Half term saviours!
Grab your mixing bowl and stirring spoon and let's have some fun fun fun this half term!
Half term’s nearly here already? I only just put away my flippin’ Christmas tree! I’ve focused on the super special events across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and further afield. Anything utterly brilliant and unmissable that I’ve left off? Let me know in the comment box below!
Welly Adventures, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Tues 19 Feb
Grab your wellies and have some fun during a short walk around the site to collect leaves and spot items from nature, before making some colourful crafts with what you find. £2.00 per child (children must be accompanied by an Adult but they are free. Book online or call 01455 290429. From 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD
Get Creative with LEGO, New Walk Musuem, Leicester, Wed 20 Feb
Prowl around the museum and get inspired to make a model of something using some wonderful collections of LEGO. Free drop in event at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. 11:30am -3pm.
New Walk Museum, 53 New Walk, Leicester
Fairy Foraging, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Thur 21 Feb
Join in with a magical exploration of the woods and discover if there are fairies afoot. £2.00 per child. Book online or call 01455 290429. From 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Meanwhile there’s also a Furry Friends Hunt from 16 -24 Feb.
Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park, Leicestershire, CV13 0AD
Zoo Club, Twycross Zoo, Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb
Get the kids involved in an exciting and educational day, run by the experienced bods at the zoo! Ideal for those aged 8 – 14 years old, each day follows a different zoo related topic, and involves a range of fun and engaging activities. See what it’s really like to work at the zoo when you go behind the scenes to assist the animal keeping team. £110 per child per week (5 days), or £25 per child per day
Fox and Badger Needle Felting Workshop, Sock Gallery, Loughborough, Sat 16 Feb
Perfect for beginners or experienced needle felters. Local textile artist Rosie will be on hand with step by step instructions she will pass on simple techniques she has learned so that everyone can confidently create a beautifully sculpted piece, or two, they can be proud of. £60 per person
Suitable for 16+ . Complimentary tea & coffee throughout the day
Sock Gallery, Market Place, Loughborough, Market Pl, Loughborough LE11 3EB
Melton Carnegie Museum, It’s a Mystery, Tues 19 – Sat 23 Feb
Join in with surprise fun every day – what will it be? Free crafts, as well as other activities and a magical mystery trail. Just drop in to take part.
Melton Carnegie Museum, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
PAW Patrol at Great Central Railway, Tue 19 – Thu 21 Feb
Come and see PAW Patrol favourites Chase and Marshall. The heroic pups will be making personal appearances at Loughborough. There’s lots of fun for all the family with steam train trips, fun fair rides and more.
Great Central Railway, Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW
Workshops, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb
From graffiti workshops (19 – 21 Feb) to ‘snowball’ fights (20 Feb) soldier themed craft activities (22 Feb) and pottery (19 Feb), there’s lots going on during half term. On Sat 16 Feb there’s also a special Pets Corner event – pre book your place for animal handling.
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA
Visit Conkers, Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb
Adventures here over half term will keep the littlies engaged for hours. Entertainment includes Punch and Judy shows, musical adventures, daily craft activities from 11-4pm and ranger activities at 10.30am, midday, 1.30pm and 3pm everyday including pond dipping, bush craft, construction derby and more. Beyond this the little ones can also enjoy 120 acres to explore along with The Warrens, 4D Cinema, Indoor Play and 450 Metre Bare Foot Walk and CONKERCHOO Train all included in the admission price.
Twin Lakes, Superhero and Princess Half Term Fun, Feb 16 – Sun 24 Feb
2 for 1 parks entry offer when dressed as a Princess or a Superhero! Calling all heroes! Join us here at Twinlakes Park to take part in our Superhero and Princess Feb Half Term Fun, it’s an action packed takeover.
Curve, Leicester Thur 21 – Sun 24 Feb
Louis Pearl aka the Amazing Bubble Man (Thur 21 Feb) will cause shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement. Watch as he explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerised. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, he’s sold out there for the last twelve years so don’t miss out. Meanwhile little ones can see the bravest biscuit of all time in The Gingerbread Man (22 Feb – 24 Feb).
Curve, Rutland Street, LE1 1SB
Destination Space, National Space Centre, Leics, 16 Feb – 24 Feb
An exciting new programme for families looking at the very latest adventures in space exploration and celebrating the space science, engineering and people that make it happen. Find out about the new European Mars mission, watch a live science show which reveals some of the hidden mysteries of the Universe. Tickets must be bought in advance.
Nat Space Centre, Exploration Dr, Leicester LE4 5NS
Family Nest Box Challenge, Rutland Water, Sat 16 Feb
Come along and build a home for the wildlife that lives in your garden. Choose from a bird box, bat box, bug box or hedgehog box as well as a bird feeder. From 10am.
