Half term highlights

2 months ago Tue 9th Feb 2021

This spring half term looks a little different to last year. Usually, we’d be whisking you off to your activities in and around Reading, but this year we want everyone to be sensible and stay local!  You may not be able to get out and about on our buses this year (except for essential journeys of course), but don’t worry, we’ve been busy finding loads of activities for you to get involved in!

Here are our top five to look out for:

Local activities

As it’s only essential journeys allowed currently, we can’t take you to the normal, wonderful half-term experiences, but there are plenty of local activities that have moved online or can be done as part of your daily activity. And when things go back to normal, you can be sure we will be here to take you and your family to some amazing places.

Become an ancient Greek musician!  
The Ure Museum has created a fantastic three day workshop where you will become an ancient Greek musician!
You’ll be able to learn about ancient Greek myths, make our own musical instruments and become part of a virtual music band!
https://whatsonreading.com/venues/ure-museum-greek-archaeology/classes-workshops/online-half-term-fun

West Reading’s Window Wanderland
We’ve had a Scarecrow Trail and Twilight, now get ready for West Reading’s Window Wanderland!
For those lucky enough to live in West Reading, this is set to be a beautiful trail filled with window displays that should brighten, inspire, and create a feeling of hope. What better way to spend that daily walk?
If you live outside of the area, don’t worry, pictures of the display will be posted online, so you can still enjoy them from the comfort and safety of your own home. https://whatsonreading.com/venues/west-reading-together/whats-on/west-reading-window-wanderland-2021

Victoria the Woodland Wonderer
Join Victoria the Woodland Wonderer, for a magical online story session.
Hear about her love of books and snuggle down with stories of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.
https://wokinghamboroughlibraries.wordpress.com/2021/02/09/virtual-storytime-this-half-term-with-victoria-the-woodland-wonderer-2/?fbclid=IwAR0EgWP2I1J-yDu4gQVlNR_GwTxHt8wJlTpvpM1XzeEevpyKcNzbXfWbVaY

Activities at MERL
MERL always have a range of fantastic activities for all, and this year is no exception!
From cookery to crafting, MERL has your half term covered. 
https://merl.reading.ac.uk/event/half-term-fun-for-families/
 

Brighter and beautiful Bracknell
This year, the Lexicon has come up with an amazing idea to create a Handprint Tree.
Simply download the free hand-print template, colour and send in, and be part of something bright! 
https://www.thelexiconbracknell.com/events/brighter

Find out more local activities here

Further afield

We’ve scoured the UK for some other great online activities – so although they aren’t Reading-based, you can still ‘get away’ online! Some of these activities are paid for – see the details below.

Printmaking for 5-10 year olds
This it set to be an exciting hour long workshop where you’ll get to learn how to make your own printing stamps.
For just £7.50 get all the equipment you need to make unique designs for printing, collage and stencils to use on cards, wrapping paper, envelopes, origami and more!
https://www.list.co.uk/event/1627953-printmaking-for-5-10-year-olds-make-your-own-stamps/

Creative writing workshop
Calling all budding writers!
This workshop will allow your imagination to fly, zap, and run free. We may be in lockdown in the real world, but we’re certainly not in the stories you can create!
Join in this free virtual workshop and see where your story will take you…
https://www.list.co.uk/event/1629091-childrens-creative-writing-workshop/
 

Twisted Tales for Terrible Children
Part of the Kids Comedy Festival, this family storytelling show tells traditional childhood tales with a slight twist to reveal silly, terrible, and incredible ’truths’ hidden in plain sight.
This hour of nonsense and nastiness will make you giggle and gasp, and transport you to a different word, all for £5!
https://www.list.co.uk/event/1628805-twisted-tales-for-terrible-children-at-the-leicester-comedy-festival/