Fun-filled Feb: 15 things to do in February 2019
February may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s still plenty of time to fit in lots of family fun. This month, we’re welcoming the year of the pig, LEGO® movies, seeing snowdrops and much more - just read on to find out what's in store!
With half-term just around the corner too, we’ll be back soon with a special guide to some of the best days out for half-term – you won’t want to miss it!
- Elmer and Friends at Seven Stories, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
In a flashback to my own childhood, Elmer the patchwork elephant is just as iconic now as he was back then. The timeless appeal makes him the perfect focus for a brand new exhibition at Seven Stories, bringing artwork and manuscripts from the series to life. This is the first stop for the exhibition, which is expected to tour in 2020.
- Medieval Playtime at King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester
Dressing up, story time, medieval board games and loads more are all on the cards at King Richard III Visitor Centre this month, as it celebrates playtime from the medieval period. Focusing on how children played during King Richard III’s reign, it promises to pack a punch for both family fun and educational value too. Plus, if you’re a Day Out With The Kids member, you can enjoy our exciting kids go free offer - find out how to join now.
- New Mail Rail Family Trail at The Postal Museum, Greater London
The Postal Museum has been a huge hit with parents, and one of the highlights is certainly the famous Mail Rail. Launching on 18th February, the new trail will take wannabe engineers around the exhibition to discover all the highlights. Beautifully designed by kids’ story book illustrator Salvatore Rubbino, it’s perfect for kids aged 5-8.
- Chinese New Year Trail at Biddulph Grange Garden, Staffordshire
Celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the pig, with a trail of Chinese lanterns at Biddulph Grange Garden. For just £1 per trail, you’ll follow the lanterns to the fabulous Chinese Garden, which is home to iconic Chinese plants. Plus, all 12 signs of the zodiac are also hidden around the garden, can you spot them all? Don’t forget to collect your fortune cookie prize, too.
- Andy’s Clock at Natural History Museum, Greater London
All parents will instantly recognise Andy, but did you know the clock from his shows Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures is standing proud at the Natural History Museum? You’ll find it next to the cloakroom to the left of the Cromwell Road exit, but hurry - it could leave at any time, he might need it back for a new adventure soon.
- LEGO® Movie Days at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester, Greater Manchester
February sees the long-awaited release of ‘The LEGO® Movie 2’, and where better to celebrate than LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester? The ultimate LEGO® playground will welcome Emmet, Wyldstyle and the gang for exclusive activities, character experiences and interactive photo opportunities, making it a must for any fans. It does get busy, so pre-booking is highly recommended to make sure you don’t miss out - check the website for dates!
- Snowdrops at Chirk Castle, Wrexham
It’s snowdrop season at Chirk Castle this month, with a fantastic carpet of white snowdrops to explore throughout the Pleasure Ground Wood. With some rare species and patches of snowdrops across the estate, it makes for a fantastic family walk (and a photo opp too!)
- Zoo Detectives at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol
Can you help crack the case of the missing crickets at Bristol Zoo Gardens this month? Seek out clues in the detective trail and uncover the truth in the Evidence Vault to help solve the mystery. That’s not all, there’s also all the usual animal line-up to visit too - great for an action-packed family event in February.
- Plodge at Gibside, Gateshead
If you’re Geordie, chances are you already know that plodge means ‘to wade’, which is exactly what you’ll be doing at Gibside this month. Pick up a welly trail at reception and follow it to discover the messiest, muddiest places on site for some truly fun mud-mania. One piece of advice - bring a change of clothes!
- Children’s Book Fest at Dreamland, Kent
On 16th February, Dreamland Margate is hosting its first ever Children’s Book Festival, with an action-packed lineup of your favourite characters, including The Gruffalo! With illustration and creative workshops, reading and author talks, there’s plenty to help inspire the next generation of young readers. Book your tickets now!
- International Polar Bear Day at Highland Wildlife Park, Scottish Highlands
Highland Wildlife Park is home to four polar bears, including Hamish who was the first polar bear born in the UK for 25 years when he arrived in December 2017. Where better to celebrate International Polar Bear Day on 27th February than here? With special feedings and talks to help you find out more about these magnificent mammals, you’ll also have plenty of time to explore the rest of the park.
- Zog Trails at High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre, Norfolk
Zog is likely to have featured in your bedtime story routine in the last few months, and now the lovable dragon can be spotted on a fun family day out too! Author Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have partnered with The Forestry Commission to launch an exciting range of new trails around its forests, with themed activity packs and challenges to bring the characters to life. They’re a firm favourite with us, so check your local site for your nearest - including High Lodge Thetford Forest Centre.
- Geocaching lost toys at The Vyne, Hampshire
Geocaching is a great way to combine technology and elements of gaming with the great outdoors, making it the ideal activity if your kids need a little bit of persuasion to ‘unplug’. This fun trail at The Vyne will have you use the official Geocaching app to locate Victorian adventurers’ four lost toys in the woods, taking you through lots of woodland paths and natural scenery along the way. Want to keep it old-school? You can also pick up a paper map at reception to complete the challenge.
- The National Railway Museum, Yorkshire
Voted the Best Free Day Out in the UK in our very own Family Favourites Awards, The National Railway Museum is a great day out if you’re trying to look after the pennies this month. Home to 300 years of train history, there’s information galore alongside steam train rides, a train themed play area and loads more interactive games and activities. With so much under one roof, and a real treat for the whole family, it’s a wonder it’s completely free to enter!
- Go to the cinema & save!
From the latest instalment of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ to ‘The LEGO® Movie 2’, February is a great month to plan a cinema trip. And what’s better than a family cinema trip? Saving up to 38% off your tickets. Find out more about joining the Day Out With The Kids membership now for just £1 for your first month to unlock this, and loads more savings too!
Looking for even more February fun? Don’t miss our guide to things to do in February half term.