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Harassed parents, breathe! The hols are here and we know exactly to keep the kids entertained across Kent - from workshops and days out to the best theatre and air rifle shooting.

Half term’s nearly here already? I only just put away my flippin’ Christmas tree. Muddy to the rescue with 31 half term saviours across Kent and further afield to keep the ankle biters entertained. Anything utterly brilliant and unmissable that I’ve left off? Let me know in the comment box below.

 

Little Street, Sevenoaks, open everyday

Littles ones growing up too fast? Give them a peek into life as a working adult with a trip to Little Street, the indoor play town where kids can explore the theatre, veterinary centre, supermarket, construction site, beauty salon and pizza parlour. There are also toy vehicles in abundance to manoeuvre around the roads of Little Street. They’ll be doing their driving test in no time! little-street.co.uk

Rare Breeds, Open now

Plenty of things to do in his 100 acre farm with trails, outdoor play areas and assault courses. Not forgetting lots of activities for Half Term! They’ve got ‘Meet the Animals’ sessions in The Children’s Barn (10:30 am – 4 pm), meet the piglets, goats and Grace the new Dales pony – if you’re brave enter the Creepy Crawly World! Everyday at 2:30 pm, Colin the Falconer will fly his amazing owls and raptors so watch this wonderful display and you may be picked to join in. On Wednesdays, they have Storytelling in the Discovery Zone for half an hour of interactive fun (11:30 am & 1 pm). Or if the weather is bad, stay inside and head to the Play Barns for soft play and indoor toys. Warm up in The Granary Restaurant serving tasty hot and cold food. rarebreeds.org.uk 

Wildwood, Canterbury, Open now

Looking for the perfect family day? Come and see Wildwood’s wolf pack in their huge woodland enclosure, watch their rescued bears play fighting in the pool and marvel at the acrobatic red squirrels leaping from tree to tree in the new red squirrel walkthrough. Grab a bite to eat at the cafe or bring a picnic as the kids run wild in the adventure play park with climbing walls, rope bridges, slides and scary drop slide. They’ve also got a range of FREE events happening this Half Term for Prehistoric Week, discover which dinosaurs once roamed across Kent on their free Dino Trail, find them on the posters around the park and collect their names for a chance to win Wildwood vouchers. Hold real fossils millions of years old and even learn how to hunt a mammoth. There’s also daily hourly talks given by the expert team at Wildwood, 11am – 3pm. Full for their full timetable of events: kent.wildwoodtrust.org

Dinosaur Forest, Port Lympne Wildlife Park, Open now

Come face to face with prehistoric life sized creatures in the UK’s largest dinosaur forest and make them come to life with Port Lympne’s virtual reality app! As you journey through three acres of natural woodland, you’ll discover amazing facts and information about the prehistoric world. Just download the App in the IOS App Store (best to do it before you go and it’s free) and bring the dinosaurs to life! The kids will love it! You’ll also find an interactive map, lots of exciting and useful facts about the animals as well as a handy spotter’s guide. aspinallfoundation.org 

Hever Caste, Open now

Get back in touch with the great outdoors this February half term at Hever Castle! Watch the free falconry displays, play in their playgrounds, follow the nature trail in the grounds or create a ladybug or bumble bee in a free craft workshop. The castle will be looking more beautiful than usual with the arrival of their snowdrops! Around 80,000 snowdrop bulbs have been planted in the Garden over the years so it’ll be a beautiful sight to see this February. hevercastle.co.uk 

Chartwell, Open now

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With 80 acres of woodland (pooches welcome) there’s lots to explore! Former home of one of our country’s most well-known political figures, it’s now a wondrous place to visit! Explore their Interactive Family Trail running until Sun 23 Feb, pop along to Sir Winston Churchill’s studio and marvel at the paintings he created, head to The Marycot, everything is scaled down with a nearby notice announcing ‘children only!’ but no judgements here if you want to join in with the fun, find the bomb crater which was left during WW2 – can you use the ropes to escape the crater? Only one way to find out! Let your little ones run free in The Treehouse and when you are in need of some yummy sustenance, head to Landemare café, named after Georgina Landemare who was the Chartwell cook for over 20 years. The fruit and veg couldn’t be more local as it’s sourced from the kitchen garden at Chartwell, and everything is freshly made on-site so need to go hungry here. nationaltrust.org.uk

Ightham Mote, Open now

Lots to do at Ightham Mote… Let the kids become nature detectives and explore the gardens for 10 different panels to find out where the animals live. There’s also the natural play area (mud galore at the moment), and three marked estate walks for the more adventurous. You could even tick off some activities on the ‘50 Things to do before they’re ll¾’ challenge. The gardens, shop and café are open from 10am – 4pm, with last entry at 3.30pm. Go out and have fun! nationaltrust.org.uk 

