Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Half-term in Suffolk (Part one)

Half-term can often be a fraught time for parents wondering what to do with their little darlings before the boredom sets in and they start demolishing the house so I thought I’d let you know of a few of the places we love going to with our children.

*Please make sure you check the websites and/or ring for opening times & events before you set off. I would hate for you to be disappointed for any reason.

Here are the first few, in no particular order;

Ipswich Museum
We love it here. C attends a monthly Mini Mammoths group for children aged 2-4years. Each month has a different topic and there are craft activities, stories and songs based upon that topic.  It’s great fun and educational too.

The museum is for all ages and entry is free. There are 5 ‘Activity Sacks’, for young children to borrow and take on their own ‘Museum expedition’. The sacks are filled with simple activities - like games, objects, and story books, magnifying glasses, torches and drawing materials - open ended activities which encourage active looking and talking. Each bag focuses on a different theme. They include an explorers, underwater, flying things, treasure hunt, patterns and matching games.

Events over half-term include;

At the High Street Museum – Egyptian pottery workshops. A chance to work with an artist to make an Egyptian style pot. £2  Tuesday – Friday , sessions 11, 12, 2 and 3pm

Ipswich Art School – Spray-paint stencils. Create your own stencil, mix paints and use spray techniques to produce your own unique art work. £1.50,  Tues and Wed, sessions 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 2, and 3pm

Christchurch Mansion – Animation stations. A 21/2 hour workshop with professional animators. You’ll make models, animate scenes and create a film that tells the story of Christchurch mansion. Everyone’s work will be edited on to a DVD to keep. £8 per + £1 for DVD.  5-8 year olds – 10-12.30pm     8+ 2 – 4.30pm  Mon - Thurs

To book any of the sessions ring: 01473 433691 or visit the events page at

Jimmy’s Farm
There is always lots going on at Jimmy’s Farm and this half-term as well as the nature trail, woodland walk, adventure play area, gardens, restaurant & farm shop there will be lots of new born lambs, piglets, chicks and goats and a children’s cookery class on Wednesday 23rd February. For more details check out Jimmy’s website

Treasure Trails
If you’re looking for something to get the family away from the TV, games consoles and internet and outside getting some fresh air and exploring your local surroundings look no further than that fabulous Treasure Trails for Suffolk. There are trails for Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Thorpeness, Framlingham and Ipswich. New trails are being added all the time. They will get you exercising, discovering things about places you think you know and really getting your mind working to solve those clues. Treasure Trails can be ordered from here:

All Fired Up, Ipswich
Unleash your creativity at a ceramic cafĂ©. I won’t repeat myself but you can read my thoughts on All Fired Up here:

We collected our items this afternoon and we were very impressed with how they looked. While we were waiting for them both children found at least half a dozen things each that they want to paint so we’ll be visiting again many times!

I'll be adding more attractions and places to visit over the next few days.

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