids will love: The grisly details and the audience participation.

Parents will love: A leisurely stroll through the beautiful gardens and trying to lose their kids in the maze.

Check out the KidRated review.

For more information, go to hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace

4. Udderbelly

The only place we know where all the performances are inside an upside-down purple cow! Oh, and it’s also a great venue for a pit stop on a sunny day on the Southbank. There’s some great comedy for kids going on too.

Kids will love: The explosions in Brainiac Live which is on throughout half term.

Parents will love: Being able to watch comedy as a family without having to keep their kids’ ears covered.

Check out the KidRated review. 

For more information, go to udderbelly.co.uk

5. Woolly Week at Mary Arden’s Farm Stratford-upon-Avon

 Image: (c) The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

At Mary Arden’s Farm (Shakespeare’s mum’s house) you can watch traditional sheep shearing and craft demonstrations as well as joining in with loads of different woolly crafts. 

Kids will love: Making baa-rilliant arts and crafts to take home

Parents will love: Soaking up the history in and around the quaint Tudor houses and catching a play at the RSC.

For more information, go to shakespeare.org.uk

6. Conkers Whit Week Half Term

Situated in the middle of the National Forest, Conkers is an activity centre bursting with discovery and adventure. This half term, there will be daily activities, storytelling and live shows.

Kids will love: The fun ranger activities.

Parents will love: It’s great value! Loads of different activities are included in the admission price (£33 for a family ticket, booked online)

For more information, go to visitconkers.com

7. Pirate Treasure Hunt at the WWT London Wetland Centre

Kids can take part in a hunt to help the pirate, Captain Blackbird, find his lost treasure. 

Kids will love: Saying “Aaarrrghhhh!” a lot.

Parents will love: Seeing kids shivering their timbers.

Check out the KidRated review. 

For more information, go to wwt.org.uk

8. BMX Thrills and MTB Skills at the Lee Valley Velopark

At these day sessions kids will learn new BMX and Mountain Biking skills. The specially built trails will take you around East London and off-road. 

Kids will love: The bumps, berms and biking terminology.

Parents will love: Finding one of the numerous cafés in the Olympic Park and settling down with a good book.

For more information, go to visitleevalley.org.uk

9. Curious Crocklebog Costume Caper at BeWILDerwood

If you feel like doing something quirky this half term, try out BeWILDerwood, a tree house adventure in Norfolk. There’ll be dressing up, face painting and loads of arts and crafts all in an idyllic, magical setting. 

Kids will love: Turning a little feral for the day.

Parents will love: The great variety of food available catering for all your fussy eaters. 

For more information, go to bewilderwood.co.uk

10. Summer Splash at the Lee Valley White Water Centre (29th May only)

For one day only, the Lee Valley White Water Centre is hosting a splash-tacular family fun day. There will be an inflatable obstacle course and live music, as well as the chance to try out some of the white water activities.

Kids will love: Tackling the white-water wipeout inflatable obstacle course, or even better seeing their parents fail!

Parents will love: The beer festival.

Check out the KidRated review. 

For more information, go to gowhitewater.co.uk 

AND IF IT RAINS…

Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Situated in Piccadilly Circus, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is an emporium that features the weird and the wonderful. It boasts over 700 amazing artefacts spread over a whopping five floors and includes shrunken heads, a two-headed calf, the world’s heaviest man and, everyone’s favourite, a Mirror Maze.

Ripley’s is currently hosting an exhibition by the Hard Rock Café of some of the most iconic clothes worn in rock. But hurry, it ends mid-June. And don’t forget, if you book online you can save up to 50% on the ticket price.

Kids will love: Just about everything. But the man with two tongues is a lasting memory. 

Adults will love: A good old mooch around the Hard Rock exhibition to look at the clothes worn by their heroes and heroines.

Check out the KidRated review. 

Aladdin the Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre

This Disney classic has been playing to packed houses on Broadway and so anticipation is high. Expect catchy tunes, some great special effects and of course a wise-cracking genie.

Kids will love: Singing along to A Whole New World.

Parents will love: Taking a break from Frozen.

Check out the KidRated review.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Image: © 2016 Paramount Pictures

Who knows what the creator of these superheroes was on when he came up with the idea of pizza-eating, sewer-dwelling, martial-arts fighting turtles who are permanently stuck as teenagers – but someone's laughing all the way to the bank…

Their last film was rated 9/10 on KidRated, and as this sounds very similar, kids should be happy. 

Kids will love: Watching things getting blown up – it’s directed by Michael Bay.

Parents will love: Remembering when it was just a badly drawn cartoon.

Check out the KidRated review of the last TMNT movie.

Watch the TMNT: Out of the Shadows trailer. 

Alice Through the Looking Glass

 Image: © Disney

If you like your films with a little less reptilian violence, may we suggest Alice Through the Looking Glass, which sees the return of Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Sacha Baron-Cohen as Time. 

Kids will love: Well, the last one took £1billion, so if it’s anything like that – everything.

Parents will love: Trying to work out what exactly is going on, we hear it’s pretty surreal.

Watch the Alice Through the Looking Glass trailer. 

EXCLUSIVE! THAMES ROCKETS SPECIAL OFFER FOR DAD.INFO 

DAD.info and KidRated have teamed up with our friends at Thames Rockets to bring you a great KIDS GO FREE OFFER over half-term on their Ultimate London Adventure. You’ll bomb up and down the River Thames at 50mph in true James Bond style, taking in the sights on an unforgettable guided tour – London has never looked so good.  

To get your unique Thames Rockets booking reference, go to http://kidrated.com/voucher/8aez and enter this promo code: KIDRATED

For more great ideas for family days out, come rain or shine, go to KidRated

 

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