Leeds Castle, Open Now

Throw on your wellies and thinking caps this half term and explore the wonders of the estate on an exciting outdoor adventure trail! With an exciting activity booklet on-hand to help guide you through the grounds for a small additional charge, complete the various puzzles and challenges to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. Don’t miss the free Falconry Displays taking place in the Falconry Arena in front of the Maze, see the beautiful Hawks, Vultures, Falcon and Owls fly (weekends & school holidays at 2pm). Explore the grounds and the castle, discover the 12-hole Adventure Golf Course (Adults, £2 and Kids, £1.50), play in the Knights’ Stronghold Playground or for the littler ones they can run free in the Squire’s Court Playground. Leeds Castle admission tickets last for a whole year! So you can come back as many times as you like. leeds-castle.com 

Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks, Open now

Enjoy the fresh air with your family at Emmetts Garden this winter! Bring your dog and discover their beautiful gardens, we highly recommend coming back in the Spring and seeing the bluebells. Let your little ones become plant explores on Emmett’s Plant Explorer Trail running this Feb Half Term, 10-4pm, £1 per trail. Get stuck into adventures in their wild play area just past the Old Stables Cafe (we’ll know where we’ll be!), walk across the beams, build a den, climb on the stepping lots or play dress-up in the teepees. nationaltrust.org.uk

Animal Experiences, Wingham Wildlife Park, Book Now

Wingham Wildlife Park, near Canterbury, is a popular family attraction and now boasts more species than any other zoo in Kent. This is a small, manageable-sized park, so easy to get around, found in a picturesque region of the county. For little ones there’s play areas, mini diggers and go-karts. But by far the best thing about this bijou zoo is the hands-on animal experiences to try – like Keeper for a Day or Meet the Tigers (arrrrgh) to Penguin Experience (awww) or Meerkat Experience (simples, also pictured above). There’s also a Dinosaur Zoo too for any Jurassic-mad mudlets. winghamwildlifepark.co.uk

Penshurst Place, Open now

Lots to do at Penshurst Place this Half Term! Follow the Amazing Inventions Trail, explore the Toy Museum, let the little ones run wild in their Adventure Playground (included in the Garden & Grounds ticket) and not forgetting lunch at the Porcupine Pantry (located outside, next to the visitor centre), they have a delicious selection of small hot lunch plates, cakes, scones and breakfasts. Gluten-free and dairy-free alternatives available too. penshurstplace.com 

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art, The Beaney, Canterbury, Sat 8 – Sun 23 Feb 

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see influential British comics such as Desperate Dan, Dennis the Menace and Minnie the Minx. Not forgetting classics such as Captain America, Wonder Woman, Superman and the Hulk. This colourful and interaction exhibition is the perfect day out for your comic-loving kids! They’ll also be activities and a number of relaxed sessions for visitors wanting a quiet and calm atmosphere when visiting, when a slower pace and minimal customer noise will be encouraged. Find out more: canterburymuseums.co.uk

1.5 Degrees, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Tues 11 – Sat 22 Feb

A contemporary art exhibition highlighting the current climate emergency and exploring the human connection with our fragile earth. Features works by a group of South East based artists working in a variety of different media including print, ceramics, recycled materials, painting, found objects, film and ice sculpture. trinitytheatre.net

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The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra, The Marlowe, Canterbury, Tues 11 – Sat 15 Feb

The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra Of Siberia present the world’s most celebrated ballets. Delivering performances of outstanding quality and usual depth, discover their adaptations of much loved classics this February. Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes. Don’t miss their series of productions at The Marlowe this February kicking off with: Swan Lake (Tues 11 – Weds 12 Feb), Sleeping Beauty (Thurs 13 Feb), Coppelia(Fri 14 Feb) and The Nutcracker (Sat 15 Feb). Last few tickets remaining! marlowetheatre.com

Circus Zyair, The Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Thurs 14 – 23 Feb

Treat to the kids to a spectacular show! This hour and a half high-energy spectacle abounds as Circus Zyair presents its varied show beneath a big-top tent. Clowns, acrobats and jugglers plies its distinctive talents before fearless daredevils brave the high wire and wheel of death. thehopfarm.co.uk

Animate It! Aardan Model Workshop, Dreamland, Margate, Sat 15 & Sun 16 Feb

A unique experience for all Aardman fans! Dreamland is teaming up with Aardman Animations for two days of family fun this half term. The famous animation studio will be hosting a series of workshops where ticket holders can craft a clay model of Gromit, Morph or Shaun The Sheep and take it home! Led by one of the studio’s expert model makers, you’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions about the tricks of the trade from Aardman professionals. Spaces are limited so book now: dreamland.co.uk

