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Best things to do during the half-term holidays

Thursday 13 February 2014, by
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Half-term’s almost here, and youngsters can’t wait. But for parents it can be a little trickier, trying to come up with things to keep the kids entertained for a whole week at home.

Winter weather might still be here, but that doesn’t mean the kids have to be stuck indoors glued to the telly. Gumtree’s packed with ways for the whole family to have fun this half-term, which this year runs from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February.

Check out our guide for some inspirational tips, and you’ll find out that Gumtree isn’t just about buying and selling, it’s a great place to find out what’s going on in your local community all year round too.

Get dramatic

Are your kids born performers? Now’s the time to let them shine and enroll them in a cool drama or dance class in their area. Look up our classes section and see what’s available. Lots of drama schools, dance schools and community centres up and down the country host classes and workshops specifically during half-term holidays, and it’s a great way for kids to learn new skills, boost their confidence, and make new friends along the way.

Get active

Get those kids out and about and away from the XBox. Exercise is a great way for the whole family to unwind, have fun, and bond with each other too. If you’re not sure what to try, check out our sports section. From mountain bikes for sale, to fishing and camping gear, it’s a great place to stock up on the essentials you need for your outdoor family activities, and at bargain prices that won’t stretch that family budget.

See a show

How about a night on the town? You’ll find tickets for sale in our tickets section for a range of theatre performances that are perfect for kids – and grown-ups too. From ballet to Beyonce, Shakespeare to Mamma Mia, browsing our tickets section will keep you up to date with the latest cultural goings on. And if you’d like to have some grown-up time and head out to a gig without the little ‘uns, check out our babysitting section and you can track down a reliable childminder in no time.

Pamper yourself

Half-term can be hectic for busy parents, so don’t forget to treat yourself! Take a break from the kids and indulge in a little pampering. Our Health and Beauty services section is packed with services to rival the luxury spa retreats. Massage, waxing, pedicures, manicures, facials, hairdressing – with our postcode search tool, it’s easy to find all of these services in your area, and more. If you’re tight for time, pick a mobile service and they’ll come straight to your door to give you that chic spa treatment at home.

Make some dough!

Fancy a bit of spring cleaning? Half-term’s the perfect time to have a good clear out. Get the kids to do their bit and collect up all the toys, books and clothes they no longer need, or that they’ve outgrown. And your efforts won’t go unrewarded. As well as tidying up your living space, by listing your unwanted stuff here on Gumtree you could make a tidy little profit too!

Have you got any half-term ideas of your own? How are you getting the kids out of the house? Let us know your plans and share your tips with our Gumtree mums and dads!


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