There are lots of things to do in North Lincolnshire during the October half term holidays. Take a look at the list below for activities the whole family can enjoy.
Family activities in North Lincolnshire
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Get crafty with Positive Activities
Join the Positive Activities team during October half-term at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre and create your own ‘Get Carter’ collage book or master the art of origami to make a pop-up book.
For more information join the Positive Activities Facebook group and call 01724 297270 to book a place.
Get creative and share your autumn art projects with 20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Join the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre ARTivities Facebook group for some autumn crafts including leaf rubbings.
Make real life masterpieces with Tate Kids
Interested in art? Tate Kids brings information and ideas on the world of art to your doorstep. You can learn about everything from modernism to surrealism through their videos.
Create your own jigsaw puzzle
Create, play and share jigsaw puzzles at Jigsaw Planet.
Develop your child’s communication skills with the BBC’s Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People help you develop your child’s communication skills. Explore simple activities and play ideas and find out about their amazing early development.
Building young brains with the Big Little Moments
Babies and toddlers are growing and learning every day and the little moments you share can make a big difference. From morning time to bedtime, waiting for the bus to playing together, every moment is a chance to help build a child’s brain.
Events and activities in North Lincolnshire
The events and activities for kids group advertise local events, kids clubs and activities in North Lincolnshire.
20-21 visual arts centre
Visitors to 20-21 Visual Arts Centre can experience three new exhibitions:
- Ted Lewis – Get Carter: 50th anniversary exhibition – artists, illustrators and designers re-imagine the cover of local author Ted Lewis’ iconic book, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
- WOW! Said the Owl – fun, family oriented exhibition based around the Tim Hopgood children’s book about the owl who decides to stay awake all day.
- Jerwood Makers Open – prestigious touring exhibition of contemporary craft and applied arts
Those seeking an adrenaline filled adventure can swing through the high ropes course at Arial trail, close to the Pink Pig Farm.
Families can enjoy the popular animal experiences once more at Messingham zoo, getting up close to some amazing, rarely seen creatures. New additions to the family-run business include Brid, the baby Emu.
Normanby Hall Country Park
Normanby Hall Country Park has reopened to members, with pass holders able to unwind in 300 acres of natural beauty. Younger visitors will want to meet the friendly farmer and his animals at the family farm and take part in free animal handling sessions. Thrill seekers can also head to Go Ape Normanby Hall for a tree top adventure.
North Lincolnshire museum
The North Lincolnshire museum offers a great day out for all the family. You can explore through a range of award winning collections and interactive displays. People need to pre-book their tickets online. Dedicated time slots for those with accessibility requirements are also available.
The Pink Pig farm
There’s so much for the whole family to enjoy at the Bottesford-based farm, including animals to meet, a tractor circuit to ride around, giant pillows to burn off energy, race toboggans and much more. Pre-booking is essential.
Water’s Edge Country Park
Water’s Edge Country Park is home to rich and varied wildlife including many rare and migratory birds. Children will love the two adventure playgrounds and the visitor centre.
Spooky fun at Normanby hall
Are you brave enough to join the Halloween spook walk or watch the mysterious lady with her spooky owls? The walled garden at Normanby hall has an eerie transformation and becomes the perfect setting for ghosts, witches and even a mad scientist to take residence for October half term. Grab your scary masks and capes and bring the family to enjoy these hair-raising experiences.
Ghost Ape this Halloween
Fancy a go at a treetops high ropes experience in the dark?
Pumpkin trail at the Pink Pig farm
The Pink Pig farm is holding a pumpkin festival from 20 to 31 October. Enjoy activities like pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, meet the witch in her coven, themed food and drink, plus loads more!
Halloween scavenger hunt at Heslam Park
Take part in the Halloween scavenger hunt at Heslam Park in Scunthorpe. Lots of fun for the whole family.
Pick your own pumpkin at Thornton Abbey Maize Maze
Come and pick your own pumpkin, or carve it at the farm and let us take the mess away! No admission charge, just buy your carving kit and get creating!
Halloween treats at North Lincolnshire Museum
The Museum have a variety of treats for the family to enjoy, from spooky trails to ghost stories and crafts, plus themed activities on Dudley’s Takeaway Facebook group.
Dandi’s play area – Halloween session
Dandi’s Halloween play session includes entry, drink, meal and Halloween themed goody bag. Prizes for the best costume.
Halloween family fun at Water’s Edge country park
This Halloween at Water’s edge you will be able to experience the spooky trail, make your very own pumpkin or witch pottery and create crafts together at the Family Hands Halloween session.
