Monthly Archives: February 2017

Half-term is here! How to stay prepared

Go Ape Kids Half Term

Yep…it’s that time already! We are all tackling the first half-term of the year. Were you prepared this time round? No? Then let us help you nail it for next time!

Start planning NOW!

Parents: the task that lies before you is to find ways to keep your little tykes entertained for the entire half-term week. Not just for their sake, but for your sanity’s sake so that you don’t have to deal with them constantly telling you: “I’m boorrrrrreeeedddd!”

Start making plans now and who knows, you might enjoy the break as much as your little ones! Here are some ways you can get ahead…Tree Top Junior School Trips

Purchase indoor supplies

The British climate is unpredictable at the best of times; and while we’re all for embracing the great outdoors come rain or shine, you should still have some indoor activities lined up. Make sure the arts and crafts box is full, buy ingredients to bake a cake, or treat your little one to a new board game (make it one that you’ll enjoy playing, too!).

…But make sure you get out

Don’t let cabin fever make you cranky! If you spend a day indoors, try to get out for at least a few hours the next. Fresh air does the world of good and combined with some good ol’ exercise, it will help to tire out your little ones meaning a peaceful evening for you!

If your kid loves nothing more than to roam the great outdoors, why not treat them to a trip to Go Ape Tree Top Junior? They’ll spend an hour monkeying around in the treetops, taking on a whole host of obstacles. See their confidence grow as they swing from tree to tree, and listen to them yell “Wahooo!” as they descend the final zip wire.

Organise some playdates

Team up with the parents of your little one’s friends and get a few playdates in the diary. Taking it turns to host with the other mums and dads means you’ll get a couple of days to yourself!

Find free activities

Occupying your kid through half-term needn’t cost an arm and a leg. There are tonnes of fun, free activities you can all get involved in, from bike rides to museum trips, to treasure hunts in the forest! Your local area might put on special events for the half-term break, too so do some research to see what’s on.

Plan a special treat

Plan an extra special treat for your little one you could make it a surprise, or you could ask them what they’d like to do. If they know what and when their treat is, at least they’ll have something to look forward to. It’ll also help to make sure they’re super well-behaved (technically bribery, but effective nonetheless).

If your kid loves nothing more than to roam the great outdoors, why not treat them to a trip to Go Ape? They’ll spend an hour monkeying around in the treetops, taking on a whole host of obstacles. See their confidence grow as they swing from tree to tree, and listen to them yell “Wahooo!” as they descend the final zip wire.

There is only 13 weeks until May half term so why wait until it’s too late and risk disappointment? A Tree Top Junior is aimed at mini Tarzans aged 6-12. If your little monkey is older, then they’ll be able to take on one of our Tree Top Adventure courses. Rather than watching them have all the fun, you should join in too!

Move over Hygge…Hello world!

Zip, Zip, Horray

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in the middle of a forest with no connection to the outside world), you’ve probably heard of Hygge.

Hygge is associated with cosiness. It’s that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re cuddled up on the sofa reading your favourite book, cocooned in a fluffy blanket in front of a crackling fire. It’s a feeling of comfort and contentment; it’s indulging in all the good things and good people in your life, check out how we like to embrace Hygge.

Now, it’s never our aim to upset readers of our blog, and the amount of press Hygge’s received can only mean that there are plenty of devotees out there.

But, we’re kind of over it.

We embraced Hygge for months and loved every second, but those days and evenings spent inside has got us yearning for some time in the great outdoors! We’re sure it wasn’t its intention, but too much Hygge led us to develop a serious case of cabin fever!

Half-term at Go ApeWith the days getting longer and lighter (finally!), Mother Nature is calling out our names (can you hear her?). We want nothing more than to wrap up warm, head out and explore! It’s still a winter wonderland out there, but that’s not a bad thing. The great outdoors is beautiful this time of the year, sure it’s cold, but dress right and that won’t even matter!

