FREE February half term fun (and some for a fiver)
Harassed parents, breathe! Check out these fab - and pretty much all of them free - events and activities across Leicestershire from comedy to kiddie raves, jewellery making to printmaking and more.
Half term’s nearly here already? It feels like I only just put my flippin’ Christmas tree away. Muddy to the rescue with more than 20 free half term saviours across Leicestershire to keep the ankle biters entertained. Anything utterly brilliant and unmissable that I’ve left off? Let me know in the comment box below.
National Forest’s Funniest Kids, Century Theatre, 8 Feb
This is the chance to experience the first Coalville Funniest Kids Comedy Show. Children from around the region come to flex their comic biceps and give everyone a bit of a giggle. Featuring four age ranges and competition winners from schools around the town, we get ready to laugh at those funny kids. Every family has one! Winners receive prize and trophy. 1-3pm. £5.
Wriggly Readers, Market Harborough and Museum, 13 Feb
Get ready for some fun stories, rhymes and songs! Have a giggle and let your little ones explore their new surroundings. Book tickets here.
Snow Mouse, Attenborough Arts Centre, 14- 16 Feb
Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A child hurries to put on their winter clothes so they can run outside and play in a sparkly new world. Just when they are starting to feel a bit lonely they find a sleeping mouse buried under the soft white flakes. Sliding, tumbling and laughing, they explore the winter wonderland together and keep each other safe and warm from the winter freeze. Join the two new friends on their adventures in a magical forest full of play, puppetry and music. £5 / £15 Family of four.
Nature Week, Gorse Hill City Farm, Leicester, 15-23 Feb
A week of fun-filled activities including a winter scavenger hunt, children’s drawing competition, cake decorating and lots more plus, you can even meet the farm animals. Activities are either free or under a fiver.
Children’s Craft Sessions, Pop Up Cafe Market Harborough, 17 and 21 Feb
Monday (First Market Harborough Scout Hut, Coventry Road) and Friday (St Dionysius Community Hall, Cov Road) 9.30-11.30am. In the past kids have created pencil cases to tea light holders. Each session also has freshly scented play dough and loads of colouring, stickers and paints sticks to play with as well as balloons. £5 but mention Muddy and you’ll only pay £4.50! Suitable for 2-10 year old.
Rose and Castle painting, Foxton Locks, Market Harbs, 15 Feb
Come and try your hand at this traditional canal craft, we’ll have staff on hand to guide you as you paint your own wooden spoon or paper plate in the Rose and Castle style. Drop in activity. Free. 10am-3pm
Photography workshops, Foxton Locks, Market Harbs, 16 Feb
Join the Market Harborough photographic society for this introductory workshop, teaching you composition tips and taking you out on site to try out your new skills. Places are limited so booking is essential, here on Eventbrite. 10.00am to 12 noon and 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
Mog, The Forgetful Cat fun,Market Harborough, 17-21 Feb
Pop in anytime during the shop’s opening hours and enjoy some Mog-nificent activities planned, celebrating 50 years of Mog The Forgetful Cat! You can try and find Mog, make your own Mog mash, pin the tail on Mog and more and all absolutely free.
Going on a bear hunt, Oadby Library, 17 Feb
Come along as we go on a bear hunt at Oadby Library! Monday 17th February 2-2.30pm Fun and interactive stories and rhymes for under 7s. Free event but booking essential. Call: 0116 305 8763 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. At 2pm.
BYOB Comedy, Attenborough Arts Centre, 17 Feb
Our award-nominated lunchtime comedy club for you and your little one. With comedy for grown ups and toys, soft flooring and more for baby – a top night out during the day. Featuring the best comedians from the Leicester Comedy Festival. 12pm – 1:15pm £5 for you and baby / £15 family of four Suitable for age 16+ and under 15 months
Kids’ Comedy Workshop, New Walk Museum, 18 Feb
Does your child enjoy making people laugh? Here’s a great Leics Comedy Festival event for February half term. Children will develop their comedy skills with multi-award winning Leicester comic, Rob Gee. Rob will take them through the process of creating and performing their own comedy. They’ll earn how to make an audience collapse into laughter – or groan and howl – as well as various tricks of the trade. Ages 8 to 11 years, all ability. £4.50. 2-4pm.
Kids Court, Attenborough Arts Centre 19 Feb
Parents sit in the dock, in the court where the kids are in charge! With a Judge, Prosecution and Defence played by local comedians, children get the chance to put their parents or older siblings on trial and decide a suitable penalty for their misdemeanours, with you helping to decide whether they are guilty or not. £5. Starts at 4pm.
The Book of Daft – 3D Family Show, Attenborough Arts Centre, 19 Feb
Daft father-and-daughter double act Ian and Niamh Hall (age 11) follow up two sell out shows with their latest jam-packed jamboree of daft fun for the whole family. Dress up, dance and sing along (if you’d like) to help bring a new chapter of ‘The Book of Daft’ to life – this time in 3D! Starts at 11am. £5.
