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Half Term Activities Near Me For The Kids 2020 Guide

Believe it or not, in a few weeks it will be half term. Yes, I know. Time certainly flies.

So, with this in mind, you might be wondering what places and activities you can go and do with your kids? For that reason, we have gathered a list of places to go and things to do across the UK.

We couldn’t actually believe just how many things are going on at the moment. You will surely be spoilt for choice.

When Is February Half Term?

Even though it is an event that happens each year, it’s always hard to pinpoint exactly when it falls. 

Of course they will vary from region to region, but as a general rule half term is from the following dates: Monday 17th February - Sunday 23rd February 2020

What’s On During Half Term: Half Term Activities, Events & Things to Do

Crime Season at The Postal Museum, London, Greater London - 17th - 22nd February 2020

If you feel like being really sneaky. Why not combine a day out with some education? The Postal Museum is just the place. 

Most people don’t know this, but The Post Office Investigation Branch is the oldest criminal investigation force in the world. 

Your kids will have a ton of things to keep them busy, from detective training, making Police IDs to imagining future gadgets to male secret spy letters.

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

15-20 Phoenix Place, London, Greater London, WC14 0DA, England

Contact

Click here to visit The Postal Museum's website

0300 030 0700

Changing Seas - OPENING at The Deep, Hull, East Yorkshire - From 15th February 2020

The Deep

If you have explored most of the attractions around the UK, then why not try a new attraction? 

Check out the Changing Seas, a brand new exhibit opening at The Deep. From Dog faced Puffer Fish to Volitans Lionfish, your kids won’t know where to look or what to explore next. 

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Tower Street, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU1 4DP, England

Contact

Click here to visit The Deep's website

01482 381000

Half Term Fun at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Birmingham, West Midlands

thinktank

With Space and Space travel becoming even more popular, why not treat your kids to day out at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum? 

Not only can they explore the best of UK exploration and what contribution we make, but it also provides more general information with lots of Space-travaganza activities around the museum. 

While you are there, don’t let them miss an opportunity to visit the 4K Planetarium. This will definitely blow their socks off! The effects are out of this world (pardon the pun).

It’s not all indoors either, there are outdoor activities going on like an outdoor discovery park, science garden and hands-on exhibits.

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG, England

Contact

Click here to visit Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum's website

0121 348 8000

Treasure Trails, Various Locations

treasure trail

There’s no better half term activity than a good ole treasure trail. The various activities and shows are great, but what we really want is to spend time with the kids don’t we? 

For that reason, spending time together in the simplest form of taking walks is a great idea. Check out the Treasure Trails adventure.

Each trail is self guided which means you can go at your own pace and explore at your leisure. You can go on a Wizard adventure, traditional treasure hunt or even a covert spy mission. This is guaranteed to keep them occupied for hours.

Now, advanced planning for all of those control freaks is not needed. You can simply download each treasure trail instantly or print it off before you leave the house.

Find a treasure trail near you.

Time Travelling Heroes at The Royal Mint Experience, Pontyclun, Glamorgan and Cardiff 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd February 2020

the royal mint experience

Ever wondered where all our money comes from? Do yourself a favour and take your kids down to The Royal Mint Experience. You will not regret it. They get to see first hand how coins are made and if they are lucky, may even end up in their pockets next week :)

Depending on where you are situated in the country, this is a bit of a trek. So if this is something that interests you, we would recommend leaving early to get there in good time.

First you will be taken on a guided tour of the factory (which produces a mind blowing 750 coins a minute) and then you get a brief chance to have a go at coin making yourself. 

Depending on how good you are, you also get a chance to purchase your own coins for a small fee. After the tour, you have the opportunity of exploring 6 interactive zones with your kids.

Also, check out - Time Travelling Heroes, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd February 4th – 7th, 16th – 18th April with only £5 per child or FREE with a tour.

You get to travel back in time with tour guide, Dinosaur Dean, and visit Dinosauria. Can your child evade the dangers, fend off the dinosaur and help save the precious dinosaur eggs? This is a real adventure that your kids will love!

If you don’t want to wait, you can bag yourself a bargain by visiting the The Royal Mint from 10th January 2020-12th February 2020. 

Children can visit them absolutely FREE* with the purchase of a full paying adult! Simply book your tickets and the discount will be applied at checkout. PLUS, with every hot meal that you purchase from the cafe, your children will eat free too!

