Schools out! holiday activities for kids

I hope you enjoy my list of things to do in South Somerset for kids – it all takes a bit of research to find activities, especially budget friendly ones and some indoor ones for when it’s raining, here goes!

Ham Hill events

There are some really fun events for kids, run from the ‘rangers office’ in Ham Hill, which is located near to the Prince of Wales pub. There is a right turn off the main road which forks to the left for the pub and to the right  (signposted centre and toilets) take the right fork to park near to the rangers office.

We’ve tried lantern making, bird feeding making and star gazing recently (although please note you do need a dry and clear night for that one).

The bird feeder making was my favourite, one I can’t recreate at home as they required significant wood work skills. We now have three bird feeders hanging in our back garden waiting for the hungry birds. The events we’ve been to at Ham Hill are normally around £2 per child (suggested donation).

Hobbycraft, Yeovil

I have been to so many of these workshops with my kids: slime making, card making, ceramic painting and they are all very affordable at around £1-£2 per child or even free! It takes the stress and mess out of craft and the kids are always really quiet and love it. You have to sign up for these in advance. The hour long workshops often have a fun seasonal theme.

Play and Youth South Somerset

They have a facebook page where they advertise activities in halls at Yew Tree Park, Westfield and Milford (all in Yeovil). All of these events are free which is brilliant! I keep looking out for the flyers in the run up to the holidays, and the activities are normally Monday to Thursday. The activities range from baking to T-shirt making to circus skills. The circus skills one looked a bit old for my youngest who is not yet three. We went to a Bugfest one which was a bit loud for my youngest so I was glad I just took my bigger ones. It was a brilliant show, really entertaining with a chance to hold the bugs at the end, including giant african land snails!

Soft play centres

Yeovil has two soft play centres, as a teenager I worked at both Rugratz  and Jungle Jungle over the years! Rugratz is the smaller of the two but has good play areas for both younger and older kids – it also does a good bacon sandwich, it’s more reasonably priced than Jungle Jungle.

Jungle Jungle is very spacious and has several different zones including a bouncy castle and a good café. Friends of ours visiting from Hampshire really enjoyed it here. It is a pricey option for me however, with 3 kids at the weekend it’s £6 a child so an occasional treat.

More options…

Next on my list to try are events at Chard reservoir like bushcraft days and events like nature trails at Yeovil Country Park. Libraries are a good source of activities for kids too, running storytime and lego clubs etc. I also use a brilliant app called Hoop to find local activities where you enter your postcode and kids ages to come up with activities.

And finally… in our family we are also big fans of just chilling on the sofa and watching a movie! Great for tired kids and knackered parents!

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