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February Half Term on a Budget + Half Term Busy Pack Giveaway

what are you Planning For Half Term?

Is anyone else excited about half term? I have to admit, I’m one of those Mom’s that’s struggling to cope with not having constant access to my son’s time. He recently started school (how dare he)! We did SO much as a family when he was a toddler! My husband is self-employed and I was on very long-term sick leave from a part-time job and am now self-employed too, so we’ve been really spoilt for time together – until September last year.

So, much like when I attended school as a pupil, I find myself living for the school holidays again. We love to travel and experience new things as a family, so for months before each school holiday, I’m desperately looking for things to fill the precious week(s) with.

Prize wins and school breaks

As you know, I’m a complete comping nut, so a large proportion of my holidays and day trips are luckily, at least partially, funded by my addiction. As yet, I haven’t been lucky for the February half term though. My Easter and May Half Term breaks are completely sorted, with holidays in Wales and Spain respectively from competition prizes. But, for the fast approaching February half term, I’m a little bit lost. I wouldn’t usually leave planning this late, but just hoping that my impending operation isn’t set for that week would probably be a bit frivolous.

Despite trying to put off planning completely until I have a definitive surgery date, I couldn’t wait any longer for FOMO on the deals! I thought it might be helpful to share my findings with those parents that don’t have the luxury of ‘planning’ their half term week. I’m also running a giveaway alongside my suggestions for those of you that are either currently unable to fund trips out or unable to take time off work. I’ve put together a little at home fun pack for you guys, so read on for entry requirements!

February Half Term on a BudgetA coin being placed into a piggy bank

February is actually a weird time for a school break. It’s still really cold and dull and theme parks/attractions are not open properly yet. I certainly haven’t saved enough to go abroad yet and England is currently a bit cold for the glamping option within my budget. Having said all that, the low season nature of February means that there are some fantastic deals to be had!

Merlin attractions

Last year I was lucky enough to win a Merlin annual pass from the ongoing Kellogg’s prize draw. To say that we have put this to good use would be a bit of an understatement. I’d highly recommend investing in one of these if you have kids aged 4-15!! Even without an annual pass, Merlin have some pretty attractive deals available this half term and I will be adding a couple to our wish list.

Legoland Windsor – Junior builder week

We have a 5-year-old boy, so Lego has been in our lives for a couple of years now. We’ve visited Legoland resorts in Orlando, Windsor, Manchester and our very welcome new home town Discovery Centre in Birmingham. Despite being a bit pricey, there is such a lot to do at all of the Legoland sites we’ve visited. This half term, Legoland Windsor, like most theme parks, are not fully open. The hotel, however, has gone all out to ensure that little ones can still have a fun lego-filled break away. Junior builder week offers a wide range of hotel based activities such as building a rollercoaster, discos, family speed build challenges and treasure hunts. An overnight stay can be booked for half term week for as little as £38 per person.

My son meeting the Gruffalo

Chessington World of Adventures – Animal Adventures

Chessington have gone a similar route as a lot of theme parks for half term, in that they’re partially opening and putting more effort into the few attractions they open. Chessington’s offering “Animal Adventures” looks to be a lot of fun. They have a live interactive “How to be a zookeeper” show which sounds amazing. Also, some of the little kids’ rides, like The Gruffalo River Adventure are open. Their overnight package for half term starts at £141 for a family of 4 and I can highly recommend the hotel. I love a good themed hotel (cal me tacky) and they really pull out the stops Chessington.

Littlebird deals

I’ve been entering competitions on the LittleBird website for some time now and in the past week, noticed their family club membership. They currently have a trial period, which I have taken up, of just £1 for 30 days. This will last through the half term break if you sign up now and gives you a great opportunity to check out the benefits, before you decide whether to commit. Please note that you will need to cancel if you do not want the trial to auto-renew!

Here are a few of littlebird’s great money-saving half term offers (no membership required):

Horrid Henry: Here’s something a little bit different! There is a Horrid Henry event at BFI with preview screening, Q & A session and an animation workshop. Ideal for fans of the popular tv show and books – use this link for 20% off, from just £3.25 each!

Kidzania: is another very popular London-based attraction for kids aged 4-14 years. It’s described as a city run by kids, so make of that what you will! There is a ton of interactive fun to be had though. You can save a whopping 50% off through this link!!

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N: The hugely popular interactive exhibition for your little Marvel superheros is now available from just £10 – Save up to 42%!!

Deals included with Family Pass for £1 trial, which I will definitely be taking up are:
  • 50% off Drayton Manor Tickets – it’s worth the £1 literally just for this deal – especially if you have little Thomas the Tank fans!
  • 50% Off Chessington World of Adventures day ticket – great if you’re local
  • 40% off at most Vue Cinemas – Hello Lego Movie 2!!!
  • Kids eat free at La Tasca, Las Iguana, Bella Italia and much more….

stay Local to save even more

We often tend to stay quite local when we haven’t had any wins, to keep costs down. We’re lucky enough to live in a big city with lots of attractions for kids, so it’s pretty easy to find cheap or even free things to do. If you’re based in or around the Birmingham area, I would highly recommend Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for a free day out. They always put so much effort into planning for kids events throughout the school holidays too. This February there is junk modelling (£1), weird and wonderful object handling (free) and mask making (£1).

You will usually find that museums, galleries and lots of heritage attractions are free entry and provide a fun, educational way to spend time with the family. Money Saving Expert are a great site to find free activities. Here are a list of over 170 free museums throughout the country, why not see if there is one local to you!?

Giveaway

As promised, for those of you unable to book breaks or day trips this half term for whatever reason, I’ve put together a fun little busy pack of activities for one lucky winner and their kids. This has a range of items to keep the kids entertained if they’re staying at home, with grandparent’s throughout half term. I will aim to post this out on Saturday 16th February, but please keep an eye on your inbox, as I will need address details quickly to allow for this!

