Hertfordshire’s Top-Ten (okay, 11) Favourite Half-Term Activities

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Half-term begins this weekend and, as always, it can be a wonderful, but difficult time for families. There’s so much time at home together and it’s tough keeping the kids interested and away from the screens…and heaven forbid it rains! This said, included are several half-term ideas for kids of all ages as well as the tag-along parents. Have a look through and email me on hertfordshire@mumsnetlocal.com if you have any questions or if there’s anything I’ve missed.

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We’ve also got a special half-term competition going to win a Sit-N-Stroll valued £289.99, so email me on hertfordshire@mumsnetlocal.com with the answer to the question asked, here: http://goo.gl/SfScaA

1. FUN FOR ALL AT THE GALLERIA THIS HALF TERM: 

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This May half term The Galleria, Hatfield’s outlet shopping centre, has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained during the holidays.

Kids can enjoy the centre’s enormous jungle-themed adventure play area, Get Wild!, with its eclectic assortment of slides, tunnels, rope walks and climbing frames right in the heart of the shopping centre, it is the perfect place for children between the ages of 1-12 years to play and explore, there’s also a dedicated area for toddlers! Adults can keep watch from the side lines with a delicious cuppa and cake from Costa.

The Galleria is also hosting a pirate-themed indoor golf course, a challenging nine-hole mini course ruled by pirates, talking skeletons and pirate ships. Golfers of all ages can test their skills with the island greens and pre-historic cave challenges.

2. May Half Term Activities @ the Kids Village

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Our holiday activities and courses are back for May 2015! The full programme kicks off on Tuesday 26 May and runs through until Friday 29 May. We offer a range of holiday activities for children aged 0 – 17 years old.

  • Family Fun Swim Sessions
  • Learn to Swim
  • Mini Boots
  • Archery
  • Stroke Improvement
  • Multi Activity Day Camps
  • Arsenal Ladies Football
  • Climbing
  • Teen Gym

3. Awesome Engineers LEGO Whitsun Workshop

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Awesome Engineers workshops allow primary school age children to build an Awesome Engineers LEGO model. Each class has a maximum of 15 pupils, along with supporting adults (optional). The sessions start with a short presentation on the model; then each child gets hands-on with a set to build, play with and modify the model. Once the model is complete, each child has a worksheet to fill in (KS1, KS2 lower or KS2 higher), asking questions about maths or science ideas seen in the model, which is aligned to the primary school curriculum. Each session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

In addition to the workshop, there will be a free-play area where children can build their own creations in LEGO or Duplo. Finally there will be a few interesting LEGO models on show, along with information on future Awesome Engineer activities, Fairy Bricks (see our charities page) and Bright Bricks Ltd.

4. Drop-in Badge Making

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Just pop-in to Verulamium Museum and design and colour a badge of your favourite Roman object. Suitable for children aged 3-11 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £1 per badge. Entry charge to the Museum for non residents applies.

5. Meet Shaun the Sheep 

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Shoppers are invited to meet and greet Shaun the Sheep when he will be visiting the Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Wednesday 27th May.

This popular children’s TV characters will be appearing at intervals throughout the day from 11am to 4pm, and children will be able to meet and have their photos taken with him. Meet and Greet appearances will take place at 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.

6. Magnificent Masks and Marvellous Mosaics

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Create your own decorative masks and marvellous mosaic pictures. Then use the museum collections as inspiration to create your own individual artwork using the wide variety of craft materials on offer.

7. Rickmansworth Craftbomb 

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Come and join the fun in Rickmansworth this half term at an exciting outdoor Craftbomb event, in continued celebration of Voluntary Arts Week 2015.

The Rickmansworth Craftbomb is a family friendly drop-in event
run by the Three Rivers District Council’s Leisure Team with Artistsmeet, and is open to people of all ages! We will be making colourful artworks from textiles and recycled materials to decorate one of the nearby trees.
No booking is required, just turn up on the day outside Watersmeet and get ready to make, whatever the weather! You are also very welcome to bring along your own craft!

All details are on the Artistsmeet Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/artistsmeet
For more information call 01923 776611 or email elaine.johnson@threerivers.gov.uk

8. Kid’s Spring Gardening Clubs

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For children aged between 4 and 10 years, book a space to join our Head Gardener for a morning of fun in the Luton Hoo Walled Garden!

Thursday 28th May – Sow a salad!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places are limited and must be pre-booked.

For all details please visit us at http://www.lutonhooestate.co.uk/events or call 01582 721 443

9. Hatfield House Garden Show

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This year’s Garden Show will include the garden, trade stands and entertainment for all ages.

10. Kenbworth House Dinosaur Trail & Adventure playground

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Dinosaur Trail: 

Our famous Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden is very popular with younger visitors. The 70 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures can be found grazing amongst the shrubbery. Exploring the woodland paths, children can learn about the T-Rex, the Woolly Mammoth and other fascinating pre-historic creatures. There are information boards throughout the Dinosaur Trail and a huge chalk board for creating your own ‘cave-man drawings’. Look out for the wind-up sound box and make some dinosaur roars.

Adventure Playground:
The Adventure Playground is a favourite destination for our young visitors. Children can play all day one the swings, slides and play equipment. There is also a zip wire and a new bouncy castle, plus a trim trail for grow-ups. Have fun with the new interactive splash-play water features.

11. Hertfordshire County Show

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Join us for the 129th Annual Hertfordshire County Show, The Showground, Redbourn (Junction 9 – M1). AL3 7PT
Gates open 8.30am to 5.30pm each day. Free public car parking.

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