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Fantastic Half Term Activities in Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Family

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

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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 taking place all across Leeds that will help keep the little ones entertained during the school holidays. From family-friendly theatre to kidney dissections, brain science and ice skating, there’s absolutely loads to do. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your half term adventures.

Lego Circus


Got little ones that love Lego? Head to the library this half term in Leeds, because Lego Circus is sure to be a firm favourite. The little ones will get a chance to build the Lego circus of their dreams, whether it’s tightrope walkers, trapeze artists or jugglers. They’ll then be brought to life using Little Bits and stop-motion animation.

Lego Circus takes place at Leeds Central Library, Garforth Library, Whinmoor Library and Halton Library from Saturday 10th to Friday 16th February 2018.

Love Birds

Lotherton Hall Bird Garden

Credit: Terry Madeley licensed for commercial reuse under Creative Commons.

Learn all about the wonderful world of birds during the school holidays at Lotherton Hall. There will be a Love Birds trail around the house and estate, which will teach you cool facts as you go around. Plus, you can join their daily keeper talks, bird box making sessions in the Nestbox and crafts in the house every day.

Love Birds comes to Lotherton Hall from Sunday 11th to Monday 26th February 2018.

Steampunk Crafts Workshop


Leading steampunk champion Philomena Spectre is coming to Leeds during the school holidays for a Steampunk Crafts Workshop at Halton Library. You’ll be able to find out everything you never knew about this cool subculture and its style, while the kids make their own steampunk costumes and ornaments using the recycled materials.

Steampunk Crafts Workshop takes place at Halton Library on Monday 12th February 2018.

Junior Surgeon

Heart dissection at Thackray Medical Museum

Credit: Danny Hirst

Thackray Medical Museum always pulls out the stops during half term, and February is no different. Junior Surgeon is a chance for the kids to show off their surgeon skills by pretending they’re in the operating room. You’ll start by dissecting a kidney, before repairing it using special stitching techniques.

Junior Surgeon takes place at Thackray Medical Museum from Monday 12th to Friday 23rd February 2018.

Oh Susannah

This half term, you can learn the amazing story of Pablo Fanque, Britain’s first black Victorian circus owner, and his wife Susannah. Urban Angels and Heritage Corner have come together to tell the backstage stories of the extraordinary couple who started their circus in Yorkshire and are buried at St George’s Field in Leeds.

Oh Susannah takes place at Leeds Central Library on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

Warrior Women

Sagas, Myths and Legends at Royal Armouries

Royal Armouries will delve into history to give you a list of early female role models this February. The historical heroines were all Warrior Women, ancient beings who had to fight for their place in society, from the Vikings to the Romans. To show you how they did it, there will be performances and combat demonstrations throughout the week, as well as talks and special displays.

Warrior Women takes place at Royal Armouries from Tuesday 13th to Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog

Chinese Dragon Masks, Leeds Museum

Leeds City Museum is the place to celebrate the Chinese New Year with the kids this half term. They’ve got four days of cool crafts and activities lined up across the week, including a Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt, face painting, banana carving, dance performances and even a prize draw.

Happy Chinese New Year of the Dog takes place at Leeds City Museum from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th February 2017.

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure

Head out to Garforth Library during the school holidays to see Oskar’s Amazing Adventure. Oskar is a little puppy who has to run from the top of a mountain all the way to the bottom to find a friendly animal to play with. But when he gets to the bottom, there’s no one to play with and he has to wait until spring to play his favourite game. Why? You’ll have to go to find out!

Oskar’s Amazing Adventure takes place at Garforth Library and Crossgates on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson

Credit: James Jordan

Renowned children’s author Jacqueline Wilson is coming to Leeds this half term for a very special event at Carriageworks Theatre. She’ll be talking about some of her most famous characters, from Hetty Feather to Tracy Beaker. You’ll also get a teaser of her latest paperback, Wave Me Goodbye, which takes place at the start of World War Two.

A Morning with Jacqueline Wilson takes place at Carriageworks Theatre on Thursday 15th February 2018.

What’s Inside My Head?

Glowing Ghosts at Thwaite Mills

Credit: Leeds Museums & Galleries

Ever wondered what goes on inside the brain? You can find out as part of Thwaite Mills’ Experimental Thursday session this February. It’s a day chock full of brain-related activities, so the kids can find out how the brain works before going craft crazy, making things like your very own skull cap model.

What’s Inside My Head? takes place at Thwaite Mills Watermill on Thursday 15th February 2018.

Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs

Sensory Space

Leeds City Museum will be opening up their special Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs during the school holidays. If your little one would usually find a trip to a museum a little overwhelming, this is the perfect chance to go. They’ve got a quietly-lit room, with a bubble tube, dark tents and tactile toys to play with, it’s the perfect place to come and find a bit of calm.

Sensory Room for Families with Additional Needs is at Leeds City Museum on Thursday 15th February 2018.

Drag Queen Storytime

Witch Blair, Drag Queen Storytime

Enjoy an afternoon of stories, singalongs and crafts with The Witch Blair this half term at Leeds Central Library. This hilarious drag queen is hosting a family-friendly afternoon of tall tales, which will be followed by music and a chance to explore your creative side with crafts. The kids will learn all about diversity and self-empowerment – bring the kids in their favourite fancy dress or take a pick from the selection they have on the day.

Drag Queen Storytime takes place at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Christopher’s Caterpillars

Christopher Nibble

Everyone’s favourite guinea pig Christopher Nibble is back with a brand new show in February. Topsy Turvy Theatre are bringing Christopher’s Caterpillars to Otley – you’ll join Nibble and his friend Posie as they grow plants and food in their garden while looking after their six hairy pet caterpillars. But when they disappear, the pair switch from gardeners to detectives to get their caterpillars back to Dandeville.

Christopher’s Caterpillars comes to Otley Courthouse on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Moxie Brawl

Moxie Brawl is a fresh, all-female dance theatre company and they’ve got a rather stinky show coming to Leeds this half term. Volta Flatulence, Caroline Trumpface, Sally Silent But Deadly and Daisy Parphead will take the kids into their laboratory to investigate the link between flatulence and global warming. Expect moving lab tables, cows, test tubes and fart jars as Moxie Brawl put on a clever, funny and inventive production that mixes smelly science with unique choreography.

Moxie Brawl takes place at The Riley Theatre on Saturday 17th February 2018.


Comic con

Credit: Miguel Discart licensed for commercial reuse under Creative Commons.

Are the kids into their sci-fi, manga and anime? Toshocon might be the best way to keep them busy during the school holidays. It’s a mini comic-con event at Leeds Central Library. There’ll be a slew of retro games to play and buy, as well as stalls selling all kinds of cool merchandise and collectables. You can also visit the Maid Cafe, where you’ll be served by cosplaying waitresses and, of course, you’re invited to come in your own dress up gear.

Toshocon takes place at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 17th February 2018.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Credit: Sarah Zagni

An annual February half term tradition in the heart of Leeds, you can look forward to zooming around Ice Cube this half term. The pop-up ice rink is back for 2018, and it’s indoors, so you can make the most of it come rain or shine. If you need to learn the ropes, you can take skating lessons and they have penguin skating aids for the little ones. That’s not all – there’s also an array of winter themed fair rides and an alpine cafe.

Ice Cube takes over Millennium Square from Friday 2nd to Sunday 25th February 2018.