£10 per participant (£5 supplement for hedgehog box)
Outdoor Pursuits Centre
For this looking for some serious outdoor adventure, the LOPC is the perfect pace to be. Enjoy adventurous outdoor activity experiences which will stimulate, educate and motivate the kids. Send the kids there for the whole day or book in for individual activities. Bookings must be made in advance due to the number of instructors available. In addition, the Activate Holiday Scheme runs on a full time basis during school holidays and is available to anyone in school Year 1 to Year 11. Children take part in four exciting adventurous activity sessions including abseiling, canoeing, raft building, paddle boarding and so much more. All Schemes will run from 8.30am – 6.00pm and they also have a Breakfast Club available from 8.00am.
Squirrel at Wellsborough, Market Bosworth, Wed 20 Feb
The lovely Aimee will be hosting a fun kids needle felting ‘Toadstool’ workshop from 10am. Suitable for kids six years and over accompanied with an adult. £15 pp includes all materials, soft drinks, cake.
Squirrel at Wellsborough, Bosworth Rd, Wellsborough, Nuneaton, Leicestershire CV13 6PA
The Little Cooks Club, Knighton, Weds 20 Feb
Join chef Lisa as she creates some foodie magic in the kitchen with the kids. Places are limited so book asap. 9.45am. The menu is yet to be revealed but it will be something delicious that the little ones will love. Ideal for kids 3 years and upwards.
Leicestershire Craft Centre, Market Harborough, Mon 18 Feb – Sun 23 Feb
A tonne of arts and craft activity going on here over the half term. From machine sewing to dressmaking and comic book workshops to making bath bombs and more – sounds so much fun I’m kinda jeal! Your kids will be having so much fun they won’t want to leave. Cost varies per class, check website for timing and dates. Super popular so book in advance.
Code Breakers Club, Highcross, Leics, Sun 17 Feb
IT bods should head to the Apple Store, High Cross Leicester for a unique free coding sess. You’ll get the opportunity to learn the ABCs of coding and play games. The event will last from 9:30-11:00. We expect that the parents will stay with the children for the duration. Pre booking essential so email email@example.com and send the name of the parent, the name of the child, and his/ her age.From 9.30 – 11am.
Children’s Bath Bomb Workshop, Mon Feb 18
Create variety of bath bombs that they can take home and use. Younger kids will be given the materials pre weighed ready to mix, older children will be given ingredients list to follow and additional hints to enhance their learning. All parents must stay. £8 a person. 9.30 – 11am. Bang, pop, splash – but in the safest sense! For more info, click here.
Planetarium, Dunstable Downs at the Whipsnade Estate
The Planetarium returns to Dunstable Downs with a larger venue and brand new show about the stars hosted by experts from Dark Sky Wales. Family stargazing events run on Tues 12 and Wed 13 with popcorn, alien hunting and space games (and FYI, there’s a special Valentines night on Thurs 14 with canapés and a complementary glass of tipple). Booking essential.
Vets in Action at Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable
Got a little animal lover on your hands? Youngsters can experience first-hand the life of a vet in the Animal Hospital at the UK’s largest zoo. Budding vets will learn how to examine, x-ray and perform treatments on different animals and practice on soft toys. Activities are included in the entrance price and there’s sooo much to see and do but a word to the wise, wrap up warm as the zoo’s hilltop location can be a bit nippy at this time of year.
To celebrate David McKee’s iconic colourful elephant’s 30th birthday, Elmer is going on tour. The show features 21 puppets, vibrant colours, cheeky humour and at a short 45 minutes looks perfect for children under seven.
Warwick Castle, Warwick
The live-action daily shows are back. Witness the Mighty Trebuchet, the Flight of the Eagles, the Bowman Show and the Castle Dungeon plus get lost in the Horrible Histories maze in this beautiful historic castle. There’s a lot to see and do in a day so you might want to splash out and stay the night in one of their luxury suites or in the wooden lodges of the Knights Village. Hmmm, stay in a suite with a four-poster built for royalty or a themed wooden lodge in the grounds? Sadly I know my kids will want to do the latter.
Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank, London
With over 12 days of activities (50% of them free), this festival offers the best children’s theatre, literature and music so worth popping into town for. Authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell are coming in to talk about their books, there’s a Peppa Pig concert to introduce little ones to orchestral music, there’s outdoor games, a giant blackboard and sound pit, a screening of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with a live orchestra, hip-hop workshops and more, more, more. Check out the full programme here.
The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, Wed 6 – Thurs 21 Feb
This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare – it’s only an hour long! The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019 following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year. Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show will also be accompanied by interactive family workshops on Mon 18 and Tues 19 Feb.