It’s hard to explain. Unlike Hygge, there isn’t a word to describe the feeling you get after spending a day in the great outdoors. It’s a mixture of feelings, we guess. We feel positive, revitalised, content, accomplished and connected (to nature, that is).

We can’t summarise is with a single word perhaps we should make one up? (Answers on a postcard, please!).

Outside, there’s no limit to what you can do. Got kids? Organise a scavenger hunt, build a fort or supervise a campfire, where you can all keep warm, toast marshmallows and sing songs. Hanging out with your other half? Drive out to the countryside for a winter picnic, complete with blankets, sarnies and a flask of hot chocolate. Spending the day with your friends? Cruise a forest trail on your bikes, and stop off at a pub en route back home.

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that will get your adrenaline pumping, then why not take to the trees at Go Ape? Embark on a Tree Top Adventure and you’ll clamber high up into the canopy to crawl through tunnels, wobble across bridges, swing from stirrups and leap off platforms! Oh, and whoosh down zip wires, too!

We’re officially on countdown…Go Ape’s forest doors open on the 11th of February – and we can hardly contain our excitement! Book before 10th February and save 20% off your half-term adventure, and so that you have something to get excited about!

See you very soon!

4 ways to stay warmer than freshly popped toast

Winter at Go Ape

Brrrrrr…cold out there, isn’t it?

Not that we mind. In fact, we find this weather pretty refreshing. These nippy temperatures have got us longing for some of the white stuff or shall we say, some more of the white stuff, as the last lot was unimpressive at best!

We want to scavenge the forest for bits to build a snow gorilla, and we want to host the ultimate snowball fight (tree trunks make great shields, don’t you know?).

Anyway, we realise we’re going to sound like nagging grandparents when we say this, but it’s really important to keep warm this winter! Jack Frost is out there, ready to nip at your fingers, nose and toes if you’re underprepared, there’s a chance you’ll catch the dreaded lurgy, and no one wants that!

So, here are four ways to stay warm this winter…

1) Layer up

Shorts? In this weather? Nuh-uh! If it’s icy outside, layer up jacket, coat, hat, scarf, gloves, the lot. Wearing clothes made from wool, cotton or other fleecy fibres will keep you super-cosy as they help to maintain body heat. And another stay-toasty-tip: if you’re heading out on a walk, put some hand warmers in your coat pockets. They work a treat. For egg-stra smugness, why not hardboil some eggs to use as handwarmers. Once you’re warmed up they make a great snack too!

2) Exercise in the morning

Nothing gets the blood pumping quite like exercise and as your muscles warm up, so do you! Aside from keeping you toasty, a morning workout sharpens the mind, improves your mood, and gives your metabolism a boost, too. Whether you choose to run, ride, or embark on an intense morning HIIT session is up to you!

Tell you what else will warm you up: swinging through the trees monkey-style at Go Ape! You’ll not only swing – you’ll jump, climb, crawl and wobble on one of our Tree Top Adventure courses. It’s a fully body workout; but you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t realise that you’re in fact burning hundreds of cals. We’re back open for monkey business on 11th February so not long to wait!

3) Eat right

You don’t need to consume rich, creamy, calorific foods to keep warm this winter. In fact, it’s far better to fill your belly and fuel your body with nutritious superfoods packed with antioxidants, nutrients and immune-boosting properties. Think porridge topped with fruit, hearty soups, and veg-packed chilli. Our fave yellow fruit, the humble banana, should also be on your shopping list.

4) Avoid the booze

A shot of Amaretto in your hot choccy will help keep you warm, right? Wrong! You may be surprised to learn that drinking alcohol actually lowers the core temperature of your body, rather than warming it up. So if you want to keep toasty, it may be worth sticking to softs!

So with those tips in mind, isn’t it time you hit the great outdoors? Just for a refresher, here’s a snapshot of just how beautiful the frosty forest can be at our Aberfoyle course in Scotland.

Got a trick you want to share? Tell us on social @GoApeTribe

Page 2 of 212