Monday, 18 September 2017

The Kids Are Back at School – Now What?

Summer is over and the kids are back to school, where did those six weeks go? Before we know it, though, October half-term will be upon us and then, after that, Christmas!

It is, of course, nice to have some peace and quiet for a few hours while the kids are at school but, after a while, you become bored and eager to plan the next adventure. Whether it’s a weekend away, making use of the October half-term or you dare to start thinking about Christmas, there is a lot that you can do.

Weekends with the Kids

With the weather drastically deteriorating (goodbye, sun, it was fun while it lasted), any trips are likely to revolve around staying inside. That’s okay, though, because there is still plenty to do at the weekend.

For instance, the coming months will see a number of family-friendly movies hit the cinemas. Some of the titles to watch out for are:

· The Jungle Bunch (released 15th September)
· The Lego Ninjago Movie (released 22nd September)
· My Little Pony: The Movie (released 6th October)
· Thor: Ragnarok (released 3rd November)
· The Star (released 10th November)
· Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (released 22nd November)

If, however, sitting still for a couple of hours aren’t something that you feel your little ones will cope well with, plan an action-packed day or two. In Nottingham, the National Ice Centre provides family fun on the ice and, if you are lucky, you could tie this in with seeing an event at the Motorpoint Arena which is housed in the facility.


October Half-Term

Depending on where in the UK you are, term dates will vary, although most schools will be closed between 23rd and 27th October. Some families may opt to book a last minute holiday abroad to get away from the wet weather, while this simply is not an option for many families due to the inflated prices during the school holidays.

That is not to say that families with children cannot go away anywhere during half-term, as there is plenty of option right here in the UK. It is worth looking for late deals with city-based hotels, even if they may be most known for business accommodation. You may be able to find a great deal in a great location, close to local attractions where you can take the kids.

If, like many mums and dads, you plan on saving the pennies for an extra lavish Christmas, it is all about making your own fun. Encourage your children to invite their friends round, or set up a playdate, and take part in fun activities around the house.

Planning for Christmas

How can we already be thinking about Christmas? It doesn’t seem five minutes since the last one, but it’s true, Santa’s elves have nearly finished 2017’s order ready for delivery.


Christmas shopping is never easy, and it’s only made even more difficult by having the kids at home. However, this is the time when retailers will put on massive offers as we start to enter the Christmas rush, and it’s a good time to ask what the kids want this year. 

Young children are likely to change their mind from one day to the next, while older kids will have a more well-thought idea of what they want Santa to bring them. After all, once Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way, we are well and truly on the final straight to Christmas, so make sure you have your lists ready for Father Christmas!

Still unsure of what to do now the kids are back at school? We didn’t think so.

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