10 ideas to make May Half term in lockdown different
If like me you are trying to think of ways to make half term feel different to the rest of the week, we have a few ideas as recommended by other Mumblers here. One big positive is the weather is looking good!
1. Go for a Picnic
Why not grab your picnic blankets and baskets and head outdoors for a good old fashioned picnic! Our 15 best places in Leeds to share a family picnic might provide some inspiration for places to go. Most offer ample space for social distancing but please consider certain popular places could be busier during half term.
We LOVE trails! We’ve been fans of geocaching for a while, it gets us outdoors, active and exploring! Geocaches can come in all different shapes and sizes and they are such a great thing for families to get involved in.
Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world —there are probably some near you right now. Download the free Official Geocaching app to your phone and start finding.
3. Camp Out
If you have all the gear and nowhere to go why not set up camp in the back garden? Spend a couple of nights (or just one!!) on a Staycation at home. Leave your phones indoors, light the BBQ or make a fire, roast marshmallows, tell stories and enjoy some family time disconnected from the world.
No gear? No problem. Set the kids to creating a den or tent indoors. Use the dining room table or the backs of the sofa to create the tent and away you go!
The weather is looking good for May half term and to avoid the crowds at the coast why not create your own seaside experience at home!
Pack a beach bag and head to the ‘beach’ (I.e. beach tent and paddling pool on the lawn!)
Make a splash – get the paddling pool out and get the plastic slide going into it if you have one or alternatively have water fun with buckets, watering cans and other items you have in the garden.
Go rock pooling (Use bath toys or similar, fishing nets and you are away!)
Have a sandcastle competition (in the sandpit!)
Make a picnic for lunch
Play some good old fashioned beach games! Whether it be throwing a frisbee, chucking a ball around or playing a game of rounders or beach volleyball!
Go to the cafe (outdoor playhouse or similar) to order ice creams
Finish the day with takeaway fish and chips (you can find details of fish and chop shops open locally here) or throw a beach BBQ!
6. Have a Family Festival at Home
We are always a big fan of Deershed at Mumbler and unfortunately, it cannot go ahead this year. But there are so many things we can do to create the festival vibes at home! Get the face paints and fancy dress on, see above for some camping ideas, decorate the garden with bunting and lights if you have them and then watch highlights of your favourite festivals online! You can catch most festivals on YouTube, or take a look at the BBC iplayer for some great Glastonbury highlights! Big Fish Little Fish do weekly Sunday Kitchen raves, me and my little girl have been enjoying these – we even got out in the sunshine last week and had a garden rave – proper Festival Sunday afternoon vibes!
You could also hire a hot tub or bouncy castle as a treat for the kids for the garden to give a real festival feel!
7. Mini Garden Olympics or Football Tournament
As there are going no be no Olympics or European championships this year why jot create your own? Pick a country to represent, dress up in their colours, create your own competition numbers and start your competition!
You could try one of the below events
Garden distance run
Discus – try using a frisbee!
You can buy cheap medals online to present to the winners!
8. Paint Rocks for your local Covid Snake
During the pandemic, our village has initiated some great community initiatives including window rainbows, Easter eggs, sunflower planting and this week we have started a Covid 19 rock snake!
Children and adults are being encouraged to decorate rocks and pebbles and add them to the snake to see how far we can get her (we have called her Corona the Snake!) to go throughout our village.
As we can’t all be together with our family and friends, this is a perfect way for us all to work together and show community spirit. Also a great art and crafts project for the kids over half term!
I know quite a few have already been started across North Leeds, to find details of these join the North LS Rocks Facebook group.
When I heard about the idea of a virtual cookalong from our friends at Ryedale Mumbler I thought it sounded a great idea! My eldest and her friends are really into cooking and before lockdown they had planned a bake sale which sadly we had to postpone. The idea with the virtual cookalong is you all make the same recipes linked via zoom – (e.g. quiche and a pudding, we have some recipe ideas here) then you zoom again (or stay on) for the kids to eat together. A great way for the kids to see friends! you could also create a theme for the cookalong and dress up if you fancy!
Another idea I heard from a friend is a zoom sleepover! This might be one for the older kids but apparently they all zoom and play games, listen to music, get ready for bed, have a virtual midnight feast and then go to sleep!!!! Anyone else tried this?!