The Best Things to do this February Half Term

It can be a bit tricky to find family-friendly activities at February half term. The weather is usually not great and kids can get bored easily. But don’t worry there’s a lot more happening than you think. To help you get started, here are 15 events for children happening this February half term week.


  1. Dippy the Diplodicus on tour in the North West
    World famous Dippy the Diplodicus from the Natural History Museum is on tour! And you can see him in Rochdale – your only chance to see him him here in the North West! There will also be a range of related family friendly activities for you to take part in.
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  2. Painted dens at Tate Liverpool
    Time to get creative and messy at Tate Liverpool’s February half term workshop. This half term there will be canvas dens where you can use your hands, feet and paintbrushes to decorate canvases that you can sit, hide and play in.
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  3. Get hands on with history at Beeston Castle
    This February half term your little lords and ladies can enjoy hands on activities including learning to sword fight or shoot with a bow and arrow.
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  4. North West puddle jumping competition at Martin Mere
    Dress up warm, get your wellies on and get outside to jump into puddles to win prizes.
    Puddles will be set up for you to practice in with the competition starting at 2pm.
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  5. Magnificient minibeasts at Manchester Museum
    Enjoy creative half term fun about inspiring insects, captivating creepy crawlies and scintillating spiders. Be inspired for your entry to the Creepy Crawly Chronicles Story Competition.
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  6. Wild half-term family fun at Erddig
    Erddig’s natural play area is perfect for den building, creating wild art and balancing on logs.
    Different daily activities including campfire cooking, crafts and storytelling.
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  7. Free half term children’s craft activity workshops
    This February half term Tŷ Pawb is hosting free craft activities for children 3 years +.  No need to book – just turn up.
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  8. Scarecrow festival at Tatton Park
    Come to the scarecrow festival at Tatton Farm & Gardens. See if you can find over 30 scarecrows in the Gardens. Look for the scarecrows in the farmyard.
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  9. February half term at Ness Gardens
    Enjoy a range of family-friendly activities in Ness Gardens. Craft activities at certain times. Interactive family-friendly snowdrop trail.
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  10. February half term children’s activities at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
    There’s lots of science themed fun on this school holiday including science shows, arts and crafts, meet the expert and “Tiny astronauts”.
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  11. Take a family snowdrop walk
    Get out in the fresh air and see the gorgeous snowdrops at Ness, Chirk, Rode Hall, Norton Priory, Dunham Massey or the Quinta Aboretum.
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  12. February half term fun at Manchester Science and Industry Museum
    See the interactive science show, get the goods from Liverpool to Manchester with the help of DIY machines, and make your own fantastic mode of transport to whisk you away.
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  13. Get active outdoors at Lyme
    Feeling active this half term? Head to the garden at Lyme for sporty fun on the Top Lawn and test out your skills.
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  14. Holiday fun at Gallery Oldham
    Free family activities take place during all school holidays. Face painting and craft activities at each session.
    Most suitable for ages 4–10 years.
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  15. February half term fun at Greenfield Valley
    There’s lots of family friendly fun on offer at Greenfield Valley this half term from metal magic to a woodland mud kitchen! Plus get ready for St David’s Day with stories and crafts.
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Don’t won’t to go out? For ideas on easy, inexpensive activities for kids to do indoors, try our blogs on cheap & easy things for kids to do at home, free things for children to do on a rainy day and top ten ways to encourage kids to enjoy cooking.

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