From feathered fun to fantastical beasts, Leeds Museums & Galleries are sure to guarantee a fun packed programme of events for February half term.
Head over to Abbey House Museum for vile Victorian crafts, morbid murder mysteries and silly science experiments inspired by the era.
For drizzly day hide-aways be sure to check out Mystery Matinees at Leeds Industrial Museum. Their 1920s Palace Picture House can seat up to 25 guests and family tickets are priced at just £9. Be sure to check out their intimate screenings of family favourites and vintage classics.
Lotherton and Kirkstall Abbey are getting a feathery make-over. Celebrate the start of spring with Lotherton’s Love Bird event including wildlife themed crafts, the Lovebirds trail and keeper talks. Speaking of feathered friends, there’s also daily feeds with the penguins at 11.30am. If you fancy doing a good deed for our nesting neighbours then head over to Kirkstall Abbey and help out with crafting bird feeders from natural materials collected from the grounds.
At Leeds Discovery Centre there’s behind the scenes tours of their artefact store, filled with over one million objects from across the globe and millennia. If you fancy delving a little deeper then discover the mysterious world of molluscs at their family-friendly workshop on 20 February.
Elsewhere there’s loads of lovely activities lined-up at Leeds City Museum with drop-in sessions and workshops inspired by their Michael Morpurgo exhibition. If you’re feeling extra creative then join them for a puppet making workshop led by a real-life professional puppeteer!
At Temple Newsam there are tours galore, dressing up, crafts and storytelling and sunflower seed planting at the Stow House on 20 February. Plant your seed and take it away to watch it grow at home.
There’s more messy family fun at Leeds Art Gallery’s Artspace and Creative Tuesdays and Experimental Thursdays over at Thwaite Watermill.
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We have a different half term in Leeds to Harrogate this year! But this was so popular in October half term thought it would be good for a weekend activity or maybe an after school treat!
Events & Attractions and Yorkshire Event Centre are back with the Harrogate Indoor Funfair!
So join us from, 25th February – 3rd March 2019 for some wholesome family fun. The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!
You can expect to find your favourites again including Dodgems, Waltzers, Cup and Saucer, Mini Miami and an Inflatable Play Centre as well as new rides for you to try including Go Gator, Twister, Frozen Swing and the Ghost Train plus many more as well as prize winning games stalls (extra charges apply) including Hook a Duck and Whack a Minion!
We listened to feedback and our session times have changed slightly, the funfair runs every day from 25th February until 3rd March, 10am – 5pm, during this time two sessions are available, 10am-1pm then 2pm-5pm. Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. This year we also have a family ticket, offering funfair goers 4 rider tickets for £35. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket. To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page or visit our website www.indoorfunfair.co.uk
A number of tickets have been made available for each session for payment on the door when you visit if you prefer but we would advise booking to guarantee your entry.
Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website or to our Facebook page
Keep an eye out for competitions running on Facebook up until our opening day, 25th February for your chance to win a family ticket for any session!
1st – 24th February 2019
Organised by Leeds City Council with support from media partners Radio Aire and now in its 19th year, the Ice Cube will be open from Friday 1 February until Sunday 24 February 2019.
The hugely-popular event will once again feature an undercover ice rink, allowing visitors to enjoy an outdoor skating experience whatever the weather!
In addition to the open air ice rink, there will be an array of winter themed attractions including the Ice Jet, the Glacier Run Simulator plus the new Airmaxx along with other winter themed rides for children of all ages.
Back for its second year, the Penguin Club will run every Saturday and Sunday mornings, providing a chance for younger children to take their first steps on to the ice in a safe and fun environment with the assistance of the popular penguin skating aids.
Alongside general public ice skating, skating lessons with a qualified coach will be available every Saturday and Sunday mornings.
For more information on session times, prices and how to book, please visit www.millsqleeds.com/icecube
Millenium Square, Leeds.
