Ideas for February half term days out with the kids

She loved meeting all the sheep in the maternity wing with the lambs in the spring

February is upon us, so if you’re looking for some inspiration for things to do with the family over half term, look no further.

From theme parks and arts festivals to history and getting one with nature, February is the season when doors open after a January break, lambs start to appear, and the weather can be very sketchy… but that doesn’t mean the fun needs to stop!

Meeting the lambs at the National Forest Adventure Farm

So whether you have thrill-seekers, nature-lovers, future astronauts, superheroes, mini historians, or all of the above, here is my top lineup for ideas for February Half Term!

Twin Lakes is celebrating their double decade anniversary, offering all paying guests a FREE return ticket to use at either Twinlakes or their sister park Wheelgate, Mansfield, valid until Thursday 30th March! What’s more, there’s also a deal for twins too!

To claim, purchase a full-priced ticket online, or at the gate and receive a free return ticket at a 1:1 ratio for every full-priced paying customer upon entry to the park!

Also, throughout 19th and 20th February, you can meet Bluey!

Check out our review here of when we visited in October for more on what you can expect at Twin Lakes or find out more here

Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park
Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park

The Spark Arts Festival is an incredible event hosted in Leicester every year, helping children of all ages immerse themselves in arts, whether that be painting, expression, music or more. We’ve been to several events over the years with the Spark Arts Festival and know how inclusive, fun and special they are!

From art and dance, through to printmaking and performances, the activities take place in various locations around Leicester, from libraries to the Curve – so take a look at the lineup here for more.

There are always fantastic interactive activities for children across the city
There are always fantastic interactive activities for children across the city

West Lodge Farm Park – find out more here

We are huge fans of West Lodge Farm Park, and love all the events they put on, whatever the weather. We are super excited to come back this half term to check out their Lambing Festival.

Feeding the lambs at West Lodge Farm Park
Feeding the lambs at West Lodge Farm Park

With the chance to get up close to the newborn lambs, get involved with bottle feeding the newborns, and enjoy all the other fun on the farm, as well as their fantastic indoor play area, this is really one not to miss!

Check out our review here to find out more about all the fun things to do at West Lodge Farm Park.

Trying to head off on her own tractor ride...!
Lily loves all the activities at West Lodge Farm Park, whatever the weather

Bluebell Dairy – find out more here

Join Bluebell Dairy this half term for their Farm Academy. Activities include Highland Cow grooming, sheep shearing, egg collecting and more, to collect stickers along the way and become a 2023 Future Farmer!

Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy
Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy

The events are always so well organised and always great fun, whatever the weather.

Check out our review of Bluebell Dairy here.

Another favourite place of Lily’s is the National Forest Adventure Farm, and another place who we know puts on fantastic events, all year round.

This February half term sees their New Life on the Farm event, where you can meet their newborn lambs, feed the lambs, get involved with farm-related activities, make a scarecrow and more!

Check out our review of the National Forest Adventure Farm to find out more about what you can enjoy on the farm!

The jumping pillows at National Forest Adventure Farm
The jumping pillows at National Forest Adventure Farm

Alton Towers Pirate Takeover – find out more here

Ahoy me hearties! Prepare to set sail this February Half Term, as the pirates of Mutiny Bay make their return to Alton Towers Resort!

Budding buccaneers can join the captain on an exciting pirate adventure with barrels of pirate activities for all ye scallywags to enjoy! So, batten down the hatches and join the crew for a swashbuckling pirate adventure!

Splash Landings hotel at Alton Towers
Splash Landings hotel at Alton Towers

With live entertainment, 2 Theme Park Rides: Marauder’s Mayhem and Heave Ho, Aquarium experience, Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE, Interactive quest, Pieces of Eight Treasure Hunt and more, it looks a super fun event!

What’s more, you can turn it into a full overnight stay, including Splash Landings fun too!

Conkers – find out more here

Looking for outdoor adventures? This February half term, Conkers has a range of activities planned to blow away the winter blues!

Welcome to Conkers in the National Forest
Welcome to Conkers in the National Forest

Offering a super range of family-friendly craft and ranger-led activities, all in keeping with their immersive experience theme!

