Half term heroes

February half term is sometimes the hardest one to fill. It’s cold, spring feels a long way off and you’re somewhat lacking in imagination. Fear not, help is at hand. We’ve beavered away to find some great ideas for making February half term the best of the year – for you and your little critters.


1. Game on

Hamleys Scrabble Harry Potter


Gather friends for a board game championship, add water and food colouring to cornflower to make gloop or use masking tape around the house to form a race car track.

Hamleys, Scrabble Harry Potter, £35


2. Lightbulb moment

Hamleys Water colour easel set


Get crafty and paint family portraits, use pillow cases to host an indoor sack race or tape the sides of a bedsheet to the floor and blow air into it using a box fan to create a dome-like den.

Hamleys, Watercolour easel set, £17


3. Challenge accepted

Hamleys Sprite Black Stripe Metal Scooter


Wrap up and make full use of the garden this half term. Create an obstacle course, make a nature scavenger hunt or an outdoor mud café.

Hamleys, Sprite Black Stripe Metal Scooter, £114


4. Out of the box

Hamleys Red Bubbleator


Pick flowers and freeze them with water to make ice ornaments, try tin can bowling or host a bubble fight.

Hamleys, Red Bubbleator, £18


5. London calling

Catimini Long Sleeve Tee Shirt


There are activities galore at Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival (southbankcentre.co.uk), puddle jumping championships at London Wetland Centre (wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london) and storytelling at Shakespeare’s Globe (shakespearesglobe.com).

Catimini, Long Sleeve T-Shirt, £14.50


6. Be marvelled 

Tommy Hilfiger Boys Check Shirt


Head to Butler School at Audley End House and Gardens (english-heritage.org.uk), enjoy science experiments at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum (scienceandindustrymuseum) and watch live stage shows at Cadbury World (cadburyworld.co.uk).

Tommy Hilfiger, Boys' Check Shirt, £55


7. Animal antics

Chipmunks Boys Creepy Slipper

Go wild animal tracking in Sheringham Park (nationaltrust.org.uk), enjoy events as part of the Dark Skies Festival (darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk) or take part in half term shenanigans and book a deer safari at Margam Country Park (margamcountrypark.co.uk).

Chipmunks, Boys' Creepy Wellington Boots, £18


8. And action!

Barbour International OW Barbour Boys Troutbeck contrast panel Jacket

Pretend to be Tarzan or go zorbing at The Jungle NI (thejungleni.com), trek the West Highland Way (westhighlandway.org) or book a canoe trip on the River Fal (http://canoecornwall.org.uk/).

Barbour International, Boys' Troutbeck Contrast Panel Jacket, £24


9. Winter wonders

Helly Hansen Kids jr crew midlayer jacket


Make February half term your moment for a ski trip, visiting Efteling (efteling.com) in the Netherlands, one of the world’s oldest theme parks, or trying to catch the Northern Lights while staying in a glass igloo in Kakslauttanen, Finland (kakslauttanen.fi).

Helly Hansen, Kids Jr Crew Midlayer Jacket, £70


10. World's your oyster

Timberland Boys Short Sleeve T-Shirt


Other destinations on our February bucket list are the stunning scenery of Liechtenstein – one of the world’s least visited nations – and New Orleans for the Mardis Gras celebrations taking place throughout the month.

Timberland, Boys' Short Sleeve T-Shirt, £14.50