The hardest of all the school holidays? I think so, but there's something for everyone here. From your tot to your teen, we've got them covered.
The Jelly Lounge Windsor
Head along to a mini chef session on Wednesday mornings with your toddler, here your future Heston can explore smells, flavours and textures while bashing, mixing and cooking a dish to take home. Then celebrate each Friday with The Fri-Yay Fun club every Friday at 4.30pm with bath bomb or slime making.
Fridays at the Pop Up Play Village Cox Green Scout Hut - every Friday
Every Friday at Cox Green scout hut in January the Pop Up Play Village transforms into a Winter Wonderland. Can you build an Igloo in the construction zone, or buy some winter vegetables from the Supermarket to make a winter soup to keep warm? What can you make in the sensory tray?
River & Rowing Museum Henley - throughout half term
This half term, R&R have imaginatively themed workshops which will unleash your children's creativity, from Vole in a Hole for 4-7 year olds, Wild Printing for 7-11 year olds, to Wild at Heart! for 12-16 year olds. Glorious Greeks a Family Fun Day, will take you all on a journey through history, celebrating the birthplace of the Olympics. Discover fantastical beasts and stories of courage in the Greek myths and let your imagination go wild!
Brickies various locations & dates
Send your Lego enthusiast off to a two hour Lego workshop with Captain Blackbeard this half term.
Dry Slope Skiing John Nike Bracknell
Your 8 - 15 year old can spend from a day or up to a week to work on their ski or snowboard skills, they'll have lots of fun learning and developing their chosen discipline, getting plenty of exercise and making new friends.
Lightopia Festival London Chiswick House - 22 Jan to 1 Mar
If you missed the Christmas light trails, fear not. Head further afield to Chiswick House for Lightopia where you'll be transported to another world. Entry from 17:00 – 21:00.
Family Acro Yoga Maidenhead - 23 February Family fun for an hour: full of yoga, games, animal play, acrobatics, massage, breathing techniques & relaxation. 2.5 to 8 years. Learn some creative ways to play with your kiddos.
Try out different fire lighting methods and learn how to be safe by the campfire in this family-friendly workshop. We will also be baking fresh bread at the campfire to eat afterwards! Recommended for 5+ but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied but adults do not need tickets.
Handle some real Roman artefacts and make your own mosaic coaster out of glass tiles to take home! Recommended 4 – 11. Smaller ones are welcome but will need help.
Be inspired by “the world’s first genetically modified string quartet” whilst the kids dance, sing or just chill out on the bean bags! All from the same family this fantastic and unique band is guaranteed to have the even the tiredest of feet tapping.
Bonnets, Bustles and Top Hats Windsor Castle 15 – 23 February Immerse yourself in the stylish and flamboyant world of Victorian fashion. Step into one of our spectacular costumes or make a Victorian fashion accessory. Hear the captivating story of Queen Victoria’s wedding, which took place 180 years ago this month.
Johnny Balls Wonders Beyond Numbers Wycombe Swan 15 Feb
Johnny’s 'Think Of A Number' TV Shows Inspired a whole generation towards careers in Maths, Science, Technology and Education. Now he’s doing it for their Children and Grandchildren and his style is still as engaging as it always was.
Rapunzel Kenton Theatre 17 – 18 Feb
Immersion Theatre proudly presents a witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the family favourite complete with a laugh out loud script, a host of catchy songs, heaps of audience interaction, and an exciting array of magical characters which include a wickedly boo-able witch, a clumsy Prince, and a feisty Princess with the longest hair you’re ever likely to come across! With magic and mayhem throughout and a chance to meet the characters after the show, this is one hair-raising adventure the family won’t want to miss!
Morgan & West Unbelievable Science Kenton Theatre 20 Feb
There's captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology in this fun for all the family science extravaganza. Magicians, time travellers and all–round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bona fide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now are bring their love of enlightenment to the stage!
Longridge Activity Days Marlow 17 - 21 Feb
For just £40, 8 -14 year olds can take on some adventure with a Longridge Activity day this half term, with a packed lunch provided and four activities included from a choice of many.
Junior Park Run Ockwells Park - Sundays 9am Start a new habit and get the kids to Junior Park Run every Sunday at 9am. Run, walk, toddle or even carry around the 2km event. It's free to take part, just register on-line and enjoy a play in the park and coffee from Andrea's Cafe after.