Mission Explore, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has uncovered some important secret intelligence and is looking for a new recruit of spies to help them decipher it this Feb with Mission Explore! Young spies should report to HQ on arrival to be briefed on their mission. Navigate the Dockyard with an indoor and outdoor trail (the weather doesn’t matter here!) and uncover the mysterious world of spies and secret agents. You can even get hands on with spy craft sessions (pre-booking advised) and climb aboard HMS Ocelot, a real-life spy submarine. Once you’ve earned your spy badge don’t forget to explore the rest of the Dockyard. There are 10 galleries and exhibitions to enjoy and even guided tours (book in advance) – all included in your ticket. It’s hungry work being a spy so take a break and visit the Mess Deck restaurant. From hearty sandwiches and jacket potatoes to delicious Homemade Pies, Sausage & Mash and Fish & Chips – perfect winter warmers for the whole family. Mission Explore is free, included as part of your entry ticket. Tickets are valid for up to a year, giving you 12 months to enjoy the fantastic array of attractions at The Historic Dockyard. thedockyard.co.uk 

Children’s Princess & Knight Nature Quest, Bodiam Castle, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

This half-term take your minis on an adventure to help Princess Acorn and the Knight Sir Oakley discover nature around the grounds of Bodiam Castle, just pick up a trail map at visitor reception and head off. Or simply walk around the grounds, climb up the spiral staircase in the Postern Tower and marvel at the view across the Rother Valley below. On Thurs 20 Feb there’ll be Princess and Knight themed face painting in the second-hand bookshop throughout the day. Warm up in the Wharf Team Room, enjoy lunch or grab a hot drink. There’s children’s lunch boxes and they offer half portions of selected main meals on their menu. Trails are an extra £2.50. nationaltrust.org.uk  

Get Hands on with History at Dover Castle, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Why not visit the most iconic of all English fortresses? Join in a series of adventures across the castle this Half Term and let your kids sharpen their detective skills with Historial performers Heuristics who will teach them vital skills to find clues and code words to crack the hidden secrets – If you complete the mission and return to HQ, you’ll get a reward! Make a day of it, climb the Great Tower, explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels and with more than 80 acres of open courtyards, hills and mounds to explore, they won’t get bored. There’s plenty of places to refuel with the NAAFI restaurant, The Great Tower Cafe and the small Tunnels Tea Room. Dover Castle’s Get Hands On With History: Secrets and Spies event is only available this Half Term, 10am – 4pm. english-heritage.org.uk  

Party Pop Stars Karaoke Parties, Sittingbourne, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

A brilliant, unique party idea for aspiring popstars (big and small). All in the comfort of your own recording studio. What’s not to love? Recently visited by ITV’s X Factor, Big Jam Studios in Sittingbourne, Kent, is a professional music, video and photography studio and is regularly used by future stars. Here you can host your own pop star recording, video and karaoke party for kids, teens, hen groups or business team building experiences! Get 30% off Karaoke Parties if booked to place in this February Half Term. Book now through this link to receive your discount: app.acuityscheduling.com

February Fun and Frolics, Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb

Kent Life Park a 28-acre working farm and visitor attraction situated in Sandling, Maidstone, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and they have a cracking collection of events to celebrate this year! Don’t miss a fun-packed week full of activities and trails as the farm enters lambing season and prepares for the arrival of some new born lambs. Meet plenty of animals such as pigs, sheep, ponies, goats and alpacas – even join in with the feeding sessions! Get up close and personal with their smaller furry friends in cuddle corner. Take time to visit the Kent Owl Academy and don’t forget the Meerkat family too! There’s both indoor and outdoor play areas, tractor or land train rides. Warm up in Dotty’s Tea Room with a great selection of home made cakes and other tasty meals and snacks. Open from 10am – 4pm. Adults, £6.95 and Children (aged 3-15), £5.95. kentlife.org.uk

Air Rifle/Pistol Shooting, Sevenoaks Scout Hut, Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb

Looking for something different to do with the kids that will build confidence and concentration skills? Target shooting is a fun, accessible and fast-growing sport. Target Shooting School is rolling out classes across West Kent including brilliant half term courses. It absolutely hit the mark with my mudster, here’s how we got on. Suitable for both girls and boys, aged 8-18, this five day course focuses on air rifle and pistol training and other target based activities. It builds from a get-to-know-you session and safety briefing to several hours shooting each day. It is a practical, hands-on course, with almost all of the week being spent on the range. Beginners will find it an easy and gentle introduction to the sport whilst more experienced shooters will benefit from several hours of coaching each day. All equipment is provided, and there are no additional costs. Book now! eventbrite.co.uk

Arts and Ceramics Days, This Art of Mine, Maidstone, Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb

Express your creative side through arts and crafts days at This Art of Mine. With each day offering a different theme, everyone can try their hand with clay. Themes on offer include: Harry Potter, Cat lovers, Dragons, Unicorns, Animal Clay Day. thisartofmine.co.uk

