Kids Half-Term Roundup Spring 2020
A February half term doesn’t need to be a cold and grey affair with kids climbing the walls while they’re stuck inside. Sun or rain, we have some ideas that will turn every frown upside down.
The Beacon Whitehaven
Chinese Cultural Trail
15 – 23 February
As part of their half-term activities, the Beacon offers their Chinese Cultural trail as a free activity with entry to the museum. Learn about this fascinating country and discover unique cultural facts about China as you travel through the 5 floors of the museum to get to the oriental craft sessions. This free session is drop-in only so there is no need to book in advance. The Beacon will keep the little ones entertained, whatever the weather.
Mini Messel’s Makers
Brighten up your half-term holiday and create some fabulous paper lanterns. Come learn how to make these traditional decorations with Mini Messel’s Makers who were inspired by Oliver Messel’s way of reusing and repurposing materials to make something beautiful out of items that we haven’t even given a second thought to. Activities are targeted at ages five and above but under-fives are welcome to attend, free of charge. Booking is advisable as places are limited.
Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail
An alien space ship has crashed in Whinlatter Forest and Shaun the Sheep is on a mission to help lovable alien Lu-La who needs your help to charge her communicator so she can call home. Lu-La is being chased by Agent Red and her hapless helpers the Hazmats! Download the free app before you arrive, complete challenges and solve UV puzzles in the forest. Help charge Lu-La’s communicator and unlock an augmented reality photo with Shaun and Lu-La as they appear in the forest in front of your eyes.
Lake District Coast Aquarium
For a fun and educational day out you can’t go past the Lake District Coast Aquarium at Maryport. With daily fish feeding sessions and talks, they provide a great opportunity to see the fish while learning interesting facts from the Aquarists. With over 75 displays they are constantly looking for ways to expand. It’s ever-changing and there’s always something new to see. Always a great day out for the kids.
Free wildlife and activity guides
Visit The Cumbria Wildlife Trusts website and sign up for their free wildlife and activity guides.
Will it rain? Will it shine? Does it matter?! Whatever the weather there’s loads to see and do in the great outdoors. There are three guides available – My Wild Summer, My Wild Winter and My Wild Coast. They will help you spot wildlife when out and about, explain habitats, suggest great nature reserves for the family and help you discover wildlife in your own garden.
Does your family have what it takes to escape? Total Enigma in Carlisle is a captivating and interactive experience where you become part of the story. Everyone in your team must collaborate and communicate with each other to solve a series of clues, puzzles and riddles if you want to beat the clock and escape to freedom. With an escape room specially designed for children aged 7+ (must be accompanied by an adult), Total Enigma is a perfect family activity.
Love Carlisle ‘City of Lights’
12 – 15 February
The City of Lights event is a great way to see local buildings and landmarks with fresh eyes. The Court Square and Citadel area will be illuminated with coloured lights and projections. Visitors will be guided via a map where they will see all sorts of landmarks in a very different light. With eye-catching displays, projected images and a stunning light show inside the cathedral, Carlisle will light up and delight the little ones.