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Fantastic Half Term Activities in Leeds

· Emma Cooke · Family

Take the kids on an adventure the whole family will enjoy this half term.

Wondering how you’ll keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Fear not, because there are loads of family activities in Leeds this half term.

The February half term is nearly here, and there are oodles of events and activities in Leeds that will help keep little ones entertained during the school holidays. From family-friendly theatre to ice-skating, slime-making and interactive sing-a-longs, there’s loads to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Grab your hats and scarves, because the city’s favourite wintertime attraction is back this February. Their giant ice rink comes with penguin skating aids for kids, but there’s much more than just ice-skating. You can get your adrenalin pumping on a host of rides, from the wobbly Ice Slide to the 30 metre-high Starflyer. The ultimate family day out, it’s a firm favourite when it comes to half term activities in Leeds.

Ice Cube come to Millennium Square from Friday 31st January to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Love Birds

Lotherton Hall Bird Garden

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This half term, all eyes are on the resident birds at Lotherton Hall. A week of family-friendly activities, Love Birds will encourage little ones to take a closer look at an array of feathered friends, from Humboldt penguins to bright pink flamingos. You can set off on their Love Bird trail around the Edwardian bird garden, then head to the craft station to make your own nest box.

Love Birds takes place at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 15th February to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

February Half Term Fun at Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam

Credit: Temple Newsam

You can take part in all manner of half term activities at Temple Newsam this February. The Leeds stately home will have a special trail to follow – it’ll take you and the kids through its nooks and crannies, showing off unusual objects along the way. If you have little artists on your hands, check out their craft activities, where the kids can design and make their own mansion-worthy treasure boxes.

February Half Term Fun takes place at Temple Newsam from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Science and Slime Show

The Science and Slime Show is a workshop-style performance designed to get kids excited about science. Since appearing on popular TV show Dragon’s Den, it’s delighted children across the country and this half term, you can catch it at Stockeld Park. The 35-minute workshops will run throughout the day and promise everything from flying objects to bucket-loads of slime.

Science and Slime Show comes to Stockeld Park from Saturday 15th February to Sunday 23rd February 2020.


Royal Armouries

Credit: Royal Armouries

The Royal Armouries is one of the coolest museums in Leeds and this February, they’re going all-out with superhero-themed half term activities. It’s a chance for the kids to meet their favourite comic book and movie characters as well as checking out all the weapons and armour they use. In one jam-packed visit, you can watch them perform cool stunts, get your face painted and even design your own armour to take home.

Superheroes comes to the Royal Armouries from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman

This is your chance to see smash-hit film The Greatest Showman in a whole new way. With accompanying song lyrics, it’ll be screened from start to finish in the grandeur of City Varieties, but that’s not all. A live host will get the audience moving with special dance moves, while showing you how to use your bag full of props. Soon, the entire audience will be singing and dancing alongside stars like Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya on the big screen.

Sing-a-long-a The Greatest Showman comes to City Varieties on Sunday 16th February 2020.

Morgan & West Unbelievable Science

You can join spiffing chaps Morgan and West for an almighty show dedicated to the wonderful world of science. They may be magicians on the surface, but they’re actually fully qualified scientists who love sharing their knowledge with the world. You can expect a bamboozling mix of chemistry, physics and biology, all mashed up into one unmissable show filled with mind-blowing tricks.

Morgan & West Unbelievable Science comes to Carriageworks on Sunday 16th February 2020.

Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen

Anything Could Happen will introduce the kids to the world of improv, with a special show at Seven Arts this February. They’ll take ideas from the children in the audience and inject them with humour and creativity to produce a truly random show that’s virtually unscripted. It’s one of the most spontaneous family-friendly shows in Leeds, as they can make absolutely anything happen, right there in front of you.

Anything Could Happen comes to Seven Arts on Sunday 16th February 2020.

