February half term is nearly here. If you have kids you may well be wondering what to do with your little ones. February half term can be hard; it’s cold, the days are still short and there are also only so many re-runs of Peppa Pig to watch. Luckily, up and down the country, there are activities great and small for your kids to get stuck into. From getting in touch with their theatrical side to enjoying the great outdoors, there’s sure to be something for them. Here are ten of the best this February.
1. SS Great Britain
Do your kids have an interest in history? If so, a trip to the SS Great Britain in Bristol will go down well. This ship is an intriguing place to explore. It’s well worth a visit anytime of year, but even more so during half term because of the extra experiences available. It’s both a fun and educational day out.
2. Snowdrop Trail
The National Trust has a grand choice of activities for kids this half term; including the Snowdrop trail at Trelissick. You can enjoy the trail from 10am-5pm on 10th February. Kids will love looking for all the early signs of spring and it’s a great way to get them outside in the fresh air. Pick up a trail sheet when you arrive, and away you go. It’s fun for all the family.
3. Love Birds?
Love Bird? is run by the National Trust and it offers a chance to learn more about our feathered friends. Aptly held on 14th February 10.30-12.30 at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, this event is suitable for anyone over the age of 5. It costs £6.50 but this will include the materials for the children to make their very own bird box. Clothing will need to be weather appropriate and wellies as well as clothes you don’t mind getting a bit grubby are recommended.
4. Ipswich Wildlife Watch Group
The Wildlife Trust also hosts a range of activities for kids to get stuck into during half term. In Ipswich there will be a Wildlife Watch on 10th February 10am-12pm. This is a family activity for kids aged 6-12 and will be held in Holywells Park. This park is a beautiful space covering 28 hectares and is a County Wildlife Site. It’s a great place for the kids to get back to nature.
5. Pesky Husky
Pesky Husky in Scarborough offers a great day out for older kids and parents alike. This centre, open everyday, is home to 30 sled dogs and it provides a unique day out with these amazing animals. Visitors can be a musher on specially built scooters or hike on foot with them through the beautiful North York Moors. It is also possible to simply visit the kennel to meet and learn about the dogs. Groups are also catered for here.
6. Snowdrop Valley Exmoor
If the weather is in your favour this half term, a trip to the Snowdrop Valley in Exmoor will be a beautiful day out. This stretch of land is privately owned but the public will be given access this year from 27th January – 25th February; while the vast number of snowdrops are in bloom. Half term will be a wonderful time to see this magical display. Although you cannot drive directly there, it is possible to walk, or there is a park and ride available.
7. Blood Guts and Gore
Do your children love theatre? If so The Royal Shakespeare Company might just have the event for them. There are several activities for kids this February, including Blood Guts and Gore taken by the former heard of Wigs and Make-up. This activity will take place on 19th February from 11.30am-12.30pm. Kids will learn about how bruises, cuts and scars are created for theatre; suitable for all ages.
8. Peppa Pig World
If you have younger children, Peppa Pig World is sure to be a hit with them. This is is an ideal spot for any Peppa Pig lover and can be found within Paultons Park, Hampshire. There are seven different ride to try as well as other Peppa Pig themed attractions. Visit Peppa’s house, Grandpa’s house, the school, the library and of course there’s Peppa’s toy shop. Open everyday 11th-18th February 10am-5pm, this is a great day out.
9. North York Moors Dark Skies Festival
The North York Moors is a wonderful National Park. There is minimal light pollution here, contributing to some of the darkest skies in all the UK. This makes it ones of the best stargazing spots around. This is celebrated through the Dark Skies Festival from 9th-25th February. From stargazing parties to rocket making workshops and night mountain bike rides, there will be a whole host of exciting activities to enjoy here.
10. Meet Kipper!
Young kids will love Meet Kipper! at the Story Museum in Oxford. This event is free with entry to the museum and we’re sure little ones and adults alike will fall in love with this loveable dog as his stories are read out loud. Why not explore the rest of the museum before or after? It’s a great opportunity for learning and fun during the holidays.