Thought half term was all about expensive day trips and ‘are we there yet’s? Think again! Mell Square has you covered with loads of exciting and affordable ways to keep the kids entertained from the comfort of your own home.


The first rule of half term is to ensure that your cupboards are fully stocked and M&S is here to help. If your little ones are known to play with their food, let them go wild figuring out, and later eating, the store’s 23-piece jigsaw sandwich platter. Alternatively, you can never go wrong with a pizza slice or mini wrap selection.

Top things off with some light and refreshing mini fruit jellies for dessert. Or if you’ve got your children’s playmates round, keep them all happy with a Colin the Caterpillar platter which feeds 24 children for just £10. The best bit? There’s guaranteed to be a slice or two left over that you can steal!


For creative kids who love making things, head to Poundland and discover all the materials needed for their next masterpiece. The store has Crayola felt sheets, tissue paper, coloured markers, stamps and much more. If your children want to channel their inner artists (or just get messy), you can also find paint and refillable brush sets for as little as £1.


Stuck for something to do? Then treat the kids to a new board game from Argos in Sainsbury’s in Poplar Way. Trust us when we say the hours will fly by with family favourites like Buckaroo and Frustration.

Or if you fancy having a cosy day watching films under a blanket, you can find fantastic deals on DVDs like Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, The Greatest Showman and Frozen. You can even bag the complete collection of Harry Potter films on DVD and blue-ray. Just grab some popcorn and you’re good to go!


While you’re in the Square, stop off at Café Isabella’s, where you and the kids can tuck into scones with jam, cream and a hot chocolate.

We think that settles it. From food to games and everything in between, there are so many ways for your kids to have fun this half term! Get everything you need for the best week off yet at Mell Square.

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