I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published July 28th 2014
Explore, Discover, Play
I remember how excited I was as a kid when the summer holidays started. Now as a parent I have the challenge of arranging various childcare cover and working out what the best activities there are on offer to enjoy with my kids. I have various relations who are helping look after my eldest through the summer and in preparation I have put together a list of fun things on offer around Oxfordshire.
The Eart Trust is based in Little Wittenham and has some amazing outdoor space to explore from woods to panoramic views from the top of Wittenham Clumps. The Earth Trust also run some great activities aimed at kids at key times through the year. Here are a few of my favourite recommendations.
Woodland Adventure for ages 5-8, 30th July 10-12pm £3 per child.
Discover a secret destination and enjoy exploring, building and playing in the great outdoors.
Family Bushcraft 1st August 10-4pm £20 per adult, £15 per child.
This sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family. Explore the woods, make dens, learn how to make a real fire and use a knife safely. You will have the chance to cook on the fire, but should also bring a packed lunch. Booking is essential on 01865 407792.
Pond Dipping and Wild Art 3rd August 10-2pm £3 per child.
Using nets and underwater magnifiers, kids will have the chance to explore the ponds. Afterwards, they can get creative by making their own creatures from clay and natural materials.
Discover and Play 8th August 10-12pm £3 per child.
This is a forest school for preschoolers and both my kids had a great time at a similar session last week. It's a great hands on experience and they loved making nature wands, mud pies and swimming on a rope swing.
Woodstock Museum Woodstock is museum with it's fantastic dinosaur garden makes a great morning or afternoon visit.
During the school holidays on Tuesday and Thursday they will be run drop ins from 2-4pm. It's only £2 per child and there are a range of changing fun and creative activities.
They will also be running a music, story and rhymes session for under 5's. 10:30-11:30am it's only £1.50 per family and also runs on a Tuesday.
Hill End Outdoor Centre
Running at various dates through August 10am to 2pm, the family play days sound like there are lots of great things to keep kids occupied. For £3 per child, they can make their own music in the sound garden, venture through the willow maze, go stream walking and explore the gardens.
Millets Farm Millets Farm is one of my favourite places to take my boys. It's free to visit and they have a number of animals to see and ducks to feed. They usually have activities running throughout the year especially during the holidays.
Why not drop into a craft session at the craft shack between 11am and 3pm. At £3.50 per child it's a pretty reasonable cost.
Millets Maize Maze is created each year and provides a great challenge for older kids (and adults). It's created from scratch with a different design each year by planting maize. It's already oepn and will run until 14th September 2014.
Ashmolean Museum The weather might be fantastic at the moment but it's always good to have some wet weather activities up your sleeve. The Ashmolean Museum is packed full with amazing artifacts. During August they will be running summer drop ins from 1-3pm. It's a great way to make the museum more accessbile to kids with museum trails, activitiy bags and the chance to make something yourself and bring it home.