Well, it may have seemed like just five minutes ago when the summer holidays ended, but half term is here and the kids are off school… again! So to help out all you busy mums and dads we thought we’d provide a quick run-down as to what you and your kids can get up to this half term.
Carleton New Rd Business Park, Skipton
Strike half term gold by getting down to Matrix Superbowl. There are eight bowling lanes to choose from, whether you want a single lane for a fun family outing or you want to block-book some or all lanes for larger groups.
But it’s not just about the bowling. For older children, Matrix Superbowl has snooker and pool tables for hire (both American and English versions). And for younger tots, there’s a new softplay and activity centre where your little ones can play in a safe, clean environment whilst you relax in the Café Zone with a hot brew and tasty snack!
For full details visit their site here.
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park
Thornton-in-Craven, nr Skipton
Explore acres of open farmland, get hands on with lots of animals on a working farm and even go off-road with an exciting quad bike trail. At Thornton Hall Farm there’s so much to see and do.
And if the weather’s being typically British (i.e. rubbish!) then not to worry – the Farm’s huge Wizzick Play Barn has ride-on tractors, a straw maze and giant sandpits. Oh, and there’s always cows to milk, sheep to feed and eggs to collect!
All that worn you out? Then head down to the tea room for hand-warming hot drinks, freshly prepared sandwiches and hearty homemade soups.
You can find out the full range of activities on offer by visiting their website here.
Craven Museum & Gallery
Town Hall, Skipton
Stepping into Craven Museum & Gallery is like stepping back in time, as you’re presented with impressive displays of history, archaeology, costume and art.
There are numerous and varied collections on display to help you discover more about the area’s past, including A People’s History Of Craven In 25 Objects and a social history segment that deals with childhood, working life and home life of Craven people through the generations.
And for those with an interest beyond the immediate district, there’s the Clement Roebuck art collection to browse as well as a wonderful compilation of Shakespeare’s plays, written in 1623, just seven years after The Bard’s death.
Entry to the museum is free and there are loads of activities just for children. They can dress up and experience life as a Victorian servant; they can go digging for historical treasures in an archaeology pit; and they can take part in fun quizzes, puzzles and colouring-in.
For further details visit their site here.
So there you have it. From ten-pin bowling and feeding farmyard animals to dressing up like a caveman and learning about local history, there’s plenty of ways to keep kids – and their parents! – busy this half term.