Science Stars – the wonders of the human body
An exciting and educational hands on workshop takes place on 26 October at Baysgarth school. It includes two exciting experiments.
Spooky ARTivities at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre
Create some Halloween arts and crafts during your visit at one of the ARTivity tables.
Join the 20-21 Visual ARTivities Facebook group.
Room on the Broom comes to Baysgarth Park
Join North Lincolnshire Library and Words Count at Baysgarth Park and enjoy the classic children’s tale of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
Book you place on Eventbrite.
Make a paper ghost with Mister Maker
Feeling crafty? Popular children’s presenter Mister Maker has lots of simple ideas using leftover cardboard and packaging around the home.
Halloween craft ideas
Find some easy Halloween crafts to make during the half term holidays.
Support for home learning
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has produced a set of resources designed to be used by schools and parents/carers to support home learning
Government list of home education resources
The government has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These sites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.
Complete a free distance learning course
Kick-start your career and sign up for a free distance learning course with North Lincolnshire Council’s Adult Education and Community Learning service. From Principles of Business Administration to Understanding Nutrition and Health, there’s something for everyone.
Support your child’s online safety with activities from ThinkUKnow
ThinkUKnow have created a page to support parents during the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.
Learn British sign language
Learn a new skill with actor and dancer Natasha Lamb, who has been teaching children and families British Sign Language.
Support home learning with BBC Bitesize
There are lots of fun and interactive session and games for children of all ages across the curriculum at BBC Bitesize.
Teaching resources from Twinkl
Twinkl is a trusted home of teacher-created planning and assessment materials. Perfect for inside and outside of the classroom.
Learn digital skills with Learn My Way
The Learn My Way website has a series of short courses to help you get the most out of being online, including advice on using Office programs, finding a job and managing your money online. A useful resource for complete beginners or those wanting to build up their skills, knowledge and confidence.
The North Lincs Camera Club is a relaxed friendly environment where people can get together and discuss photography.
Love photography? Some of the biggest names in the imaging industry are sharing top tips and techniques to try at home through free classes and webinars.
Multi-sports sessions with Positive Activities
During the October half-term young people aged eight to 18 years can take part in sports activity sessions at both Epworth and Baysgarth Leisure Centres.
Find out more on the Positive Activities Facebook group and call 01724 297270 to book a place.
Swimming sessions at our leisure centres
Keep running with virtual races from Tape2Tape
Tape2Tape have created several distance races you can enter for free, with spot prizes up for grabs.
Build your own running plan with Curly’s Athletes
Curly’s are helping people to build their own running plan with lots of advice on everything from strength and conditioning to endurance and rest.
Exercise videos by NHS fitness studios
The NHS have a wealth of fitness videos and apps that anyone can use, featuring everything from aerobic exercise, to pilates and yoga.
Stay in and work out with Sport England
Join the movement with Sport England who have put together a range of ideas that people can access to stay active whilst social distancing.
Getting active when you find exercise difficult with Age UK
People who are building up their strength and fitness can find some great ideas at Age UK, including exercises to help you after a fall, operation or if you have limited mobility.
Do a Disney dance-along
Get active with the kids and put your moves to the test as you dance-along to some of their (and yours) favourites, including Moana, The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book.
Home exercises with This Girl Can
Staying in and working out? There are lots of workout tips on the This Girl Can website, designed to encourage more women and girls in to sport.
Make learning active and fun at home with imoves
Whether it’s a quick two-minute active blast, 10-minute blasts with additional learning points, or full lessons; imoves inspires children active in the home.
Take part in a Funetics activity
England Athletics have launched ‘Funetics’, a programme that has been designed to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2. At their website, you’ll find videos demonstrating FUN activities based on fundamental core movement skills: running, jumping and throwing.
Look after your mind, body and fuel with her spirit
A personalised coaching and community app for your mind and body, including live daily workouts, a weekly podcast, weekly community challenges, weekly live meditations, and immune boosting recipes.
Try a relaxing yoga session with Cosmic Kids Yoga
It’s important to take time to look after physical and mental wellbeing while social distancing.
Reduce anxiety and take part in Yoga by visiting the Cosmic Kids Yoga YouTube channel
Dance along to the Greatest Showman with Oti Mabuse
Get your dancing shoes on with Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse as she leads online dance classes, including popular classics from Frozen and The Greatest Showman.
Helpful advice for mums to be or new mums with This Mum Moves
Learn more about the benefits of an active pregnancy and continuing activity after childbirth, as well as ideas to help you move more.
