What’s on this half term?

Banish the boredom at one of these fun events!

CLAWS at the Sea Life London Aquarium

CLAWSCrustacean creatures from the deep will invade the aquarium when a new exhibition opens this half term. CLAWS features stunning species, including the awe-inspiring (and slightly terrifying) Japanese spider crab, which can grow up to 12 feet long, the colourful Rainbow crab and the humble blue lobster. Visitors can inspect them in a newly themed area, with displays designed to resemble giant crabs. A mechanical model shows how a crab’s claw operates and interactive features allow you to inspect these alien-like creatures from every angle. Launches 15 February, open seven days a week from 10am (last entry 6pm). Prices from £16.20 adult and £11.93 child, www.sealife.co.uk/london


Up at the O2

Up at O2Feeling adventurous this half term? The expedition-themed Up at the O2 sees families tackle an exhilarating climb across the roof of London’s famous arena. Visitors are kitted out with high-tech waterproof climb suits for the trek along a specially engineered walkway suspended 52m above ground level. At the top you will be treated to a breathtaking 360 degree view of the capital. Suitable for children 10 and over (or over 1.2m high). During February 2014, opening hours are weekdays 12pm-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm. Tickets starts at £26. More information at www.UpatTheO2.co.uk


Junior Builder Week at Legoland

Junior Builder Week LegolandBudding builders can test their skills at Legoland Windsor Resort this half term. Junior Builder Week invites families to stay overnight at the themed hotel and practise the art of construction, with hints and tips from Legoland experts. Prices start at £125 for a family of four, including overnight stay, breakfast and all Lego model-making activities. Participants will receive a Junior Builder certificate to honour their achievements. The Legoland theme park will be closed during the week, but families will have access to the hotel play areas and Lego Pirates Splash Pool. From 15-22 February, www.legoland.co.uk/hotel/whats-on


Children’s Roman Soldier Week

Childrens Roman Solder Week 1If you’re willing to join the Imperial Army this half term, visit Chester’s Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, in Northumberland. Brave visitors can train to be Roman soldiers, with lots of hands-on activities, including drills and weapon skills, and craft activities for little ones. 15-23 February, 10am-3pm, www.english-heritage.org.uk


Outbreak at the London Dungeon

Outbreak London Dungeon 2Beware! The London Dungeon is preparing for an outbreak of bubonic plague and all visitors will be ‘quarantined’ while they await their fate. On arrival, the Plague Doctor will brief guests on the hideous symptoms of the deathly disease, which killed 15% of London’s population in the 1660s. Then a journey begins through the capital’s plague-ridden streets and visitors will meet some legendary faces along the way, including Guy Fawkes and Jack the Ripper. Before leaving everyone must use a scratch card to determine whether they’ve been infected! Half-term opening times are Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm, except Thursday, 11am-5pm. Weekends 10am-6pm. Prices from £22 adult and £16.50 children, www.thedungeons.com


Unchained – Zippos Circus  

Unchained Zippos Circus 1The popular circus launches its latest tour ‘Unchained’ this half term, featuring flying aerial antics, a brand new equestrian act, mind-boggling displays of contortion and The Rastellis – a clowning dynasty from Italy. Strongman Hercules – star of last year’s Zippos show – also makes a welcome return. The tour begins at Brent Cross, London, from 19 February, tickets from £9 adult, £7 child, www.zippos.co.uk


Moshi Monsters at Alton Towers

Alton Towers 2Visit during half term and meet the stars of Moshi Monsters: The Movie! Take part in The Great Moshling Egg Quiz Trail and enjoy the usual attractions and rides the theme park has to offer, including Cloud Cuckoo Land, Ice Age the 4D Experience and Sharkbait Reef by Sea Life. Visitors will take home a Moshling collectable figure and other Moshi goodies. From 15-23 February, tickets £15 adult, £12 child from www.altontowers.com


Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill 1Try your hand at some old-fashioned crafts at this special themed town in Shropshire. Dip your own colourful candle, play with Victorian toys and games, or colour in some old-fashioned pictures. The drop-in sessions are from 15-23 February, from 10.30am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm, and activities vary daily. During your visit you can also chat to Victorian shopkeepers and residents, discover curious remedies in the pharmacy and learn about traditional skills. You can also take part in an old-fashioned sing-a-long in the New Inn Pub! For information and prices, visit www.ironbridge.org.uk

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