It’s almost half-term time across much of London and the South East and there are lots of things to keep the kids entertained. Here’s some staycation inspiration.
When : Feb 11-29, 2017 (check websites for timings)
This is serious stuff, the kids must be prepped with vet gear, gloves, masks etc before entering the ‘surgery’. A cuddly toy needs their help. The kid vets get to help the zoo’s veterinary team examine the poorly toy, take a pretend ‘x-ray’ and carry out treatment. My six year old daughter, whose favourite topic at the moment is ‘can I have a pet ?’, will love this.
Recommended age group : 5-11
Price : Free with zoo ticket. Adults £23.69; Children 3-15 £19.01 (see website for deals and concessions)
When : until Sep 3, 2017 (see website for timings)
Where: Discover Story Centre, Stratford (East London)
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny”…wise words from that oracle of truth “The Cat in the Hat” Stratford’s Story Centre’s newest immersive exhibition celebrates the wonderful wit and wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Your little monkeys can dress up as ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ and the mysterious feline may make an appearance.
Prices : Adults and children over 2 £6.50
(See website for concessions and family deals)
FUN BEYOND THE M25 …..…..
When : Feb 13/15/17/18, 10:30-3pm
Where: Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB
Where modern history meets maths. This half-term kids can try their hand at codebreaking and learn how a brainy team of maths geeks ‘hacked’ the mysterious Enigma machine during World War Two.
Prices : Free with entrance ticket. Adults : £17.25, Kids under 12 are free (see website for deals and concessions)
Recommended age group: 5-14
When : Feb 11-26, 2017
Where : Beaulieu Motor Museum, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN
Junior grease monkeys can try out historic motoring artifacts, honk horns and test driving googles. More seasoned engineers can create a balloon-powered car and learn how to build an arch at Beaulieu Abbey. If Dad gets lost you can likely find him in the ‘World of Top Gear’.
Prices at the door : Adults £24.75, children 5-17 £12.50 (see website for deals and concessions)
Beaulieu Motor Museum. Photo credit : Visit Britain
When: Feb 11-25
“Science is brilliant” …my kid likes nothing more than messing around the kitchen doing ‘science’ aka making a mess….but hey she is learning that science and learning is fun. The Brighton Science Festival is running a great child celebration of science this half-term with loads of hands-on workshops for children and teenagers. Except lots of slime, earthworms, cockroaches, microscopes and coding.
Recommended age group: 7-16
(check website for more details of prices, timings and locations)
EVENTS THAT HAVE NOW FINISHED..
When : Feb 9-19, 2017
Where : London’s Southbank Centre
A chance to meet cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, a family rave, an adventure in Moominland and screenings of “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom” set to orchestral music, are just some of the highlights of this annual festival. I can’t decide which of the many events we want to attend ! See the website for the full list.
Prices : some of the events are free, but most are ticketed, best to check website for details.
Recommended age group : 0-12
Tower of London. Photo credit : Visit Britain / Historic Royal Palaces
When: Feb 11-19 2017 (12:00/ 13:30 and 15:30)
Where : Tower of London
Britain’s most iconic fortress is under attack and your kids must help the guards defend it from the evil Red Earl and a medieval mob. Talk about bringing history to life !
Prices : Free with entrance ticket. Adults £25 and children 5-15 years £12 (see website for deals and concessions)
When : Feb 11-19, 2017 11am-3pm (see website for details)
Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS
If you have a little prince or princess at home…they will love this insight into life as an aristocrat, learning to make music with historic instruments and dress up as Lords and Ladies with gowns and wigs.
Prices : Free with entrance ticket
Adults : £24, children £5-16 £13.90 (see website for deals and concessions)
Recommended age group: 4-10
Blenheim Palace. Photo credit Visit Britain
If you do try any of these activities this half-term, I would love to hear from you. I am looking forward to reading your stories and tips. Have fun !
DISCLAIMER: Please check prices and opening times with your chosen venue before setting out. See the website links provided. This guide is just for inspiration and dates and prices shown just for guidance. The prices were correct on the date on publication. The Staycationer accepts no responsibility for changes in prices or events.