Your guide to keeping the kids entertained this half term
From crafts to close encounters with wild animals to the UK’s biggest inflatable theme park there is plenty going at half term including several free events CRAFTERNOONS Warrington Museum and Art Gallery hosts regular craft sessions for youngsters and there are some extra dates during half term.
There is a different theme at each free event with tiger masks on February 15, hand print dinosaurs on February 19, sunflowers on February 21 and snappy crocodiles on February 22. The drop-in sessions run between 1pm and 3pm with last admission at 2.45pm. No booking is required but children must be accompanied by an adult and the recommended age is three and over.
KIDS HALF PRICE AT KNOWSLEY SAFARI Take the strain out of the school holidays with a full day out to entertain the whole family this February half term at Knowsley Safari – and children go for half price. The offer can be claimed between February 15 and 23 for youngsters up to 15 with an entry fee of GBP6.75 instead of GBP13.50.
You can take your mini adventurers on the five-mile Safari Drive as many times as you like where you can see the likes of white rhino, African lions, European bison, wildebeest and camels. Entry also includes the foot safari to discover Amur tigers and Iberian wolves. You can book at knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk
ACTIVITY TRAIL Notcutts Rivendell Garden Centre in Widnes is encouraging children to get outdoors with a free horticulture-themed activity trail around the garden centre. From February 15 to 23, children of all ages can join the hunt for friendly gardening characters including Walter the Watering Can and Roger the Rake.
Every young explorer who finds all the characters and unscrambles the hidden word at the end of the trail will receive a free packet of giant sunflower seeds to grow at home. Notcutts will also be hosting free sessions from 11am to 2pm between February 18 and 20 where families can meet the garden centre’s friendly animals in the Pet Centre.
GAMES AND CRAFTS AT THE LIBRARY Warrington’s libraries are hosting a whole range of free drop-in events between February 17 and 23 as follows:
- February 17, 10.30am to 3.30pm, Birchwood Library – Craft and hunt session
- February 18, 10.30am to 12pm, Penketh Library – Lego session
- February 18, 1pm to 2pm, Burtonwood Library – Monster corner bookmarks craft session
- February 19, 2.30pm to 3.30pm, Penketh Library – Craft session
- February 19, 2pm to 4pm, Lymm Library – Flower craft session
- February 20, 2.30pm to 4pm, Stockton Heath Library – Animal craft session
- February 20, 2.30pm to 4pm, Culcheth Library – Spring-themed animal mobile craft session
- February 20, 10.30am to 11.30am, Westbrook Library – Owl craft session
- February 21, 2pm to 3pm, Warrington Library – Bookworm bookmark craft session
- February 23, 1pm to 2pm, Warrington Library – Parachute games and activities
- February 23, 9.30am to 12pm, Orford Library – Pirates and princess craft session
ROLLER DISCO Head back to the 1980s at Walton Hall.
Because a roller disco is coming to this February half term. Roller disco slots will be one-and-a-half-hours, starting from 10am each weekday of February half term. You can hire skates or dig out yours from the loft.
Visit waltonhallgardens.co.uk/events/roller-disco/ for more information. KIDS FREE AT DINO FALLS Back by popular demand, the kids go free before 10.30am offer returns to Manchester’s Dino Falls Adventure Golf from February 17 to 28.
It is available from Monday to Friday with one child going free for every paying adult. Featuring 36 holes of dinosaur-themed adventure golf, including a new volcanic addition, Dino Falls is located at Trafford Golf Centre, the busiest driving range in the UK.
For more information visit dinofalls.co.uk. NATURE ADVENTURES Visitors to one of the county’s most historic places will be encouraged to reconnect with nature during the February half term.
Rangers and other members of the team at Quarry Bank, in Styal, will be helping families feel the healing benefits of being outdoors. Sensory walks will give families the chance to think about what they can see, hear and smell all around them. Youngsters will be encouraged to put their imaginations to the test while playing games like pooh sticks and standing like a tree.
Visitors can also help the rangers plant trees on February 20 as part of the rangers’ plans to grow habitats and increase the estate’s biodiversity. People can simply drop in to help, but unfortunately the area is not wheelchair or pushchair accessible. February’s half term event is part of the Natural History Museums’ ‘Natural History Adventures’ and is in the National Trust’s 125th anniversary year.
During the half term there will be a nature-themed indoor craft activity too, but most of the excitement will be outside. All the nature adventures at Quarry Bank – including the tree planting – will take place between 11am and 3pm, from February 17 to 21. HALF PRICE AT SUPERBOWL UK
The Golden Square alley has 50 per cent off bowling after 6pm on Tuesday this half-term. Book a lane or ‘putt’ your best swing to the test and head for a round of golf at its 12-hole adventure course, Putters Adventure Golf. For the younger members of the family, there is the jungle-themed Crazy Club soft play zone too.
FLIGHT ACADEMY Budding pilots are being invited to Manchester Airport’s Flight Academy. Kids can board a Monarch DC10 aircraft and learn about the different job roles in aviation at the airport’s Runway Visitor Park.
There are separate sessions running for children aged four to seven and eight to 12, with dates available on February 18, 19 and 23. The experience last 90 minutes and costs GBP7 per child but due to limited space on board the aircraft, a maximum of one adult per child is allowed (through the good news is that adults go free). Also during half term children can climb aboard the iconic Concorde.
The short 20-minute tours of the plane are part of the ‘Midweek Madness’ events, with slots available on February 19. Families can experience sitting in the luxurious leather seats where royalty and celebrities once sat, while hearing about what it was like to fly on the aircraft. Tickets cost GBP5.
Visit runwayvisitorpark.co.uk INFLATABLE ADVENTURE WORLD The UK’s biggest indoor inflatable theme park is making its debut at the Exhibition Centre on Liverpool’s waterfront from February 21 to 23.
A 60m-long ninja obstacle course is among the highlights at the three-day Inflatable Adventure World in Liverpool. Altogether there will be 13 attractions including a 20m high slide, a monster truck, a 13m high helter skelter and a Nerf shooting range.
Aimed at kids between three and 14, there’s unlimited access to all the various inflatables during each two-hour session. To book tickets visit ticketquarter.co.uk THE SOOTY SHOW
The nation’s favourite magical bear is bringing his friends to Parr Hall for a fun-packed show.
Sooty, whose recent 70th birthday celebrations included meeting Prince Charles, will be at the Parr Hall with Sweep and Soo on Sunday, February 23, at 2.30pm