If your child has just started in reception…give yourself a pat on the back ‘cos you survived till half term!
You survived the adjustments in routine, the overly tired tantrums (yours and theirs!), the quandary of what to add to their lunch boxes so the dinner ladies wont judge you (apple cancels out the wotsits, banana cancels out the non-organic sugar-laden yogurt…) and the puzzlement of what comment to write in their reading record about a book that HAS NO WORDS!!!
You’ve also survived the school run for seven whole weeks…despite it literally being just getting in a car then getting out of a car it is quite possibly one of the most exhausting jobs in parenting!
If your child is older than reception, congratulations to you also. This school run malarkey doesn’t get easier with experience!
So now it’s time for a week of rest and relaxation……….Wrong!
In case you didn’t know, kids are internally wired with a hidden 6th sense. They can smell relaxation a mile off. So if you had planned some downtime, I admire your optimism!
If like me, you plan on getting out the house as much as you can because your children tend to wrestle each other, eat all your food and generally create havoc if enclosed for too long, then you’ve come to the right place. Gef has your half term activities covered.
So, bundle the kids in the car at a more civilised time than the school run, enjoy the fact there are no lunch bags, reading wallets and swimming kits to accidentally leave on your front doorstep and try out some of the fun half term activities on offer!
Milntown Treasure Hunt 30th October-5th November
The Milntown monsters have escaped! Help the gardeners find them in the grounds of Milntown estate then head inside to eat cake! What could be better?
Milntown treasure hunts are always fun and the gardens are beautiful at this time of year.
Halloween Storybook 28th October-30th October
Join the team at Ape Mann to explore the forest and meet a friendly witch. Children will enjoy listening to a spooky story (but not too spooky, this activity is suitable for little ones).
Guts Grave 28th October 12-4 pm
Follow the bubbles down strand street that lead the way to Ginnies’ grotto. Those who are brave enough to enter may just get a special Hop tu Naa treat from the Islands most famous witch! Don’t be saying anything about Halloween to her though, its Hop tu Naa or nothing for this Manx witch yessir!
Moot Hunt! Sunday 29th October 11am-4pm
Head down to Balley Cashtal Beg (Castletown) where the residents are getting into the Hop tu naa spirit. Join the Moot Hunt at 11am in the town hall, there will be a prize for the best hunters.
There will be some spooky craft sessions, free colouring competitions with great prizes to be won! Get your spookiest fancy dress on and join the fun, prizez for best costumes too! More information on their Facebook page event.
October Market Sunday 29th October 11am-4pm
Get yourselves down to market square Castletown for the October Market. There will be local craft sellers, children’s craft by Paint and Thimble, Handmade gifts, local food and produce, entertainment and much more!
Spooktacular in the Park 31st October 10am-4pm
Head down to the Wildlife Park for some Hop tu Naa fun. All children in fancy dress enter the park for free (it doesn’t say anything about adults in fancy dress but why not give it a go and brighten up some exhausted parents’ day?!)
There will be face painting, a magic show, a slime zone and lots of Spooktacular games. As well as all this there’s the enchanted wood playground, the jumping pillow and loads of interesting animals to discover.
Turn up for turnips and Celebratory Hop tu Naa October 28th-October 31st
Visit cregneash to experience an authentic Hop tu Naa. Carve your own moot…just don’t chop any fingers off in the process. Those things are so hard to carve!
If you visit on the 29th you will be able to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Ginnie trials. Enjoy live Manx music, learn the steps to a traditional dance, make a herbal charm and enjoy some Manx baking! So, head down to discover how and why Hop tu Naa is celebrated on the rock..no trick or treating here that’s for sure!
Messy play 26th October 11am-2pm
If the thought of messy play in your own home fills you with dread. Don’t worry! This event has you covered (in goo and slime and who knows what else!)
The event is being held at Onchan park café and costs £3 for the first child and £1 per child after that. For more info visit this Facebook page.
Mulan play 1st November – 4th November
JT productions presents Mulan at the Gaiety Theatre from the 1st November-4th November. This is bound to be a spectacular show and will be popular with all ages!
Firework display 3rd November 7.15pm
Douglas Borough Council are hosting a firework display on the 3rd of November at 7.15pm. Wrap up warm and enjoy the beautiful display of fireworks and music. There is also cash prices for the best guy, so get creative with the kids in the afternoon then head down to see if you’re in with a chance of winning. There will also be food outlets operating during this time. People are advised to enjoy the display opposite the war memorial.
Halloween Scare Maze
Do you dare to visit South Barrule and see who or what lurks amongst the trees? If you are lucky enough to survive the zombies and witches of South Barrule then reward yourself with toasted marshmallows and ducking apples!
There is a minimum age of 8 years old and booking is essential. This looks like an activity not to be missed this Hop tu Naa!
Hope this has been helpful and will keep you and your little devils out of mischief this hop tu Naa! After half term has finished its only 7 weeks till the Xmas hols..that’s only 70 school drop-offs and pickups, 35 packed lunches to make, 900 request slips to sign and 50 nit checks to conduct. Good luck!
Happy Hop tu Naa Manxies!!
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