Things To Do In February Half-Term

a family wrapped in coats walking in a city

February half-term is almost upon us and the stress has started to sink in… What to do with the kids?! We know it’s always a tricky holiday to think about because it’s still winter and there are still dark evenings… But don’t let that phase you, because there are plenty of ways you can entertain the kids when they’re off from school!

Whether you do indoor activities like making paper planets, walking amongst ferocious giants made of LEGO or immersing yourself in virtual reality. Whatever you want to do, we’ve got you covered with these super cool February half-term events!

Our Top Picks For February Half-Term

kids at the postal museum

The Postal Museum, London

Make your way to The Postal Museum and enjoy a fun-filled, family day out!

There’s so much to discover here, like the Mail Rail where you can uncover the story of the postal service beneath the streets of London and climbing a miniature train into the original tunnels. To explore interactive exhibits that bring 500 years of engineering and postal history to life.

But that’s not all, there’s a whole host of February half-term activities for the kids to get stuck into! From arts and crafts and storytelling inspired by their special exhibit, Dressed to Deliver, to storytelling sessions on the postal journey through time.

For those who are creative, you can create your own postal uniform with the Mini Designers exhibit or design your own good deed patch in the Mini Makers exhibit. And the best part is all the arts and crafts activities are included in The Postal Museum admission.

Please note places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Last but certainly not least, your little ones can immerse themselves in Sorted! The Postal Play Space, where they can play in a mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes; everything to keep the little ones happily occupied!

You can book a Sorted! session without visiting the museum (from £4.00 and under 6 months go free), or you can purchase tickets for both experiences. Once you have added a museum ticket to your basket, you’ll automatically be able to book Sorted! on the next page.

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15-20 Phoenix Pl,
London,
WC1X 0DA

Opening Times

A Postal Journey Through Time Storytelling:
10th and 11th February at 11:30 - 12:15, 13:30 - 14:15 and 14:30 - 15:15

Mini Designers:
13th and 14th February at 10:00 - 16:00, drop-in

Mini Makers:
15th and 16th February at 10:00 - 16:00, drop-in

Pricing

Adult (25) from £16.00
Young Person (16-24) from £11.00
Child (3-15) from £9.00
Child (under 3) free

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February Half Term Events

Things To Do in North England

outside of science and industry museum

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

Play, explore and experiment at The Science Museum Manchester this February half term. There’s a free family interactive gallery with fascinating machines and objects to explore.

Then, kids will love to play the computer games their parents played in the past at Power Up-the ultimate gaming experience!

We recommend you don’t miss Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You! Children will be amazed to discover what happens to the food they eat. An educational and fun special exhibition.

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Science and Industry Museum,
Liverpool Road,
Manchester,
M3 4FP

Opening Times

10th - 25th February 2024

Pricing

General entry is free
Exhibitions/Shows:
Power Up Adult £8 Child £6
Operation Ouch Adult £10 Child £9

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Totally Awesome, Cheshire

Totally Awesome is back with a family friendly trail around a world of dinosaurs, wild animals, pirates and unicorns!

Totally Awesome is held in the grounds of Arley Hall, a spectacular stately home which dates back to the 15th century, near Lymm, around a 40 minute drive from Manchester.

This event is suitable for any age but best appreciated mostly by children 5-11 years old. This trail take around an hour. This assumes you take part in the quiz and enjoy the exhibits and stop for photos etc.

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Arley Hall, Cheshire

Opening Times

February 10 until Monday, April 1.

Pricing

Family Pass £30
Adults and Child £8.95
Child (under 2) Free

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fantasy hero holding a sword

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Enter a world of Super heroes this February half-term, as your kids channel their favourite fantasy heroes!

This family-friendly event is jam-packed with lively and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. From live combat demonstrations, entertaining shows and experiences.

Can you navigate the laser maze and shoot a foam blaster? A day full of adventure and excitement awaits!

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Armouries Drive
Leeds
LS10 1LT

Opening Times

10th - 18th February
10:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free - but please pre-book

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wizard of york walking a long a street

Wizard Walk of York, Yorkshire

All sorts of mystical and magical creatures have been set loose in the city of York and it’s up to you and the Wizard of York to track them down!

Full of magic tricks, mystery, hilarious jokes and a sense of adventure, you and the kids will embark on a fantastic journey! The kids can even get their very own Wizard Wand Kits so they can practise their own spells and learn tricks too. Are you ready for a whimsical wand-er around York?

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Starts off at the bottom of The Shambles

Opening Times

Various dates throughout the year

Pricing

Adults and Child £9.00
Child (under 4) Free

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a snowdrop garden

Spring Bulb Pagent Doddington Hall & Gardens, Lincoln

Looking for something calming and tranquil? How about a visit to a garden that is blooming beautiful with spring tulips, white snowdrops and winter flora?

The spring bulb pageant has over 150,000 bulbs planted in the garden! All ready for stunning views as you leisurely stroll along the nature trail for all to discover.

It’s the perfect activity if you want to get out of the house and into the fresh air!