Love our Feathered Friends with BBOWT at Windsor Great Park 20 & 21 Feb
Learn how to look after and love our feathered friends this spring. Spot busy birds using binoculars and make a bird feeder to take home. BBOWT have a number of other regular events throughout the year and not just in Windsor Great Park, you can find more info here.
Museum of English Rural Life Reading
Admission is free to the museum but there may be a charge for some of the events taking place but there is so much to see and do. Take the Rat and Rodent Trail, handle objects from rural history, amke and take crafts to explore, costumes to wear and plenty of games and toys to play with. Get outside into the shepherds hut, take a woodland brass rubbing trail and play on the wooden tractor and wagon
NATIONAL TRUST ROUND UP Greys Court Henley Budding Ranger Trail 15 - 22 Feb
How much do you know about trees? Find out how to identify them on this half-term trail and win a prize.
Basildon Park 15 - 22 Feb
Darcy the dormouse has woken up too early, can you help her find her way back to bed?
Bat & Robin's Big Sleuth Hughenden Manor 17 - 22 Feb
Bat and Robin have a mystery to solve, there's some dastardly goings on around Hughenden can you find out who's behind them. Can you find all the clues and solve the crime?
Love Cliveden Trail Cliveden 15 - 23 Feb
It’s 1737 and love is in the air… Prince Frederick of Wales and his sweetheart, Augusta of Saxony-Gotha are arranging a secret meeting at Cliveden. Take a romantic stroll around the grounds, tackle some challenges and gather up clues to reveal where the couple should meet to declare their love!
Family Cookery School & Orienteering Waddesdon Manor 15 – 23 February 2020
Take the family to Waddesdon Manor for some fun, active goings-on this February half term, with orienteering around the grounds and a Family Cookery School in the Manor Restaurant. There’s plenty to keep kids busy over the school holidays. Don your jet pack and become an astronaut at Waddesdon. Take on the space-themed orienteering course around the grounds. Pick up a map, and you'll be exploring the stars in no time. With three different routes to choose from suitable for different age groups, ranging from under fives to teens. See if you can complete the challenge and collect a medal for each course. Have fun creating lunch, and a selection of sweet and savoury treats to take home at this hands-on cookery class run by one of our Waddesdon chefs. Suitable for 7-11 year olds. Booking essential.
NORDEN FARM ROUND UP
What if the wishes were granted? What if the magic were real? Beasts and breadcrumbs, wolves and witches, frogs and fairies all join the fun in a stunning new adaptation of Grimm’s most magical tales. Suitable for ages 3+ years.
Chloe lives in a world with only one colour, a world that is completely grey. But at night, when she’s wrapped up tight, her dreams are colourful and bright. Join Chloe on her courageous journey to unleash all seven shades of the rainbow. Suitable for ages 4+ years.
Four brothers combine electric instruments with a talent for engaging audiences of all ages. Be inspired whilst the kids dance, sing or just chill out on our bean bags! Suitable for all ages.
Everything has a history, even the most unexpected of subjects and everything links together in unexpected ways. Why is the history of shrinking all about the Spanish Armada? Why is the history of oranges all about Tudor spies? What links Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn to windows, bells and fire? You’ll never think about the Tudors in the same way ever again!!
SEE THE SNOWDROPS THIS HALF TERM
West Wycombe Park 16 Feb
Child Bereavement UK invites families to plant a snowdrop in memory of someone important at a special event at West Wycombe Park in West Wycombe. There will be a children’s treasure hunt where children can explore the grounds before receiving a fun-filled goody bag at the end. Refreshments will be available at the end as well as cake and a tombola to enjoy. For more information about this event and other Snowdrop Walk events around the country, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the fundraising team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Bucks team on 01494 569049
Welford Park Newbury 30 Jan - 3 Mar the ground is carpeted with delicate white droplets - said to have been planted by Norman monks to decorate their church.
Cliveden Snow Drop Watch The snowdrops have arrived at Cliveden, follow the trail to take in the magical display.
Snowdrop Season at Waterperry Gardens 22 - 23 Feb With more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens over the season starting from the end of January and the main show throughout February, enjoy a walk around the gardens to see these little heralds of spring in a magical setting – normal garden entrance fee applies.
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