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Things to do with kids this half term

Half term saviours coming your way. We know exactly to keep the kids entertained - from art and cookery to the best theatre and days out. We've nailed it.

DAY CAMP: Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb

This is a book ’em in, boot ’em out for the day deal! A cross between Swallows & Amazons and Bear Grylls, it’s perfect for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature?

WORKSHOP: Spun Candy Children’s Masterclass
■ Spun Candy kitchens, Spitalfields, London ■ various dates

If you fancy a day out in London, why not indulge your sweet-tooth (and theirs) by enrolling them in a lollipop making workshop at Spun Candy. The hour-long class, at the main candy kitchen in Spitalfields in London, will take the kids on a journey through the art of candy making and they’ll get to shape their very own candylicious tutti fruiti rainbow creation which they’ll take home. The cost is £30 per child and it’s best for kids aged 6-17.

FILM: Mayor’s Film Gala – The Lego Movie 2 & The Greatest Showman
■ Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Sat 16 Feb
The Mayor of Banstead and Reigate is hosting two film screenings to raise money for her chosen charities George and the Giant Pledge and Born Free. The Lego Movie will kick off at 12pm with fun activities in the foyer and the screening at 1.30pm. The Greatest Showman is on at 7.45pm, with a reception and nibbles in the foyer from 7pm.

DAYS OUT: Half term trail – Polesden Pairs
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

In this imaginative trail for families, there’s panic in the house. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mum) are visiting for their honeymoon and Mrs Greville’s servants have been emptying the rooms to prepare – but lots of items have gone missing! Help us find the missing objects hidden around the gardens, pairing them up with the pictures on your trail sheet. It’s suitable for children age 4-12 yrs. The cost is £3 a child.

DAYS OUT: ‘Who was Winston Churchill?’
■ Chartwell, Westerham, Kent ■  Fri 9 – Sun 24 Feb

■ The Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Thurs 14 – Sat 23 Feb

This is the world premiere stage adaption of these best-selling books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – directed by Mike Shepherd, with music and lyrics by Johnny Flynn. It promises to be lots of fun.

FAMILY EVENTS: February half term fun
■ Bocketts Farm, Young Street, Fetcham ■ Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

Aside from their famous pig races, there’s plenty going on at Bocketts Farm this half term. The Big Animal Barn is where you’ll find 70 cute-as-can-be newborn lambs, there are birds of prey flying demonstrations, Giggletts from The Giggle Company will be on hand with sessions of dancing and games, there’s a craft corner, as well as goat milking, tractor rides, and pony rides.

DAYS OUT: Mini Farmer Week – Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone ■ Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

For all wanna-be farmers and animal lovers, Godstone Farm is the place for you this half term. You’ll have the chance to take part in all the farmyard fun, with animal encounters galore, plus a farm trail. There’s feeding, grooming and milking. Expect to see leaping lambs in the animal barn, furry and feathered babies in the animal holding area and pretty pink snouts when you’re out and about! There are also indoor play areas.

DAYS OUT: Living with Nature
■ Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Kent ■  Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

Get out this Half-Term and let your kids discover more about conservation and local wildlife as part of Hever Castle’s ‘Living with Nature’ event. Follow the ‘Wildlife Detective’ walk led by the gardening team to investigate animal footprints and tracks, take part in a wildlife workshop or a follow the fun facts in a trail around the Castle. 

THEATRE: Mama G’s Storytime Roadshow
■ Camberley Theatre ■  Mon 18 Feb

Combining panto, drag and the art of storytelling this all-singing, partial-dancing extravaganza is filled with stories about being who you are and loving who you want. Popular panto dame – and also the writer of Camberley’s 2018 panto, Sleeping Beauty – Robert Pearce is the star. There may even be a twerking competition – so get practicing!

WORKSHOP: The half term kids’ pop up bake club
■ Epsom ■ Mon 18 & Tues 19 Feb

Get your kids into the kitchen learning to cook at one of these pop-up bake clubs with fab chef Laura Scott. This fun filled bake session is suitable for children from 7-13 years old. All equipment, aprons and refreshments and tasters are provided as well as the recipes so they can carry on cooking at home. It’s on from 2pm-4pm and the menue includes Italian style focaccia bread with cherry tomatoes, olives & rosemary/basil, and chocolate marshmallow whoopee pies. Email Laura book

DAYS OUT: Children’s events
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb

A wine estate is surely the ideal place for half term fun – and Denbies have lots going on including craft activities from 11am-3pm throughout the day, a teddy bear’s train ride and story telling (on Mon 18 and Fri 22, 10am, 11am and 12 noon), a tropical creepy crawly roadshow (on Tues 19, 11am and 2pm), a sing along cinema (Wed 20, 11am and 2pm), and a theatre performance by the Cat’s Grin Children’s Theatre Company (Thurs 21, 11am and 2pm).

