If you’ve never visited the museum or gallery then this is an informative and fun trip, any day of the year. Workshops taking place over half term offer even more incentive to visit.
On Tuesday 25th, children can prepare for Halloween by making ‘Day of the Dead’ masks. And, on Wednesday 26th, they can make a poppy badge; an event organised by the Newport Remembers project.
Both workshops are between 11am and 2pm and don’t cost a penny. However, spaces are limited, so it’ll be on a first come first served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Enjoy the coolness of autumn, before the winter kicks in, by visiting one of Newport’s many parks.
My personal recommendation is Belle Vue Park, as it’s large, with beautiful scenery to wander around. It’s perfect for families, because it has a playground for children of every age.
They can try to swing high in the sky, race each other to the slide and take a spin on the “witch’s hat.” There’s also a small playground for younger ones; the see-saws give them the chance to climb aboard a horse, motorbike, or even an elephant!
And if you get peckish or thirsty Parc Pantry’s Tea Rooms is the perfect caterer.
Sit in the conservatory, or out on the pavilion, and enjoy scrumptious snacks and hot beverages. Or, if you feel especially indulgent, treat yourself to one of their delicious milkshakes.
Movies for Juniors are a great way for early birds to watch popular films on the big screen, for just £2.
Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, and Ice Age: Collision Course will be shown up until Thursday 27th, with times ranging from 10am until 10:30am.
Alternatively, if you don’t mind spending some extra cash, other family friendly films out now include Storks and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Storks is an animated film, humorously based on the idea of storks delivering babies, whilst the latter is a fantasy film directed by the (also peculiar) director, Tim Burton.
Tickets for these cost £6.60 for children, £8.60 for adults, or £27.40 for two adults and children.
There are plenty of spook-tacular events taking place at Caerphilly Castle this half term.
On Friday 28th, you can create your own lantern, which you’ll use to guide yourself around the corridors of the famous castle, during an evening tour.
Learn the tales of those who once lived there, and those who are believed to live there still (just slightly less alive).
The event is for 7+ and starts at 6:30pm. Tickets must be pre-booked.
For children under 7 (or just those interested) Saturday 29th is an opportunity to visit and take part in a Halloween-themed trail, plus arts and crafts from 11am – 4pm. For more details visit their website.
Haven’t you heard? Everybody’s buzzing about the Ugly Bug Ball, complete with games, a disco and a DJ. Plus, the Nearly Wild Show will be there, showing off the diversity of the natural world.
Taking place at Lysaght Institute, guests are guaranteed to have a ball. The party starts from 10:30am or 13:30am on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th.
The Ball is 2 hours and tickets cost £5 each.
This historical (supposedly haunted) landmark is the perfect place for families to prepare for the spookiest holiday of the year.
Design and create your very own jack-o’-lantern at the Riding School, for £3 per pumpkin.
And, for those who love treats, you can decorate your own biscuits, costing 50p each.
The fun will be between 11am and 4pm until Sunday 30th. Costumes are very much welcome.
Other activities taking place at Tredegar House include crafts, and trail challenges through the splendid gardens.
Swimming is always a fun option for your little guppies.
The Active Living Centre and Newport Leisure Centre will be open throughout half term, with under 16’s allowed to swim free, providing they bring a Free Swim Card.
If you want to take it up a notch, children can learn to snorkel at 10am on Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th.
Although they won’t encounter any clown fish in the Leisure Centre it will involve underwater games and teach a useful, exciting skill.
This free class is suitable for children aged between 8 and 14, who are confident in deep water and can swim at least 50 metres.