Can you believe the half term school holidays are almost upon us?! Wasn't it the Christmas holidays just five minutes ago? And the summer holidays just a few weeks back?! No? Just me that's struggling to keep up, then.
Well. Incase you're stuck for ways to keep the little darlings occupied over the school half term holidays, we've rounded up some of the coolest options for entertaining the kids during half term. You can thank us later!
1. Mini Ninja Sushi School, UK
Following the success of their previous holiday classes, YO!, the Japanese street food and sushi restaurant, are relaunching their popular ‘Mini Ninja Sushi School’ for February half-term. The Mini Ninjas will be taken through three recipes during the hour-long class: Cucumber Maki, Salmon Nigiri and California rolls (with additional veggie options available). A YO! chef will be on hand to help whilst kids make their own sushi, learn how to eat with chopsticks and discover a new and exciting cuisine. After completing the class, budding chefs will receive: A Mini Ninja certificate, their very own chef’s hat and a special YO! bag to take home. All the dishes made on the day can also be packaged up to take away so parents can sample their children’s sushi creations too. Classes will be available in over 50 restaurants across the UK, hosted on a Thursday at 11am between 12th – 23rd February, dependant on half term dates, at a cost of £15 per child.
To book: yosushi.com/mini-ninja
2. Miniversity Creative Learning Club, UK
Miniversity, an award winning concept from the UK, teaches Year 1 – Year 7 children how to use the Microsoft and iWork products while exploring future careers. This is a KHDA approved programme which provides its graduates with a skill set essential for future growth and development; both personally and professionally. The lesson plans are uniquely structured to allow Miniversity students the opportunity to explore a wide range of exciting careers and to offer inspiration to future career paths. Each session introduces a different career through the application of a variety of computer programmes, and the development of key skills. February Half Term camps are running in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Dublin and throughout Northern Ireland.
To book: miniversity.com
3. Imagine Children's Festival, South Bank
Sounds good, doesn't it: 12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in our annual festival run by kids for kids. Including the best children's theatre, activities to get stuck into and events by inspirational authors, there's loads to do for ages 0 – 12. Be tickled by Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, wriggle along to dance-theatre Tidy Up and join radio personalities and debut authors, Greg James and Chris Smith, for an action-packed Kid Normal event. This year we are delighted to have Ben Shires hosting our free events on The Clore Ballroom. The presenter of CBBC’s Officially Amazing, MOTD Kickabout and Shout Out Saturday is our resident funny man, catch him throughout the festival between 10am – 4pm. Firm favourites such as Bedtime Stories and Fun DMC also return, along with plenty of new free activities.
To book: southbankcentre.co.uk
4. Kidzania, Westfield, London
An indoor city run by kids: what's not to love?! Your kids can independently choose from more than 60 real-life entertaining activities in one safe and secure space. Designed for children aged 4-14, KidZania blends learning and reality with entertainment. Activities range from Doctor, Dentist, and Police Officer to Firefighter, Actor and Singer.
To book: kidzania.co.uk
5. Legoland, Windsor
From the 9th-17th February the resort will host its annual Junior Builder Week, with a fun-filled programme of activities and special events – including Minifigure trading, a treasure hunt around the hotel, creative colouring activities and so much more – that the Lego-obsessed are sure to love. Your hotel package will include an overnight stay in LEGOLAND® Resort Accommodation, a LEGO gift to take home, all Junior Builder activities, access to the The BIG Shop for the ultimate LEGO® shopping experience as well as a delicious buffet breakfast. Plus, all Junior Builders will receive an achievement certificate and exclusive pop badge for taking part! Prices start from just £38 per person!
To book: legoland.co.uk
6. National Trust
You just can't beat the National Trust when it comes to half term fun. There are loads of half term events on at National Trust sites across the UK – from bug hunts and nature trails, to crafty workshops and den building, they’ve got plenty of events to keep the whole family happy. I especially like the sound of the Wassailing and Campfires event at Moseley Old Hall in Staffordshire – you can join in with the tradition of wassailing around the orchard: waking up the trees from their winter slumber, banishing evil spirits and ensuring a good harvest. Afterwards you get to practice your campfire cooking and toast some marshmallows over the fire!
To book: nationaltrust.org.uk