What’s on: February Half Term
Banish boredom from their vocabulary (and keep yourself sane!) with our top to-dos for little and big kids alike this Half Term
Eek, it can’t possibly be here yet, can it…? Half Term is upon us, but fear not Muddy mums, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up the best things to do with your kids, so you’ll be primed and ready to jump into action before they can say ‘I’m bor…’ Told you so!
FARM: Lamb Season, Mead Open Farm, Sat 9 – Sun 24 Feb
Kids can get up close and personal with newborn woolies in the Lamb Nursery, bottle feed the older lambs and try out the Farm’s newly extended indoor play area. Also new is the Grain Store Kitchen Café that serves brunch to dinner, along with your standard farm shop cakes and coffee.
ZOO: Vets in Action, Whipsnade Zoo, Sat 9 – Sun 24 Feb
Got a little animal lover on your hands? Youngsters can experience first-hand the life of a vet in the Animal Hospital at the UK’s largest zoo. Budding vets will learn how to examine, x-ray and perform treatments on different animals and practice on soft toys. Activities included in entrance price.
SPACE: Planetarium, Dunstable Downs at the Whipsnade Estate, Tues 12 & Weds 13 Feb
The Planetarium returns to Dunstable Downs with a larger venue and brand new show about the stars hosted by experts from Dark Sky Wales. The special family stargazing events include popcorn, alien hunting and space games. Booking essential.
COMEDY: Comedy Club 4 Kids, The Place, Bedford, Wed 13 Feb
Who says politics is just for adults? Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics) and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer) make sense of it all for kids aged 7-13 in their comedic and informative stand up show.
THEATRE: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, Hertford Theatre, Sat 16- Sun 17 Feb
To celebrate the iconic colourful elephant’s 30th birthday, Elmer is going on tour. The show features 21 puppets, vibrant colours, cheeky humour and at a short 45 minutes looks perfect for little ones under seven.
ACTIVITY: Half-term at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb
As always Waddesdon is on it for half term with one day family cookery lessons (lunch and sweet/savoury treats to take home); Orienteering challenges round the grounds – with medals! Plus guided tours of the gardens (that one’s for you, the kids won’t give a chuff).
CIRCUS: Chinese New Year Circus, Oxford Playhouse, Mon 18 Feb
If you’ve never seen Chinese acrobats, then this is a must-see. They are A-MA-ZING! This colourful show with daring stunts and an 18 metre long dragon dance will see you celebrating Chinese New Year in style.
THEATRE: AniMalcolm, Broadway Cinema & Theatre, Mon 18 Feb
Story Pocket Theatre dramatises Brit comic and award winning children’s author David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm using physical theatre and live puppetry. The comical tale follows Malcolm, who hates animals, as he inhabits the bodies of several farm animals on a school trip.
PERFORMANCE: The Amazing Bubble Man, The Alban Arena, Tues 19 Feb
Combining comedy, audience participation, live music and square, yes square, bubbles The Amazing Bubble Man is bound to keep your sprogs entertained with his bubble tricks.
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FESTIVAL: Feb Fest 2019, Luton Library Theatre, Mon 18 – Thurs 21 Feb
Full House Theatre Company’s arts festival for kids aged three to 12 runs throughout half term with loads of events, workshops, sing-alongs and theatre performances throughout the week. Feb Fest Film Stars (Wed), where children can create and star in their own movie, looks like a highlight with the films showcased in the Feb Fest Finale on Thurs.
WALK: Half Term Trail, Ashridge Estate, Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb
Throughout this trail around the grounds of Ashridge kids will learn about hibernating animals on the estate – if only they followed suit (sigh!)
FARM: Meet the Farmer Workshops, Foxholes Farm, Hertford, 18 Feb & 21-22 Feb
Wellies on! Get to know the local residents of Foxholes Farm on this special Half Term tour led by a real farmer. Kids will get chance to meet the different breeds of cows, sheep and goats, as well as the baby calves and pigmy goat kids, plus they’ll get a scrummy farm lunch and a goodie bag to take home.
POP UP: Vintage Cinema, Tring Natural History Museum, Sat 23 Feb
Pop up alert! Vintage Cinema springs up in the middle of Tring Natural History Museum showing Night at the Museum (who woulda guessed it) at 6.15pm, followed by Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again at 8.40pm (for the grown-ups and older kids). The Lion Bar and the museum’s exhibits will be open to browse before the films begin.
STAY IN: Lucky Gecko Activity Boxes
Don’t fancy leaving the house? Thankfully Lucky Gecko’s activity boxes are just the ticket to keep 8-12 year-olds entertained on rainy days. Based around different themes each pack is filled with books, games and puzzles, which are educational too, (not that they’ll notice because they’re having too much fun!), inspiring kids to think outside the box (see what we did there?)