Jurassic Half-Term Boredom Busters

by JT

February 8, 2017 0

Jurassic Half-Term Boredom Busters

So it’s February. It’s kids half-term.

You’ve been exposed to so much children’s television that your brain is turning to mushy peas mixed up with red and blue slush puppy. Your ears, not to mention other places, are bleeding  thanks to the constant cross-stream noise from dozens of devices littering your house. And you’ve got blisters from the endless run of feeding time at the zoo, clearing up of toys and tidying up mess. Before starting all over again.

But on the plus side as a result you could get a new job with the UN due to your experience of breaking up fights, refereeing inter-communal conflict and negotiating peace deals between warring siblings.

Sound familiar? Make no mistake, we know that children are a blessing. When they’re happy, you’re happy and there’s nothing better than spending quality time together.

So, OCEANROCKS has some Jurassic half-term boredom buster ideas which could help make it all run a bit more smoothly without the need for oodles of prescription drugs or Gin on drip (as fun as that might be).

And because OCEANROCKS is all about celebrating the ocean, seaside and water, as a result all our ideas are  largely based in and around the Jurassic Coast in Dorset and Devon.  Some are free, others cost a bit, but hopefully these Jurassic Half-Term Boredom Busters might give you some inspiration when it all gets a too much…

Fly like a bird

A fast, high and thrilling ride above the surf – the world’s first zip wire from pier to coast at Bournemouth Beach is becoming a popular attraction. Visit the rockreef website for details including price, opening times, booking details, height & weight guides and other terms and conditions.

Reach for the stars

Image of stars at night for Jurassic Half-Term Boredom Busters article

OK, yes it’s cold in February. But those crisp and dark early evenings are perfect for a spot of star gazing.  You can clearly see the man on the moon and even sometimes spot planets like Mars and Venus. Just wrap up warm and find a safe spot.  We’re no experts so here’s a guide from the National Trust. There’s some pretty neat apps for your mobile phone too. Most useful when you’re out and haven’t got a clue what you’re looking at – try Night Sky 4.

Visit a TV film set

Image of cliffs at West Bay, Dorset

Dorset and Devon is packed full of locations where TV and movies were shot. One of the most popular recently is Broadchurch starring Dave ‘Dr Who’ Tennant and Olivia Colman, plus many other famous faces. It was mainly filmed in the lovely fishing harbour of West Bay on the Jurassic Coast. Here’s a guide to help you explore the main filming locations (note: West Bay also has lovely pubs and restaurants).  Hate Broadchurch? Here’s OCEANROCKS guide to other filming locations around the UK.

Storm a castle

Image of Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

Stunning 1000 year old Corfe Castle is set in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. It’s super child-friendly and great to explore for families. There’s events on through-out half term – including a zip wire for teddy bears from the top of the castle. Run by the National Trust – get details.

You can even catch an old fashioned steam train which runs between Corfe and Swanage. It was restored and is run thanks to hard efforts of local volunteers.

Experience a close encounter of the dino kind

Image of a dinosaur toy

Seaton Jurassic is a landmark visitor attraction showcasing the Jurassic Coast. The attraction has earned rave reviews since opening in summer 2016. It’s pitched towards children and is packed full of things to do, try and experience. Plan your adventure.

See a show

Image of a poster about the Fisheman's Daughter play

‘Jess’s Odyssey –The Fisherman’s Daughter’ is touring Dorset’s Libraries. The play was especially written and produced for children as part of ‘Weymouth Leviathan’ – a new maritime literary festival which launched in 2016.  Staged by the As One Theatre Company, performances take place at Weymouth Library on 15 February, Bridport Library on 16 February and Dorchester Library on 17 February.

Search for treasure 

Iimage of a fossil for great days out on the Jurassic Coast

Thanks to powerful storm waves pummeling the cliffs, winter is a great time to search for fossils.  Increase your chances of finding a Dinosaur tooth or whirly ammonite by visiting Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. You can even join a guided walk or get your finds identified by centre experts. The southwest coastline is littered with shipwrecks so if you’re extra lucky maybe you might yet find coins and other treasure washed ashore! Remember – always stay safe on the coast.

Thanks for reading. I hope you found our Jurassic Half-Term Boredom Busters useful!

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