16th to 24th February 2019
Take the journey from shelf to shore as we explore the voyage of everlasting plastics and impact they have on our oceans. Solve the clues in the message in a bottle trail, get your face painted at craft corner (choose your favourite animal design from shark, penguin, jellyfish and clownfish) every day from 11am to 4pm. We will also be joined by local wildlife charity RSPB who will be teaching us all about how to protect the variety of life along the Humber and across the Yorkshire coast. Positioned on the third floor, use the binoculars and see what wildlife you can spot. More details on their website here.
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Tropical World offers a unique opportunity to explore the jungle, desert, nocturnal and aquatic habitats with plants and animals such as crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snakes and a gorgeous family of meerkats!
One of Tropical World’s most loved zones is the butterfly house where you are able to witness first-hand their fascinating life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly. There are between 20 and 30 species of butterflies at Tropical World including Owl Butterflies which can grow up to 20cm – the same size as a large dinner plate!
You can really get up close and personal with all the inhabitants of Tropical World which makes it a fantastic immersive experience. With such a large variety of exciting and exotic animals to discover and learn about, Tropical World is a fun and educational day out for all the family.
Once you have finished exploring all there is on offer at Tropical World, you can grab a bite to eat and drink in the café which has a variety of hot and cold refreshments on offer. With a unique view of the canal gardens, the café is the perfect place to sit back and relax.
Winter Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 4pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing)
For more details visit the Tropical World website or Facebook Page.
Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER. Tel: 0113 237 0754
Zog is a loveable, if somewhat clumsy dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. Zog is learning lots of essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses! Forestry Commission England are now inviting children to step into the forest classroom to learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey!
As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be reveal panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy for just £3 the activity pack will also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.
Further details of trails and free downloadable activity sheets are available from www.forestryengland.uk/zog
No booking required.
Dalby Forest, Pickering YO18 7LT. Tel: 01751 472771
February 12th – 23rd
Thackray Museum, Beckett Street, LS9 7LN Leeds
0113 244 4343
Have you got the skills to be a surgeon? Find out by dissecting a kidney and then using stitching techniques to put it back together again!
WORKSHOPS: Heart Dissection – Half Term
Feb 18 – Feb 23
What does the heart do, how does it do it and why is it one of the most important organs in the body?
These totally unique workshops are perfect for children who love to get hands-on. With the help of experts from St. James’s Hospital, you will be given an animal heart and guided through a dissection to understand how it functions and the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.
Workshop times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm between Monday 18 and Friday 22 February and at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 23 February.
Cost: Normal museum admission charges apply and there is an additional charge of £3 per heart payable on arrival.
How to reserve: Please call 0113 244 4343 to reserve your place
Important information: Not all workshop spaces have been released for pre-booking. Once advance reservations are fully booked, the remaining places will be available to sign up to on arrival at the museum, on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Due to space restrictions, when booking your place, we would ask that you only book one heart per group rather than one heart per child. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult. Adults may supervise up to 3 children, but we will only issue one scalpel per adult. Places cannot be held and if you have not arrived 5 minutes prior to the workshop start time, your place will be reallocated.
19th – 20th February 2019. Performances 11am and 2pm
Fidget Theatre bring Billy’s fantastical wishes to life with their trademark wit and warmth. Using imaginative storytelling, puppetry and playful audience interaction Bird’s Nest Billy will delight family audiences in this unforgettable adventure.
Bird’s Nest Billy is an adventurous, playful show for 3-7 year olds and their grown-ups.
Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318
16th- 24th February 2019. 9.30am-5pm (10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday).
Visit Eureka this half term with special guests Noisy Toys, including “The Acoustratron” – a monstrous mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise engine. The Acousatron amplifies acoustic sounds from everyday objects, and salvaged instruments form the core of this monstrous mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise-engine.
