There’s no excuse for any little ones being bored this half term – there’s so much going on all around the UK. Of course, we can’t mention everything, so we’ve picked ten of our favourite events.
Imagine FestivalÂ at Southbankhas a brilliant selection of events – make an instrument and play in the junk orchestra, jump on a giant bed for a story, dance at a rollerdisco, build a city from recycled materials, listen to talks by famous authors and see the wonderful Mr Tiger Goes Wild. You can alsoÂ visit the new Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl. We’ll see you there!
Brighton Science FestivalÂ is a great way to introduce small people to big concepts. There are workshops on all over the city during half term week, kicking off with Bright Sparks weekend, where you can get up close and personal with reptiles and bugs and get involved with impressive experiments.
StorystockÂ is a ‘travelling story circus’ thatÂ has landed at London’s Bush Theatre. Think interactive storytelling, literary performancesÂ and workshops involve writing, science & song-writing featuring well-known characters such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, the Mad Hatter and the Gruffalo.
Play-Doh at Museum of ChildhoodÂ A chance to go crazy with Play Doh without worrying about the carpets, making animations and Rousseau-inspired creations.
Destination Space at Eureka!Â We know you’re all keeping a beady eye on Tim Peake’s amazing adventures on the ISS, so if you’ve got a future astronaut at home we recommend you head to Eureka! where they can learn about what life in space is really like.
Steam, Sweat and Sewers, ManchesterÂ You just know that a workshop called Goo in the Loo is going to be a major hit with children. Explore Manchester’s underground tunnels and find out how children in the past lived and worked in cotton mills. There will also be a Victorian fairground.
Roald Dahl MuseumÂ It’s 100 years since Dahl’s birth, so expect lots of celebrations at the Great Missenden museum and around the country in 2016. Next week’s theme is James & the Giant Peach, so visitors can meet real minibeasts, make bug jars, create seagull mobiles and join in with storytelling sessions.
Petal Power at Bristol ZooÂ Face painting, trails, painting flower pots, animal encounters and a giant flower collage all form part of the brilliant Bristol Zoo’s half-term offering.
National Trust half term activitiesÂ The National Trust is my go-to for the holidays as we are lucky enough to have a few great properties (with lots of green space attached) nearby. There are usually craft workshops and trails laid on for children during half term – check the website for details of what’s on in your area.
Survival with Stick Man at The Eden ProjectÂ There’s loads of forest school activities going on at Eden – you can meet Stick Man, then learn how to make a shelter and light a fire and cook on it.