Stop Motion Animation Workshop, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Mon 17 Feb

Explore animation using a variety of materials from every day objects to humans! You will learn how to design and create your own characters from plasticine, how to position the camera, and bring tale to life with Trinity Theatre’s skilled facilitator. After the course, you’ll be sent your video so you can show off what you created! Recommended for ages 9-13. trinitytheatre.net 

Half Term Make It Workshop, Maidstone Museum, Maidstone, Tues 18 – Fri 21 Feb

Let their creativity run wild and let them enjoy a whole week of sports-themed craft activities at Maidsone Museum museum. They have different activities going on each day, including: friendship bracelet making, print your own wall hanging, create a sock creature and make your own ‘no-sew’ bunting. Ideal for 4+ years. Tickets are £3, book yours: museum.maidstone.gov.uk 

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, The Marlowe, Wed 19 & Thurs 20 Feb

Got a Peppa Pig lover? Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures at the Marlowe Theatre this Feb. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! marlowetheatre.com

Faversham Literary Festival, Various locations in Faversham, Wed 19 – Sun 23 Feb

A fab event for book lovers of all ages and persuasions, featuring author talks and events, creative workshops, storytelling, book signings, crafts and lots of FREE events. Taking place in various of the town’s historic venues: The Old Brewery Store, Guildhall, Alexander Centre, The Limes and Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre’s 15th-century function room, as well as the newer Arden Theatre. Meet Jo Simmons (My Parents Cancelled My Birthday and I Sold My Brother On The Internet) and much-loved Michael Rosen telling funny stories and funny poems. There’s hands-on writing workshops for young adults and the unmissable Luke Wright is coming to Faversham! Don’t miss Friday Night Poetry Slam, full of anecdote, historical vignettes, social commentary and acute observations of life – it will leave you breathless. He’ll also be in the Poetry Hub performing his political verse poem ‘The Remains of Logan Dankworth”. For a list of children’s events head to: favershamliteraryfestival.org. For the whole programme of events head to: favershamliteraryfestival.org

High School Musical 2, Trinity Youth Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 21 & Sat 22 Feb

We’re all in this together… Again! Trinity Youth Theatre are back with another adventure for everyone’s favourite Wildcats. Trinity Theatre have a reputation for nurturing real up and coming talent so get ready to sing and dance (in the aisles, right?) and generally blow away the mid-winter blues. 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. Book yours now: trinitytheatre.net 

Bring your dog to Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells

Salomons Estate, set amongst 36 acres of stunning parkland on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, now offers a range of dog-friendly amenities and services. From a doggy treasure trail to pup-friendly accommodation, man’s best friend can join in on a family day out or weekend getaway to Kent’s glorious countryside. Explore the woodland walk or take a stroll on The Forthglade Doggy Treasure Trail, where visitors can follow the ‘pooch plan’ to a delicious bag of Forthglade training treats for their furry friend. After working up an appetite, head over to the country house for a bite to eat with Sunday lunch, priced at £29.50pp for three courses, or indulge in Afternoon Tea, from £19.50pp, where dogs are welcome to accompany their owners and tuck into their treats in the conservatory. Dogs are welcome to stay at The Cottage at Salomons Estate, from just £20 per dog per night. salomons-estate.com

FURTHER AFIELD… 

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank, London, Wed 12 – Sun 23 Feb 

The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Children’s Festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together. Get ready for 12 days of the best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their grown-ups. Feed and interact with dinosaurs, celebrate the Harry Potter books and go on adventures with Pippi Longstocking. southbankcentre.co.uk

Introducing the Art Department, Warner Bros. Studio, London, Fri 14 – Mon 24 Feb 

Discover the craftmanship and artistry that went into every detail to bring the wizarding world to life on the big screens. Responsible for a huge range of props, from Harry’s Hogwarts acceptance letter to the Daily Prophet and Bertie Bott’s Beans, the Art Department brought the Wizarding World to life on screen with every detail. During this time, the Studio Tour will welcome the original filmmakers, who will reveal a range of techniques including wand-making demonstrations by the team who handcrafted thousands of wands for the film series. wbstudiotour.co.uk

Behind the Seams, Warner Bros. Studio, London, Every weekend & Mon 17 – Fri 21 Feb

From initial sketches to the finished costume seen on screen, our tour experts will reveal the behind-the-scenes journey that brought your favourite characters to life. Presented in a workshop environment, you’ll be the first to see up close exclusive costumes never-before-seen at the Studio Tour. Discover how new clothes were made to look centuries old or battle-torn with the help of paint, mud and wire brushes, how every day garments were given a magical touch and the secrets hidden in the Hogwarts robes. You will also receive the exclusive opportunity to choose your house colours and wear an original Hogwarts robe which appeared on screen in the Harry Potter film series. Booking required. Recommended for ages 12+. wbstudiotour.co.uk

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