Stuck for ideas for things to do when the children are off school this half term? The gloomy weather doesn’t make great inspiration for planning activities so with the February half term two weeks’ away we have put together our round up of top tips for things to do between February 17 and February 21. Let us know if you have any suggestions for more:
1. Wherever you are, there will be museums and galleries nearby with most free to visit and many holding activities specifically aimed at children. Have a look at your local council website for specific events and places to visit and see what your local Arts centre has to offer.
2. If you’re making a trip to central London there are classic favourites such as the National History and Science Museums, which are mostly free to visit too. Or visit the National Portrait Gallery any day this half term and enjoy a week of family drop-ins and ticketed events to fire up the imagination.
3. If you want a fun day out that’s as enjoyable for the parents as the kids, have a look at Mercedes World in Weybridge. With lots of automobile exhibits, a cinema showing how cars are built and design problems for children to solve it’s a great day out for the whole family, and it’s free.
4. Anyone living near Manchester can check out the Lowry Arts Centre, which organizes a number of cheap or free activities for children.
5. At London’s Southbank there will be a children’s festival, ‘Imagine’. As well as hosting top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art there will be free activities, and the whole thing is run for children, by children.
6. If your children are more interested by the great outdoors, think about paying a visit to the nearest national park for a bracing walk or visit your local farm, zoo, or gardens to learn more about nature. Some will be holding half term activities that would need to be booked in advance online or by phone.
7. If you really can’t face the rainy weather there are plenty of ways to create fun at home. Dressing up boxes, colouring in books, create a sculpture, put on a play or organise a sleep over – so there you have it, plenty to keep the kids occupied this half term.