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May half term is just around the corner and with the lighter evenings, restrictions lifting a little and things starting to open back up, we’ve got plenty to look forward to – and fingers crossed for some sunshine!

Here’s a handy round up of what’s going on over half term to keep all ages busy….

Get active with ParkLives

ParkLives is back to help keep us active in our local parks!

In addition to weekly adult sessions including circuits, companion cycling, Nordic walking and Zumba, there’s a packed timetable of activities on offer for children over half term including multi sports, tennis skills, family squash, dodgeball and even paddle boarding!

All sessions are free but places are limited, so booking in advance is essential.

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Love the Words at the Dylan Thomas Exhibition

The ‘Love the Words’ interactive exhibition is open Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm. Admission is free but advance booking is essential in order to ensure there is enough room to maintain social distancing and to avoid disappointment.

The Dylan Thomas team is especially looking forward to welcoming back its youngest visitors! Although the Learning Space has not yet re-opened, our young enthusiasts can still hunt for some of the animals that appear in Dylan’s writing on the Children’s Trail. If possible, please take your own pencil to complete it.

There’s a whole host of fun activities you can do from home on the website, and keep an eye out for new word searches, writing prompts and poetry activities over half term.

Half Term fun with Swansea Libraries

The Library Click and Collect service has proved very popular and will continue to be available throughout half term. Walk in access is also available at 16 libraries for book browsing, PC access, printing and photocopying.

Events are still online for the time being – keep an eye on the Facebook page on Thursday at 10.30am for ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ Storytime with Heather and on Friday at 10.30am for Rhyme Time with Sue.

Throughout the week there will also be lots of book recommendations and ideas to keep the family entertained indoors and out! Find out more

Rediscover the Glynn Vivian

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is now open, with a season of exciting new solo exhibitions by three young Welsh artists; Kathryn Ashill, Anya Paintsil and Dafydd Williams. Also on display are art works made by local communities over the past year, including ‘Postcards to the Future’ and a ‘Welcome Banner’ made in partnership with Swansea City of Sanctuary to commemorate their 10 year anniversary.

If you’re visiting with children over half term, don’t forget to pick up a Children’s Activity Pack, containing do-it-yourself art activities that will help you make, draw and sculpt your way around the gallery. All materials are provided for you to finish your creations at home. Available from Friday 28 May. Alternatively, you can find lots of crafty projects to try out at home on the website.

The Gallery will be open Wednesday – Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm. Admission is free but advance booking is essential in order to ensure there is enough room to maintain social distancing and to avoid disappointment.

Outdoor Fun!

Our very own free waterpark, Blackpill Lido, will be reopening on Saturday 29 May and will be open 9am-5pm every day until the end of August. With its splash pad, water features, children’s play area and picnic facilities, it makes for a great family day out.

Singleton Boating Lake is now open 11am-5pm every weekend and throughout the school holidays – look out for the colourful, new car pedalos!

And if you fancy testing out your pitch and putt skills, the crazy golf courses at both Singleton Boating Lake and Southend Gardens, Mumbles are open 11am-5pm every weekend and throughout the school holidays. Find out more

Date for your diary…

Swansea Museum will be reopening its magnificent doors to heritage hunters and curious minds from 8 June! The oldest museum in Wales provides a glimpse of Swansea life – past, present and future.

Swansea Museum will be open Tuesdays  and Wednesdays, and Fridays to Sundays, 10am – 3pm. Admission is free but advance booking is essential in order to ensure there is enough room to maintain social distancing and to avoid disappointment. Find out more