17 great half term activities for children to enjoy in Stroud district

Published: Tuesday, 11 February, 2020

It’s half term for most school pupils next week – so we have drawn together a list of some of good value events and activities to help parents on a budget.

  1. Childrens Dance Workshop - Monday 17th February, 2.45pm - 4.45pm, £6. Suitable for children aged 4-8, a fun filled workshop with a musical theme. Learn how to get into character with a musical theatre/jazz style routine and even sing along to the music. All ready for a showcase at the end of the session. Drop off and pick up is at The Pulse, Dursley - please provide drinks and snacks to fuel them throughout this session.

  2. Retro Sports Activity Day, The Pulse, Dursley - Tuesday 18th February, 9am - 4pm, £20, suitable for children aged 5-11 years. A fun-packed day with old school games and races, including sack races, egg and spoon, skipping, long jump, welly wanging and much more.

  3. Fun and Games Day, The Pulse, Dursley - Wednesday 19th February, 9am – 4pm, £20, suitable for children aged 5–11 years. A fun-packed day involving a variety of sports, team games, relays and spending time with your friends. Includes a water session with games and challenges so please bring your swimming kit.

  4. Pulse Wipeout Activity Day, The Pulse, Dursley - Thursday 20th February. A high-octane day for all those mini ninja warriors. 9am – 4pm, £20 suitable for children aged 5–11 years. This day will involve obstacle courses, challenges and a swim session with the Pulse ‘Exterminator’ inflatable so please bring your swimming kit. Drop off and collection point is at The Pulse. Please make sure you send your child with a packed lunch and drink.

  5. Canal photo competition. The Stroudwater Canal inspires photographs all year round, but if you take a photo you’re proud of over half term, why not enter it into the Inland Waterways Association photo competition? Up to 20 photos can be submitted, and could be used on the IWA website, blog pages and leaflets. There are four categories: Heritage & Restoration, Waterscape, Built environmentand Active Waterways. The deadline is 31 July 2020. For more details see https://bit.ly/31wmE8L

  6. Endangered and Extinct exhibition Museum in the Park, Stroud until Sunday 8 March. Artist Val Hunt has created a fascinating selection of large and small sculptural pieces which are both appealing and informative. Animals, exotic birds, fish and dinosaurs and all species of flora, all on the edge of extinction, have been made from a selection of throwaway materials. Admission is free, and many works are available to buy.

  7. Endangered and Extinct Museum I Spy Trail, Museum in the Park, Stroud on Sat 15 -Sun 23 February. Curious children who care about animals, birds and insects are invited to find the creatures hidden around the museum. Created by local writer, illustrator and cartoonist Bill Jones. Free, donations welcome.

  8. Recycled Creatures family drop in workshop, Museum in the Park, Stroud on  Wednesday, February 19 to Friday, February 21, 11am to noon. After visiting the Endangered and Extinct exhibition why not create your very own creeping, crawling creatures from nothing more than a pile of scrap and your imagination? Led by artist Susie Walker. £1 per child.

  9. Glorious Grasslands, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Family Drop in Workshop Sunday, February 16, 11am to 4pm. Join artist Joanna Callaghan and make art inspired by Stroud’s unique – and endangered – chalk grasslands. Create art with lovely handmade paper and natural materials such as chalk, charcoal and mud! A creative, artist-led drop in workshop for families with children aged 5+, if you can, please give a donation of £1 per person towards the cost of materials.

  10. Hedgehog Hunt in the Walled Garden, Stroud Museum in the Park, Sunday 15 to Sunday 23 February. Take a walk around the garden and see how many hedgehogs you can spot (they’re not real!) Along the way find out more about these special spiny creatures and what we can all do to help them survive. Free.

  11. Family roller skating: Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, February 22, Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud. 1.15pm to 2.45pm and 3pm to 4.30pm, £4. Must have one adult to two children under eight supervising at all times. £2.85 (child), £3.15 (adult) and £2.75 for skate hire.

  12. Valentines roller disco (fancy dress optional), Saturday, February 15. Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud. Skate hire and tuck shop available, 7-9pm, £4.

  13. Learn to swim - Intensive swimming courses, Monday 17 to Thurs 20 February, from stage 1 (age 3) to stage 6/7. Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud. £27.25 per child, per week.

  14. Trampolining - Monday, February 17, 5.15pm to 6pm. Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud. £6. everyoneactive.com/centre/stratford-park-leisure-centre for more details.

  15. Play outdoors with Play Gloucestershire. Play Rangers will be bringing their active and creative play equipment to the district during half term. They operate outdoors whatever the weather, and all activities are free. Typical sessions might involve informal sports, tag, den building, face painting and giant bubbles. Whole families join in the play and children with disabilities are welcome. Tuesday 18 February, 10am-4pm, Oldends Lane, Stonehouse, and Thursday 20 February 10am-4pm Lawnside, Forest Green, Nailsworth. For more: playgloucestershire.org.uk

  16. Park Runs – these 5km runs are held every Saturday morning at 9am at Stratford Park in Stroud parkrun.org.uk/stratfordparkstroud/ and Oldends Lane Playing Fields in Stonehouse www.parkrun.org.uk/stonehouse/ First-timers will need to pre-register and check the weblinks for rules about children at Park Runs

  17. Don’t forget a walk on the commons. Stunning views and plenty of fresh air – Selsley Common is managed by Stroud District Council, and Rodborough and Minchinhampton Commons by the National Trust. Cam Peak and Cam Long Down also provide stunning views of the Severn Vale and Cotswold escarpment. If you’re a dog walker, don’t forget your dog poo bags.

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