Keep the children entertained over
Ok, so the challenge is on, the kids will be breaking up from school shortly for the Easter holidays and I am planning on not breaking the bank during this holiday. So using the information available on our web site, I have set myself a challenge to organise a week’s worth of cheap or free entertainment for me and my three children.
Day 1 Monday
Story Time at Fairburn Ings from 11am. Price is only £2 for non members, so it won’t break the bank and after we can have a picnic and stroll around the nature reserve. Hope the weather is kind to us!
[span6] Day 2 Tuesday 15th April
The Birchwood Farm are holding a Kids Easter party from 3.30-5.30pm where the kids will get a meal and ice cream, Easter egg hunt, craft design and other activities. So I will be booking this to make sure we aren’t disappointed. My plan is that this will be the most expensive day of my challenge….. lets see how I do![/span6]
Day 3 – Wednesday
Much better on my pocket, but still lots of fun for the children. I plan to take them to the Valley Gardens Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ between 2-4pm which is a free event (my purse is feeling very happy about this lol). There will be an Easter egg hunt and children’s games.
I haven’t been down to Valley Gardens for a long time and I did notice how run down it had become. However, Friends of Valley Gardens have been working very hard at improving this facility by organising a volunteer workforce. They have been busy replanting rose beds, creating a tree and nature trail, wild bird feeding station and restoration of a sensory garden, originally created in 1960 as a ‘Scented garden for the blind’. I’m not sure how much of this we will be able to appreciate, as it is so early in the year, but it will be a good challenge for the children
[span6] Day 4 – Thursday
Another Easter egg hunt! Well, it is Easter and you can never have enough chocolate and it’s another free event! Smiles all round. This is held at Pontefract Castle from 10-2pm on the 17th April (no booking required) and also includes Easter crafts. We’ve been to a few events held at the Castle and found them to be well organised, educational and very interesting. So looking forward to this one and as we live around the corner we can time our visit for the best possible weather.[/span6]
Day 5 – Good Friday
After all that chocolate (I’m optimistic that the kids will share with me lol) I think a trip to Knottingley Sports centre, so I can visit the gym and the kids can take part in the multi sports session. We took the kids to one of these events in the October half term and they had a whale of a time. At only £3 each it shouldn’t brake the bank.
Day 6 – Saturday,
As long as the weather is good, I think it’s time for another free event. A picnic in Pontefract park, then let the children play in the playground (equipment has been fixed by Friends of Pontefract Park) who have also been busy planting lots of daffodils.
Then we might have a try at Geo Caching. For those of you who might not of heard of this, it’s a brilliant free treasure hunt. All you have to do is get a free app and a sign on, then turn it on and start looking for your closest cache. The items can be in small containers hidden almost anywhere! Inside there is a log book which you sign and in some there are items. If there is, you can take one and replace it with an item you’ve brought. There are over 2000 of these Geo Caches all over our local area, but they are not easy to find, even with three eager children, but lots of fun. I found two in Pontefract Park 🙂
Day 7 – Sunday
Again I’m relying on the weather being good but we will again have a cheap day out at Hemsworth Water Park (£3 parking) which has two lakes; the largest lake is available for pedalo rides and has sandy beaches; the smallest lake is in a more secluded area to attract wildlife. Both lakes are stocked for fishing which is available all year round dawn till dusk. There are also plenty of grassed areas for picnics and games. They also have 2 playgrounds – one is free and the other one only charges £3 per child and a miniature railway at £1 each. Think the children will enjoy this day out and so will my pocket![/span6]