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Family days out with your younger children

PUBLISHED: 13:17 03 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:17 03 January 2015

Getting creative at the Turner, Margate

Getting creative at the Turner, Margate

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Enjoy a creative start to 2015, go on a bracing walk and take up a new hobby, from chess to joining your local girl guides or scout group

Enjoy a creative start to the year

Children can enjoy some arts and crafts at the Turner Contemporary Museum in Margate this month. From pottery to folk art, there is plenty to choose from at hands-on sessions running at the museum on 1, 4 and 11 January. Drop in between 1pm and 4pm. £3.50 per child. See also: www.turnercontemporary.org.

3 other great things to do this month…

• Enjoy a New Year’s Day family walk in the beautiful Kent countryside and work off some of that chocolate. The National Trust is running family-friendly guided walks in the Sevenoaks area on 1 January at Ightham Mote and Knole. Times and booking details are available online. See also: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

• Alternatively, pick up the pace a bit and enter the Lamberhurst New Year’s Day Children’s Race - a family fun run over one kilometre starting and ending at Lamberhurst Village Hall. Enter in advance online, or register on the day, www.runnersworld.co.uk.

• Oh help! Oh No! It’s the Gruffalo! Well, the Gruffalo’s Child actually, who is the subject of an exciting children’s trail at Bedgebury Pinetum, open daily until the end of February. Activity packs are available to buy and the trail is suitable for children aged two to eight, www.bedgeburypinetum.org.uk.

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Make a New Year’s resolution to discover something new to enjoy in 2015

• Scouts and Guides: Scouts and Girlguiding continue to thrive in the 21st Century, with boys and girls from age five up to young adulthood enjoying activities as diverse as camping, crafts, first aid training, music and sport. Kent has several local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, as well as Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups - check online for your local one: www.girlguiding.org.uk and www.scouts.org.uk.

• Geocaching: This modern-day treasure-hunting activity is increasing in popularity as more and more people get involved in hunting for hidden caches using GPS technology, readily available on smart phones and tablets. Discover local route listings and advice online: www.geocaching.com.

• Rock climbing: While the January weather might still be a bit too chilly to tackle too many mountains outdoors, there are plenty of places in Kent where you can learn the basics indoors. Revolution Climbing Centre and Skatepark is based in Broadstairs, or there is an indoor climbing wall at Arethusa Venture Centre in Rochester. See also: www.revolutionclimbingcentre.co.uk and www.arethusa.org.uk.

• Chess: Chess is a great way to develop skills such as problem-solving, planning and team playing, as well as to enjoy friendly competition and fun. The Kent Junior Chess Association runs training events and tournaments across the county for chess players across a wide range of all ages and abilities. See also: www.kjca.org.

• Ballet: Ballet offers both girls and boys the chance to learn one of the most elegant, inspirational dance forms there is, as well as improve their flexibility, strengthen their core muscles and enjoy performing in shows for family and friends. Even toddlers can enjoy ballet, with baby ballet classes all over Kent. See also: www.babyballet.co.uk.

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