How to keep the kids out of mischief this February half-term | Living North

How to keep the kids out of mischief this February half-term


From Viking and gaming festivals to helping out on the farm – here's how to entertain the little ones when school's out

North East 

Morpeth’s magnificent National Trust property, Cragside, is running a special Muddy Adventures programme during the week of half-term, inviting families to don their waterproofs, pull on their wellies and enjoy outdoor activities such as den-building, making mud pies and exploring a riverside winter trail. And while the grown-ups stop for a breather, kids can continue to muck around in the play area, with zip lines, slides and climbing frames, as well as the famous Nelly's Labyrinth.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens’ plan for February half-term revolves around getting creative – with a whole host of activities and workshops that celebrate life-long creativity, a theme explored in their latest exhibition, Received Wisdom. Special events will include a Chinese zodiac animal trail, family painting sessions, exhibition visits and a family sculpture workshop.

Head along to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, this half-term and take to the helm to learn everything you need to become a master ship builder. Taking inspiration from two resident ships – HMS Trincomalee (the oldest warship still afloat in Europe, and RML 497 (a former Second World War rescue motor launch) – visitors can create their own model sailing ship to take home, enjoy swashbuckling adventures aboard the play pirate ship, embark on intrepid family trails and even fire a cannon or two.


This half-term, delve deep into the world of video games at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford with their special CBBC Games event – where kids of all ages can try brand out new games, have a go at coding and play along with the experts. And when you’re ready for some down time, you can simply chill out with one of the CBeebies apps, packed with games, stories and activities from your favourite CBeebies friends.

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage and boasts an exciting programme of family events – including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances. So whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling break from the norm this half-term, you’re sure to find plenty to ignite the imagination here.

This February half-term coincides with a very important time at Barnsley’s Cannon Hall Farm – their Lambing Festival! And with more than 100 pregnant ewes all expecting in the next week or so, the farmers here will need all hands on deck. As well as helping to welcome the new lambs as they enter the world, you’ll also be able to enjoy bottle-feeding demonstrations and talks, while tractor rides, ferret racing, meerkat feeding sessions and a hands-on play area will make sure your little lambs have plenty of fun too.

Published in: February 2020

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