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Half-Term Activities in the West Midlands

Half-Term Activities in the West Midlands

31 January 2018 | Jasmine Lee Kennedy

It feels like the Christmas holidays were only yesterday, but already half-term is nearly upon us. From the 17 – 26 February, school’s out – but how are we going to entertain the kids? Here are a few fun activities in the West Midlands to enjoy with your children this half-term.

Monkey Forest, Trentham


Image credit: Trentham Monkey Forest/ via Facebook

Monkey Forest will be re-opening this February half-term after being closed throughout the Winter period. This beautiful forest, which has 140 free roaming Barbary macaques, will be open 10am-4pm daily over the half-term holidays. To celebrate their re-opening, they’ve arranged a fun-filled week of activities including face painting, a new quiz and the chance to see how the little baby monkeys have grown over Winter! As well as being able to walk amongst these amazing creatures in a near-natural habitat, you will also get to learn all about them as there are frequent talks held by their knowledgeable staff. In addition to this, if you’re feeling a bit peckish you can enjoy a meal or a snack at The Banana Café before walking it off through the gorgeous meadows and surrounding gardens.
 
Monkey Forest is located at Stone Road, Trentham, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 8AY. During half-term it will be open 10am – 4pm daily and ticket prices vary.
 
National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham


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Discover the underwater magic of the National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham this half-term, where you’ll see an array of incredible creatures that lurk beyond the depths. You and your kids will get to learn about all kinds of aquatic animals and get to watch sea horses and sharks swim by and even get to say hello to their friend Nemo! This year there are some new additions to the already brilliant aquarium zones, such as a piranha tunnel and a glittering underwater wonderland filled with jelly fish. When they go back to school the kids will get to impress all their friends with all their new fun facts – for example, did you know that jellyfish are 95% water?!
 
National SEA LIFE Centre is located at The Waters Edge, 3 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL. Open 6am – 10:30pm daily and ticket prices vary.
 
Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester


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Located in Upton-by-Chester and spanning 125 acres with over 21,000 animals from almost 500 different species, Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s largest zoos, and maybe its best as well. The zoo was originally opened in 1931 by George Mottershead and is now operated by the North of England Zoological Society, a registered charity. This is a great place to take the kids during half term as, in addition to the astounding animals that’ll make their jaws drop, they’ve got plenty of fascinating, educational talks from the Zoo Rangers, such as an explanation of how baby elephants learn to control their trunks. The zoo is also home to some of the world’s most endangered animals, including the critically endangered Eastern black rhinos, African painted dog pups as well as Bermudian skins and Catalonian newts. This will be a fascinating, fun and adventurous day out for all ages.
 
Chester Zoo is located at Moston Rd, Upton-by-Chester, Upton, Chester, CH2 1EU. Opens daily 10am but closing times vary, as do ticket prices.
 
Hatton Adventure World, Hatton


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This half-term, Hatton World will be hosting the Big Top Bonanza - a spectacular circus show which will be on daily 10am-5:30pm with a jam packed schedule of incredible activities. Start the day off with a hair-raising slide down Snorty’s Superslide Mania, marvel at a mesmerising Falconry display, watch acrobats, aerialists, clowns and jugglers, cuddle Guinea Pigs and tame a dragon. There will also be funfair rides for younger children, laser combat for children aged 8 and above, pony rides and so much more for the whole family to look forward to. You’re no doubt going to work up an appetite here, and you’re in luck as they have two brilliant restaurants to try out – one of which has a tempting afternoon tea!
 
Hatton Adventure World is located at Dark Ln, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 8XA. Open 10am – 5:30pm daily. Tickets for adults and children (2-14 years) are £13.95 and under 2’s go free.
 
Coventry Transport Museum, Coventry


Image credit: Coventry Tansport Museum/ via Facebook
 
For a fantastic day out for all the family, head to the Coventry Transport Museum which is not just fun but also free! Throughout half-term there will be different events, such as ‘Coderdojo’ on February 17 in which you will have to work as a family and create your own projects with circuit prototyping components and Raspberry Pi-top CEEDs, a family trail (£1.50) which will be a fun way to explore the museum as well as a “behind the scenes” look at the museum (£2.50 per child, under 2’s free). For this event, the kids will get to make all sorts of things from spectroscopes to bug catchers and let their imagination run wild.
 
Coventry Transport Museum can be found at Millennium Place, Hales St, Coventry, CV1 1JD. Open 10am – 5pm daily.

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