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The February Half Term Holiday is nearly here, and how are you going to keep the kids entertained? Here is our round up of some of the best activities happening this half term all over the UK.
Half term holiday dates vary depending on where you live. Most areas have their half term break Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2018, but in a few areas it is the week afterwards, Monday 19th to Friday 23rd February 2018.
Check your kids holiday dates before you book anything!
The annual Imagine Children's Festival takes place at London's South Bank Centre from 7th to 18th February. With the best in children's theatre, activities to get stuck into and events by inspirational authors, there's loads to do for ages 0 – 12.
Be tickled by Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, wriggle along to dance-theatre Tidy Up and join radio personalities and debut authors, Greg James and Chris Smith, for an action-packed Kid Normal event.
Related: What's On at the Cinema Right Now? All the current family cinema releases.
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Got a head for heights? Get a fantastic view across London at The View From The Shard and head up to the UK's highest Virtual Reality experience on the open-air Skydeck. This half term you can test your balance on ‘Vertigo’ or enjoy the thrill of ‘The Slide’ travelling at up to 100 miles per hour... if you dare!
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English Heritage have loads of things to do at their properties all over the UK - scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails, see Stonehenge or explore underground wartime tunnels.
There is a whole raft of special events organised, including arts and crafts sessions and even a Victorian Faries Weeks at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in South Yorkshire.
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Wyevale Garden Centres are running some fantastic craft events this half term across a selection of their UK wide centres. You can make a bird home, or feeder, plant a flower in a pot that you have decorated or even plant up your own terrarium!
Each activity costs just £2.50 with a supervising adult going free. Days and times vary by location, so vist Wyvale's website for details on exact timings and to book your place.
Go to the Panto. Oh yes you can! In the last five years or so February pantomimes have become a pretty big thing. There are lots of pantomimes running over the February Half Term 2018 week, with both amateur and professional productions to watch.
Find all the February Half Term pantomines 2018 at Big Panto Guide,
The Bond in Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden is the official exhibition of original James Bond vehicles that feature on the films. See the archetypal Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me, alongside less predictable 007 modes of transport such as the Citroën 2CV and the Crocodile Submarine.
The exhibit also includes a variety of aircraft, boats and motorcycles. Book Now
The National Trust has a programme of half term events at many of its properties - you can go splashing in our wellies, building birdboxes and tick off some of your 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 at properties and open areas all over the UK.
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This February you can have an undersea adventure this half term at Sealife. Every Sealife centre opens a window into the magical world beneath our seas and offers close encounters for all ages with everything from humble shrimps and starfish to seahorses, sharks and stingrays. There are centres all across the UK.
Related: The UK's Top Aquariums
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The Royal Horticultural Society have a programme of half term events at their four locations in Harlow Carr in Harrogate, Hyde Hall in Chelmsford, Rosemoor in Devon and Wisley in Surrey. The events are both outdoors and indoors, so you can go along not matter what the weather.
At Rosemoor you can see a winter sculpture exhibition, make a scarecrow at Hyde Hall and enjoy a week of mud and machines at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.
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