It’s almost October half term! Time with the kids on holiday is precious, but it can also be challenging. Now that the weather’s getting cooler, it can be tricky to keep the kids entertained. But if you plan ahead, there are plenty of cheap October half term holiday ideas to keep kids busy and active throughout the holidays. There’s no need to be at a loss, take a look at these fun activities and choose some to suit your family.
The weather may be a little chilly, but some warm clothes and a pair of wellies or kids’ boots could be all you need to get your little monkeys out in the fresh air. When you’re thinking about what to do during October half term, consider some outdoor activities and keep an eye on the weather forecast. Here are some outside ideas for October half term fun:
Getting outside and seeing all that nature has to offer is a great half term activity idea. Look for local footpaths and walks near your home. Engage children by looking out for wildlife and discussing what you see. You can even note down what you find or create a checklist beforehand and turn your walk into a scavenger hunt!
Take a Bike Ride
If the family all have bikes, going out for a ride together can be a great cheap half term holiday idea. It’s great for fitness and fun, and you’ll get a lot further than you would on your feet. Plan in stops for lunch or even take a picnic if you expect the weather to stay fine.
Visit the Woods
A trip to the woods can help to show children a different environment with new plants and nature. In some woodland you can also look out for the Gruffalo in the forest, which will make the trip more exciting for younger kids.
Play Some Outdoor Games
Encourage kids to get away from their screens with some fun outdoor games. You could get creative and make a mini crazy golf course with old pipes, wood and even toys. A treasure hunt is also a fun way to encourage exploration and excitement. Of course, football, frisbee, French Cricket, or even a good old game of catch or tag can be a fun activity.
Go to the Park
Most towns and even villages have parks, and it’s sometimes easy to overlook this half term holiday idea when October rolls around. Playing on the slides, swings and climbing frames can be a great way to burn off some energy.
Visit a Country Park
Combine nature, walking, bike riding and exploration by visiting a country park. There’s usually plenty to see and do. Some country parks have hidden sensory play areas within the woods where children can make music or play games. There are often bigger play parks too which might suit older children.
Whether you’re out and about or in your own garden, den making is a great idea for the half term holidays. Use sticks and leaves for a rustic den or if you’re at home, old curtains and sheets will do the job.
Take Part in a parkrun
Get the whole family active by taking part in a junior parkrun. Look out for events in your area over half term. If there aren’t any, perhaps you could have fun training for a future event instead.
Half Term Rainy Day Ideas
The weather has a big impact on our plans and can leave you looking for half term ideas that keep you at home or indoors. The good news is there are plenty of rainy-day half term ideas, so you don’t need to let rain stop play!
Arts and Crafts
Keep a supply of craft items and you can introduce a fun project to keep kids busy at home. With Halloween getting close, spooky October half term craft ideas are ideal. Whether it’s painting pumpkins, making jointed skeletons, finger print art or even some spooky slime, you’re sure to find something to keep the kids entertained. Check Pinterest for some inspiration.
Bake Some Treats
What could be better than creating something you can eat? Baking is a wonderful activity to share with children, just make sure you keep them away from the oven and any sharp objects. Just like crafts, your half term baking ideas might centre around Halloween. Spider pizzas or pastry snakes, anyone?
Head to a Museum
A visit to a museum is a great half term rainy day idea. Some offer free entry which is even better for your budget. Museums don’t have to be dry and boring, many have interactive activities for children to keep things interesting.
Trampolining or Soft Play
If you’re looking for indoor fun that burns off some energy, trampolining or soft play could be a good bet. With more centres offering play areas springing up all over the country, it might not be as expensive as you think.
Just Keep Swimming
High on our list of active half term rainy day ideas is swimming. Check the timetable of your local pool as they might have splash sessions or inflatable time for extra fun for the kids.
See What’s on at the Cinema
Look out for kids cinema offers and cheap deals to keep the cost of a trip to the movies down. A great film is an experience you can share and something to talk about later.
October Half Term Days Out
When you want to push the boat out and venture further afield, October half term trips and days out are just the ticket. Perhaps you’ll just plan one trip during the week or if budget allows, you might need a few half term day trip ideas. Either way we have plenty of places to go to keep you entertained.
Visit a Farm Park
Around the country there are plenty of farm parks with different attractions and play areas. They make a fantastic day out for kids, helping them to learn about animals as well as having lots of fun.
Head to the Zoo
There’s so much to see at the zoo, it can keep children of all ages entertained for a full day. It’s educational too, and there are often chances to get involved with feeding or interesting talks if you plan your day well.
Explore a Sea Life Centre
This half term day trip idea ticks lots of boxes, fun and educational and also indoors! Sea life is exotic and colourful, and it’s not often that kids get to explore what’s below the waves. A trip to an aquarium or sea life centre will grab their attention.
Across the UK you’ll find lots of different theme parks that are ideal for a big day out. You’ll need to consider your budget as these can get expensive, especially if you’re taking two or more children. However, if you keep an eye out for offers or budget in advance a theme park visit could be the highlight of October half term. Some of them have spooky events on too, ahead of Halloween, so if you’re up for a bit of a scare, these could be just the ticket!
Try Out Pumpkin Picking
Taking the kids pumpkin picking could make a great October half term trip. This seasonal activity will provide fun in itself, but when you get home you can also get extra mileage by carving, decorating or even baking with your bounty. Just in time for Halloween!
Half Term Travel: Short Break Ideas
Heading on holiday for half term can be an exciting way to change things up when the weather is getting dreary. Holidays with children are a big undertaking though and they can hit your pocket hard, but they can also be wonderful times to treasure.
October Half Term UK Break Ideas
Going on a UK staycation can be a good way to make your budget work harder. However, prices are often inflated due to increased demand over half term. Here are our ideas to keep the cost of your UK break down:
- Holiday with others – if you’re booking a cottage or holiday home, consider sharing with loved ones and splitting the cost.
- Visit friends or family – turn a visit to friends or family who live somewhere different into a holiday. It’s a great chance to spend more time with loved ones whilst exploring a different area with a safe base to come back to.
- House swap – if too much time with others sounds like a recipe for disaster, suggest a house swap instead!
Going Abroad for October Half Term
As the weather starts to change, you might be looking for a half term getaway that takes you overseas. Here’s how to keep your family short break affordable:
- Book last minute… – there are some great deals to be had last minute. If you don’t mind where you go, wait as late as you can to book.
- …or really far in advance – there are also deals to be had if you book around year before your holiday. So, start thinking about October half term 2019 now!