Get a head start on your plans for February half term with our handy guide to what’s on for you and the kids. We’ve covered indoor fun, action and adventure days and cultural activities – but these are just a few ideas, we’d love to hear what you’re up to! Send us your recommendations on social media or leave us a comment. Then get planning with our handy guide!
- You can always rely on the National Trust for a wild array of different activities. From a Junior Ranger Day on 20 February at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk where kids can learn about coppicing, how to make a fire and use a map, to Plodge (on for the whole month of February) at Gibside, Tyne and Wear – a free trail of the best muddy places to stomp about, try a muddy barefoot walk or even give welly-wanging a go! Find your nearest Trust activity here.
- Legoland Junior Builders Week 2019 – The theme park is closed for the half term but instead they’ve put on The Junior Builder event, where you can stay at the hotel and enjoy fun activities such as character meet and greets, evening entertainment, a treasure hunt and entry to the indoor swimming pool and water play area. It’s pricey though – check out the website for full details.
- Watch a movie – You can even have a piece of the Lego fun on a budget, thanks to the release of the Lego Movie 2 in February! Other big releases to coincide with the kids’ holidays are How to Train Your Dragon III and family fantasy adventure The Kid Who Would Be King.
- February also heralds the start of the spring lambing season, and a great place to enjoy this cuddly side of the great outdoors is the award-winning Cotswold Farm Park.
- Fans of slightly more extreme (and action-packed!) fun will love Diggerland – there’s one in Kent, Durham, Devon and West Yorkshire. Children can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers and other full-size construction machinery on this crazy fun-filled day out.
- Feeling arty? Head to Oxford for a rare exhibition of the playful, childlike work of Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean Museum (just steer clear of the more risque works!) It’s also a great museum for families with free family trails, sketching materials and magnifiers and torches available to collect on arrival.
- If a trip to the Natural History Museum in London always seems to be top of these lists, it’s because it’s still one of the best free days out you can have in the UK – that was, until they sent their world-famous model dinosaur, affectionately known as ‘Dippy’, on a tour of the country’s museums! During February he’s in Glasgow but check out the NHM website for more dates and locations, plus details about what’s on for the half term week.