Top 10 Foodie Ideas for Half Term

It’s midway through half term, and we promise not to judge if you are already running out of ideas for what to do with the kids (particularly since the weather seems to be conspiring against the entire British population!) And because everyone from the smallest toddler to the grumpiest teenager loves food of some description, we have compiled our top 10 suggestions for foodie festivities this week- accepting no responsibility for weight gained in the process.

Chocolate making

Fingers are licked at your own peril during family workshops from Chocolart. Here, you will learn the skill of moulding, piping and decorating your own chocolate, as well as taking home the creations to show off to your family. Whilst the Chocolart team promise that their workshops are also suitable for big kids (i.e. fully grown adults), they do offer additional child parties specifically for those aged 8-21.

Price: £30pp

Afternoon tea

One for the older kids or those with particularly sophisticated tastes, afternoon tea for two is a civilised way to spend a weekday afternoon in half term. Depending on your budget you could indulge in finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and scones, not forgetting the tea itself (or even a glass of chilled champagne!) Virgin offers great deals on Afternoon Tea- click here to see our range of offers.
Price: Starting from £17 for 2

Visit Cadbury World

Including the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, chocolate themed pantomimes and a massive adventure play area. Need we say more?
Price: Family tickets from £48.80

Inventing ice cream

As part of their ‘Celebrate the Senses’ exhibition, Harrods is encouraging customers to create their own flavour of ice cream. Each week, the inventor of the most mouth-watering concoction will win a tub of their chosen flavour. After dreaming about the sweet stuff, pop down to Morelli’s in the Food Halls for a complimentary taste of their limited-edition lime and basil ice-cream. Yum!

Price: Free

Cooking workshops

Children love baking, but not all adults love the mess that it makes in the kitchen! Rather than putting yourself through cooking chaos, enrol your kids in a workshop with Cookie Crumbles. Ranging from chocolates and cakes to pizza and lollipops, your toddlers and young children are free to create to their hearts content- with no washing up to take care of afterwards.

Price: £13 – £25 

Creative lunchboxes

We can all be forgiven for haphazardly chucking leftovers into a lunchbox before the morning school run, but half term is the perfect opportunity to plan ahead and create some healthy snacks for the following week. Get your aprons on and whip up a batch of oaty flapjacks together, or mix wholemeal flour, blueberries and bananas for delicious fruity muffins. And don’t forget to use a voucher code for Tesco or Sainsbury’s when doing your weekly shop to cut down the cost of the ingredients.

Focaccia making

Italian chain Carluccio’s offers a range of classes for both adults and children, but our personal favourite has to be traditional focaccia making- designed for kids aged 6-12. In the hour long session your little baker will learn to make their own dough, and then have fun adding their favourite toppings. These classes also teach the art of making a crushed meringue dessert- ideal for those with a bit of a sweet tooth!

Price: £15

Leftover pizza challenge

This is fun one for teenagers who have a fondness for takeaway pizza. After indulging in a naughty Dominos, make sure you save the leftovers in the fridge for the next day and set your kids a challenge to create a new meal using the remaining slices. This sounds unappetising until a quick browse online throws up some surprisingly tempting recipes- pizza salad, cheesebread or pizza frittata anyone? Don’t forget your Domino’s or Pizza Hut voucher code.

Price: Varies

Visit a local market

Chocolate factory treats and pizza aside, with child obesity a hot topic in the UK, it is important to also educate kids on eating healthy food. And what better place to teach children about good diet habits than at a market, where they can actually meet the farmers? Depending on age, give your kids a tenner and tell them to buy their own food to bring home- later that evening you can use the ingredients to create a meal for the family.

Price: Free

Take them out to dinner

If in doubt, eat out- take the family out for dinner to the Slug and Lettuce on Sunday and each child under the age of eight will be charged just £1 for a meal with an adult who dines full price.

Price: £1 for kids under eight

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