So February Half Term is nearing us and when the kids are off school we don’t know whether to go lie down in a dark room or hope for the sound of the school bell again.
I could pretend that every family is blissfully happy at the thought of having the disruption of ‘another’ holiday to deal with and that children do play well together (especially those with many years between them – like mine) – not!
And of course I like to give up my routine of organised activities (that stop for every school holiday) and my moments of bliss at the gym (especially the spa). Even shopping is a pleasure when the children are at school/pre-school.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids and I love the routine of my day to day life, during term time. Me and my 4 year old (K’Boo) have an action-packed, fun-filled week and she has a better social life than me. There is something going on ‘every’ day and there’s never a dull moment. But when all of this packs up and is not available in the school holidays, trying to amuse an 11 (going on 21) year old and a 4 year old in the same space and time is extremely difficult.
So, now we have realised that we are singing from the same hymn sheet ……
It needn’t be like that (cough) – honestly!
Well, no, it could be made a wee bit easier if you plan ahead and not leave yourself ringing around friends on the day that they are driving you up the wall, to realise that your friends ‘did plan ahead’ and have gone out for the day already.
So what’s on in and around Chorley and do I have to book?
Monday – Friday (21-25) February:
Full Day Care 8.30 am – 6.00 pm £20
Half Day Care 8.30 am – 1.00 pm or 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm £13
OFSTED Registered, friendly, CRB cleared, qualified & intuitive staff. This is a great place for your children to have fun with arranged activities such as painting, pottery, Wii fun, craft, dance, sports games and lots of indoor/outdoor play.
Call 01257 234287 to book
Website: http://www.cheekymonkeysfun.co.uk/ @cheekymonkeyfun (on Twitter)
Monday – Friday (21-25) February:
FREE ADMISSION Pets Corner at Astley Park 10.30 am – 3.00 pm. Handling sessions Tuesday and Friday, reptiles on Wednesday, storytime on Thursday. Children to be supervised. Contact 07795 468669 or email email@example.com
Fired 4 U 15-17 Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale.
Paint Your Own Pottery Studio for all ages. Make your own work of art. Family activity. Organised activities: Clay Sessions, Mini Potters also adult & children themed days. Open everyday from 10.00am midweek
Contact Jane @Fired4u (on Twitter) or view their website: http://www.fired4u.co.uk/ Tel 01772 203060
All Seasons Leisure Centre Water Street, Chorley:
Have a range of childrens activities from tap dancing or ballet for 3 yr olds to badmington, football coaching, cheerleading and trampolining up to age 15 yrs.
Call their campaign team on 01257 515000 or for Swimming enquiries 0800 14 222 14
*It would be wise to check pool/class times during half term
Virgin Active – The Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, PR5 4AW
You might not want to head for the busy local swimming pool during Half Term, so consider asking for a FREE TRIAL in the lush surroundings of Virgin Active, Capitol Centre, Preston. Call about a week in advance for this and for £5 per child you can let them swim and/or go in Club V, where activities are laid on like Cheerleading, Street Dance and even computer games (like Nintendo Wii). Consider that you will get time in the gym or even in the Spa (where children are not allowed) and that they have a new place to explore and stay entertained.
Sales 0845 130 1444 Direct 01772 834036
Saturday 19th February:
It’s the second Saturday of February so the monthly Farmers Market is on, in Fazakerley Street, Chorley.
Sunday 20th February:
FREE EVENT – There is a guided walk from Astley Park through to Euxton from 1.00-3.00 pm. They advise good sturdy footwear and to dress for the weather conditions. You might also want to take a snack and especially a bottle of water. They meet at Astley Hall before 1.00pm.
Monday, 21st February:
Earth Walk – Cuerden Valley Park 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. Learn about wildlife & the environment, while playing games in the park. Children to be accompanied with an addult. Contact Lesley Russel on 01772 324436 – £2.50
Tuesday, 22nd February
NCT Bumps & Babes 10.00 – 12.00. Come along to a Bumps & Babes session, where parents (and parents to be) can relax, caht and have coffee/tea and biscuits while the babies, shufflers and cruisers have fun. Every Tuesday in Euxton, located in a baby friendly environment. Drop me a line for details. Donation to branch funds.
Tuesday, 22nd & 23rd February
FREE ADMISSION Bird Box Making at Albany High School, Chorley Two half day workshops for families. Make one box to take home and one to be sited in the local community. Contact Wendy Johnstone/Kim Burrill 01257 244060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday 24th February
Health Walk at Cuerden Valley Park. Walk with health walks leader from the Barn, Berkeley Drive 10.00am. £2 pp. Contact: Lesley – 01772 324436
Thursday, 24th February
NCT Stay & Play 10.00 – 12.00.
Come along to a Stay & Play session, where parents can relax, chat and have coffee/tea and biscuits while the children play. Different location each week (Tues/Thurs) in a toddler friendly environment. Thursday 24th – Coppull, nr Chorley. Drop me a line for details. Donation to branch funds.