Rainbow Factory

The Rainbow Factory

A Leeds favourite for half term activities, The Rainbow Factory are back with two awesome events. Little ones can try and catch ‘em all at the Pokeman Masters Challenge, which will have them discovering all there is to know about Pikachu and the gang. More into Roald Dahl? Head to James and the Terrible Twits, where you’ll try to stop Mr and Mrs Twit from stealing James’ enviable story.

Pokemon Master Challenge takes place on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February, with James and The Terrible Twits taking place from Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st February 2020, both at Rainbow Factory.

Peppa Pig – My First Concert

Peppa Pig: My First Concert

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This February, Peppa Pig and her family will be brought to life through clever puppetry for a special show at Leeds Town Hall. They’ll be joined onstage by a fully-fledged orchestra so you can uncover the world of classical music in a fun and interactive way. With a mix of song and dance, the kids will be introduced to new instruments and watch Daddy Pig learn how to conduct an orchestra. It’s set to be one of the best half term activities in Leeds.

Peppa Pig – My First Concert comes to Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

The Bear

If you’re looking for a family-friendly show this half term, don’t miss The Bear at Leeds Playhouse. Tilly can’t believe her eyes when an enormous polar bear turns up uninvited. This pesky visitor has a big black tongue and a ginormous yawn, but Tilly isn’t scared. From giving him a bath to cleaning up his poo, she learns how to look after him and in turn, he looks out for her. A show filled with beautiful puppetry and heart-warming music, you won’t want to miss it.

The Bear comes to Leeds Playhouse from Tuesday 18th February to Saturday 22nd February 2020.

Crafty Tuesday and Experimental Thursday

Glowing Ghosts at Thwaite Mills

Credit: Leeds Museums & Galleries

A favourite in Leeds for family days, Thwaite Watermill is gearing up for the school holidays with special half term activities. Their Crafty Tuesday session will have you making and decorating delicious gingerbread men to take home. Got little ones who love science? Head down for Experimental Thursday, where you can take part in weird and wonderful science experiments.

Crafty Tuesday and Experimental Thursday take place at Thwaite Watermill on Tuesday 18th February and Thursday 20th February 2020.

Decorative Forms

Henry Moore Institute

Credit: Jerry Hardman Jones

Want to get creative during the school holidays? Henry Moore Institute will run a two-hour workshop inspired by Edward Allington, a famous British artist and sculptor. By checking out his photography, you’ll discover how to make your drawings look 3D, before creating your own decorative form to take home and photograph on your travels, just like Edward did.

Decorative Forms takes place at Henry Moore Institute on Tuesday 18th February 2020.

Build: Code: Create: Innovate with Programmable Lego

Armley Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum

Credit: Leeds Museums and Galleries

Got a budding engineer on your hands? Your little ones can get stuck into a cool programmable Lego workshop at Leeds Industrial Museum. Taking inspiration from the cogs, wheels and engines in the museum, you can create your own motorised invention. Simply add a motor and special coding to make it move and bleep. It’s an interactive experience the whole family can enjoy.

Build: Code: Create: Innovate with Programmable Lego takes place at Leeds Industrial Museum from Tuesday 18th February to Thursday 20th February 2020.

February Half Term at Abbey House Museum

Abbey House

The Victorian museum will become a hub of half term activities during the school holidays. You can take part in a medley of craft activities, themed around everything from Alice in Wonderland to The Jungle Book and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They’re hosting silly science experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and a murder mystery case based on the Victorian novel Treasure Island.

February Half Term at Abbey House Museum takes place from Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st February 2020.

Minibeasts and Crawly Critters

Leeds Discovery Centre

This half term, you can delve into the world of creepy crawlies with an exclusive family workshop at Leeds Discovery Centre. Leeds Museums and Galleries store their collections here and it’s home to 4.8 billion years worth of history, including a range of cute and downright gory insects that have been preserved. As well as an exclusive tour filled with cool and quirky facts, the kids can get involved in a bunch of critter crafts.

Minibeasts and Crawly Critters comes to Leeds Discovery Centre on Wednesday 19th February 2020.