Family Fun for February Half Term 2013
Whether your family are culture vultures, thrill-seekers or lovers of the great outdoors, there’s something to entertain the whole clan this February half term in Staffordshire! You are sure to find an event that suits the whole family.
Roll up and Ride!
Calling all thrill seekers! This half term Drayton Manor Theme Park opens its doors to visitors from Friday 15th to Monday 25th February. A number of Drayton Manor's most popular attractions will be up and running, including Thomas Land and the famous Ben 10: Ultimate Mission roller coaster. And for animal lovers, the 15-acre zoo will also be open, with everything from big cats to creepy crawlies!
Alton Towers Resort is also opening its doors especially for the February half term holiday. From the 16th to the 24th February the whole family can enjoy a range of rides and attractions for just £15 for adults and for children £12 when booking online. There are a variety of rides and activities for the little critters to get stuck into, as well as a chance to meet the Moshi Monsters. Take part in the Moshi Quest, Moshi Medal activities and even earn thousands of Rox when you stay over in the Alton Towers Resort hotels.
The Trentham Estate has entertainment and activities for all members of the family this February. Why not take a walk on the wild side with 140 cheeky monkeys at the Monkey Forest, which is reopening just in time for the half term?
Catch your breath after monkeying-around by taking to the water with Miss Elizabeth, an electrically-powered, ecologically friendly 42 seat catamaran – perfect for a relaxing cruise on the lake. February half term also gives visitors the last chance to get their skates on at Trentham's real ice rink. Tickets must be pre-booked on 01782 646646 to avoid disappointment.
Test Your Mettle!
Still hungry for more? For those with bags of energy, a day at Peak Pursuits could be just what’s needed! Both centres in Audley, Stoke on Trent and Tittesworth Water, near Leek, are offering a daily programme of exciting activities for thrill-seekers throughout half term, including scrambling at The Roaches, archery and orienteering. Costing just £25 per day, or five days for the price of four, at only £100.
Reach for the Sky
This February Half Term, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is inviting families to celebrate one of the great jets of English aviation by participating in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, each visitor will have the opportunity to build their own Airfix 1:72 Lightning, amongst the real aircraft of the Museum. Model making sessions will be take place in the Museum's Hangar 1 from 11:00am to 3:00pm each day. Participation is just £3.00 per person.
For encounters of the third kind head to The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery from 19th February, for the Marvellous Martians half term craft activity. Drop in and make a balloon alien for just £1 as part of astrology season.
The Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, also has a whole week of fun planned to keep crafty little critters entertained during their week off. It is all about beloved British birds this half term with a variety of things the little ones can get involved in.
Join the bird trail and find the birds hidden around the factory to win a prize! This activity is open to everyone and it’s completely free! On Saturday 16th February, from 9.30am to 4pm, the RSPB will be on site showing you how to create your very own bird's nest box.
For the arty bunch out there why not also while away a few hours in the studio helping your children to decorate a little duck on its nest, all for £5. And, whilst your children are creating a masterpiece, enjoy a half term treat of a free cup of tea or coffee.
Fun at the Farm
This February half term holiday there will be lots of new arrivals for you to meet at the National Forest Adventure Farm, Burton upon Trent. The farm has a range of animals including chicks, lambs, calves, piglets and baby rabbits. You'll also have the opportunity to bottle feed the lambs!
Get involved in the daily demonstrations including, egg collecting from the hatchery, milking demonstration - watch a real cow being milked and have a go yourself on a life-size replica. You can also groom the ponies and pet the animals.
Have a Blast from the Past
History comes alive with this fun, family living history experience at Tamworth Castle. Meet the Tudor servants while they go about their duties, learn dance steps from the Lord and Lady, try your hand at Tudor writing and help the herbalist make Tudor beauty treatments.
Admission is only £7.00 for adults and £4.50 for children, while children under 2 go free.