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February Favourites: 9 things we love to do in February

Penny Alexander

02 February 2018

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We may still technically be in winter, but that definitely doesn't mean that adventures are on hold. Quite the opposite actually; February is one of our favourite times of the year. From lots of seasonal events (think Valentine's Day, Chinese New Year and Pancake Day), plus half term too, we've rounded up nine of our favourite things to do this month.

  1. Search for signs of spring

    How many signs can you count? Bulbs springing, more birds singing, buds on trees? You might see flowering snowdrops, lesser celandine and hazel as well as elder beginning to burst its buds. If you are out in the woods look carefully under the leaf litter and you might see the green spears of bluebell leaves. Remember to cover them back up to keep them snug! Help the Woodland Trust build a picture of nature by recording your sightings.

    Spring flowers in a windowsill display

  2. Make pancakes

    Why wait until pancake day? Perfect your flip ready for the big day, or keep enjoying them all month with some lazy Sunday morning pancakes, perfect before heading out on a family day out. Add blueberries or bananas and you’ve covered all food groups and ticked off one of their five a day - bonus.
  3. Let there be love

    February brings Valentine's day, the perfect time to bake or make some goodies, glue, colour and stick some cards, or to head to a pottery cafe to make something special for Mum, Dad or grandparents. Older kids might like the idea of preparing a Valentine’s meal for parents or random acts of kindness too.

    A kid's hand-drawn love note for Valentine's Day

  4. Half term home cinema

    At least one day of half term needs to be spent in PJs watching movies. Why not create your own home cinema with popcorn in bags, tickets and kids as ushers with torches. Or just make a big sofa den with duvets, pillows, teddies and snacks and let the good times roll! Worried you'll spend the whole time just trying to decide what to watch? Make sure you've seen all of the movies on Kara's list of 10 family films all kids have to see before the age of 10!

    A girl painting pottery

  5. Climb the walls

    Is the weather outside not quite caught up with your yearning for spring? Are the kids climbing the walls? Head to a climbing wall to let off some steam, learn a new skill and help master hand-eye coordination. Climbing also strengthens lots of the muscles kids need to write neatly - double win!

  6. Learning boost

    Kids often learn most in the spring term, once they have settled into new classes and routines. So February half term is the perfect time to head to a museum to support their topic work at nursery or school. We love the Natural History Museum. For specific topic boosts, walk like the Egyptians at the Petrie Museum, Bloomsbury, The British Museum or Highclere Castle. Follow in Roman footsteps via the Roman Baths in Bath, the Dewa Experience in Chester, or Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. Gem up on Victorians at Sudbury Museum, Victorian Science in Whitby or Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse in Norfolk. Find out about Vikings at Jorvik Viking Centre, York.

    Interior of the Natural History Museum in London

  7. On yer bike

    It’s time to really put those Christmas present bikes through their paces and blow off the January cobwebs. Find your nearest cycle track and head out for a ride as a family. Remember gloves and hats, as those extremities will still feel the February breeze as you whizz along. Plan a cosy cafe stop on route.

    A family bike ride through the forest

  8. Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Nearly 200,000 Chinese people live in the UK - and every year thousands of people, of all nationalities, help to welcome the New Year with them. In the Chinese zodiac calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Check back next week for our guide to the best events and Chinese New Year celebrations in the UK! 
  9. Chips on the beach

    This time last year we had a blustery walk along the beach at Mablethorpe, followed by chips and arcades. It was what we all needed! The year before we collected driftwood in Wales and made all kinds of fabulous sculptures.

    Two kids eating fish and chips on the beach in winter

What will you be getting up this February? Let us know in a comment, or get even more ideas and inspiration in our guide to 15 things to do with the kids in February.

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Penny Alexander

02 February 2018

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Penny Alexander is a multi-award winning travel blogger and writer, passionate about UK travel and loves to help families find their perfect escape. Penny is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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