If you’re on the look out for child-friendly activities to keep the kids happy this February half term school holidays, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up the best special events and nationwide diary dates to keep the little ones in good spirits for the break. With children’s afternoon tea activities, family raves and outdoors pursuits, there’s something for everyone… February Half Term Kids Events in London & the Country
Book one of the UK’s best family-friendly festivals
Camp Bestival x Big Fish Little Fish tour, Southend.
Can’t wait until the summer to get your Camp Bestival fix? Get involved in the hugely exciting Camp Bestival X Big Fish Little Fish regional family rave tour, kicking off in Southend this February half term. With fun for all ages, there will be balloons, bubbles, foam, confetti and crafts aplenty. The family who raves together, stays together.
Visit Maggie & Rose’s Half Term Camps, London
Treat the little ones to a one-of-a-kind camp experience with Maggie & Rose’s February Half Term Camps. Kids can get creative with half or full day sessions filled with food, art, music and more. In celebration of
Valentine’s Day this half term, a range of activities will centre around the theme of love, from an ‘It’s Cool to Care’ session to benevolent baking with ‘For the Love of Cooking’.
HOW? 17 – 21 February in Kensington & Chiswick, maggieandrose.com
Sleep on a Boat in Charlestown, Cornwall
How does spending a night sleeping in a UNESCO world heritage and the UK’s only open Georgian harbour? Step aboard Anny, a 1930’s topsail schooner and enjoy a mini staycation the kids will remember forever. While you’re there the kids can get involved with the half-term Forest School workshops on Charlestown’s beach including raft building, den making, beach cleans and marshmallow toasting.
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Hey Duggee at the Design Museum, London
The popular Designing Duggee exhibition is back for February half term, alongside a last chance to see the Moving to Mars show, plus the new Design Ventura exhibition. There’s also the chance to create a life size Martian garden or make a kite in the half term workshops.
Get Baking at Bread Ahead, Wembley
Gather the family for a delicious 90-minute Stained Glass Heart Biscuits workshop at Wembley’s Bread Ahead bakery. Transform heart-shaped shortbread biscuits into delectable ‘stained glass’ delights, topped with boiled sweets.
HOW? 22 February, Bread Ahead Wembley, breadahead.com
SPECTRA Festival of Life, Aberdeen, Scotland
This family-friendly festival features well known visual artists and takes place across seven Aberdeen city centre venues from the 13-16 February. Free to attend, the artworks will be live from 6.30pm to 10pm every night across locations from Marischal College Quad to The Kirk of St Nicholas.
Image: Ship of the Gods © Heinrich & Palme
Life Before the Dinosaurs at the Horniman, London
“252 million years ago, in a period called the Permian, life on Earth was dominated by extraordinary creatures.” Learn all about them at the Horniman’s new show opening in time for the half term, from giant insects to bizarre-looking sharks. Prepare to be amazed.
HOW? From £5, horniman.ac.uk
Try The Tiger Who Came To Afternoon Tea at The Savoy, London
One not to miss – The
Savoy’s very first children’s afternoon tea is sure to be spectacular. As part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Judith Kerr’s treasured classic, the iconic picture book will be the inspiration for a feast of teatime treats such as those that Sophie and her mummy shared with the visiting Tiger.
HOW? The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy will be priced from £40 per child aged from five to 12 years old and will comprise sandwiches, tiger striped scones and pastries and more. fairmont.com/savoy-london
Visit the Eden Project, Cornwall
If you’ve never been, Febraury is the perfect time for a visit to The Eden Project. An absolute must-visit for nature-lovers young and old, you can spend a whole whatever-the-weather day exploring the best inland attraction in the county. An educational charity, The Eden Project’s visitor destination is a mixture of indoor and outdoor plant havens, nestled in a giant crater. The two enormous biomes hold a living rainforest and Mediterranean paradise of plant and animal life that kids of all ages will enjoy exploring, thanks to the educational stations dotted throughout, plus daily activity schedule from expert talks to story telling sessions. There are various outdoor play stations for them to burn off some energy, while the indoor weather maker in the rainforest biome is a firm favourite, where you can walk through the clouds on a canopy bridge.
Find more Cornwall ideas in our Cornwall for Kids guide.
HOW? Adult tickets from £26. edenproject.com
See Disney’s The Lion King, London
Since its premiere on November 13, 1997, 25 global productions of The Lion King have been seen by more than 100 million people. If you’re not amongst them, take the kids this half term to see this award-winning production, with extra matinee shows scheduled for Thursday 20 February. The production is also on tour around the UK, currently in Edinburgh so catch it while it’s in town.
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford
Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum will be exploring the world of CBBC’s online games this half term, so kids can join in free activities inspired by the games and find out how videogames are made. With a chance to have a go on the latest games including Danger Mouse, The Worst Witch and The Dumping Ground, this is one exhibition you might be able to get mini gamers excited about.
HOW? A CBBC Games Half Term, 15 – 23 February 2020, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Free entry, however booking may be required for some activities | scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk
Check out Port Lympne, Kent
A must-visit for animal-lovers; this Kent-based conservation charity is not your average UK wildlife experience. Whether you opt for a day visit or a short stay, you’ll come face to face with big cats, gorillas, giraffes and many more. If you really want to push the boat out, (and blow their minds in the process) book in for a stay at Tiger Lodge, where tigers play right outside your (very sturdy) windows.
Forest Nets at Celtic Manor Resort, Newport
If you want to drag the kids away from their screens and get them playing outside this half term, take a day trip to the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales and check out the Forest Nets, where kids can clamber through the trees bouncing on suspended nets. It is absolutely as fun as it sounds, for the young and young-at-heart alike.
Delight in Matilda the Musical, London
See Mrs Trunchbull, Miss Honey and Bruce Bogtrotter come to life on stage in the RSC’s multi award-winning
Matilda the Musical. Now approaching its ninth year in the West End, the show is still just as magical as ever, having enchanted over 3 million spectators in London since its debut. Now the Cambridge Theatre’s longest running production, the Covent Garden playhouse has added an extra matinee performance on Thursday 20th February in light of half-term.
Go for a Family-Friendly Walk in Cornwall
Exploring the rugged Cornish coastline is best done away from the crowds, so autumn is the perfect time to travel south west. Make St Mawes your base and try a
family-friendly walk on the Roseland Peninsula, suitable for all abilities. See our guide here.
HOW? The Idle Rocks, a Relais & Chateaux property, with 19 bedrooms and an award-winning restaurant with outdoor decking overlooking the bay, led by Chef Guy Owens. Rooms at The Idle Rocks start from £200 per night, including full Cornish breakfast. idlerocks.com start the slideshow