Essex County, Braintree District, Colchester Borough, Uttlesford District
This February half term, we are still in lockdown, therefore many of the annual half-term activities have been cancelled or postponed.
While we are in lockdown, you should not leave home unless necessary, such as shopping for essentials or exercising. For full guidance visit the government website.
You may exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person (in which case you should stay 2m apart). Exercise should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
However, thankfully, many half term activities have moved online and there are plenty of resources for keeping your children occupied this half term at home.
Keep Essex Active has had a half term takeover, so as well as their exercise classes for all ages, you can also view arts and crafts, cooking and games sessions. You can tune in live or catch up in your own time, simply visit the Keep Essex Active YouTube channel. There is a timetable of activities to occupy your whole half term break!
Essex Wildlife Trust has a number of live webcams showing wildlife such as owls, swallows, badgers and bats – so if you can’t get out in nature, let it come to you! They also have a number of online courses to choose from. Visit the Essex Wildlife Trust website.
Essex Highways have information and maps on walking and cycle routes across the county. There are lots of beautiful nature walks local to your area, so find out more on the Essex Highways website. Parks and walking routes may be busier than usual during half term, so remember to social distance.
Braintree Museum has a schedule of half term crafts that can be made from items you may usually throw away!
Wednesday 17th February, 10.30am to 11.30am – Celebrate Chinese New Year by creating a dragon pencil holder and panda themed hanging decoration for your room.
Friday 19th February, 10.30am to 11.30am – Help save up your pennies by making an animal money box before creating a colour collage using strips of recycled materials.
Colchester and Ipswich Museums have a library of resources for you to download with plenty of activities around subjects including the Iron Age, Romans, local wildlife and much more! Visit the Colchester + Ipswich Museums website to browse their activities.
Marks Hall Estate Colouring Competition – Print off the snowdrop colouring sheet and submit it before Sunday 21st February. The overall winner will receive a Living Nature Plush Peacock and a family admissions voucher to use once it reopens.
Colchester Zoo may not be open to the public at the moment, but they are bringing you the zoo online where you can watch content on their YouTube channel or download their activity pack. Visit the Colchester Zoo website.
Saffron Walden Museum has created a digital activity pack called Fantastic Beasts that can be purchased for £2. Alternatively, you can click and collect an activity pack with materials for £5. Order both via the Saffron Walden Museum website.