It’s hard at this time of year when it’s cold, Christmas is over and it seems nothing much is happening. Sometimes you want to do something else with the kids other than the usual rhymetimes and storytimes, going to the playground or dragging them around the shops. Well I’ve pulled together 5 things you can do around Slough and the neighbouring area:
1) Celebrate Chinese New Year, Sat Jan 28th
I would love it if Slough had a Chinese New Year celebration in the town centre, but they don’t. Our nearest one is in Maidenhead, which is a short drive, bus or train journey from Slough, and it’s set to be the town’s biggest Chinese New Year celebration to date. Eagle Claw Kung Fu will be performing the traditional lion dance full of noise and colour followed by a few new surprises. There will also be free chinese lantern making workshops in the Nicholsons Shopping Centre.
2) Go for a Countryside Walk
It’s lovely to wrap up warm, put your wellies on and go for a walk through the trees in Black Park, or if you don’t fancy the mud Langley Country Park has lots of pretty, buggy friendly walks too. There’s also a market at Black Park on Sunday Jan 29th in the car park 10am-4pm, with locally made arts and crafts, gifts, vintage items, homewares and clothing, plus locally made food.
3) Go to a Show at The Curve
There are a couple of shows at The Curve in Slough this February.
- Bonkers Balloon Science Show – Sat Feb 11th, 11-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm
An interactive show full of trills, spills, pops and bangs.
- Ugly Animal Roadshow – Weds Feb 15th
Join biologist and presenter Simon Watt for a performance that celebrates and explores the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous. Weds 15th – The Curve 12.30-1.30pm, Cippenham Library 3-4pm.
Tickets for both shows are £6 – £8, or £24 for a family ticket.
4) Try out a FREE kids event at The Curve during Half Term
- Learn finger knitting – Mon Feb 13th 2-3pm, Children aged 5+
- Space mission – discover space with ExploreLearning, Tues Feb 14th 10-30-11.30am
- Fantastic Flying Saucer – story and crafts – Thurs Feb 16th 10.30-11.30am
- Potato Printing – Fri Feb 17th 10.30-11.30am
- Book reading from Children’s Author Rachel Lloyd – reading Connor the Conker with music and yoga, Sat Feb 25th 1.30-2.30pm
- Book character mask making story and craft, Tues Feb 28th 2-2.30pm
5) Go Bowling at Absolutely Ten Pin, Slough
They are still open despite Slough Borough Council asking them to close from May 2017. We loved taking Tyler here when he was a toddler, both to the bowling and the soft play. Bowling with kids is soooo much fun. Basically the contract on the building ends in May 2017, and the council want to redevelop the area into something else – I’ve seen the plans and they want to squeeze in loads of different activities into a small space and shrink the bowling alley to just a few lanes. I think it will be chaos, too much under one roof. Absolutely Ten Pin have opened a petition to try and change their minds. You can sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/2f06Ynn
So there’s 5 things for you. If you have any other suggestions, do let us know in the comments 🙂