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 a host of family-friendly events taking place all across Leeds that will help keep the little ones entertained during the holidays. From family-friendly theatre to stand-up comedy, heart dissection and fairytales, there’s absolutely loads to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures.
Les Miserables – The Schools Edition
Les Misérables might seem a bit heavy to kick off the school holidays with, but this production is brought to us by the Leeds Youth Opera, making it an accessible way to introduce the kids to the opera. It follows the tale of Jean Valjean, a prisoner who breaks parole, and Inspector Javert, the man who tries to hunt him down. With a tragic death, a young love story and a student uprising along the way, you’ll soon see why it’s become such a popular story.
Les Miserables – The Schools Edition is at Carriageworks Theatre from Wednesday 8th until Sunday 12th February 2017.
Ice Cube’s final week coincides with this year’s February half term, so what better way to spend a day out in Leeds? Head down to Millennium Square where you’ll find the new covered ice rink. They have special penguin stabilisers to help the kids find their feet, and there are also plenty of rides, including the Capital FM Snowslide and the North Pole Starflyer.
For All Seasons
The weather might not always be the most interesting of topic for the little ones, but that’s set to change at Leeds City Museum’s For All Seasons exhibition. It looks at how people and animals react to changing weather, be it warm summer days or wet winter weeks. There are loads of hands on activities the kids can enjoy, all the while learning a thing or two.
For All Seasons is at Leeds City Museum from Friday 10th February until Monday 28th August 2017.
Happily Ever After: Exploring Fairy Tales
Kick off the half term in Leeds by learning all about Opera North’s Season of Deliciously Dark Fairy Tales. Designed specially for kids, you’ll head into their magical tent for an interactive story time led by an actor and a musician who’ll reveal the mysterious and enchanting world of fairy tales to the kids.
Happily Ever After: Exploring Fairytales is at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 11th February 2017.
Thwaite Mills has a bundle of things going on during the school holidays and much of it will be inspired by the weather. All week there are indoor games and self-led crafts exploring how animals get through the winter, while Tuesday will see a special wind chime making workshop take place and on Thursday the kids can get hands-on as they learn what makes power.
Weather Week is at Thwaite Mills from Saturday 11th to Sunday 19th February 2017.
The kids will be amazed by our flying, feathered friends as Lotherton Hall put on a series of Love Birds activities during half term. Across two weeks, they’ve got a whole host of cool things to do, from bird keeper talks to bird feeder making, feathery arts and crafts and tours around the bird garden.
Love Birds is at Lotherton Hall from Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th February 2017.
Three is the magic number when it comes to this performance during half term. Wrongsemble are coming to Leeds Central Library with Three. It sees a trio of singing actors take to the stage to weave together three famous fairy tales – Rumpelstiltskin. Goldilocks and Grimm’s Three Wanderers. Using sing-a-longs, live music and inventive storytelling, the kids will love this pay-as-you-feel production.
Three is at Leeds Central Library on Sunday 12th February 2017.
Vikings in the Supermarket
Renowned children’s author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt, is coming to Leeds this half term. He’ll be talking through his new book, Shark in the Park, as well as his book of nonsense poetry Vikings in the Supermarket and his first novel, The Cat and the King. There’ll be live drawing, rhymes and even a chance to meet Nick and get your books signed.
Vikings in the Supermarket is at Carriageworks Theatre on Monday 13th February 2017.
Heart Dissection Workshops
If your kids like getting their hands dirty, and have an interest in science, Thackray Medical Museum is the place to be this half term in Leeds. Their famous Heart Dissection Workshops are back, giving the kids a chance to learn about how a non-human heart pumps blood around the body and why exercise and healthy living are so important, as the experts from St James’ University Hospital guide them through the dissection.
Heart Dissection Workshops is at Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 13th until Friday 24th February 2017.
Cirque du Hilarious
The name gives it away a little bit, doesn’t it? Get set for a hilarious night during the school holidays as father and son team Clive Webb and Danny Adams take you on a whirlwind tour of circus tricks, madcap humour and sheer lunacy that will even have the older folk in the City Varieties audience rolling in the aisles.
Cirque du Hilarious is at City Varieties on Tuesday 14th February 2017.
Library Lab – Coding, Connecting, Experimenting
Got a computer whizz at home? The Library Lab will provide the perfect activities for them this half term. They’ll join their S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) train, stopping off at three different stations around Leeds Central Library where they’ll learn little bits of coding, connecting and experimenting that will get their clever brains working.
Library Lab – Coding, Connecting, Experimenting is at Leeds Central Library on Tuesday 14th February 2017.
The Clean As Possible Comedy Show
Stand-up comedy isn’t usually a place for kids, however, that’s not the case with The Clean As Possible Comedy Show. Take the kids to Carriageworks Theatre this half term, where they’ll see three family-friendly comedians whittling off one-liners and hilarious tales. Tony Vino will be the MC, with routines from Phoenix Nights’ Archie Kelly and the award-winning Dominic Woodward.
The Clean As Possible Comedy Show is at Carriageworks Theatre on Wednesday 15th February 2017.
Historical Gadget Show
The Leeds Discovery Centre has over one million historical artefacts, but they’ll be showing off something a little different during the school holidays. The Historical Gadget Show is coming to town, showcasing creative inventions from centuries ago and placing them alongside modern creations to show how the past has led to the future.
Historical Gadget Show is at Leeds Discovery Centre on Wednesday 15th February 2017.
Babe the Sheep Pig
A film favourite of the 90s, don’t miss your chance to see Babe the Sheep Pig on the West Yorkshire Playhouse stage this half term in Leeds. Babe arrives at Hogget’s Farm and quickly realises he has an unmatched ability for sheep-herding from the sheep-dog Fly. But when her newfound farmyard pals get in trouble, can the little pig with a big heart save the day? Featuring comedy, puppetry and original music, you’ll have a great time finding out.
Babe the Sheep Pig is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th February 2017.
Holiday Homework Club
The school holidays don’t have to be a break from learning new things. Leeds Central Library are hosting their Holiday Homework Club with two different sessions. The first will be a little extra help for those looking to improve their handwriting techniques, while the second is all about the 2, 5 and 10 times table – best of all, they’re both free.
Holiday Homework Club is at Leeds Central Library on Thursday 16th February 2017.
3 Little Pigs
You can catch a classic this February half term as the renowned Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company bring the 3 Little Pigs to the Carriageworks stage. For ages 2 and above, this tale of the pigs’ gallant resistance against the big bad wolf will feature puppets, music and comedy. It lasts for just under an hour, so the kids won’t have time to get restless, and they can even have a chat with the puppets when then show’s over.
3 Little Pigs is at Carriageworks Theatre on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017.
Tying into their current Fairy Tales & Fantasy exhibition, Abbey House Museum are bringing the stories to life half term. On Tuesday there will be craft activities around ogres, witches, giants and trolls, followed on Wednesday by Silly Science’s magical potions. Thursday will see a magical family trail before another day of crafts on Friday, this time centred on dragons, unicorns and fairies.
Fairytale Week is at Abbey House Museum from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th February 2017.
Pressed for Words
In collaboration with Library Fest, Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills will be exploring the history of print during half term. They’re making use of the extensive collections of Leeds Museums and Libraries, before you get hands on with printing workshops, talks and a chance to see the original printing presses.
Pressed for Words is at Armley Mills Industrial Museum on Friday 17th February 2017.