Some half-term fun without cost pain

With half-term fast approaching, many families will be planning fun activities during the week-long school holiday. There are plenty of activities and events in Bucks and many are either free or low cost.

From creative crafts to hands-on discovery workshops, and from outdoor activities to games and story-telling, there are options to suit all ages and interests.

Here are some activities:

Discover Bucks Museum – From making a dragon puppet celebrating the beginning of the Lunar New Year, to taking part in a creative workshop exploring the science of friction by making your own marble run, different activities are running throughout the week. Costs start from as low as £3.50 per child but booking in advance is essential.

On Saturday 17 February, also at the Discover Bucks Museum, families are invited to attend a free game shows of the 80s event to celebrate the museum’s current ‘I Grew Up 80s’ exhibition. People can try their hand at some of the most beloved game shows from the decade.

There is also the chance to weave a friendship bracelet, add to the graffiti wall or go on an 80s trail. Entry to the exhibition and activities is included in the standard admission charge for the museum.

Wycombe Museum is also hosting some creative Discover and Make workshops during the week.

Visitors can make a felted picture, have a try at spinning wool and learn all about natural fabric dyeing at the Felt Fun events on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February.

They can also learn how to crochet in the Kids’ Crochet Workshop on Saturday 17 February. Tickets are £4 per child for Felting Fun and £8 for the crochet workshop. Pre-book a place online.

Black Park Country Park – Take part in a Children’s Film Walk and discover the many locations around the park that have been used for filming blockbuster screen hits including Harry Potter and Star Wars. The walks are running on Saturday 10 and Saturday 17 February. Tickets from £4.87 each. Book tickets online.

Buckinghamshire Libraries – There are plenty of free activities for children and families taking place at libraries across the county throughout half term. Activities include crafts and colouring, board games, story time sessions and other creative pursuits. Some events require pre-registration but for other, simply turn up.

Using funding provided by the Department for Work and Pensions’ Household Support Grant, Buckinghamshire Council is once again providing digital food vouchers to eligible families for the half-term holiday. Families of pupils eligible for free school meals, early years pupil premium or two-year-old funded free education will be sent a voucher code direct from their child’s school or early years setting.

For further information on cost of living support, visit the council website.

Clive Harriss, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture & Leisure, said: ‘School holidays can put extra pressures on families who want to make sure their children have fun but may not have much money to spare. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do locally that don’t cost a lot and many of them are completely free. In addition to events in libraries, museums and country parks, there are also lots of low-cost activities taking place in our leisure centres and swimming pools as well as local community events.’

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service also has listings of activities running throughout half term and allows people to search via location, type of activity and age.

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