School holiday activities: Fun things to do with the kids this half term

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School holiday activities: Fun things to do with the kids this half term

Here’s our bumper guide of free (or very cheap!) things to do with the kids over half term

The half term holidays are here and we’re sure the kids are excited to have lie ins, watch a LOT of TV and of course they get a week off school (we’re SO jealous of them).

But if you don’t want your kids staying in all day we’ve created a bumper list of free activities, fun days out, and more for you and the kids to get stuck into when you've run out of your own ideas..

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS NATIONWIDE

1) Say cheese!

Where?

Nationwide

When?

All year round!

What?

Budding chefs will want a slice of the action at Pizza Express this half term, as the restaurant offers groups of kids, in a minimum group of eight, the chance to get their hands on some dough at a Make Your Own Pizza party. This activity would be ideal for birthday parties.

Price

£11.95 per guest.

More details

Find out more information here.

2) Thank God It's Friday

Where?

TGI Fridays

When?

From 10 - 28 February 2017

What:

Fancy taking the kids out for a delicious meal? Why not take them to TGI Fridays. There's plenty of fun activities, special edition TGI Fridays badges that can be collected AND if your little ones go to the restaurant in fancy dress they get a free ice cream; what's not to love?

Price

Kids meals start from £4.99.

More details

Visit TGI Fridays' website.

3) Bird Week

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Where?

Nationwide

When?

From 13 - 19 February

What?

Painting a nest box, making a bird feeder, baking delicious food for birds, creating bird finger putters and turning a terracotta pot into an owl will all be held at Wyevale Garden Centres. The fun activities last an hour or less so you'll have the rest of the day to do plenty of other activities.

Price

From £2.50 - £5.

More details

You can buy tickets here.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN LONDON

1) Get Trolled

Where?

Shrek's Adventure! London

When?

From 13 - 19 February

What:

After visiting Shrek's Far Far Far Away, your kids can meet the stars Poppy and Branch from DreamWorks film Trolls and attend the Trolls Dance Party to show off their moves!

Price

Starting from £32

More details

Visit Shrek's Adventures websites.

2) Arcelor Mittal Orbit

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Where?

Arcelor Mittal Orbit

When?

All year

What:

If your kids like heights then they'll LOVE this! Why not take them down the WORLD's longest and tallest tunnel slide. The slide is 114.5m high in the sky and it takes approximately 24 seconds to descend to the bottom. Not only that you'll have a stunning view of London landmarks including the O2, Wembley and St Pauls' Cathedral.

Price

Starting from £10.

More details

Visit Arcelor Mittal Orbit's website here.

3) Vue cinema

Where?

A Vue cinema in London

When?

All year

What:

Every Sunday and Saturday morning from 10am and every day in the school holidays your little ones and yourself can see kid's movies for £2.49 per person. So why not pop into your local Vue cinema and see Ice Age: Collision Course, Little Screen or Storks.

Price

£2.49

More details

Visit the Vue cinema website for more information.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN BIRMINGHAM

1)

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Where?

West Midland Safari Park

When?

February 11 - 26

What:

At the West Midland Safari Park your children will be transformed into Explorers. Their mission is to help the onsite Explorer character 'Livingstone' find the missing egg on the free Explorers Trail. Your little ones can also have a look around the Discovery Trail, Adventure Theme Park and African Village and once the missing egg is found if you take a photo of yourself and the egg you could WIN an iPad Mini!

Price

Adult, £18.40. Child, £14.40.

More details

You can find more details on the West Midland Safari Park website.

2) Cabury's World

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Where?

Cadbury's World

When?

All year

What:

Fan of chocolate? Then you'll love Cadbury World. You can visit the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone, Bourneville Experience, African Adventure Play area and a whole lot more.

Price

Adult, £15.91. Child, £11.68.

More details

You can find more details about Cadbury's World on their website.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN YORKSHIRE

1) The Deep

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Where?

Hull

When?

All year

What:

At The Deep aquarium there's 3,500 fish, turtles, penguins, sharks and rays that will keep your children entertained. Kids can take part in interactives and audio visual presentation that are fun for all ages.

Price

If you book online there's a 10% discount. Adults, £11.25. Children, £9.45.

More details

You can find more information on their website.

2) MFA Bowls Leeds

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Where?

Leeds

When?

All year

What:

As it's absolutely freezing out why not take the kids down to bowling? At least it's well suited to the weather. Both you and the kids can get involved and have a fun game of knocking down the pins.

Price

Prices start from £3.90.

More details

You can find more information on their website.

3) National Media Museum

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Where?