Included in your admission, you can enjoy all this (and more!)…

  • Ranger Activities
  • Daily Crafts
  • Amphitheatre Shows
  • Conkachoo Train
  • 4D Cinema Film

Check out our full review of Conkers here

Hatton Adventure Farm – find out more here

Hatton Adventure World has Aladdin panto on this February half term – a 40min pantomime in addition to all your usual fun on the farm, for just £3 more.

In addition, you can enjoy indoor play, outdoor play, meeting the reptiles, and plenty of other events too.

She actually held a snake - I couldn't believe it!

Check out our review of Hatton Adventure World here.

Thomas Land, Drayton Manor – find out more here

Thomas Land has a Dino Break Out event this February Half Term – 17th – 26th February 2023.

Are you brave enough to come face to face with some of Europe’s largest walking dinos? They’ve escaped and are on the loose around the theme park. Now we need your help to find them! 

Plus, enjoy exciting rides & attractions. From Europe’s only Thomas Land, Dino Trail and 15-acre zoo, to family thrill rides such as Loki, Jormungandr and much more; you’re bound to have a truly dino-mite day out.

Click here to find out about our visit to Thomas Land and what to expect when you’re there

Meeting the Fat Controller at Thomas Land
Lily meeting the Fat Controller at Thomas Land

National Space Centre, Earth Observation – find out more here

For something a little different, head to the National Space Centre for their interactive Earth Observation event for an out of this world half term experience.

Find out more about Earth Observation and how this can help us protect our planet.

Understand how satellites work and what they do to monitor our planet. Take part in hands on activities exploring the benefits of satellites in our everyday life.

You can also take part in drop-in activities such as: fishing for our future, sustainable circuits and join us for an interactive talk about Earth observation.  

This is a family friendly half term of activities which aims to inspire children, families and communities about our home planet, sustainability and STEM activities.

Check out our review here to find out more about what to expect

So much to do at the National Space Centre for all ages
So much to do at the National Space Centre for all ages!

For something very different, head to Snowdome Tamworth and check out their real snow fun! You’ve something for all ages, whether you’re looking to escape the weather, get your snow legs set for an upcoming ski trip, or just do something active!

There’s ski and snowboard lessons, tobogganing, a snow fun park, ice-skating, climbing wall, tubing and more. With sessions for under 4s and over 4s across the SnowDome, there’s really something for all the family to enjoy playing in the real snow!

Check out our visit at Christmas to their Winter Wonderland where we got to enjoy tubing, sledging and more!

Great fun for all the family - all sizes of slopes too!
Snow tubing at SnowDome Tamworth. Great fun for all the family.

We’re huge fans of Boost Trampoline Park, but they’re definitely one of our go-to places during the holidays too. We may rep for Boost Trampoline Parks, but it has always been one of Lily’s favourite places to head, whatever the weather!

There are family-friendly sessions throughout the day, a cafe to enjoy a snack and drink, a small soft-play for under 4s, and even a Jurassic Trampoline Park event for those who want something a little different!

Find out more about our visits to Boost Trampoline Park here

Foam pit fun at Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester
Foam pit fun at Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester

Warwick Castle is hosting a Festival of Archery this February Half Term.

If you’re keen to learn about history, in the grounds of a real medieval castle, you can enjoy a fantastic live show, with arrows being fired and even feel the heat of the flaming arrows! There are guides to help you learn more and even the chance to try out archery for yourselves (extra costs), but for something very different this Half Term, don’t miss out!

You can even stay in their wooden lodges for a special medieval sleepover – something that’s definitely on my to do list this year!

Go back in history at Warwick Castle this half term
Go back in history at Warwick Castle this half term

Have you guessed how excited we are about the lambs this half term? Manor Farm Park has a fantastic setup for families, so not only can you meet the newborn lambs you can also get involved in a whole host of other activities.

From feeding the animals to exploring their dinosaur trail and even heading through the woodlands into their awesome play area, there really is so much to do here. Just don’t miss out on the owls – so many beautiful birds, and even your chance to hold one too!

What’s more, there’s even a huge indoor play area if the weather gets bad, and some lovely places for a coffee too!

Check out our review here to find out more about Manor Farm Park & Woodlands.

Manor farm park and woodlands
Exploring Manor Farm Park & Woodlands

Need more inspiration?

Check out our ideas for unique family-friendly staycations in the UK

Check out our ideas for indoor family days out here

Check out our recent collaboration with ideas for activities to do with the grandparents

Check out our 20 ways to make family walks more interesting

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