After weeks of battling dark nights, dreary weather conditions and the dreaded de-icing of the car there finally comes a break – February Half Term! For some it can’t come quick enough but for others who are still finding stray strands of tinsel here and there from Xmas, it will seem all too soon.
Whether you’ve been prepping for weeks or if it has crept up on you out of nowhere, it’s always good to tackle half term with a plan. The weather will probably be rubbish the whole week but as you know all too well, the kids will still want to be kept entertained!
When is February half term?
For the majority of schools around the UK, February Half Term has either started already or starts next Monday (Feb 19).
If half term has already began for your brood, you have Pancake Day on Tuesday (Feb 13) and Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) on Wednesday – both give you the opportunity to keep little hands busy! Kids love “helping” out in the kitchen and luckily pancakes are relatively easy to make. Let them stir the mix and add ingredients here and there, it’s probably best to leave any serious flipping to the grown-ups though!
For Valentine’s Day give the kids a hand at designing their own cards – they might have done this in school already but there’s always someone they could make smile with a super cute card. Get the crayons, felt tips and paint out and let them get creative! If it’s half term for your family next week, why not set the kids a task of picking who they want to be for World Book Day (March 1) starting with a trip to your local library?
No matter what your plans are you’re definitely going to need some clothes! Here’s how to dress the whole family during half term, whatever the weather…
What to wear if it’s…
You can always rely on the rain to make an appearance over the course of a week in the UK! A mac or parka will help keep you dry, while hooded tops are perfect if you’re caught out by showers. Our selection of trendy tops for the whole family are ideal for layering under coats, without having to compromise on style in order to be practical!
With it still being winter there is definitely a chance of snow during February Half Term! Lots of us have already experienced a touch of frost already during February and there could still be more to come. Of course, kids love an actual snow day – snowman making, snowball fights, sledging – the possibilities are endless for little adventurers. If there weather does take a turn for the worse, we’ll keep you covered with stylish coat and knitwear combinations for everyone!
If you’re going to be escaping to the sun for the week, you might want to top up your essentials first! Even if you’re just staying at home, you can’t rule out the possibility of a few sunny days here and there, however unlikely it seems! These wardrobe essentials from our new in range are perfect for half term. As it stands we have 15% off all kidswear until Tuesday Feb 19, making half term the perfect opportunity to top up their little wardrobes on a budget! Get them now and you’ll also have them ready for all of the other school holidays in 2018.
What’s on around the UK – half term highlights
Welsh mums and dads will be glad to know that there’s plenty going on in Cardiff over half term. Little space fans will love the Wales Millennium Centre’s Build a Universe event (Feb 19-24). The event will give little astronauts in the making a chance to help the crew of the Millennium Seagull which has landed in Cardiff by building their own satellites and space ships.
If a trip to the theatre is more what you’re looking for the kids will love What The Ladybird Heard at the New Theatre (Feb 22-25), a play based on the award winning picture-books.
— FOR Cardiff (@FOR_Cardiff) February 10, 2018
Our capital city has lots to offer families this half term. The free Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre (until Feb 18) celebrates the power of the imagination to help children flourish and believe in themselves. The events give children the chance to hear some of their favourite authors, join in at family-friendly performances and explore their own creativity in fun workshops too.
If something historical would be right up your kids’ streets head down to The Postal Museum where kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, storytelling and also meet characters from the past.
Ready for some #HalfTerm fun?! We are and luckily it's our first #SCImagineFest weekend, packed with events for the young and young at heart. We open at 10am today. Plan your visit here: https://t.co/lZ1AajFQt0 pic.twitter.com/hyWJ5HwgSL
— Southbank Centre (@southbankcentre) February 10, 2018
There’s loads going on in Manchester over half term! The Museum of Science and Industry will be celebrating all things Victorian until Feb 25, giving kids the chance to find out how steam, sweat and spinners created our modern world and how Manchester was at the start of it all.
Little animal lovers will be all over Sea Life’s Stars of the Sea event. Here, youngsters and their families will be able to dive deeper into the world beneath the waves with hands-on activities, exciting games, breathtaking displays and plenty of jaw-dropping fishy facts for good measure!
#WhatsOn Half Term: From fairgrounds to revolutions to moustaches – join us for a fun filled half term, Victorian style – now on! https://t.co/IlpbuFkouP #thingstodowithkids #holidayfun 🎩🎩🎩 pic.twitter.com/r2Xkumj8Sk
— MSI Manchester (@msimanchester) February 11, 2018
If you want to make it a half term to remember then head to Brum! Take the kids to meet Paddington Bear at Selfridges (Feb 22) where he will be doing free meet-and-greets before treating them to a trip to the theatre to see everyone’s favourite green ogre! Shrek is on at the New Alexandra Theater until Feb 25.
— The Ticket (@TheTicket_Star) February 11, 2018
There’s a lorra, lorra stuff going on in Liverpool over half term! The National Museums Liverpool group has lots of talks, storytelling sessions and hands on activities going on until Feb 18, with there being plenty to see and do for kids of all ages. If this sounds like something that you lot would love, check it out here.
— NationalMuseumsLpool (@NML_Muse) February 12, 2018
Around the UK
If all else fails a trip to the cinema usually goes down a treat! Here’s what family-friendly films are on at cinemas around the UK over half term…