February may be the shortest month of the year, but with February half term and a whole lot of family events going on, you won’t find yourself short of things to do in February.
Stuck between the end of winter and at the start of spring, we know the weather can be quite unpredictable, so we made sure our list of February events has its fair share of indoor fun, including hands-on activities, and arts and crafts, but also plenty of ideas for outdoor activities from seeing snowdrops to tots’ adventures in the forest. Read on to find out what's in store!
Treetop Adventure Golf, Various Locations
17th - 23rd February 2020
How about a family session of mini golf? Head out to Treetop Adventure Golf Manchester - it’s one of the top crazy golf attractions in the UK. Your mini putters will have a blast trying to conquer all the obstacles along the course. Beware, crumbling temples and a few angry ancient spirits may be lurking around!
To celebrate half term, Treetop Adventure will be offering free face painting and glitter tattoos. Exploring the Amazon-themed settings will be so much more fun with your kids transformed into little tigers and lions! Oh, and you’ll also get extended opening hours and free arts & crafts all day long.
February Fairy House Trail at Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy
15th February - 1st March 2020
Exciting news - the February Fairies have returned to Bodnant Garden! The popular February event makes a glorious comeback this year with even more magical fairy houses to find. So, put some warm clothes on and get ready to climb up to Furnace Wood and see how many tiny houses you and your little fairy lovers can spot!
Family Activities at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
1st February & 19th February 2020
Here’s a double serving of February fun from Cambridge University Botanic Garden! Get creative the first Saturday of February with the Plant Fibers event and return later in the month (19th February) for the night-time Twilight at the Museum event - it looks at the freakiest plants that live in the garden. We bet you didn’t know there were plants that could disguise themselves as pebbles...
Lightopia at Chiswick House & Gardens, London, Greater London
22nd January - 1st March 2020
How about an evening exploring Lightopia, the magical Chinese lantern trail at Chiswick House and Gardens? From large animals to fairytale characters, the trail is going to have the kids mesmerised. Plus, if you’ve worked up an appetite with all that walking around, there will be street food and a Chinese artisan market at the end. Your experience will be complete with family entertainment, including acrobat displays and funfair rides. Sounds like fun!
Discover the Pride at West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire
From 15th February 2020
Show of hands: who loves baby animals? Got both hands up and waving? Good! Make haste and head out to West Midland Safari Park - their adorable lion cubs will be making their first appearance on the Safari Drive-through for the first time ever in mid-February. Can’t wait!
Stories & Steam at Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Kent
15th - 23rd February 2020
Organised by Kent & East Sussex Railway, this February event combines two things we love - steam trains and stories. From storytelling in the Waiting Room at Bodiam Station to 'Peter's Railway' stories in a specially-designated saloon carriage, it will be one fairytale ride! Each kid will get a free activity book to take home,as well; it will keep your little ones busy on the ride home.
Winter season: Earth-Friendly Festivities at We The Curious, Bristol, Somerset and Bristol
30th November 2019 - 21st February 2020
Not ready to let go of the winter festivities just yet? February is your last chance to take part in the winter activities at We The Curious. Featuring winter planting in the Greenhouse, cooking classes in the Kitchen and 3D Winter Stargazing, it gives you a whole lot of cool things to do in February with the kids.
Dig! Into Spring at Oxford Castle & Prison, Oxford, Oxfordshire
15th - 22nd February 2020
Ready to welcome spring? Oxford Castle & Prison is throwing one-hour workshops to get kids in the mood for nature exploration. Your mini gardeners will get to dig in search for objects related to Oxford Castle’s history and to create their own bug hotel. They’ll also have the chance to build a bird feeder to take home. It’s always nice to have something to remember the day by!
Tyrannosaurus Exhibition, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian
23rd January - 4th May 2020
T-Rex has arrived at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland! If you’ve got dino lovers at home and you haven’t had the chance to see the new exhibition just yet, it might be one of the most exciting things to do in February. Got tots? Entry is free for kids under 5.
February Fun at Fermyn Woods Country Park, Brigstock, Northamptonshire
Select Dates in February
Fermyn Woods Country Park is planning a whole lot of fun for the tots this month. Their list of February events includes ranger-led Nature Tots walks and Wild 'n' Woodt Forest School where preschoolers will be invited to take part in a range of activities, including mud kitchen, den building, bug hunting and more. Your little ones will feel like proper nature explorers by the end of it!
Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens, Richmond, Greater London
8th February - 8th March 2020
Bring some tropical feeling into your not-so-warm February day out with a visit to the 25th annual Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens. Hosted in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the event will bring some much-needed splash of colour into your day. There will be delicious Indonesian food as well, for a proper exotic experience!
Family Days at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
19th - 20th February 2020
Feeling in the mood for positivity, art and creativity? BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is organising two days of free drop-in activities, including drawing, crafts and lots more artistic fun for kids of all ages. There will be performances by local community groups too. Oh, and while you’re there, check out Play Rebellion - an interactive exhibit where kids are invited to get hands-on with the artwork. That’s right - touching is allowed!
February Family Activities at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, Lancashire
Select Dates in February
If exploring the great outdoors is your cup of tea, you’ll find lots of fun things to do in February at Brockholes Nature Reserve. Lantern making, meet & greets with reptiles, den building and activities for tots in nature - the schedule is full on! If you’re visiting at half term time, take part in the Xplorer Challenge, a themed adventure trail through the forest.
Snowdrop Spectacular at Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens, Burton Agnes, East Yorkshire
7th February - 1st March 2020
Nothing says February like a stunning white carpet of snowdrops! Visit Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens this month for Snowdrop Spectacular; it’s one of the most beautiful walks in East Yorkshire at this time of the year. Plus, you can warm up with a delicious hot drink at the Courtyard once you’re done admiring the flowers. It’s a nice and relaxing way to spend your family day out.
Tudor Family Trail at Museum of Oxford, Oxford, Oxfordshire
1st - 28th February 2020
Looking for something you can pop in and do any time this February? Check out the Tudor Family Trail at Museum of Oxford. You and your mini detectives will have loads of fun hunting down all Tudor roses hidden at the Town Hall and spotting Tudor objects in the gallery. Best of all, it’s totally free!
Our list of February events and things to do in February has come to an end but if this month you’re getting extra ideas with our February half term special! Want even more inspiration?