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  1. We all know how expensive October Half Term can be especially as it's colder, wetter, darker and you need far more indoors things to do! Plus with 3 small ones we now go over the family tickets.  So here are 5 handpicked activities to do in Dorset this Half Term for FREE! 

    free things

    1. Walk from Potterne Park to Moors Valley and back – explore the nature trail or the activity trail all of which are free! Take a picnic and make a day of it. There's also a play park at Potterne and Moors should they have a little energy left!

    2. Circus Extravaganza Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre (Sunday 26thOctober 2014)anAnglo-French circus extravaganza the whole family can get involved with – for FREE! The Family Circus Fun Day is a chance to learn the tricks of the circus trade: how to juggle like an expert, fly high on a trapeze, cartwheel with an acrobat and hula hoop like a pro. For those wishing to get more hands on, there will be workshops in static trapeze, aerial hoop, silks and hula hooping from Polz Apart, circus skills for all the family with Jamie Jigsaw, a dancing bags craft workshop inspired by the performance of L’apres Midi d’un Foehn, Fish and Bubbles Juggling, Diving Acrobatics and much more. 

    3. Poole Museum is FREE to enter anyway but in Tuesday 28th October from 11-3 your children can get creative and make nocturnal masks. Something I know that Olive will enjoy as she has been talking about nocturnal animals at pre-school.
    4. Library – Check out your local library for FREE fun craft events during the Half Term week. Our local (West Moors) is holding theirs on Tuesday 28th October making Halloween crafts.

    5. FREE entry to Monkey World Friday 31st October 2014 – for everyone dressed in Halloween costumes! Take your little monkey to see the monkey's! 

    What #freefun plans do you have this half term?

    *BONUS tip - most garden centres have aquariams or aquatic centres - little ones love fish, turtles and star fish and best of all you can walk around for free! *

  2. On Saturday we made the decision to brave the weather and take a trip up to Moors Valley.

    Well there's no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing … and to be honest my kids have rubbish wet weather clothing BUT I do have a “who cares it will wash” attitude so we ventured out! The children were wrapped in at least 5 layers of clothing each – to save a few pennies on parking I persuaded Kara (ChelseaMamma) to walk from Potterne Park to Moors Valley. This normally takes us about 20/30mins and there is lots to do on route – climbing bridges, looking for fish, playing pooh sticks, log seats and some great information points about local wildlife and even a tree/leaf rubbing area.

    potterne park

    Part way through our walk the sun came out and the children began to remove their layers. On arrival at the information centre a big black cloud loomed we decided lunch was the best option and BOY did it rain! But as quickly as it came the sun started to shine. I suggested we maybe walk back to Potterne in case another downfall came but I was out voted by 5 excited children, a fox baby and Kara. AND I'm so glad they didn't listen to me as we had a great time and it was so WARM!

    The Gruffalo Child's Trail is a great addition to Moors Valley. The activity pack is £2 which includes colouring sheet, activity sheet, pencil and stickers (the lovely lady gave us extra stickers too). The trail begins near the Gruffalo wooden statue which is stunning and takes you through 10 pit stops with activities to do. From building dens to matching animals with food to looking at shadow shapes.

    gruffalo trail


    The trail lends itself well to lots of imaginative play and following on activities we hunted for the Gruffalo and tried to find any tracks or animal poo.

    There are also Gruffalo Child coloured circles hiding in the trees with letters on! They can be hard to spot at the exit we realised we missed one but luckily so did another group so we shared the missed letters! And then had to attempt to help 3 children age 6&7 decipher the word (they had some odd answers!)

    The walk back from Moors to Potterne was long and tiring with the 3 yrs old legs giving up and 5 children arguing over my 2 hands! But eventually we made it back and the little monkey's suddenly had a burst of energy and we went to the park!!

    On arrival at home – we stripped, bathed and ate pizza watching Jurassic Park! Well except Olive who fell asleep and didn't wake up until morning!

    Still excited by the Gruffalo Trail Olive did some colouring in there are some great activities on Twinkl including some masks which would make a great party activity/party bag filler – poor M&M had homework to do ;)

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