National Media Museum

When?

Saturday 18 – Sunday 26 February

What:

This half term your little ones can experience Nintendo's YO-KAI WATCH in a whole new way. From playing the game, becoming friends with Yo-kai and taking part in creative activities that the WHOLE family can enjoy, what's not to love?

Price

Free

More details

You can find more information on their website.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN LIVERPOOL

1) Queensway Tunnel Tour

Where?

Liverpool

When?

All year

What:

If your children are interested in train and the underground, then they'll probably be a big fan of the Queensway Tunnel Tour. During this experience you'll learn how the tunnel as contrasted and you'll get to see the tunnel control room.

Price

£6 per person.

More details

You can call 0151 330 3404 or email tours@merseytravel.gov.uk.

2) Beatles Story

Where?

Liverpool

When?

All year

What:

If you're a Beatles fan then you'll definitely want to take the kids to the Beatles Story. Your little ones will learn how the Beatles become one of the most famous boy groups in the whole world. Guests will experience the excitement of the Cavern Club and the hysteria of Beatlemania.

Price

Adults, £14.95. Children £9.

More details

You can find more information on the Beatles Story website.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN MANCHESTER

1) CBBC Interactive Tour

Where?

Salford

When?

All year

What:

Children can go on a tour of CBBC. They'll have a chance to see what happens behind the scenes, take lots of photos and even have a chance to practice presenting the news and weather!

Price

Starting from £7.25.

More details

You can find more details on the BBC website.

2) Rock Over Climbing

Where?

Manchester

When?

All year

What:

If your kids love climbing then you should definitely take them to Rock Over Climbing. They'll travel around the centre on a climbing adventure, bouldering walls and a new Adventure Zone.

Price

Prices start from £15.

More details

Take a look on their website for more information.

FUN, AFFORDABLE HALF TERM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN IRELAND

1) Belfast Zoo

Where?

Belfast

When?

All year

What:

Everyone loves the zoo and at Belfast's there's over 1200 animals and 140 species to take a look at. From lionsm kangaroos and spider monkeys your little ones will definitely be entertained.

Price Adult, £12.50. Child, £6.25.

More details

Take a look at their website for more information.

2) Fun Works Play Centre

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Where?

Northern Ireland

When?

All year

What:

Kids love an indoor play area so why not take them to Fun Works Play Centre? With a ball pit, slides, a mini football/basketball area and lots more they'll have a ball of a time.

Price

From £3.50.

More details

Take a look on their website for more information.

FUN, AFFORDABLE HALF TERM ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN SCOTLAND

1) Edinburgh Castle

Where?

Edinburgh

When?

All year

What:

Not only will you get to tour the Edinburgh Castle but you can also have a look through the National War Museum.

Price

Adults, £16.50. Child, £9.90.

More details

Take a look on their website for more information.

FUN, AFFORDABLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS IN WALES

1) Geocaching adventure

Where?

The Brecon Beacons National Park

When?

All year round!

What?

Got a phone with GPS on it? Then you’re ready to go Geocaching, a global game of hide-and-seek with almost two million hidden ‘treasures’. The Brecon Beacons National Park people have really got the bug: they’ve planted 180 caches for you to find - making this one of the most exciting family walks you can take!

Price?

Free admission

More details?

Visit the Brecon Beacons website here.

2) Meet a brand-new dinosaur

Where?

National Museum Cardiff

When?

Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm, all year round

What?

Wales have got a brand-new dinosaur - and this 200 million-year-old relative of the T-rex is definitely going to be someone your kids want to meet!

Price?

Free admission

More details?

Call 029 2039 7951 for more information

3) Zip World

Where?

Snowdonia, North Wales

When?

Half term

What?

Tree top playground adventures for all ages at Zip World Fforest in Betws Y Coed. The trampolines and tunnels allows the whole family to run, bounce and leap between connecting tree houses.

If you're feeling like Indiana Jones you can explore the caves instead! Visit Zip World Slate Caverns at Blaenau Ffestiniog and book tickets for Bounce Below, an unadulterated fun day out in a spectacular setting deep underground.

Price

Tree Top Playground: £20 per person.

Bounce Below: £25 per person.

More details

To book visit Zip World.

FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO AT HOME: 10 FUN DIY CRAFT PROJECTS

1) Make a paper toy windmill

2) Make some emoji slime

3) Make a paper vase

4) Make a dollhouse

5) Make a sock monkey

6) Make a pirate hat

7) Make a Thunderbirds Tracy Island toy

8) Make a toy stables

9) Make a kite

10) Make a suncatcher

10 SCHOOL HOLIDAY RECIPES: DO SOME BAKING WITH THE KIDS!

2) Rainbow Ice Cream Sandwich

3) Apple & Dates Milkshake

4) Homemade Fruit Rollups

5) Banana Bites

6) Breakfast Quesadillas

7) Veggie Nuggets

8) Super-Easy No-Bake Cookies

9) Cheesy Pizza Bites

10) Frozen Banana Pops

FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES: INSPIRING IDEAS TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY

  1. Make a den, hanging bed sheets from clothes horses and the sofa, before snuggling up inside with books and hot chocolate.

  2. Have an egg and spoon race in the garden or over at the local park - just be sure to hard boil those eggs first!

  3. Climb a hill - and then roll down it!

  4. Go for a picnic; all you need are some sandwiches, a snack, a drink, and a blanket to sit on. You can even have it inside if the weather isn’t playing ball.

  5. Go for a family bike ride.

  6. Make a scrapbook together, using child-safe scissors, pritt sticks, and old magazines.

  7. Dig out your old board games and have an afternoon of indoor family fun; I Spy and a rousing game of charades are just as much fun if you don’t have any boardgames to hand!

  8. Look out some old party clothes and let your kids have fun dressing up; have them put on a fashion show or a play, for extra fun.

  9. Grab a football and head to the park for a kick-around!

  10. Play hide-and-seek or, if there are a lot of you, sardines; this is where ONE person hides, and everyone else searches for them. Once they’ve found them, they have to climb into the hiding place with them, leading to some very tight squeezes - hence the name!

  11. Organise a game of rounders with family and friends.

  12. Set up some paper and paints for your little ones, and have them unleash their creative side.

  13. Go and feed the ducks at your local pond.

  14. Throw an Unbirthday Party, complete with cake, balloons and party games; you can all take turns at blowing out the candles!

  15. Skim stones across a pond.

  16. Play Pooh Sticks at a nearby stream or river; all you have to do is each drop a stick on the upstream side of a bridge, and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner!

  17. Go on a walk and see if you can spot some snowdrops or spring crocuses.

  18. Toss a frisbee at your local park.

  19. Write a mini-movie together and film it on your phone; you can watch it later with some popcorn.

  20. Get some felt tips or crayons, pack up some sketchbooks, and go to the park; you can get your little ones to draw what they see!

Make sure everyone's wrapped up though as it's pretty chilly outside. Do you have any activities to add to the list?

TV GUIDE: KIDS & FAMILY MOVIES ON NETFLIX THIS FEBRUARY HALF TERM

1) A Series of Unfortunate Events

What’s the story?

The extraordinary Baudelaire orphans face trails, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets.

Certificate?

PG

2) Voltron: Legendary Defender

What’s the story?

In an all-new series, five unlikely heroes and their flying robot lions unite to form the mega powerful Voltron and defend the universe from evil.

3) Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London

What’s the story?

Teen CIA operative Cody Banks must go undercover to infiltrate a London boarding school when his former mentor steals a dangerous mind-control device.

Certificate?

PG

4) Trollhunters

What’s the story?

After uncovering a mysterious amulet, an average teen assumes an unlikely destiny and sets out to save two worlds.

*Certificate?

PG

5) Project MC2

What’s the story?

Teenage spy McKeyla teams up with three other super-smart girls to become secret agents who use their science and tech skills to save the day.

Certificate?

PG

6) Dreamworks Dragons: Race to the Edge

What’s the story?

From the creators of “How to Train Your Dragon” comes an all-new Netflix original series that takes Hiccup and Toothless to the edge of adventure.

beliefs and dreams of children.

Certificate?

PG

7) Fantastic Mr. Fox

What’s the story?

When Mr. Fox’s raids on nearby farms raise the ire of the farmers, he must outwit the men’s increasingly outrageous plans to catch him.

Certificate?

PG

8) My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree

What’s the story?

The Equestria Girls, human teen counterparts to My Little Pony characters, head to Camp Everfree, where they need a little magic to help save summer.

Certificate?

U

9) The Furchester Hotel

What’s the story?

Elmo hops across the pond to help his extended monster family solve problems at their “almost” world-class establishment, the Furchester Hotel.

10) Garfield’s Pet Force

What’s the story?

When an alien menace and her army of undead minions threaten to enslave the world, Garfield heads a team of comic-strip superheroes to save the day.

freedom.

Certificate?

U

11) The Smurfs 2 - available from 15th February 2017

The Smurfs, along with their human friends, set out to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel.

Certificate?

U

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