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With unreliable weather practically guaranteed, February half term can feel like a tricky break to keep the kids entertained in. To help banish boredom whether you’re staying at home or have booked a staycation, here we round up some of the best things to do in the UK this half term.

London: Imagine Children’s Festival

Image credit: Southbank Centre. ZooNation Youth Company's Hip-Hop Half-Term

When? 9-20 February
Where? Southbank Centre

There are more than 160 arts and culture events on in London’s Southbank Centre this half term as part of the 20th Imagine Children’s Festival. Events are all about unlocking creativity and they span children’s theatre, comedy, music, literature and dance. Plus, more than 50% of the festival is free.

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Puddle Jumping Championships

When? 11-27 February
Where? WWT wetland centres throughout the UK

Dress your children up in waterproofs and wellies and embrace any wet weather this half term by heading to a Puddle Jumping Championship at one of seven Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) wetland centres. Events are being held in WWT Castle Espie (southeast of Belfast), WWT Washington (in northeast England), WWT Martin Mere (in Lancashire), WWT Welney (26 miles north of Cambridge), WWT Slimbridge (in Gloucestershire), WWT Llanelli (north of Swansea) and WWT Arundel (in west Sussex). Will your child make the biggest splash and win a prize?

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Manchester: People’s History Museum

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When? 14-27 February
What? Teach your children about democracy

You could all learn something new this half term in Manchester’s national museum of democracy, which is opening its doors seven days a week for the holidays. There are age-specific trails - as an example, children aged nine and above can do a Passport Trail to explore stories of migration, while there’s an I Spy game around the museum for children aged five and above. Plus, the lunchtime menu in its Open Kitchen Café & Bar starts at just £1, with children’s sandwiches costing £1 and kids’ mains £2.

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Bristol: Fairytale SOS

Image credit: We The Curious. Expedition Earth

When? Until February 27
Where? We The Curious

Combining science and pantomime, Fairytale SOS is an interactive show in Bristol’s hands-on science centre, We The Curious. During the show, the centre’s live science team will help fairy tale characters to stop a dragon from terrorising fairyland using science and fun demonstrations. Expect to get involved too.

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Edinburgh: Fabulous Fossil February

Image credit: Dynamic Earth. Fabulous Fossil February

When? 12-20 February
Where? Dynamic Earth

Budding palaeontologists will love digging up dinosaur bones, learning about marine fossils, making fossils of their own to take home, plus discovering more about dinosaurs in augmented reality in Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth attraction. Events are free when you pay for entry to Dynamic Earth, an attraction where you can all travel back to the beginning of time in its time machine.

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Cardiff: Make wildflower seed bombs and bird feeders

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When? 19-27 February
Where? National Botanic Garden of Wales

Cardiff’s National Botanic Garden of Wales has a series of wildlife-themed activities on over half term as well as a daily bird of prey flying display at 1.30pm. Activities will include making wildflower seed bombs, wildlife walks at 1pm, dissecting owl pellets and making bottle bird feeders.

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County Durham: Outdoor ice skating

When? 19-27 February
Where? Beamish Museum

Treat the kids to an outdoor ice-skating session at the north east’s open-air museum, Beamish, where there’s a 20 metre by 10 metre real ice rink. You can also take a look at its new 1950s terrace, which has a 1950s hairdresser, café with jukebox and homemade ice-cream, and a fish and chip shop.

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English Heritage Explorer Quests

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When? 19-27 February
Where? Across the UK

English Heritage is running outdoor history-themed explorer quests over half term with activities inspired by the site. At Battle Abbey in the south east, children can run around the grounds to find games inspired by Saxon and WWII soldiers, while at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire children will discover games and activities inspired by Queen Elizabeth, soldiers and servants. At Bolsolver Castle in Derbyshire, the brood will find games inspired by lords, soldiers and galloping horses.

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