February Half-Term Boredom Buster

February Half-Term Boredom Buster

Great ways to entertain the kids

1. Gatton Park

With the transition from winter to spring comes the arrival of snowdrops (Galanthus). From the Greek meaning ‘milk flower’, the plants transform areas of the already spectacular park. Throughout half term the park will be opening its gates for the public to amble among the dovewhite display. The park will also be hosting a number of events during the half term, giving your little ones opportunities to join woodland craft workshops or flex their imaginations as they create fantasy homes out of junk.

2. Hampton Court

Francis Walsingham’s in the making will rejoice at the latest news from the iconic royal palace – Elizabeth I is back in residence and on the lookout for trainee spies. In order to pass the grade, children must decipher codes, listen in on secret conversations, search for clues and meet the suspects accused of plotting against her majesty before good Queen Bess herself. History enthusiasts of the older sort are also catered for with new display The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I, believed to be the Tudor monarch’s last surviving clothing.

3. The Rose Theatre

Best-selling children’s favourite Room on a Broom (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) is transformed into a spellbinding stage production this half term. Join the witch and her beloved cat as they soar through the night sky picking up several hitchhikers along the way. Only time will tell if the broom can handle the congregation of colourful characters and spare them from the dragon’s fiery clutches.

4. Bockett’s Farm

There’s no better time to pay a visit to Bockett’s Farm than this half term, with the changing season ushering its spring lambing event. Take the opportunity to ‘meet the shepherd’ with the special sessions as you wait for the chance to see the lambs being born. Daily activities throughout the break will also include pony rides, pig racing, tractor journeys and encounters with birds of prey – get up close with demonstrations being held twice daily.

5. Thumbs Up It’s Friday

Head to Kingston this half term Thursday, with special activities and offers. Crafty kids will love the Hungry Caterpillar workshop happening at Kingston Library – create colourful masks before embarking on a treasure hunt to borrow some holiday reading books. John Lewis and Partners will be on hand for some storytelling fun, whilst Warrens Bakery will be training the artistic foodies of the future as they help children decorate teddy shaped biscuits.

6. Polka Theatre Presents

Whilst the community favourite the Polka Theatre is under renovation, join the creatives behind its projects for Polka Theatre Presents; a series of workshops to inspire little ones. Wednesday 19 February sees the musical theatre workshop create an all singing, all dancing environment along with favourite songs, such as The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. This is followed by a number of ‘treasure chest of stories workshops’ on Thursday 20 February, with each session aimed at different age ranges. Bring along a favourite toy and let the resident storyteller take you and your children on an improvised, magical journey.

7. Winkworth Arboretum

The stunning Surrey Arboretum becomes a hub of activity during the February half term as families flock there to walk through the bucolically beautiful landscape. From 15 February, Winkworth’s ‘Spectacular Sticks’ series will utilise the seemingly mundane object. Children will be encouraged to stretch their imagination by creating dens and engaging in sword fights.