If Spring comes around as quickly as Winter set in, then it shouldn’t be long before we are seeing daffodils and smelling freshly cut grass.

Winter officially ends on March 19th so that isn’t too many weekends to endure before we can start dreaming about warmer climes!

Before then, here are our some ideas of things to do with the family this winter.

Hobbledown, Epsom. Opening of Farm Park Adventure.

1) Visit the multi award winning adventure park and farm Hobbledown.

Located in Epsom, Hobbledown was voted Netmums Best Outdoor Play Venue in the South East.

It was also named a Top 10 UK Attraction by Days Out With Kids for 2014 / 2015.

And best of all is that Kidspace customers get 50% off (T&Cs apply).

Visit www.hobbledown.com for opening times, prices and details.


2) Take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

The RSPB’s annual bird count is the world’s largest wildlife survey, with over half a million people taking part. To join in, you need to dedicate an hour over the weekend to count and note down the number of each species of birds in your garden or a local park, then submit your results to the RSPB.

The event, which began as an initiative to get children involved in the RSPB, provides the organisation with an important snapshot of garden bird populations. For more information visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch


3) Explore a child friendly free museum such as The V&A Museum of Childhood, Science Museum or Natural History Museum. They can attract big queues so the earlier you get there the better!


4) Head into town and check out a family theatre show. There’s plenty of variety, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lion King to Horrible Histories and The Moscow State Circus (showing at The Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon in February).

plant pot

5) If your budget is more limited, there’s plenty of craft activities you can do at home. Why not get ready for spring by gathering up any plant pots around the house/ garden and ask the children to decorate them? Finish off with a cheap packet of seeds to put inside.

nature trail

6) Go on a Nature trail. Even in urban areas there are opportunities to find unusual wildlife in your nearest patch of green space, whether that’s your local park, woods or field. Just remember to wrap up warm!

children on skateboard

7) Check out your nearest skate park. There are plenty around and they are not just for skateboarders, they are great if you have a Scooter or BMX.


8) And of course there is the award winning Kidspace Adventures. Check out our giant play frames (which are among the largest in the UK), Go-Kart track and climbing wall. Mum and dad can sit back with a coffee while their little ones have hours of fun exercising in disguise!