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Heol-Y-Sarn, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Glamorgan and Cardiff, CF72 8YT, Wales

Contact

Click here to visit The Royal Mint Experience's website

0333 241 2223

Animate it! Aardman Model Making Workshop at Dreamland, Margate, Kent 15th February 2020

Aardman Model Making Workshop - dreamland

This is probably the coolest event by far on this list. Even if your kids are not into animation, they will absolutely get a kick out of this. 

Dreamland is teaming up with Aardman Animations and are putting on an 3 x 1 hour animation workshops in the afternoon. 

You and your kids will then get the opportunity to learn how to craft one of your favourite Aardman characters. 

As a bonus you will also get to see screenings of some of the best Shaun The Sheep adventures and also Wallace and Gromit.

Now, spaces are limited to just 60 people per workshop, so if you think your kids would be interested in this, we recommend purchasing your tickets ASAP! They are priced at £12 and can be ordered online.

Under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult does not need to have a ticket.

12.30 Entry – Make Gromit

14.30 – Make Morph

16.30 – Make Shaun the Sheep

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

49 to 51 Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XJ, England

Contact

Click here to visit Dreamland's website

01843 295887

Lambing Live at Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol 15th - 23rd February 2020

Lamb Live

Every child should be subjected to park and farm animals at a young age. Not only does this interaction do wonders for education, they get to see first hand how lambs are born if they are lucky!

Lambing Live at Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park is back with a bang! They will have 20 ewes ready to lamb both twins and triplets every day over the week in an indoor barn. 

The parks’ shepherds will be on hand giving various talks throughout the day giving you the lowdown on the facts and happy to answer any of your lambing related questions.

The lambs will be on view during the day with your kids having the opportunity to even name them. 

The good thing is, the park will be streaming live on social media both day and night, so you will never be far away from the latest updates with the lambs. You can basically see all the action as it happens!

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Pixash Lane off Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol, BS31 1TP, England

Contact

Click here to visit Avon Valley Adventure Wildlife Park's website

0117 986 4929

Mission Mars at National Space Centre, Leicester, Leicestershire 15th - 23rd February 2020

Mission Mars at National Space Centre, Leicester

I bet you didn’t know that we have a National Space Centre? Yes, in fact it is based in Leicester and will be focusing on the future of human life on Mars this year.

Here’s an extract from their website:

Every 26 months or so, Earth and Mars get closer. As they near one another, a window of opportunity opens for launching to the red planet. In the summer of 2020, four space agencies around the world plan to launch pioneering missions.

Come and discover what we know, what is happening right now and the future of landing humans on Mars.

This event will be ideal if your kid’s have a passion for Space or have shown little interest.

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Exploration Drive, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE4 5NS, England

Contact

Click here to visit National Space Centre's website

0116 261 0261

February Half Term at National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian 10th - 15th February 2020

National Museum of Scotland

It’s not often we mention Scotland. However, there is museum called the National Museum of Scotland which has 10 cool activities for kids:

  • Light up the room on our Energy Wheel - See how much energy you and your kids can generate in our human hamster wheel – and burn some calories too…
  • Bring a Chinese Dragon roaring to life - interacting with shapes, colours, patterns and music from around the globe. Dress up in traditional dress, dance on our giant sound board and work together to animate our huge Chinese Dragon
  • Race a Formula 1 car - Find out what it's like to burn rubber in an F1 sports car in our racing simulator. 
  • Ask a robot to spell your name - Tell Alphabot your name and it'll spell it out for you.
  • Unearth a fossil monster in our dino dig - Adventure Planet is the perfect place for young explorers to come face to face with the natural world.
  • Try and beat a cheetah in our animal cycle race - Your kids can pedal their way to victory as they race various contenders from the animal kingdom.
  • Send their hot air balloons soaring - Send their brightly-coloured balloons soaring up to the top of the gallery, to float amongst the aeroplanes suspended from the ceiling.
  • Dress up in historical clothes - Kids will love travelling back in time in their Discovery Zones. From Vikings and Romans to 18th century emigrants,
  • See how they weigh up to their animals - Step on our scales for the ultimate weigh in! Whose weight do you match? Emperor penguin or koala?
  • Design your own couture creation - They can create their own designer outfits based on garments in the gallery and let them loose on the catwalk.

Getting There and Contact Information

Address

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 1JF, Scotland

Contact

Click here to visit National Museum of Scotland's website

0300 123 6789

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