Wondering how to entertain the kids this February half term? From indoor crafts to outdoor pursuits, here are some fun activities to keep them occupied.


Home

There are plenty of ways to make your home a whole lot more fun during the holidays. Use felt tips to make a treasure map or create animal masks. Alternatively, paint cardboard boxes and turn them into theatres for soft toys and puppets.

Even in the depths of winter you can still make use of the garden by investing in exciting play equipment. Inspired by the Winter Olympics? Invite friends over and stage your own competition complete with country flags and medals.

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Town

Time to head out of the comfort of home? Story-telling sessions, craft-making and fun trails can all be winners. Check out your local library, leisure centre, museum and garden centre for information. For days out, there are dozens of child-friendly events going on, from the Viking festival in York to the children’s book festival at The Eden Project, Cornwall.

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Transform your everyday chores into fun activities to do with the kids. You could try ‘alphabet days’ where you nominate each day of the holiday a different letter and do things starting with that letter. For example ‘L’, you could drink lemonade, sing lullabies, play sleeping lions and make lanterns.

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Country

It may be cold but there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors. Head outside, take some dressing up clothes and put on a play- Little Red Riding Hood is perfect. Farms, outdoor high ropes and adventure parks are great places for a day outs. Check out Dayoutwiththekids.co.uk for attractions near you.

"Take the chance to explore the local area."

How about making it a mission to go to all the woods in your area? Make a nature book with lists of birds, bugs and plants and get kids to keep a log of all they see. Also look out for junior park runs and football coaching in your area- perfect for giving kids time to let off steam.

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Away

February half term is often just the right moment for a holiday. Desperately craving the warmth? Stock up on stylish tees, lightweight knits and swimwear from our new collections. Equally it’s the ideal time to snap up cool-weather clothing bargains if you’re going skiing or to Scandinavia.

"In need of a holiday? Now’s the time to go."

No time for a trip abroad? A staycation packs just as much appeal. Top of our UK hit list? Fossil hunting and cream teas on the Jurassic Coast; the Beatrix Potter sights in the Lake District; and Edinburgh with its castle and zoo.

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