Monday to Friday – Watch out for the Squirrels! Fool’s Paradise are also bringing a couple of their furry, inquisitive friends The Nutkins! These larger-than-life, cute critters will be out and about meeting visitors.
Discovery Road, HX1 2NE Halifax. Tel: 01422 330069
21st – 26th February 2019
Aimed at Under 8s, Fab Feb Family Fun features a host of fantastic indoor & outdoor events & activities throughout the holiday. More than a dozen different attractions to explore including
UV puppet show performances in the new show barn.
Visit the Riggmoor Mobile Farm with lots of cute and cuddly animals for you to pet and feed.
Enjoy 18 holes of fun packed Jurassic Golf *Additional charge applies.
Indoor Soft Play & Cafe
12 Child-friendly rides
Tickets must be pre-booked online, payment on the day is not available. Tickets £7.95 pp.
The full theme park is not open.
Lightwater Valley Theme ParkNorth Stainley, HG4 3HT Ripon, North Yorkshire
Daily, 18th – 23rd February 2019
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ Leeds
Keep warm in the cold February half term with a week of FREE family fun, including making, music, dance and craft all inspired by our New North-South Partnership – a three-year programme of activity across eleven arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia.
Activities will include experimenting with Bollywood dance moves, keep to the beat of Bhangra drumming, while also learning traditional art techniques, such as making Rangoli tiles inspired by South Asian patterns!
More details of the full programme of activities to follow alongside bookable workshops.
Supported by Leeds Inspired.
16th February – 3rd March 2019.
Join Piglets Adventure Farm for unmissable family fun this February Half Term! With NEW live Animal Shows and bottle feeding adorable newborn lambs, you won’t want to miss out!
PLUS check out the New Giant Slides in the Indoor bale play barn with straw bale mountain, rope swing and so much more!
Piglets, Nr York, YO32 9ST. Tel: 01904 499700
13th February – 24th February – 10 am – 5 pm
This half term we’re going to be fighting some pretty big battles. Come and have a go at strategic war games old and new and discover how the museum’s collections have influenced video game design.
There’ll be hi-tech on-screen games and more traditional board games to play, as well as a packed programme of combat demonstrations, talks, have-a-go sessions and dramatic performances.
We’ll also be joined by specialist companies and clubs from the world of gaming.
Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February
War gaming demonstrations by Leeds Wargames Club.
Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Take part in a Minecraft cyber mission specially designed for the Royal Armouries by Krash Labs.
Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Try out some exciting board games with Cards or Die.
Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February
Explore the world of historical and sci-fi scale model gaming with Warlord Games and Paper Soldiers (Sat only).
There’s plenty to keep the whole family busy this half term: Outdoor Covered Ice Skating Rink, Enchanted Forest, Adventure Playgrounds, the Maze & Electric Scooter trail*.
Rainy days are covered with a jumping pillow in the indoor play area. Plus indoor Special Events – with The Stockeld Rangers!
*additional charges apply
TEL: 01937 586333
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
Enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities at RHS Garden Harlow Carr Harrogate
Create bug hotels, get your hands dirty & learn how to compost or embark on an eco-hunt around the garden. Youngsters will learn about the health properties of plants & the benefits of being outdoors.
Garden trail runs from 16 Feb – 3 March 2019, activities from 10am–3.30pm daily.
Normal garden admission applies.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
16th February – 3rd March 2019. 10am – 4pm Follow The Clay Man Trail.
16th February – 3rd March 2019. 11am – 4pm Wild and Woolly Decorations at Swanley Grange.
19th February & 26th February 2019. 1-3pm Den Building Competition.
21st February & 28th February 2019. 1-3pm Make a Staff.
23rd February 2019. 11am-3pm Spot the Birdy.
23rd February 2019. 11am-3pm Make your own Clay Face.
Drop-in events, no booking required. All events are free, but normal admission charges still apply.
Tel: 01765 643189
16th -24th February 2019, 10am-4pm
Grab an activity pack from the till & see if you can spot all the Mini-Beasts hiding around the farm.
