Avoid half-term hell with these FREE activities for kids

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Travel & Days Out

Last updated: 30 January 2020, 10:36 GMT

It seems only yesterday the kids were going back to school after their Christmas break, but it is nearly half term again! February half term dates are different per region in the UK, but in general it takes place between: Monday 17th Febuary – Sunday 23rd February 2020.

There are always lots of things to do as businesses make every effort to get you through their doors, but often these events are costly. Especially if you have a big family, the costs can ramp up high! Don’t fret, because we’ve rounded up the best things to do for free this February half term 2020.

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre 

If you’re in or near London and fancy a day by the Southbank, there are some fantastic free events for you and your family to enjoy. The Imagine Children’s Festival is an annual festival aimed at children between 0 and 11. It celebrates all different art forms: music, literature, comedy, creativity and lots more.

The festival has an array of events on, both paid and free. Walk the Earth Activity trail with a fun (free) activity sheet, draw on the giant chalkboard, sing songs and lots more.

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National Trust events

If you are a National Trust member you might already know that they offer plenty of free half term events. Get your kids outside and explore nature, country estates and all the sites the National Trust has to offer. If you are not a National Trust member you will have to pay the regular admission fee to enter. 

With events ranging from a Dragon’s trail for youngsters to an ‘exam stress soother walk’ for teenagers, there is something fun for every member of the family!

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Enjoy lambing season

Yes, it’s lambing season! If your child loves animals and you want to get them out of the house, lots of farms and parks all around the country are opening up their doors for lambing season. If you’re lucky you might even get to name a lamb. 

Shepherds will be giving talks and your child is guaranteed to go home with a couple of fun sheep facts! Sometimes there is an opportunity to cuddle a lamb and take pictures. Check your local farms/parks, as some may charge a small fee.

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Explore a new museum

By now you might be bored of everyone suggesting you visit a free museum to keep your kids busy. Your kids have probably seen the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum too many times to still get excited by them.

But have you considered visiting a museum a bit outside your comfort zone? Visit the Horniman Museum and Gardens, the V&A Museum of Childhood or the Bank of England Museum! Whatever your child is into, there is a museum for it somewhere in the country. 

These are some fun, free events to keep your children happy over half term. You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to entertain your little ones. Pack a lunch and enjoy!

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