February fun

Whether February half term is heading your way in a matter of days or you still have a week to go, there are plenty of activities across the UK to keep the school-age smalls entertained and you sane during the holidays. Scroll on for a few of our favourites and check out our round-up of the best of the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival here, too.


The Fantastic World of Dr Seuss
Dress up as Thing 1 or Thing 2, play music with the Boom Band and hang out with The Cat in the Hat at this immersive exhibition exploring the magic of DR Seuss.
Until 10 September; Discover Children’s Story Centre; discover.org.uk

Play the Gallery
Whisk your budding artists over to Tate Britain where they’re putting on a free two-day event inviting children to ‘play the gallery’ through a series of tours, games and workshops.
11-12 February; Tate Britain; tate.org.uk

Magic Lantern Festival
Half term is a great opportunity to check out this beautiful event at Chiswick House. The theme for this year’s illuminated lantern trail is Explore the Silk Road and there’s a mini funfair and ice rink, too.
Until 26 February; Chiswick House; magicallantern.uk

Green Top Youth Circus
Equip with the skills they’ll need to run off and join the circus with a one- or two-day session here over half term. Suitable for children aged 8 and up who fancy trying their hand at aerial, dance, acro and circus skills.
21-22 February; Greentop Community Circus Centre; greentop.org

Really, Really Wild Day
The UK’s City of Culture 2017 has a fun-packed day of free events planned to celebrate the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Treasure House (on loan from London’s Natural History Museum). The exhibition runs from 11 February to 22 April.
18 February; Beverley Treasure House; hull2017.co.uk

Chinese Legends Workshop
This free family workshop at Cardiff’s National Museum celebrates the Year of the Rooster and the exhibition Nature’s Song with a chance to create beautiful pen and ink drawings of your own.
21-24 February; Cardiff National Museum; museum.wales

Mad Hatters Tea Party
At this hands-on session run by Cooking It! cookery school children get to create their own tea party of homemade strawberry jam, mini scones, chocolate brownies, sandwiches and lemonade.
13 February; Cooking It!; cookingit.co.uk

Win serious Brownie points with the junior gamers in your life by bagging them tickets to the Geek festival at Dreamland. Steer them away from the Minecraft Cave for long enough to learn a thing or two about app development and they’ll soon start earning their keep.
17-19 February; Dreamland; geek-play.com

Jorvik Viking Festival
York’s annual Viking fest – Europe’s largest – is packed with all the guts, gore and battles kids love about this period of history. Among a whole week of events and workshops are Viking games and stories for toddlers, have-a-go archery sessions and a Poo Day where kids get to make their own replica historic poo.
20-26 February; jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk