Wiki Places for Kids column: Four fantastic family ideas for the February half term

Local mum Susie Lodge has picked out some recommendations from her brilliant website wikiplacesforkids.com to entertain your little ones during half term, including craft, history and climbing…

Hello February!

I for one am pretty pleased to see the back of January. Was it just me or was it even bleaker than usual this year?

Despite all my New Year’s good intentions – move more, stress less, spend wisely, get outside, hug the dogs more (LOL) – the month just passed in a whir of drizzle and sickness and I think I only managed one run and one meditation session.

So, with the February half term coming up I’ve handpicked a few fab suggestions for you to get your craft on, take in some history, sit back and chill or get your whole family moving.

First up this month is a hidden gem. Chiki Ceramiki is the perfect spot to while away a blowy February afternoon.

This wonderful pottery painting cafe is tranquil and inviting, with the most wonderful staff, pleasant and attentive to your needs.

They have an incredible range of items to paint, over 25 colours to choose from, a yummy cake selection and even a small reading and play area for the little ones to keep them entertained between coats!

We got to collect our creations after only 3 days and there’s a standard £3 studio charge added to each item which I think is a bargain. Do go along. You’ll love it.

Up next is the ideal spot to escape the house all month. Big Mamas Soft Play Cafe is a parents’ haven.

An intimate and contained space, you can see your little ones wherever they are while you have a cuppa.

It’s a lovely safe environment to expend all that pent up energy and give them a brilliant play session. With a bouncy castle, plenty of soft apparatus, ride on and push along toys, it’s ideal for under fives.

Hayley (the owner) has also received many warm reviews for her caring and playful nature with the little ones.

Why not also pay a visit to the wonderful MK Museum – an exploration of Milton Keynes in its past, present and future.

There are exhibits to interest all ages from the littlest of people to the older folk, so it really is a great family day out. It’s currently only open on weekends and during the half term.

We’ve not been yet but Big Rock Climbing has a great listing on the site and looks awesome fun.

A great way to get the kids enjoying exercise and a bit of a stress buster for the parents, this is one activity you can all get involved in.

So go along, strap in, burn some calories, build some muscle and get climbing! (Suitable for age 4+).

Don’t forget to review all your favourite places at wikiplacesforkids.com for a chance to win £25 and to be our Star Reviewer!

Visit wikiplacesforkids.com for further details and reviews of each of these locations, plus many more epic family days out.

This column was published in the February 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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