Take part in a virtual parent and toddler group
Children’s Centres in North Lincolnshire are offering zoom sessions in place of the usual parent and toddler groups. To take part, contact the Children’s Centre on firstname.lastname@example.org
Join a friendly community of fellow mums with the Mush app
Mums who use the Mush app can find friends with kids the same age, attend virtual meetups, get advice from parenting experts and fellow mums, and join chat groups based on everything from their due date to their love of reality TV.
Watch storytime videos with Play Avenue
Messingham based Play Avenue are filming stories for little ones to enjoy, with the help of their lovely dogs.
Blast into space with local children’s author Addy Farmer
In ‘A Place Called Home’, Eddy, Freddy and Blip blast off into space, landing on extraordinary planets and meeting extraordinary creatures. But what will happen when they encounter the terrifying black hole in space? Will they ever get home again? A rhyming story of adventure and bravery that’s out of this world!
Download a bestselling e-book on BorrowBox
Escape into a good book and let your imagination fly! With the free BorrowBox service from North Lincolnshire Libraries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are a wide range of titles from authors including Lee Child, David Walliams, James Patterson and Hilary Mantel.
Enjoy a great selection of titles with RB Digital app
With a library card from North Lincolnshire libraries, you can download a fantastic selection of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more for free through the RB Digital app.
Access more than 700 magazines and newspapers with the PressReader app
Read your favourite magazines for free with the PressReader app. Download the PressReader app and use the Library option to sign in.
Storytime with David Walliams
Listen to a free story read by bestselling author David Walliams.
Keep running with virtual races from Tape2Tape
Tape2Tape have created several distance races you can enter for free, with spot prizes up for grabs.
Bring culture into your home with BBC Arts
The BBC are streaming performances of poetry, ballet, music and film as well as providing ideas for art activities at home through their ‘Culture in Quarantine’ programme.
Watch a production with National Theatre at Home
The National Theatre are streaming weekly recorded performances on their YouTube channel. Previous shows include Jane Eyre, One Man, Two Guvnors and Twelth Night.
Watch a West End show
Bring the West End to your living room every Friday evening, featuring recorded performances of top musicals from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, including the Phantom of the Opera.
Live stream concerts
The show must go on! Songkick have brought together a list of some of the best live stream performances coming up around the globe.
Enjoy a trip to the canal without opening your front door
As an alternative to visiting in person, the Canal and River Trust are building a vast library of canal-related films, images, interactive content and stories for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Set off on a cultural adventure and step inside some of the world’s best museums from the comfort of your home with a virtual tour.
North Lincolnshire Museum
The Streetlife Museum of Transport, Hull
Climb aboard and explore 200 years of transport history and walk through a 1940’s high street.
The British Museum, London
The British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture, and includes world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.
The Natural History Museum, London
Discover the world from your living room with 360 tours of nature walks, trails and fossil hunting as well as panoramas of the Antarctic.
The Louvre, Paris
The largest museum in the world is also home to one of its most impressive art collections, including the iconic ‘Mona Lisa’, by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Vatican Museums, Rome
Explore one of the world’s greatest art collections, assembled by popes since the 17th century. The virtual tour includes the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo.
Ten tips to help if you are worried about Coronavirus
The NHS and Every Mind Matters have brought together 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.
Activity ideas for people living with dementia
The Alzheimer’s Society have put together a blog of online activity ideas for people living with dementia, including puzzles and music playlists.
The ThinkNinja app has been updated with specific COVID-19 content. This brings self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
Bugsy Batty: The coronavirus
It can be hard to talk to children about the coronavirus. Author Virginia Dellow has written a story, ‘Bugsy Batty’ to help explain the changes they might be encountering.
Watch the animals playing at Messingham zoo
Messingham zoo are keeping everyone entertained with videos of their adorable animals, including monkeys and meerkats.
Spot a tiger at Edinburgh zoo
Watch animals including pandas, tigers, koalas and penguins on live webcams from Edinburgh zoo
Bring the forest home with virtual reality
Get back to nature and entertain the children with Forestry England. Visit a tree nursery, explore forest machinery and learn about different habitats for wildlife with their virtual tour.
Explore the hidden worlds of the National Parks
Follow National Park rangers on their journeys around Hawaiian volcanoes and Alaskan fjords.
Draw the bug face!
Wildlife and nature fans can find lots of activities, drawing ideas and fun facts sure to make you scream on BBC Earth Kids.
Build an online animal habitat with Switch zoo animal games
The Switch zoo website features learning resources for children to watch, listen and play games about animals.
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