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Half Term Highlights

Half term is just around the corner and you may be wondering what to do with your hard-earned week off. In previous posts, I’ve suggested fun things to do at home, but with the weather starting to be slightly more summery, it’s a great opportunity to get out and about to some interesting places with your carer or parent.

Here are some great ideas for places to visit over half term:

Museums and Art Galleries

There are loads of fantastic museums and art galleries you can visit around the North West and a lot of them are usually free to enter. Over the half term, a lot of museums hold activity days for young people which are usually themed, so it’s always good to check on the website to see when its best to go.

Outdoor Walks

With the weather starting to get a little better, it’s the perfect time to go for a long walk and take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. You’ll have to be careful though, as some terrains may be slightly harder to walk through than others!

Movie Fun

Over the half term, a lot of cinemas show the past years top films at a reduced rate, so it’s the perfect opportunity to catch that blockbuster you missed when it was first released.

Get Sporty

There are lots of parks where you can enjoy a long bike ride or you could book a session at your local leisure session for activities such as indoor rock climbing, badminton and swimming.

If you’ve been following our 2015 Ofsted posts, you’ll already know that we focus on placing children and young people in healthy environments where their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing is promoted. It is vital that foster children feel part of a family and are provided with a stable, healthy home environment in which they can grow and flourish. One young person in the report is quoted as saying: “I like them, they care about me, I am part of their family”.

With half term almost upon us, there are a host of local activities to keep the kids entertained over the break. We’ve picked a few of our favourites, to encourage you to get children involved, integrated, active and help fill the days they’re home from school.

Pancake Day
Don’t forget that this year pancake day falls in the week of half term! You know the drill, make up some pancake mix, get a load of toppings together, and gather the kids around the table to make their own pancake creations!

MOSI’s Steam, Sweat and Sewers
In an event aimed at kids, the Museum Of Science And Industry is running fun activities about Victorian Manchester. Starting on the 14th of February and ending on the 22nd of March, the daily activities show how Victorian science and invention helped build our modern world.

Hotel Novotel Manchester’s Superheroes Day
Give your kids an exciting day out, with the family Superhero Day where they can dress up, save the world, complete missions from the craft captain, and cook up some tasty treats. The day is free, but booking is essential.

Meet Peppa Pig at The Lowry Outlet Mall
To celebrate the release of her new film, Peppa Pig will be making a series of appearances at The Lowry Outlet Mall, on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of February. There is a hunt for the missing “Splashtastic Wellies”, and craft activities across the three days. Peppa Pig will appear for 40 minutes at 11am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm over the three days.

Worsley Woods Adventure Trail
To get the kids outside exercising in the fresh air, take them to the Adventure Trail in Worsley Woods, running on the 19th of February from 12:30-2:30pm. Clues are set out to lead you and the family on an adventure deep into the woods. Dress in warm clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty! For more information, contact 0161 793 2419.

At Perpetual Fostering, we encourage all of our carers to stay active, involving foster children in family days out, and keeping them active for a happier, healthier lifestyle. To read more of the 2015 Ofsted Report, click here.