Half term holiday dates vary depending on where you live. Most areas have their half term break Monday 13th to Friday 17th February 2017, but in a few areas (mainly in Wales) it is the week afterwards, Monday 20th to Friday 24th February 2017.
Check your kids holiday dates before you book anything!
English Heritage have loads of things to do at their properties all over the UK - scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails, see Stonehenge or explore underground wartime tunnels.
Edinburgh Castle has a grisly bit of entertainment for half term week! Crime and Punishment in Medieval Scotland. Discover the nature of crime & punishment during the turbulent times in Medieval Scotland with Gilbert Savage the executioner. (Not suitable for younger children).
Go to the Panto. Oh yes you can! There are lots of pantomimes running over February half term, both amateur and professional. Find out more at Big Panto Guide.
The Bond in Motion exhibition is being held at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden, and it is the official exhibition of original James Bond vehicles that feature on the films. See the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me, alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine. The exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats and motorcycles. Book Now
If you are near Cardiff, get down to the National Museum where they are holding a week of art activities inspired by Chinese legends. Chinese Legends Family Workshop.
Get down to your local library. Many libraries will be running half term activites including craft sessions, story time and music groups. Contact your local library to find out what is going on.
The annual Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House and Gardens runs until 26th February 2017 with magnificent life-sized and oversized lantern scenes. The festival includes an international range of food and drinks, a 30-metre synthetic ice-rink, 3D lantern photo opportunities, virtual reality gaming experience, Chinese bamboo lantern riddles and a mini funfair and games. Book Now
Sealife has attractions across the UK. Every centre opens a window into the magical world beneath our seas and offers close encounters for all ages with everything from humble shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a fantastic family attraction that has over 700 incredible artefacts spread over 5 floors of amusement and amazement in equal measure. Situated in the heart of London’s Piccadilly Circus, whether it is a chunk of the Berlin Wall, Amazonian shrunken heads or a knitted Ferrari. There are big savings if you book more than 2 weeks in advance.
STAR WARS™ Identities is an exhibition which will be at the O2 exhibition centre until 3rd September 2017. Get to know the characters of STAR WARS™ on a whole new level and learn more about yourself in the process. Pick up your lightsaber - your adventure into identity awaits!
The Imagine Children's Festival takes place at London's South Bank Centre from 9th to 19th February. Immerse yourself in children’s classics, with the magic of storytelling through pictures with Chris Riddell and Friends or listening to the popular rhyming stories of Julia Donaldson with a double-bill of TheGruffalo & Room on the Broom accompanied by whimsical orchestral music. Plus visit the brand new immersive tour Adventures of Moominland and go on a journey in search of Moomins with author and illustrator Tove Jansson.
Need to really work off some energy? Then Go Ape is the place to go! With lush, green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; blended with a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings (using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and super-strong wire) and wind-in-your-face zip wires. It's your chance to find your inner Tarzan. Locations all over the UK
Museums and Art Galleries, large and small will be hosting half term events this February. Contact your local one to find out what is going on. many events will be free or require only a small charge to cover materials.
The Moscow State Circus will be in Manchester this February, with their show Miracles. The Circus has been planning this event for the last 2 years, including installing the largest ever Big Top at Event City. Book Now
Get in the Swim. Get your cossies out and head off down to your local pool. Great exercise and you won't need to give them a bath tonight either.
The Royal Horticultural Society have a programme of half term events at their four locations in Harlow Carr in Harrogate, Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey. The events are both outdoors and indoors, so you can go along not matter what the weather.
When did you last get the bikes out? Before Christmas? If the weather is good get outside for a cycle ride. Brilliant exercise and good fun too.
Get creative and enter the World Book Day Oodles of Doodles competition. Design a book token and you could win up to £500 of book tokens for your school and £200 each for you and your teacher.
Have a Picnic. Get out the picnic blanket, lay it down in the front room, sit on the floor and eat our lunch or have afternoon tea. All the fun of a real picnic even if it is pouring with rain or freezing cold.
February 12th is Darwin Day so spend the day celebrating scientific thought and learn about evolution and natural selection. The story of his life and discoveries and their importance are explained very well on the BBC iWonder Website.
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Valentine's Day on the 14th February falls on the Tuesday of half term week in 2017, so get out the glitter, glue and paper and make a Valentine's card for your favourite person, or find 2 Ways to Make a Heart Wreath at Hobbycraft.
Have a Board Games Afternoon. Get out a game that all the family will enjoy - so if ypu have always wanted to teach the kids how to play Monopoly, now is the time!
Clear out the Cupboards. Either get the kids to help you clear out the pots and pans out get them to sort out thier toys and clothes. Could keep them quite for ages.
There's nothing like getting messy with glue and paper, so why not save up your old newspapers and try some papier mache and Make a Pinata.
Learn a New Language. Want to get ahead at school and be able to talk to people on holiday? Absolute beginners can start learning a language for free at Duolingo, while Memrise is a fantastic site for learning vocabuary for kids who have already started a language.
Make and decorate an amazing Carnival Mask and get ready for Mardi Gras on 28th February.
Get on with Homework. OK, that's probably not going to happen until the day before they get back is it......?!