Keeping Kids Entertained During The Holidays

Welcome to the school holidays! If you don’t have kids, this probably means an easier journey to work, if you do this probably means you, or someone else needs to come up with ways to stop the little darlings from watching nothing but Cbeebies all day long.

But what can be done to entertain kids throughout the school holidays? Well here are a few ideas to help*.

Here is our list of ways to keeping kids entertained during the school holidays…

    1. Compile a list of all the local holiday clubs. GET TO ALL OF THEM.
    2. Picnics! AKA Uncomfortable meals surrounded by bugs!
    3. Run a marble run all over your house. When it goes wrong – remember – never again watch that episode of Topsy and Tim where Joyce managed to set it up ok.
    4. Run a treasure hunt around your local supermarket. AKA Do the shopping.
    5. Take all your toilet rolls and create a 1:1 scale model of the Eiffel Tower.
    6. Go on a quest. To the local family friendly pub.
    7. Bribe the kids into helping declutter the house (Good luck)..
    8. Explore the local park. No matter what the weather!
    9. Breakout that craft box. See how much glitter stays on the paper (that you’ve laid out to catch it), versus the amount that gets spread all over the bleddin floor.
    10. When all else fails. Cbeebies. Thank you CBeebies, for being you. (Not you Bing)

Any you would add?

*Obviously “help” is a subjective concept.

DIY Daddy

Imagination At Knightshayes #MySundayPhoto

Day one of half term found us zooming up the motorway, to explore the National Trust property at Knightshayes.

Plenty for little people to explore, and for this half term they have an autumn trail, to help keep kids entertained – and to frustrate parents when they realise they didn’t pay attention to the clues at the right times!

I also took the opportunity to take the glass ball out for a play…


Doctor Who: The Ghost Monument

After the week following her first proper watch of Doctor Who, led to her quoting the Doctor – and not just quoting… playing being the Doctor. We settled down to watch the second episode together.

If last week was a slower paced introduction to everyone, this didn’t feel overly faster paced, it was a plod over the desert really, but the moments where the action did pick up, felt manic.  These moments sent the small one shouting in response, the smile never left during these moments.

Indeed, Twelves sonic screwdriver was helpful during the scarier moments (it was a way for the small one to help the Doctor and her friends on the screen).

I think I wrote last week about how gorgeous it all looked- that was no one episode fluke. This looked amazing from start to finish. Doctor Who, may possibly be having its best looking series ever (particularly better than anything from the 1980’s). Talking about the first episode, it’s good to see that Grace’s death hasn’t just been swept under the carpet.

As it finished, I asked the small one what her favourite part of the episode was.  “The last bit…”, was her response, “when they found the TARDIS”. I had to admit, I agreed. For the fun of the race through the desert, there was so much undeniable heart in the scene where the Doctor finally returned home. Perhaps that’s what we all felt?

I’m looking forward to The Doctor showing us a bit of history next week…

Doctor Who. The Woman Who Fell to Earth

Well, unless you’ve been living away from a TV set / Twitter for the last month, you’d have seen that Doctor Who isn’t just back, but the Doctor is now Jodie Whittaker.

Now I have to admit. I was worried. It was clear there were going to be a million changes to my favorite scifi show, but I also felt the last couple of episodes (particularly The Doctor Falls), were so good – they could have finished it at that point. Remember how the original series of The X Files kept going for at least a year or two to long? I was worried there was a repeat of that about to happen.

Spoilers are below…

But. Its new Doctor Who, and that will get my attention. Also considering its early start time, we decided to risk introducing our 6 year old to “Not The Christmas Special Doctor Who”. And well. She got won over, I did too.

Personally I enjoyed the focus on character. While I feel Steven Moffat was unfairly criticized for how he wrote female characters, he rarely made me feel for the supporting characters, for example – the security guard? Also the look! Its been a while since I’ve been to Sheffield but it looks glorious.

What won us over as a family? At the risk of sounding like a gushing fan blog. It was Jodie Whittaker. She felt and acted like the Doctor since fell into the TV screen. We didn’t spend too long in any post regenerative sleep / grumpiness, but it felt that the Doctor got on with saving the day. Admittedly she then took a nap, but it didn’t feel as long as “The Christmas Invasion” or “Deep Breath”.  (Did anyone else felt there was a nod back to “The Christmas Invasion” at this point?).

And the moment of the Doctor remembering her name? I wonder if there were any other smiles around the country, that matched the size of a 6 year old watching watching her Doctor for the first time?

Speaking to the small one afterwards, it seemed she also enjoyed the obligatory costume choosing scene at the end. I wonder how many small girls out there, now want to a Doctor?

Heres to next Sunday evening…


What My Fridge Says

Is Doctor Who a Religion?

Something fun for Doctor Who Day 🙂

Is Doctor Who a Religion?

Personally I think the guy is over thinking things. But, if Doctor Who is a religion, could Harry Potter or Star Trek also be seen as a religion?

“Look at That View!” #MySundayPhoto

As is the way, sometimes children have a little too much energy at the wrong time.

In order to help with this, the small one and I went for a walk this evening, during which we saw the above.

“Can I see it from higher”, she asked, wanting to be picked up. Up on seeing the sunset her eyes seemed to fill with wonder.
“Wow. What a view.” Was her response.


The 12th Doctor. Some Doctor Who Highlights…

If you’re a Doctor Who fan you should already know this.

If you’re a scifi fan, you more than likely already know this. (No actually you should already know this.)

Either way. There is new Doctor Who happening!

If you’re needing to catch up on some of the previous Doctor – you could do far worse then spend 12 minutes on watching this.

Sunset Over Exeter #MySundayPhoto

One of the handy parenting things about Exeter, is how useful a nice flat path along a river is when you’re trying to teach a small one to ride a bike. Obviously because its flat…

You also get the occasional encouraging “good luck” from cyclists going past.

Then there is also the above backdrop to all of this