Frosty Fun Day, Leicester Guildhall, 20 Feb
Have a go at creating a winter wonderland whether it’s frosty or not! ‘Do you want to build an Olaf Snowman? Come on, let’s go and play’…in our annual snowball fight in the Great Hall. Make frosty antlers, sparkling tiaras, or icicle bunting and follow our icy trails too. 11am-3pm. £3 drop-in event. T: 0116 253 2569
Maths Madness, King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leics 21 Feb
Stacks of hilarious audience participation and some mind-bending mathematical concepts, all delivered in an accessible fashion for children and their parents. All ages welcome, recommended 8+. 1-2pm and 3-4pm. £4 or pay what you feel.
Laugh Term Comedy Showcase, Curve, 21 Feb
Join us for the culmination of our inaugural Laugh Term Comedy School. A showcase of young talent as participants from the School take to the stage and perform comedy, some of them, for the very first time. The have been working all week with professional comedians to learn the tricks of the trade. Come and spot the stars of the future. From 5.30and 7pm. £5.
Half Term Inflatable Fun, Hood Park Leisure Centre, Ashby, 21 Feb
Indoor inflatable fun event for all the kids. There’s three sessions for 1 hour 30 minutes of ridiculous fun – aa great way to tire them out for the evening! Session 1 9.30am – 11am, session 2 11am – 12.30pm and session 3 12.30pm – 2pm Tickets are just £5 per child & £3 for under 3s.
Jewellery making, Foxton Locks, Market Harbs, 22 Feb
Have a go at creating your own piece of jewellery to take home and treasure. 10am – 3pm.
Funny Family Extravaganza, Attenborough Arts Centre – Main Hall, Leics, 22 Feb
Funny Family Extravaganza! Join comedian Dan Nicholas and our friendly learning crew to see the funny side of things – expect belly laughs, silly stand up, and fun for all the family. Everyone is welcome and supported at this inclusive family event. Free from 11am.
Creepy Crawlies Hunt, Bosworth Battlefield, 15 – 23 Feb
Oh gosh! The site has been taken over by Creepy Crawlies . Can you help find them all? Collect your Hunt sheets from The Ticket Office, search for the Creepy Crawlies and return your completed form to the Ticket Office to collect your rewardSuitable for children of ages up to 12 years. Cost: £2.00 per Hunt sheet. Car parking charges apply. Daily 10-4pm
Printmaking playground and Tracing Faces, 15 Feb
Join in with the fun and get creative at the LPW Printmaking Playground (Leics Print Workshop) and take away your colourful prints. Suitable for kids aged 4+. Alternatively, trace the faces you see in-front of you to make dynamic artwork at Two Queens Gallery, Leics. Both events run from 12pm – 4pm. Free.
Let’s Fish! Foxton Locks, Market Harbs, 23 Feb
These award-winning, fishing taster sessions are run with coaching from professional angling coaches and provided by angling and fisheries team. You must book ahead for this very popular activity. 10 – 4.30pm. Limited places with some drop in availability.
See the newborn baby lambs, Manor Farm, 15 -23 Feb
Enjoy a full day of animal adventures and visit our craft room to make something to take home. You can also feed the rabbits, guinea pigs and ducks, ride Ernie the milk float, join in with small animal petting, watch the pigs enjoy their dinner time and say good night to all the animals during animal bed time. Children can have fun in the woodlands, The Burrows play area and in the indoor play barn and if the weather behaves, the Fort Adventure Playground will also be open. Under 2’s free but older kids £7.50 when booked online prior to midnight the day before visiting. Donkey rides and owl holding from £1.
Jonny Awsum’s Illegal Rave (for Kids), Peter Pizzeria, Leics, 23 Feb
Shhh! Don’t tell anyone but Jonny’s organising the biggest, most-secretive, fun-filled rave there’s ever been. Tickets are hotter than that warehouse party you went to in ’92 so snap ‘em up quick! Join Jonny, Danny and DJ Whoop Whoop for a hilarious show you’ll never forget. Best suited for 7-14s. No under 5s. All young ravers must be accompanied by an adult. Features flashing lights and rave music. From 12.30pm. £5.
Stay and Play Family Fun at Melton Mowbray Library, 22 Feb
Have fun playing with our board games, puzzles and our construction toys to build your own creations! FREE drop in. For children aged 3+. From 10.30am
Blue Planet III, Attenborough Arts Centre – Main Hall, Leics, Fri 21 Feb
Put on your polar ice caps and climb aboard an adventure to save the oceans! Featuring swashbuckling swordfish, hammerhead and spannerhead sharks, wailing whales and nasty things that lurk at the bottom of the sea, in this children’s comedy show by this talented duo. £5. From 1pm.