Sustainable Things To Do During Half Term In London

From May 30th to June 3rd, children across the UK will be off school for half term break. For anyone looking for fun and sustainable activities to do during this time, we at Wearth have got you covered.

Whilst the buzz of an approaching half term will have little ones gleaming from ear to ear, for parents and carers, it can be difficult to know what to do and where to go. Trying to make every day special (and different from the previous 4 half terms that have already had this year), can occasionally be a challenge. So, why not take this approaching half term to possibly do something a little different and help your children engage in sustainability. Although a busy cosmopolitan area, London hosts a lot more green space than most of us realise, and in that space is ample opportunity to get connected with wildlife and learn about our ecosystems. Alternatively, on the days that you don’t feel like trekking across the city, there are also great eco-friendly activities for the whole family to enjoy, all from the comfort of your home.

For the days of glorious sunshine, or trickles of rain we have some fantastic eco activities for a half term of sustainable fun:

growing space

Growing Spaces has been set up across London for the summer, to teach children and local communities all that it takes to be green-fingered. Attendees will be able to sow seeds and help grow outdoor plants. Whilst getting their hands dirty, children will learn all about the different fruit and vegetables and how they are grown. They will also get up close to all the insects that live amongst them and learn of their importance to a healthy ecosystem.

Where- St. Helen’s Gardens, North Kensington, London W10 6LP

For more information visit- https://growingspace.london/

Join the London Wildlife Trust on Tuesday 31st May for a day of outdoor learning and activities. Throughout the day, children will be getting to grips with the exciting skills and rural adventures. Just about everything is covered from making campfires to arts and crafts, to making shelters. Children will also learn all about the different animals that live in the forest and help build homes and animal feed to take care of them.

Where- Forest Road Pumping Station, 2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH

For more information visit- https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/events/2022-05-31-holiday-forest-school-5-10-year-olds-walthamstow-wetlands

hampstrad

In hope that the warm weather continues all through the half term, what better way to connect to nature than take a big splash into the outdoor pools at Hampstead’s mixed baths. One of London’s best open-air swimming spots, this green and blue oasis will connect you to thriving pond life whilst also building on strong swimming skills for children.

Where – Mixed Pond, Hampstead Heath, London, NW3 1BP

For more information visit- https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/hampstead-heath/where-to-go-at-hampstead-heath/mixed-pond

A tranquil green space in the beating heart of Hackney, Dalston Eastern Curve Garden is the perfect place to find moments of peace within a community green environment. Free to enter, this is one of the few spaces in London that does not require any sort of payment or donation, making it an enjoyable space for all. Inside the garden, there is also a wonderful café, which offers up wood-fired pizzas and delicious treats, and all the money goes towards helping keep the garden cared for and running.

Where- 13 Dalston Ln, London E8 3DF

For more information visit- https://dalstongarden.org/about-2/visiting-the-garden/

imax theatre

Take a trip to The Science Museum’s IMAX cinema to watch A Beautiful Planet in 3D and be prepared to be transported to space. From a unique perspective of the International Space Station, children can experience being in space with crew members. They will uncover what it takes to live like an astronaut and gain a greater understanding of how humans are impacting the planet, whilst maintaining a positive outlook.

Where- Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

wildlife trust

The London Wildlife Trust also offers an alternative experience, for those of a slightly older age range on the 31st of May, looking for incredible little invertebrates. Aimed at 8–14-year-olds, this event is a shorter one, taking place from 2 pm – 4 pm which makes it perfect for those who don’t want to commit to a full day. During this time, there will be a nature walk where children are able to explore and look for invertebrates. There will also be an opportunity to make a minibeast hotel to take home.

Where- Forest Road Pumping Station, 2 Forest Rd, London N17 9NH

For more information visit- https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/events/2022-05-31-incredible-invertebrates-family-workshop-camley-street-natural-park

At Home Activities:

bird feeder

 

This mini-DIY bird feeder activity is plastic-free and eco-friendly, as well as being a fantastic way to bring nature into the presence of your own home. Children can be occupied for days to follow as they set up their feeder with a pinecone and peanut butter and watch to see which birds come to visit.

bsking

 

Baking is always a fantastic way to pass the time of a drizzly afternoon, and not only because you get to eat what you make. Sparking children’s interest in cooking and helping them learn basic baking skills, this DIY Cheerio Cookie Cups Baking Kit contains all the ingredients you need for a great time. With simple, easy to follow instructions, this is a great way for children to take the lead and get stuck in.

Neighbourhood Clean Up’s

Although not technically inside your home, a neighbourhood clean-up is a brilliant way for children to engage in the importance of sustainability on a local level. With the possibility of sticking either just to surrounding roads, or local parks, or working on a larger community scale through organisations such as Clean Up UK, the freedom is yours. Helping children make a change, on their own doorstep is a reward all in itself.

scavenger

 

Staying indoors doesn’t have to mean disconnecting from nature, and this activity set is exactly proof of that. With options from a nature word search to get their brains ticking, or grow your own sunflower seeds mix, this handmade box of magic is filled with all that you need for a great day of sustainable fun at home.