As the February half-term week stretches out before us, there are plenty of parents scratching their heads about what they can do to keep their children occupied with everything closed.
But the situation gives us the opportunity to be creative and come up with some interesting ways of curbing the boredom.
Here we take you through just a few ideas, and please share yours with us by emailing: [email protected]
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5. Go on a family bike ride
Why not head out with the kids for a fun family bike ride, as part of your exercise for the day? There are plenty of picturesque routes in the town for you to enjoy.
Photo: Bruce Fitzgerald
6. Have fun with home baking
It might result in kitchen full of mess, but home baking is a great way to while away an hour or two with the kids. Whether that's through making rice krispie treats or a more complicated cake, there's plenty of fun to be had with making your own sweet treats.
7. Go out to the local playground
Unlike the first national lockdown, which had restrictions comparable to the ones we are currently subject to, playgrounds are permitted to remain open. There are plenty across Mansfield to try.
8. Try birdwatching
Birdwatching is a fun activity that you and the family can enjoy both from the comfort of your own home or while out at your local park or woods. The RSPB have put together some birdwatching tips here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/go-birdwatching/ Pictured is a kestrel hunting its prey is silhouetted against a morning's sunrise, used for illustrative purposes. Picture: SWNS
Photo: Martin Cook / SWNS