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Ideas for keeping the kids busy over October half-term

It's nearly half-term and Halloween, but the latest coronavirus restrictions mean things will probably look a little different this year - and you might be wondering how you'll keep the kids entertained.  

To help, we've put together some ideas for things you can do at home, and nearby, to save you travelling too far at the moment.

Due to high numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19, local authorities from across Merseyside and Cheshire are currently asking residents to remain close to home and only visit neighbouring boroughs for work, education or health purposes. 

From puddle-jumping, to virtual quizzes, lucky dip library bags, and classic children's films - this list should help to make half-term a busy one after all!

Virtual activities

  • Half-term digital library sessions - including storytime for under 5s, crafts, and lantern-making. Head over to the Wirral Libraries Facebook page for the full list of activities available throughout the week, choose something you like, and visit the page at time of your chosen event.
  • Cbeebies has a wide range of ideas to keep younger children busy over the week, including science experiments, coding, and cooking.
  • Make dens, pom poms, or cook up a storm with some great videos on the Save the Children website.
  • Create your own museum out of lego, your own mini zine and more, with brilliant Liverpool Museums videos!

Halloween

The Swiss Bridge at Birkenhead Park

Outdoor fun

Staying home

Keeping active

  • With some of Wirral's pools now open again, it might be nice to visit some of our local leisure facilities - but first take a look at the Wirral Leisure website to see what's on and when.
  • Wirral also has some brilliant walking and cycling routes to try.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight

Culture

  • Visit Port Sunlight's iconic Lady Lever Art Gallery - currently open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. It's free, but booking is essential.
  • Social distance at the cinema - choose from The Light in New Brighton, The Odeon in Bromborough, and Vue in Birkenhead. You can also visit the Woodside Drive In to watch Hocus Pocus (PG).
  • Pop to Birkenhead or West Kirby Library for a free Bookstart book pack for children under one to enjoy at home. Opening hours are currently Monday-Saturday: 9.30am-12pm and 2pm-4.30pm.
  • Let library staff use their expertise to choose your little one a lucky dip book bag! Just let them know what your child enjoys and what their reading age is via the website, choose a time to collect, and turn up on the day! Opening times are above.