February half term is nearly upon us and children up and down the country are getting excited to have a well-deserved week off school; letting their hair down, having fun and getting outside.
But wait, with all this bad weather, some of the usual ideas to keep children entertained are out of the window. The last thing any parent wants to be doing this half-term is hiding under an umbrella in a soggy theme park.
Don’t worry though as there are some great family days inside to be had this February half-term that won’t get ruined because of the constant rain.
National Space Centre, Leicester
Do you have a budding astronaut living in your household? Even if you don’t, the National Space Centre in Leicester has enough to make anyone want to travel to the stars.
They’ve put on special activities for over the February half-term at no extra cost so your little space explorers can build model space stations and find out about weird and wonderful space missions.
As well as 150 hands-on attractions, this half term you will be able to enter the Spaceflight Induction Module where you will experience a 3D white knuckle ride from the moon, through meteorite showers and ice canyons.
For the budding astronomer, visiting the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium is a must! Here you can experience a 360Â° tour of the Solar System and beyond.
Prices are £13 for adults, £11 for students and under 5s go free.
With over 3,500 fish and around 1,000 different species, The Deep in Hull is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world. Take a walk through the Kingdom of Ice with real ice walls, travel to the depths of the ocean as you go through Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel and finally travel up to the surface through the 10 meter tank in their famous glass lift.
On top of all of this, you can also go along to the Lagoon Feeds Daily and watch the animals eat their lunch or attend the Touchpool sessions where the guides handle bumpy starfish, velvet swimmer crabs and spikey sea urchins.
A fantastic half-term attraction for all ages!
Prices start at £11.50 for adults and £9.50 for children over 3. If booking your tickets online you will benefit from a 10% saving.
Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island, Waltham Abbey, Essex
Have an explosive time at The Royal Gunpowder Mills Secret Island in Waltham Abbey, Essex.
You and your family will learn all about science without them even realising it as Professor Nitrate and his team at the Mad Lab demonstrate how to make disgusting concoctions, smelly explosions and a host of horrible experiments.
You can find out about the history of gunpowder, explosives and rocket propellants with interactive exhibitions, shows and activities, or just prove you’re a great shot at the indoor Nerf shooting range.
Most of the entertainment is inside but if the weather does hold up, head outside to the rocket launchers at the Test Range!
Prices start at £9.50 for adults, £7.50 for children and under 3s go free. Book online for a 10% saving.
Why not do something a bit different this half-term with the children and have a go at indoor skydiving, known as bodyflying. The costs of a real skydive can be astronomical and to be honest a little scary but fear not as AirKix has the answer.
Pretty much anyone of any age can fly in Airkix which are super-fast wind tunnels in Basingstoke, Manchester and Milton Keynes.
As well as the flight itself, you will also receive a pre-flight briefing, a demo with an IBA qualified instructor and an Airkix flight certificate.
At Basingstoke, you can also take part in a UK first – Brushboarding — ‘surfing without the wet stuff’.
Prices start at £39.99 but if you are a collector of Tesco Clubcard Points you can convert these into boost tokens which can then be off-set against specific Airfix experiences.
If you’re looking for undercover attractions when it’s wet, you can’t get more undercover than in a cave.
There are 10 attractions at the National Showcaves Centre. You can explore the Bone Cave where people lived some 3,000 years ago in the Bronze Age. You get to see over 42 human skeletons that have been found! Or even the Dan-yr-Ogof or Cathedral Cave.
How about exploring one of the world’s largest collections of life-sized dinosaur models, which include the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brachiosaurs or head over to the Shire Horse Centre to see the massive war horses.
The Shire Horse Centre also holds the Barney Owl’s Playground where the children can race around the Jurassic Karting track or use the last if their energy in the indoor adventure playground.
Prices are £13.75 for adults, £9 for children and under 2s go free.