It’s finally half term which means parents get a whole week to spend with the kids ahead of the excitement of Halloween next weekend.
Which of course means parents are now having to find ways to keep the kids entertained all week – and unlike the summer, it's unlikely the British weather will play ball.
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Luckily, there’s tonnes to do in the UK right now – and plenty of discounts for children so it won’t break the bank.
Whether you love to go to theme parks or want to try something spooky there’s an activity out there for you.
Some will become firm favourite with both children and adults alike!
Check out some cracking half term activities below…
Fun at Flambards
There are plenty of Halloween events at theme parks this week.
For those after spooky days out, Flambards in Cornwall is throwing a family friendly event.
The Trick or Treat week runs until October 30 and will include magic shows and creepy crawly meet and greets, spooky pumpkin hunts and the famous fireworks spooktacular.
The pyrotechnics show will take place on Wednesday October 26.
An adult ticket is priced at £17.96 and children up to 16 tickets can enter for £13.46. You can find out more at flambards.co.uk.
This fun laser tag attraction in Cambridgeshire is running a new game inspired by popular Netflix show Squid Game.
Red Light Green Light tasks players with trying to the safe zone without getting caught making even the slightest movement by Young-hee, the sinister looking doll from Squid Game.
The players can move only when they hear “Green Light” and must stop at the “Red Light” command.
If a player moves or doesn’t cross the finish line within the given time they will be shot and eliminated from the game by the Guards
Those that make it get to delve into the Trick or Treat bucket!
A one-hour session is £15 per person and is suitable for adults and children aged eight and over. Find out more at rumblelive.co.uk.
Kids Eat Free at Westfield
If you’re looking to get some shopping done, you might be able to tempt your kids with the promise of eating out.
London’s Westfield, in Shepherd’s Bush, is offering a kids eat free meals at over 20 of its eateries from October 21 to 31.
This includes Spaghetti House, Byron Burgers, Ole & Steen, Seoul Bird and more.
The offer is available to kids under 12 when accompanied by a paying adult.
Cineworld's £2.50 tickets
If you fancy going to see a film when the weather is a bit dreary then you don’t have to spend a fortune.
Cineworld runs a weekly family favourites showing that lets children see appropriate films from just £2.50 a ticket.
Adults can also see the films for £2.50 when they’re accompanied by a child.
National Rail’s Two for One
National Rail operate a two for one roundup all year round, in which select attractions can be enjoyed for half the price.
If you buy a train ticket, you can choose from family friendly attractions like LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, The Cartoon Museum and the Harry Potter London Bus Tour.
So if you’re planning a journey this week you can also get cheaper entry to an attraction the children will love.
Geocaching, a craze made widely popular by TikTok, involves using GPS to look for a ‘cache’ (a small waterproof box) hidden outdoors, often in rural areas.
The boxes are often filled with notes, pictures and interesting items.
Download a free geocaching app or use geocaching.com to work as a family and seek out the hidden caches in your local area using coordinates.
If your little ones are big Pikachu fans then head to the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
Until November 13, there will be a host of free exciting Pokémon activities taking part for members of the public in the Manchester shopping centre.
Activities include a treasure-hunt event where visitors will be able to discover hidden art of the 151 Pokémon.
There will be free art classes designed for 6-11 year olds around The Orient Stage.
Classes are at 2pm and 4pm every day throughout half term and are free to book on the Eventbrite page.
There, guests can also meet Pikachu or watch Pokémon movies and episodes of the Pokémon animated series!
Plus, there are plenty of prizes to be won…
GoBoat's treasure hunt
Guests are asked to solve riddles as they set sail in one of GoBoat’s pirate-themed vehicles.
Once you’ve figured out the answer you can come back on land and claim your prices from temporary tattoos to sweets and more.
You should wear your most pirate-like clothes to join in with the theme and take snaps for Instagram to be in with the chance of winning a two hour boat tour.
The activity can be booked between now and October 31 at all four GoBoat locations in Paddington, Canary Wharf, Kingston and Birmingham.
Join the Roman Army
This week, Fishbourne Roman Palace is seeking new recruits to enlist in its Roman Army and learn what it takes to become a soldier.
From today until Friday 28 October kids can join in the free activities on offer at the heritage site near Chichester, West Sussex.
When your young soldiers have signed up they can take part in faux military exercises under the eye of their Drill officer.
They can also learn to write their name in Roman letters, master the sword, shield and spear and learn what it was like to be a Roman soldier.
As well as dressing up in uniform they can have a wound painted on and learn about medicines used 2,000 years ago.
Kids will also be able to try Roman food and see what the solders did in their down time.
All activities take place from 10am to 4pm and are included in the cost of admission starting at £12 for an adult, £6 for a child and £11.50 for senior concessions.
Family tickets cost £20 for one adult and up to three children, or £35 for two adults and up to four children.
Head to a pumpkin patch
As Halloween fast approaches your children will love carving up pumpkins to set by the doorway for trick-or-treaters.
There's something even more special about heading to a pumpkin patch and letting little ones choose their own pumpkin.
There are patches up and down the country from Arnprior Farm in Scotland to Pennywell Farm in Devon.
Your children will love making their jack-o-lanterns… if they're not terrified of the seeds!
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