February Half-term Ideas: Places to take the kids over the school holidays

Stuck on how to spend half-term with the kids? Check out these ten brilliant events that the whole family can enjoy.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 15th Feb 2022

Half-term can be a tricky time. Kids, understandably, can get bored and fall into the routine of pecking your head every 5 minutes to let you know just how bored they are. But there’s a simple solution to the problem: events. 

Getting out and about and doing something is the easiest solution to boredom, whether you choose something action-packed or more on the artsy side. And, of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time with them before they go back to school. Check out these ten February half-term ideas to keep the littluns entertained. 



Shrek’s Adventure!

When: Every day from Monday the 14th February - Saturday 31st December 

Where: Shrek’s Adventure London, London 

The chance to experience the iconic, multi-award-winning movie Shrek is here! This completely immersive experience allows your children to explore the land of Far Far Away in 4D, engaging their sense of smell, touch, and hearing. All their favourite characters are involved, including Donkey with his wisecracks, Pinocchio, who needs rescuing from the wheel of torture and the Muffin Man, who needs their help to cook up a spell. 


Find tickets for Shrek's Adventure! - here




Rave Kidz

When: Sunday 20th February

Where: Riva Showbar, Preston 

Ready to introduce your littluns to what made your precious weekends in the 90s unforgettable? Rave Kidz is a family-friendly rave that plays uplifting dance music so all ages can enjoy the freedom of getting out on the dancefloor and expressing themselves through dance. As well as being a hell of a lot of fun, it’s great exercise, and there’s lots to enjoy including mascots, a UV glow party, a laser show, and snacks. 


Find tickets for Rave Kidz - here




Funfair at Heaton Park 


When: Wednesday 16th February 

Where: Heaton Park, Manchester

A fantastic choice for thrill-seekers, the fair is coming to Heaton Park! With a selection of attractions, from crazy rides that’ll leave you clinging on for life and leaving you dizzy when you step off to family-friendly classics, the fun just never stops! For just £10, you and your family can have an exciting but cost-effective day trying out all the rides and attractions.


Find tickets for the Funfair at Heaton Park - here




Rumble Wrestling


When: Saturday 19th February  

Where: Hawkinge Community Centre, Hawkinge

Let’s get ready to ruuuummmbllleeee! It’s going to be carnage over at Hawkinge Community College on Saturday as Rumble Wrestling returns for two whole hours of action-packed madness. Male and female fighters will battle it out delivering quality entertainment that's been described as, "unique" and "as good as what you see on TV". Oh, and get ready for the ladder match! 


Find tickets for Rumble Wrestling - here




Camelot Rises

When: Tuesday 15th February - 13th March 

Where: Camelot, Chorley

If you’ve teenagers on your hands, you’re well aware of how tricky it can be to keep them entertained. But if they enjoy spooky vibes, this could be your saviour. Over the half-term and beyond, Camelot Rises will be screening zombie movies at their interactive drive-in cinema. Expect scary zombies with flamethrowers jumping out at you and peering through the window while you enjoy a movie of your choice. Choose from classics such as I Am Legend, Anabelle, The Grudge, Get Out, 28 Weeks Later and more.

This event is suitable for those aged 15 and up. 


Find tickets for Camelot Rises - here




The Sunday Open Age Skate Session

When: Sunday 20th February 

Where: Rollernation, London 

Many of us remember the first time we learned to skate. And many of us also remember how easy it was to get lost in it. We’d skate for hours, getting in all this exercise and feeling free and happy - it’s an unforgettable feeling. So those aged 5 and up will love a skate session with music provided by DJs at Rollernation in London. Everyone of all abilities is welcome and, who knows, they might just find their new passion! 


Find tickets for The Sunday Open Age Skate Session - here




Planet Circus

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When: Thursday 15th February - Sunday 20th February 

Where: Meridian Showground, North East Lincolnshire 

Planet Circus is one of the oldest and most established circus families in Europe. And with crazy stunts, including motorbike tricks on the Globe of Death, wire tricks and acrobatics, this is too good of an opportunity to pass up. We’d love to tell you more, but we’ll keep it as a surprise. Animal lovers need not worry as no animals are featured in the show. 


Find tickets for Planet Circus - here




Broken Wings

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When: Wednesday 16th February 

Where: Charing Cross Theatre, London

Broken Wings is an epic musical based on the best-selling novel The Prophet by Kahil Gibran, with music scored by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan. This important show explores many essential themes, including immigration, gender equality, and more. It’s the perfect excuse to get out to the theatre, all while diving into topics that are still relevant today.


Find tickets for Broken Wings - here




Open Comedy Night


When: Tuesday 15th February 

Where: Artisan Roast Leith, Edinburgh

Comedy shouldn’t be exclusively for one specific group of people. Artisan Roast understands this. That’s why they’re hosting an open mic comedy night with no age restrictions so everyone can have a good old laugh. With an emphasis on inclusion, the only rule is that jokes must not be exclusionary in any way, making it the perfect event to introduce young ones to comedy. Alongside traditional stand up, acts can also experiment with characters, sketches and musical comedy. 


Find tickets for Open Comedy Night - here




ACC Retro Takeover


When: Thursday 17th February 

Where: Retro Bar, Manchester 

Retro Bar in Manchester is being taken over by Access Creative College to put on an unforgettable night of live music to celebrate LGBTQ+ history month in style. Experiencing open, accepting environments is important to anyone. And learning about LGTBQ+ history is important too. And that’s exactly what this event provides in a fun and artistic way. If you’re interested, be speedy. Tickets are selling fast!


Find tickets for ACC Retro Takeover - here




It’s easy to get stuck on what to do during half-term. But events can help keep it fun and interesting. On top of that, you’ll be giving them lots to write about when they go back to school and are given the old “write about what you did you do over half-term 2022” task. If not that, it’ll be their homework. It’s always one or the other.



Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.