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15 great days out for you and the kids to enjoy this half term

Stop racking your brains, we've picked a few of the best family-friendly activities

By Rebecca Shepherd, 15 February 2017
15 great days out for you and the kids to enjoy this half term

Still not finalised your half term plans? Don't fret, there’s plenty to keep the kids occupied this half term without resorting to the TV or internet. 

Discover these fun and screen-free things to do with kids

Whether it’s museums which captivate your little ones, theatre shows which keep them entertained or free farms which they'll love exploring, we've put together the best family days out and attractions during half-term from every corner of the UK.

If they love the outdoors...

1. Feed the ducks: Days out over half term don't have to involve spending bundles of your hard earned cash. Use a loaf of bread and take the little ones to feed the ducks in your nearest park.

2. Have a picnic: Although we can't promise that the great British weather will be great, take to the outdoors - or your garden - and have a picnic. Get the kids involved with making their pack lunch with sausage rolls, stock up on some fruit and make sure you pack the sandwiches. If it does rain perhaps you could have a carpet picnic!

3. Visit a theme park: Choose from the likes of Lightwater Valley, Alton TowersThorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Drayton Manor Theme Park and Dino Park.

4. Head to a farm: Old Holly Farm in Preston is a working dairy farm and has lots of interactive activities for kids, with everything from donkey rides to chick and rabbit petting. Younger children will love playing in the indoor play area and watching the cows being milked at the end of the day. Stop off at the traditional stone courtyard café for a slice of tea bread or a Mars-bar square. If Preston is too far, here are some more free farm ideas

If they love the arts...

5. Go and see a matinée: From The Lion King and Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox to the rather magical Matilda - this February half term there's plenty of family-friendly theatre shows near you. 

6. Visit a comedy club: Comedy Club 4 Kids features well-known comics performing special child-friendly sets, in venues around London – including Wimbledon, Deptford, Hayes and Soho. But there are also shows during the half-term week in Chichester, Guildford, Brighton, Salford, Leicester, Ipswich and Norwich too!

7. Go on a Harry Potter Studio Tour: Got some little ones who love the magical world of wizardry? Discover the wonderful world of Harry Potter with a studio tour which is sure to keep them entertained. Or, if you still need to catch up with the plot, make sure you watch the full eight films here.

8. Dr Who Experience: This unique interactive journey in Cardiff takes your family on a spectacular adventure through time and space! Step through a crack in time and help the 12th Doctor, armed with his trusty Sonic Screwdriver, to escape from his foes, fly the TARDIS and come face-to-face with some of the scariest classic monsters seen on screen including Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans! 

If they want to do something active...

9. Go Ape: Take to the treetops this half term and get the kids feeling like their Mowgli with this outdoor assault course, which will have them roaming across the forest canopy. They have nearly 30 locations up and down the country from Aberdeen in Scotland to Exeter in Devon. 

10. Shrek's adventure: Step into the kingdom of Far Far Away and enjoy a brand new adventure with captivating story-telling and a good dose of Donkey’s cheekiness included. The adventure begins when you board a magical 4D ‘DreamWorks Tours’ bus. The kids will be able to visit Shrek’s swamp, find their fortune in the crystal ball, get lost in the mirror maze and they'll be sure to reveal their inner Ogre when needed!

11. Soft play: What kid doesn't love climbing through ball pits, whizzing down slides and running around? Not only will you get to sit down and have a cuppa, but also this activity is sure to burn off all that energy they have. From Cornwall to Edinburgh, there are various soft play centres up and down the country to choose from. 

12. Swimming: A great low cost option, but also lots of fun, is swimming. There's a local pool (with a water slide) near you.

If they are crafty...

13. Get involved at home: Tap into your kids creative side with some paper, paint and glue. Team them up with everyday household items like cereal boxes and plastic bottles to create the perfect work of art!

14. Paint some pottery: Jackrabbits Pottery in Leeds is a buggy-friendly paint your own pottery studio for adults and children of all abilities to explore their creative sides. The team supply the relaxed atmosphere, materials and inspiration, so you just need to bring your imagination.

15. Visit an art gallery: The UK is filled with amazing art galleries and in many of them, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Tate, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery you can get involved with some free crafts too. 

To stock up on everything you need for doing crafts at home shop online, or head to your local store.