Once you’ve spotted them all & the worked out the mystery word, hand in your completed sheet for a chance to win some great prizes. There will also be fun Mini-Beast activities going on throughout the holidays.
No booking required.
Swithens Farm, Swithens Lane, Rothwell, LS26 0BT. Tel: 0113 282 8828
20th February 2019, 12pm
Children aged from 4-7 can join Opera North for a music and movement workshop to the accompaniment of live jazz, before settling down to watch The Jungle Book on the big screen. Everyone is encouraged to bring a rug and picnic to enjoy during the film.
£6 per person (£1 extra siblings)
Howard Assembly Room, Leeds (Book via Opera North Website)
16th – 24th February 2019, 10am-5pm
All children who visit in fancy dress between Saturday 16th February and Sunday 24th February 2019 will travel for HALF PRICE. That’s just £2.75!
In addition to the kids’ half price travel, there will be craft activities available in the heated marquee at Shelley Station. There’s no need to book in advance and the activities are totally FREE for all valid ticket-holders.
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Nr Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727
16th – 24th February 2019
Join us for lambing season – one of the most exciting times in the farming calendar.
* Daily Shepard talks
* Lamb bottle-feeding demonstrations
* Tractor trailer rides, sheep and ferret racing, milking demos, Shire horse talks and meerkat feeding sessions.
Tickets available on the door: all-day admission
£34 for a family of four
Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT Barnsley
16th February – 3rd March 2019, 10am -4pm
Get your beaks stuck into activities celebrating our feathered friends this half term!
Keep the family entertained with Wildlife World themed crafts, the Love Birds trail and keeper talks. There’s daily feeds at 11.30am and 3pm with the penguins.
For more feathered fun become a bird boffin on our natural science day on 20th February and make your own nest box on 19th & 21st February.
Lotherton Hall, Off Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB
21st January 2019, 2pm
Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt and draw along with him! He’ll be showing you how to sketch favourite characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways of creating fantastic creatures like dragons and unicorns, and giving loads of top tips. And to celebrate his latest book Nice Work for the Cat and the King everything will have a special ‘royal’ twist!
Suitable for aged 4 years and above.
Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, LS2 3AD. Tel: 0113 376 0318
16th – 24th February 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
National Science and Media MuseumLittle Horton Lane, BD1 1NQ City of Bradford
This February half term, enjoy action-packed activities, awesome experiments and much more as we join forces with the hit CBBC show Operation Ouch!
We’re teaming up with Operation Ouch! to explore the wonderful world of medicine. With activities and experiments, behind-the-scenes footage and challenges for all the family, it’s science with the gross bits left in!
Entry to the museum is FREE. Small charges may apply for some activities.
16th – 24th February 2019 (9am-4pm)
Free family fun at the Arium this half term with two free fairground rides (ideally suited for ages 7 and below), story-telling sessions and our colouring and crafts table. There’s no need to book a place everyone is welcome to just come turn up. And don’t forget to try our new breakfast menu!
Family friendly cafe. An accessible site with plenty of parking.
Drop-in event, no booking required
Tel: 0113 378 9985
The Arium is close to the A64 end of Thorner Lane. If you turn off the A64 onto Thorner Lane, it’s the second turning on your right (after the cemetery).
Danger Zone runs at Abbey House Museum from January 26th until December 31st 2019
Explosive sweets, radioactive ornaments and poisonous hats are all among an extraordinary collection of historic hazards revealed in a new exhibition in Leeds.
Danger Zone, which opens at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum explores some of the surprising everyday threats that were hiding in plain sight in homes and workplaces over the past 150 years.
Looking at the potentially deadly risks people unwittingly took through exposure to seemingly innocuous items like medicines, food and even the clothes they wore, the exhibition will also chart how the evolution of health and safety has helped us be more aware of the potential perils we continue to discover today.