A picture of the prize I'm giving away, as described below.
February Half Term Busy Pack

The prize consists of:

  • Power Rangers Interactive Figure for use with mobile App/Game
  • The Secret Life of Pets Moving Characters Craft Kit
  • Grafix Craft your own Lady Bird Stepping Stone
  • Disney Frozen Ink Stamping Set
  • Disney Cars Glitter Art Picture Set
  • Marvel Ultimate Spider Man Glow Wand
  • Star Wars Wild Space Pencil

 

Kids’ Half Term Busy Pack

Please keep your eyes open for my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram competitions too, as all will be kid friendly giveaways this month!

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72 thoughts on “February Half Term on a Budget + Half Term Busy Pack Giveaway”

  1. No half term plans as yet but I usually save money on family trips by booking well in advance.

  2. Explore the local area on foot to save transport costs, take a packed lunch to avoid buying food at premium prices.

  3. Weather is improving so lots of outdoor adventures – many school holiday clubs too which are free or subsidised

  4. I make a lucky dip bag with ideas in, i treat my children to pick one each and choose there day, makes it fun, costs little, lots of free art crafts, gruffalo hunting

  5. Wow 😮 these prizes look 👀 fab !! Perfect for keeping the little ones busy through halfterm!! Xx

  6. We make packed lunches to save a few quid, please we have membership to Cadw which works out cheap over the year if we want to see a few castles, not sure what our plans are yet x

  7. We spend our half terms often taking a trip to see friends, we stay at their homes so no hotel, we visit the countryside nearby for walks and picnics, or just play board games with all the kids, and we book the train in advance for the cheapest seats xx

  8. I look after my grandchildren on holidays, park visits, walks out and picnic a lot. We also play a lot of games indoors.

  9. Plans for half term – My hubby and I have to take separate days off to be with the children, so on my day off, Im going to take the children with me to walk the dog, visit the park (if weather permits) and visiting their friends for play dates.
    Saving money – I book any holiday myself, I don’t go through companies as I can get quite good prices by shopping around and contacting hotels directly, I really enjoy finding the cheapest price possible.

  10. Always take your own food,as some places charge way too much for lunch

  11. We plan to visit relatives and take wellies and walking shoes, taking the kids out for a walk with a few packed sandwiches always goes down well

  12. Check groupon site,to see what places are on offer,at a better deal x

  13. I always look for the free events happening in my local area xx

  14. Save up kids birthday/xmas/pocket money,so they have their own money to spend on the holidays x

  15. WE have some free museums near to us and we just love walks in the woods , we collect leaves and twigs and make pictures with them

  16. We are lucky enough to live by the beach so we spend a lot of time there

  17. Plan days out where you don’t have to travel too far,saving money on petrol,or use public transport

  18. We take lunches and look out for Groupons/voucher sites etc to get us the best deals

  19. If your going abroad,see if they have free child places,to cut the cost of your holiday

  20. It’s my daughters birthday during half term so we’re definitely on a budget after spending money on a party for her!

  21. We’ve got a couple of days out sorted courtesy of Groupon and a competition win!

  22. Keep an eye out for coupons on cereal boxes,where adults /children can go free to certain places

  23. We like to get out and about if the weather allows us to do so but I lie to have activities at the ready at hme as well!

  24. See what your local librarys have planned,as some have free activitie days x

  25. Swimming and lots of free activities like picnics and trips to the park. Games at home and arts and crafts.

  26. We’ve no plans yet. If the weather is nice we will probably go for a walk and have some trips to the park.

  27. Lots of outside activities, visiting the zoo. Going to the rock pools, gardening etc.

  28. No real plans yet, but if the weather is dry, we will have some days out

  29. MY family love woodland walks–which are of course A)Healthy B)FREE!

  30. Going Cornwall and I save money by turning lights off when not using them.

  31. Thanks for the links – We are always on the look out to save pennies

  32. i have swapped my tesco vouchers for zoo tickets for a nice day out

  33. We are off to London. We do the sun savers days out for free tickets

  34. We have theme park passes so spend a lot of time there enjoying the things you don’t have to queue for

  35. During the half term we’ll be going to the local parks. Luckily we have quite a few good ones to choose from, some are a short bus ride/fare away but much cheaper than going to any famous attractions. Playing games, drawing, watching movies together or baking are my kids favourites too! Kids just love spending quality time together.

  36. Heading to Chester zoo with the family and attending a free Viking event in our local park

  37. Its difficult living in a small town with not much to do but we try to fit in seeing friends and family.

  38. Can’t beat the beach if it’s nice my grandson will stay on it all day if it’s too cold we look for local attractions that don’t cost anything

  39. our plans are no longer as we have a poorly boy, but hoping to go visit his auntys new house if he is feeling better

  40. we are off to Iron Bridge and Museums as we brought a family pass in November also taking dogs up the chase for a nice walk parks playing games in garden and board games

  41. I haven’t made any solid plans yet, although I do know we’ll be doing lots of crafts! Maybe a trip to the park, weather permitting!

  42. Some great ideas here, we are hoping to make us of our National Trust Membership for some cheap days out with sandwiches if the weather stays reasonable

  43. Going to go for walks see how many parks we can find, do some baking and watch movies.

  44. We goto the local woods build dens, goto the local parks, do a day of baking and cooking, bike rides and a lazy film day

  45. Walking on the beach with the dogs, baking (after collecting the eggs), photography and making books.

  46. We’re off to the Lake District for a spot of hiking. There are some new trails we’d like to try out – if the weather is good enough!

  47. We take advantage of the free activities our local library usually has on during school holidays and throughout the year we save up our Tesco club card points to use on days out.

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