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Doddington Hall & Gardens
Main Street
Doddington
Lincoln
LN6 4RU

Opening Times

4th February - 28th April 2024

Pricing

Garden only entry Adults from £9.50
Child from £4.50

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Things To Do in the Midlands

virtual beach at sunset

Otherworld, Birmingham

This is perfect for older kids (12+) who are bored of staying at home! Please note children must be accompanied by an adult if under 16.

Are you ready for an experienced like no other? Embark on a journey to an island where you can experience 16 unforgettable and unique virtual reality adventures at a digital theme park. With state-of-the-art Immersion Pod tech, you’ll be fully immersed with wind, heat and rumble motions. So, not only will your mind explore, but your body too!

From adventures, puzzles, shooters and combat games, to raves on the beach. How about watching the seasons change or travelling through unique stories? You can even explore with your friend’s avatars in the virtual world too!

It’s the world’s most immersive VR experience! You can also find this experience in Victoria and Hackney in London.

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20 Bennetts Hill,
Birmingham,
B2 5QJ

Opening Times

Sunday to Thursday 11:00 - 23:00
Friday 11:00 - 00:00
Saturday 10:00 - 00:00

Pricing

Between £14.00 - £28.00

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paper planet crafts

Our World from Space Family Show

It’s time to learn about how our planet Earth looks from space! At the Thinktank museum in Birmingham, you can discover all about the Sun, Moon and Earth.

Build the Sun, Moon, and Earth out of people to see how they move in space, discover how rockets take off, recreate the orbits of satellites, and learn how they play a big role in wildlife conservation.

This awe-inspiring show is the perfect family-friendly activity for this February half-term.

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Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum
Millennium Point
Birmingham
B4 7XG

Opening Times

12th - 16 February
11:30 and 13:00

Pricing

Space show is included in the admission price

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dinosaur pretending to eat a man

Dinosaur Breakout, Drayton Manor

For all the little explorers out there, are you brave enough to come face to face with the most ferocious giants? At Drayton Manor, Europe’s largest walking dinos have escaped and are on the loose! The team needs your help to find them all – do you have what it takes?

Enjoy thrilling rides and attractions, choo-choo choose to visit Thomas Land, the Dino Trail and of course the 15-acre zoo. It’s a family favourite theme park for a reason, so get your exploring cap on and track those dinos down.

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Drayton Manor Drive,
Near Tamworth,
Staffordshire
B78 3TW

Opening Times

10th - 20th February 2024

Pricing

Standard (4+) £26.00
Child (2-3) £15.00

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Things To Do in South England

big hello kitty room

Cute ‘Hello Kitty’ Exhibition, London

Immerse yourself in all things CUTE and cuddly at the brand-new and viral exhibit in London! Journey through the cute cultural history from 1870 to present-day cuteness!

From Hello Kitty and My Little Pony to Sylvanian Families and so much more! This year is also the 50th anniversary of Hello Kitty too so there may be some surprises in store… Don’t forget all the photo opportunities too!

It’ll be a fab February half-term event for the entire family to enjoy.

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Strand,
London
WC2R 1LA

Opening Times

Monday CLOSED (except 12 Feb, 01 & 08 Apr)
Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)
Thursday and Friday 12.00 - 21.00 (last entry 20.00)
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.00)

Pricing

Adult £18.50
Child (6-11) £11.00
Child (5 and under) free

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eden project

Eden Project, Cornwall

Don’t forget to check out the Mediterranean Biome, follow a crazy bug trail through the Rainforest Biome. Or settle down for a storytelling session in a cosy reading nook.

You can even get the inside scoop on all things scientific in The Ministry of Science shows and workshops. Then, watch with wonder as You Tube sensation Kids Invent Stuff bring some of their greatest creations to The Eden Projest. Your family day out will be full of imagination, creativity and most of all, FUN!

Don’t forget to check out the massive Biomes, filled with beautiful and unique flora, gardens and nature to discover. Then, follow a crazy bug trail through the Rainforest Biome. Or settle down for a storytelling session in a cosy reading nook.

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Eden Project
Bodelva, Cornwall
PL24 2SG

Opening Times

10th - 18th February 2024

Pricing

Kids under 16 go free in the February half-term!

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FAQs

When is the February half-term holidays?

In England and Wales, half term is from the 12th – 16th February 2024.
In Scotland, half term is from the 12th – 16th February 2024.

Dates may vary, please check your local government website.

But take a look at our blog on school holidays!

What can I do with the kids during half term?

There are so many events and activities you can do in the February half-term. From bowling and laser tag, to exploring the outdoors, enjoying thrilling theme parks and facing your fears with adventures!

If you’re looking for other days of family fun, then check out our things to do page!

When is the next school holiday?

For most, the next school holiday will be the Easter holiday in the second week of April!

Check out our school holidays blog for more information.

We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas for things to do this February half-term! Whether you venture outside for open water swimming, head indoors if the weather is decidedly British, or your kids like to get stuck into some arts and crafts!

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