We all know how difficult it can be to entertain the kids over the holidays – at first it’s a novelty to have them home, but very soon you’ll start tearing your hair out as they bounce off the walls and release all that hyperactive energy! Taking the kids out really helps them to blow off the cobwebs and get some fresh air and exercise, but every parent knows that can be expensive, especially if you have a large flock. So we’ve gathered together a few ideas for free and cheap family things to do in the local Cheshire and Wirral areas, we’re sure you’ll love them!
Explore With a Treasure Trail
It’s difficult to get kids excited about local history sometimes, but if you turn a history walk into an intriguing treasure hunt the whole experience becomes a game. Spend a small amount for one of the guide books from Treasure Trails, then make a day of exploring the county and discovering things you never knew were just under your nose.
Chester City Walls
Chester is home to some wonderful Roman architecture, and the city walls are a true marvel. Why not let the kids play along them as you go on a long walk around the entire length. Children will feel like little Roman centurions.
The Crocky Trail
If you don’t mind getting a little muddy, then the Crocky trail is perfect for active families. This countryside trail if dotted with plenty of fun and challenging activities. Whether you’re negotiating log bridges over a stream or sliding down a large slide into a mud puddle, you’re bound to have a fantastic time.
Walton Hall Gardens
A beautiful country hall set in acres of pretty park land, this is the perfect place to take the kids come sunshine or gloomy grey sky. Wander the little petting zoo and feed the animals, or play games on the masses of lawns. There’s mini golf, a play area, and plenty of events on throughout the year.
Ness Botanic Gardens
These beautiful botanic gardens are just about starting to see some lovely spring blooms, and the good news is Ness has a whole program of half term activities on! If you’ve got a budding little biologist in the family, they’ll love the animal and creepy crawly themed activities!
Thurstaston Common Nature Reserve
Spot dragonflies, birds, bugs and beasties as you wonder around this little treasured area of the Wirral. This nature reserve is a great place for spotting wildlife.
Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm
It’s free entry (but a donation is welcome!) at this lovely little farm on Bidston Hill on the Wirral. This cute cottage and farm is offering craft classes for kids over the Feburary half term holidays.