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Feb Half Term Guide

Making half term plans? What you need is the impeccably curated Muddy Half Term guide with the top 16 children’s activities in Kent.

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High School Musical, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 22 Feb and Sat 23 Feb, 2pm & 7pm

Disney’s High School Musical is fun for the whole family and the perfect half term treat. You know the drill – Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. But really it’s just about the songs, get your tickets now: trinitytheatre.net

Children’s Book Festival, Dreamland, Margate, Sat 16 Feb

Dreamland hosts its first ever Children’s Book Festival this February half term. The action-packed line up includes a very special appearance from The Gruffalo, plus screenings of film adaptations of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler classics by Magic Light Pictures, including Room On The Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat, The Gruffalo and their highly-anticipated latest release Zog! Tickets are £6 + booking fee in advance, or £22 + booking fee in advance for family tickets (up to 4 people). dreamland.co.uk

Living with Nature, Hever Castle, Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

Get out this Half-Term and let your kids discover more about conservation and local wildlife as part of Hever Castle’s ‘Living with Nature’ event. Follow the ‘Wildlife Detective’ walk led by the gardening team to investigate animal footprints and tracks, take part in a wildlife workshop or a follow the fun facts in a trail around the Castle. hevercastle.co.uk 

Half Term Hunters, Leeds Castle, Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

Chuck on your wellies and thinking caps and venture through the Leeds Castle estate on a special trail with an activity booklet on-hand to help guide you through the grounds, complete the various puzzles and challenges to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. Start your adventure in the woodland walk, before conquering the maze and completing a quiz in the birds of prey area. On your way through the grounds, see if you can also solve mystery riddles written on the giant puzzle boards! leeds-castle.com 

Stop Motion Animation, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Mon 18 – Wed 20 Feb

Back by popular demand! This course will teach you all there is to know about creating a story using stop motion animation over three days. Explore animation using every day objects, sweets and even humans! From creating your figurines to positioning the camera, bring any tale to life with a skilled facilitator, and be sent your work after the course. trinitytheatre.net

February Half Term Forest School, Reuthe’s, Seal, 19 & 20 Feb

Come and explore the Lost Gardens for the day with Reuthe’s Forest School Leader and take part in a range of fun activities including: campire building, woodland walks, whittling, leaf crown making and even wand making (that’s just naming a few!). For ages 5 – 10 yrs and with limited availability, only £40 per child per day including lunch. reuthes.com 

Potion Making and Screaming Mandrake, This Art of Mine, Maidstone, Thur 21 FebEnjoy this Harry Potter inspired day where you will be designing, sculpting and painting your very own mandrake which can be taken home on the day. You will also be making a potions bottle and some glittery slimey potion. This workshop costs £40, and requires you to bring you’re own packed lunch. thisartofmine.co.uk

Family trail: ‘Who was Winston Churchill?’, Chartwell, Westerham, Fri 9 – Sun 24 Feb

Hibernation trail, Ightham Mote, Sat 16 – Sun 24 Feb

Follow the hibernation trail to discover which of our native animals live at Ightham Mote. They may be having a snooze until the weather gets a bit warmer so you’ll need to use your stealthiest detective skills to spot them. nationaltrust.org.uk

Faversham Literary Festival, Faversham, Thur 21 – 24 Feb

Jo Brand, Will Self, Lionel Shriver and Jenni Murray head a stellar line-up at Faversham’s second literary festival. More than 30 events to choose from, including fiction, nature writing, political debate, psychogeography, writings on the refugee crisis, history, cookery, poetry and more. Most ticket prices are £3 and £5, with a few special events priced slightly higher – check with Festival website for full details. favershamliteraryfestival.org

Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, Gulbenkian, Canterbury, Sun 17 Feb 

Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music. Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and mic. Ticketing £1 ‐ £8 pp. thegulbenkian.co.uk 

Mythical Beasts, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, Chatham, Sat 16 Feb – Sun 24 Feb

The Mythical Beasts are back by popular demand and this year with a twist! Did you know that a variety of ship badges actually have their own version of mythical beasts? From lions heads, to mermaids to dragons to many more! This February half term, The Chatham Dockyard will showing their mythical ship badges on the historic site and there’s even a chance to make your own beast! Activities will be taking place in No.1 Smithery. Better yet: it’s all included in your entry ticket to The Dockyard. thedockyard.co.uk 

Bite-size Ballets: Elves & The Shoemaker, Ashford Picture House, Ashford

Northern Ballet’s production of this children’s classic stomps onto the big screen as part of this brilliant new cinema’s fantastic season of interactive ballets for children, narrated by Anita Rani. With playful characters and spellbinding music, this adorable ballet is sure to have your little ones dancing with excitement! Starts at 11am, £10 for adults or £5 for children. picturehouses.com/cinema/Ashford

Target Archery Taster, Betteshanger Park, Deal, Sat 16 Feb

Have you ever fancied trying your hand at Archery? Join in some Target Archery Taster sessions. GB Archery qualified instructors will coach you through the best techniques to shoot with accuracy on Betteshanger’s dedicated outdoor range. You’ll learn how to hold the bow, the correct body stance and the opportunity to aim and shoot your first few arrows before going onto the Six Arrow Competition. £8 for 45 minutes. Suitable for children aged 8 and over. betteshanger-park.co.uk 

Alpaca Treks, Reuthe’s, Seal, Tues 19 – Fri 22 Feb 

Awwww. Just look at that little face. Meet the adorable furry friends and let them lead you and your kids on a one-hour guided trek through Reuthe’s, charmingly referred as the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks. After an invigorating stomp through the woods, it’s back to Basecamp for picnic lunch for all the children in the yurt. Wrap up warm! reuthes.com 

 

FURTHER AFIELD… 

Wave-Field, Variation F, Coal Drops Yard, London, Thurs 31 Jan – Sun 10 Mar

Illuminated musical seesaws…if that doesn’t bring out your inner child then nothing will! The hugely popular travelling installation Wave-Field, Variation F, is created by Lateral Office and CS Design with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama, and it’s coming to Coal Drops Yard.

With Wave-Field, Variation F, you are the catalyst that sets the artwork in motion. The installation invites you to play…in public…in the street. You’ll have to pair up with others – friends, family, strangers – to create patterns and harmonies. The result? An ever-changing musical event where light and sound build and intensify. coaldropsyard.com

 Additional reporting: Hayley Barnes

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