Pats on the back are needed all round as Mums and Dads we’ve safely made it through the first half term. That now means that instead of the challenge of getting everyone clean, fed and out the door before school or nursery we now have the challenge of keeping little Tinki’s entertained. Never fear though there is always lots to do in MK here is my round up of the five top things to do over the coming week that don’t cost a bean.


  1. Halloween Activities at Intu

In what will forever be known as the ‘new bit’ there are a whole raft of activities to keep little people busy. Monday sees Intu hold its Ghoul School where Tinki’s can turn themselves into toilet paper mummys and try their hand at flying a witch’s broomstick. Wednesday is set for potion making and Friday is pumpkin carving, they are even generously providing the pumpkins. All sessions run between 11am and 4pm.

2. Half Term fun at Waterstones

The team at Waterstones have lots planned over the holiday to suit a range of ages. Monday they are hosting storytime for 1-3 year olds at 11am and 3 pm. There is a book quiz for older children (9-16) on Thursday at 2pm with a £5 book token as the prize – a definite incentive. Friday they host some Frightening Halloween crafts for those ages 3-7 at 2pm.

3. MK Play Association Sessions

The amazing MKPA are back with a whole host of free sessions to keep little ones busy. The sessions are aimed at children over 4 but little ones are welcome if their carers are happy to help them join in. The sessions are very active so great for older kids too.

Session running are:
Tuesday 25th October              10am-12.30pm Monkston Park Community Centre
2pm-4.30pm New Bradwell, Newport Road Rec
Wednesday 26th                       10am – 12.30pm Two Mile Ash, High Street, Play Park
11.30am-2pm Kents Hill Community Centre
Thursday 27th                           10am-12.30pm Monkston Community Centre.
2pm-4pm New Bradwell, Meads Close.

4. Pets at Home Animal Workshops

The Pets at Home Animal Workshops are back this time with a seasonal feel, teaching youngsters about how animals behave in Autumn and Winter and how to special care of them over the Bonfire period. Tinki and I really enjoyed our ‘small furry’ session over the summer you can read our review.  The workshops are taking place at both the Rooksley and Bletchley stores. Bletchley are hosting special Halloween sessions on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th which little ones are encouraged to dress up with a prize for the winning costume.

5. Knitting in Newport

If you fancy a more gentle pace then head to Newport Pagnell Library where they are hosting children’s learn to knit sessions on Saturday 29th.

6. Walk and Win Cash at Campbell Park

Following the success of Pokémon Go, an app as been designed to help families get out this half term. The Mobile Adventures app gets you to explore Campbell Park to find spooky characters which unlock points and quizzes. The top three family teams at the end of Half Time will receive £100 each in high street vouchers.

7. Parks glorious parks
No blog about free activities in MK would be complete without a nod to the hundreds of parks in and around MK. Have you checked out the new park at Oakgrove yet (near Waitrose for those who need a restorative free coffee after!) Also the park at Conniburrow Boulevard has been refit recently and is fab for all ages with lots of space and different equipment to play on including a funky dance mat thing which we’ve never found anything similar to elsewhere.