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The realistic guide to half term days out with kids by train

Half term is a week of wonderment, smiling faces and sunny skies – but actually it can be super annoying. Arranging childcare, spending hours repeating the same games and overdosing on children’s TV. Here’s our honest, scraped-knees-and-all guide to days out by train…

Team up

Team up

Obvious as it is, everyone knows children entertain other children (and wear them out!) better than adults. So, before half term, arrange a couple of big days out, where a bunch of you gather your respective clans and head out in search of adventure. The kids will have a blast and you'll get a dose of adult conversation. 

Stay ahead of the game

Your little ones know you know everything, so don’t disappoint them. If you’re taking the train this half term make sure you know precisely where you need to be and when – plus extra time for all the faffing about. You’ll be stress-free and your telepathic knowledge of train movements in the UK (aided by the live journey info in our app) will blow their tiny minds – kaboom!

Plan for the things you didn’t plan for

You don’t need us to tell you that on the day if you don’t bring something, you'll suddenly need it. So for half term, plan for the boring bits and try to make them fun. Take colouring books, iPads, spare clothes – whatever you think it is that you won’t need.

Flex your superpowers

You need to be super-powered to get things done in a house full of little people. So, don’t let the small stuff take up important playtime. Take for example train tickets - book them in a matter of seconds with our app, including extras like Railcards, GroupSave and seat preferences. All the time you save can be better spent building a sofa fort or watching Paw Patrol. 

Make space

Even children who have outgrown their pushchairs need more space than adults. They like to stretch out, swap seats, look out the windows on both sides. And who can blame them? That zest for life is to be encouraged for as long as it is socially acceptable. However, no-one wants to be the mum getting scornful glares from the childless commuter types, so tap into BusyBot if you’re taking the train and find yourself a nice spacious carriage to enjoy.

And this little piggy went wee wee wee💙🐷💙 #baby #boy #mum #selfie #cute

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Be prepared

Finally, here are a few kit list essentials:

  • Water
  • Juice
  • Wet wipes (so many wet wipes)
  • Plasters
  • Trainline app
  • Railcard
  • Spare clothes
  • More spare clothes
  • Snacks
  • Snacks for when you eat the snacks
  • Colouring in stuff
  • Tablet with downloaded Kids TV (Peppa Pig - Oink! Oink!)
  • Toys

Have a marvellous half term!



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