GET CREATIVE: Half term fun
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Tues 19 – Sun 24 Feb

Half term activities at Watts Gallery have been inspired by the current exhibition of Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse (which is on until 17 March). Puppets, Poetry and Projections is a free drop-in workshop, where kids will make shadow puppet characters to create scenes alongside poems using an overhead projector. It’s on from 10am-4pm. Terracotta Clay Goblins is a bookable workshop for kids aged 8-12 on twice a day (10.30am & 2pm). Kids will sculpt a goblin or other fairytale creature out of terracotta clay. Cost is £9.50. Book here. 

GET CREATIVE: Half term fun – workshops
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 19 – Fri 22 Feb

Plenty going on at The Lightbox this half term – free drop-in craft activities and bookable workshops inspired by the current exhibitions: Cyril Mann, Painter of Light and Shadow and Women in Photography – A History of British Trailblazers

WORKSHOP: Teen pop-up sushi making class
■ Epsom ■ Wed 20 Feb

If you’ve got a teen who likes to cook, this sushi making class with to Surrey chef Laura Scott could be just the thing for them this half term. They’ll make mini California sushi cones, brown rice and roasted sweet potato sushi, quinoa nori rolls, veggie summer rolls with spicy peanut sauce, and DIY pickled ginger. Yum!
And there will be plenty of samples for them to try out on the day! Email Laura book.

■ Dandelion Theatre Arts, Leatherhead Theatre ■ Thurs 21 – Fri 22 Feb

Spend two days recreating scenes, dances and songs from both of the Mary Poppins films. There will be  lots of games and a show to family and friends at the end. It’s for kids aged 4 and up, and runs from 9.30am-3pm each day. Costumes and make-up all supplied.

MUSIC: Sing Song
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Thurs 21 & Fri 22 Feb

Aimed at the under 5s, these sessions have been inspired by Christina Rossetti’s Sing song poems for kids. Join in with songs and rhymes featuring fun characters like the pig in the wig! Sessions are at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and are free with admission, although booking is recommended.

DAYS OUT: Half term family fun
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge  ■ Mon 18 – Fri 22 Feb

There’s plenty going at Brooklands Museum to keep even the most avid fan of planes, cars and busses happy. Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill and along the Members’ Banking old Race Track, or hop on a bus ride and tour the local area from the London Bus Museum at Brooklands. Step inside the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed and find out about 80 years of flying, testing and manufacture at the immersive exhibition space. Kids can also experience supersonic flight on special Kids’ Tours on the Concorde. For the youngsters, there will be free pedal planes to try, the chance to meet Bertie Bear the Brooklands mascot and the free drop-in workshop




FESTIVAL: Imagine Children’s Festival
■ Southbank, London ■ Wed 13 – Sun 24 Feb

With over 12 days of activities (50% of them free), this festival offers the best children’s theatre, literature and music so worth popping into town for. Authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell are coming in to talk about their books, there’s a Peppa Pig concert to introduce little ones to orchestral music, there’s outdoor games,  a giant blackboard and sound pit, a screening of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with a live orchestra, hip-hop workshops and more, more, more. Check out the full programme here.

THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences
■  National Theatre, London ■ Wed 6 – Thurs 21 Feb

This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare – it’s only an hour long! The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019 following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year. Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show will also be accompanied by interactive family workshops on Mon 18 and Tues 19 Feb.

DAYS OUT: Vets in Action
■ Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Beds ■ Sat 9 – Sun 24 Feb

Photo: Whipsnade Zoo

Got a little animal lover on your hands? Youngsters can experience first-hand the life of a vet in the Animal Hospital at the UK’s largest zoo. Budding vets will learn how to examine, x-ray and perform treatments on different animals and practice on soft toys. Activities are included in the entrance price and there’s sooo much to see and do but a word to the wise, wrap up warm as the zoo’s hilltop location can be a bit nippy at this time of year.

DAYS OUT: Live action shows
■  Warwick Castle, Warwick ■ Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

The live-action daily shows are back. Witness the Mighty Trebuchet, the Flight of the Eagles, the Bowman Show and the Castle Dungeon plus get lost in the Horrible Histories maze in this beautiful historic castle. There’s a lot to see and do in a day so you might want to splash out and stay the night in one of their luxury suites or in the wooden lodges of the Knights Village. Hmmm, stay in a suite with a four-poster built for royalty or a themed wooden lodge in the grounds? Sadly I know my kids will want to do the latter.



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