After what seems like five minutes since the end of the Christmas holidays, spring half term is upon us. This of course leads to the continuing conundrum of how to keep the kids entertained for a week? We at MFF have already collated ideas on how to keep the kids entertained during the winter. Today, we want to give you some additional ideas for indoor things to do in the UK during half term.
Indoor things to do in the UK during half term
The problem with the spring half term is that it is in February, where the weather has a tendency to be cold, dreary and wet. Nothing like the Summer half term with it’s (potentially!) glorious May sunshine and endless daytimes which are a gift! Simply open your door and the potential for parks, picnics and pitch and put are all available.
Or the joy of Autumn half term, where you can potentially sneak in a quick week away before the end of the holiday season! Let’s not however, allow the prospect of a cold, dreary February stop us from embracing and enjoying an opportunity to spend a week with our kids. Here are the indoor things to do in the UK during half term!
The UK kids’ comedy festival, Leicester 5th – 23rd February 2020
This is the only dedicated comedy festival aimed to kids. With a wide variety of events taking place at various venues across Leicester and Leicestershire, there should be something to suit all. If your kids fancy working on their comedy skills, there are work shops or if you just feel like having a giggle all together then when not catch a puppet show or just stand up aimed at kids!
Further info and ticket information can be found here ukkidscomedyfestival.co.uk/
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National Sealife Centre, Birmingham
The National Sealife Centre in Birmingham is one of our favourite places to visit with the 360 ocean tunnel being a particular highlight. There is something magical about seeing a shark swim above your head and come face to face with beautiful marine life. Tickets are cheaper if booked online in advance, further information can be found here: www.visitsealife.com/birmingham/
Children’s Story Centre, Stratford London
As described on their website The Childrens Story Centre is a place where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together. At the heart of the Centre are two floors containing story worlds and story garden that through interaction and exploratory play encourages children to fuel their imaginations. There are also exhibitions, storytelling sessions and events too!.
Watch a show at your local theatre
Increasingly theatres are running shows geared towards children particularly during school holidays, providing shows beyond pantomimes. Personally, I love taking my kids to watch a show at the theatre as it provides a different experience to going to the cinema. Check your local listings to see what’s on. If you do live near or in Bath then the Egg theatre is showing some excellent family orientated shows over half term.
Visit a National Trust property
Although most National trust properties are famed for their gardens and outdoor spaces, there are many that offer plenty of indoor activities. If we are struggling to think of something to do with the kids then we often look to National trust properties for inspiration, details of what they have on offer during half term can be found here.
A great way to get the kids out and be active is to visit a trampoline park especially if your kids have more bounce than Tigger! The great thing about trampoline parks is that kids love them and they are great form of exercise so a win all round! Flip out have venues across the UK and you can check if there is one near you here https://www.flipout.co.uk/
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We hope that these suggestions have given some ideas of things you could do should the weather not be at it’s best, but whatever you do, any time spent together is a good time.
Written by Andy Kapadia