Monday to Friday half-term fun for kids in & around Bristol this February

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If you are looking for ideas and inspiration of fun things for your kids can do this February half-term, here is a list of events and activities for children of all ages to enjoy in and around Bristol on every day of half-term.

Before you read on, please do give the Bristol Mum Facebook page a like as I will be posting even more ideas of fun things to do over the next week. This post of 20 free and fantastic places in Bristol to visit with kids should also be helpful.

Enjoy your half-term!

MONDAY

Rock Climbing at BLOC Climbing Centre– New Clip and Climb: The Outdoors Project

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A holiday club adventure day for kids aged 5 – 12 with The Outdoors Project including 2 hours of indoor rock climbing: climb commando style on the Jungle Gym, reach new heights on the Skyscraper, take the speed challenge, race friends up Face to Face or take the Leap of Faith.

Plus miniature Raft races, Air Toys and Adventure Games at Mina Road Park, St Werburgh’s.

  • 10am – 2.30pm
  • Meet at BLOC Climbing, right next to the M32, unit 3, at the end of New Gratton Rd, BS2 9SH
  • Cost: £28
  • Discounts: 5 for 4 discount – Book all week and only pay for 4 days! *(Phone bookings only)
  • Booking required: register online at www.theoutdoorsproject.co.uk
  • Contact: rowan.hibbett@theoutdoorsproject.co.uk / tel: 07722996025

GO SKETCH ‘Drawing Dragons’ workshop: Emerson’s Green Village Hall

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An arty GO SKETCH workshop where kids aged 6+ will explore the mystical world of dragons this half term! Kids will be learning how to draw Japanese dragons and how to paint a dragon in one stoke (based on the ancient art of Hitofude Ryuu).

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • £15 including all resources and refreshments – 15% sibling discount available
  • If you would like your child to attend this workshop and the one below, children can stay with with the GO SKETCH team for lunch at no extra cost (they must bring a packed lunch)
  • TO BOOK: bookwhen.com/gosketch
  • CONTACT: emma@gosketch.co.uk / 07717 313 651

GO SKETCH ‘Watercolour Animals’ workshop: Emerson’s Green Village Hall

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An arty GO SKETCH workshop for kids aged 6+ to explore the artwork of local artist Rosie Webb to create their own animals using watercolour techniques. Discover the colourful art of local Bristol artist Rosie Webb who uses watercolour techniques to paint a variety of animals. Children will be learning how to use watercolours to paint their own funny animals!

  • 1.30 – 3.30pm
  • If you would like to attend both this workshops and the one above, children can stay with with the GO SKETCH team for lunch at no extra cost (they must bring a packed lunch)
  • £15 including all resources and refreshments – 15% sibling discount available
  • TO BOOK: bookwhen.com/gosketch
  • CONTACT: emma@gosketch.co.uk / 07717 313 651

Where’s Wesley? Half-term Activity day at the New Room, Broadmead

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Free half term activity day at the New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel) in Broadmead, Bristol – next to St James’ Arcade. Find out about John Wesley and his work in Bristol, dress up in costume, find the 18th century graffiti and crack the secret code!

Petal Power at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A chance to get children’s creative juices flowing with some petal power activities including joining in with a giant flower collage, flower pot decorating, a petal power bug trail, plus animal talks and feeds throughout the day.

  • Open every day in half-term
  • Children can enter zoo for £5 with a full-paying adult
  • More details

Room To Play – Shelters, Dens and Grottos: Children’s Scrapstore

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A stay and play session for children and their adults. Children will be leading this session and their adults join in, with play workers on hand to facilitate. There will be lots of different house-building stuff around to start us all of on our own play stories.

TUESDAY

Forest School Winter Wonderland with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

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A holiday club adventure day for kids aged 5 – 12 with The Outdoors Project. Includes Winter woodland adventure games, tracking, bug hunts, den building and animal homes discovery and as always, lots of messy, muddy fun!

Come and get involved and dress for mess!

LEGO Day at Zion, Bedminster Down

There are TWO LEGO days at Zion on the 9th and 10th February from 10am – 12 noon. The events are suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages welcome, Duplo is available for little ones.

Bring your kids along for a morning of imaginative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups, all LEGO supplied! Café open all day for refreshments.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • £2 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down BS13 7JW
  • More details

Holiday Family Fun at M Shed

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Explore M Shed’s fabulous collections and exhibitions through creative and hands-on activities. Suitable for children aged 3 – 10.

Half-term fun at Windmill Hill City Farm

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Woodland fire and bread making session with the Ape Project. Suitable for children aged 4+.

  • 11am – 3pm
  • Suggested donation £2 per child
  • More details

’50 Things’ Campfire Pancake Day: Leigh Woods

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Warm up round the campfire and cook up some tasty treats for us and the woodland birds.

See who can flip the perfect pancake and cook up and get creative to dress the trees with edible delights for the birds at Leigh Woods to help them through the last of winter.

  •  Drop-in anytime between 10am – 1pm (2pm finish)
  • Tickets must be booked in advance online or by phone on 0844 249 1895
  • More details

Family Nature Trail: Dyrham Park, National Trust

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Explore the park through exciting activities on a guided discovery trail.

  • 11am – 12pm
  • Normal admission charge applies
  • More details

Mysterious Monsters: Tyntesfield, National Trust

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A hands-on drop-in. Create clay monsters inspired by Tyntesfield’s mysterious stone sculptures.

February Forest Funday: Arnos Vale Cemetery

Explore, make and play in the in the winter wonderland woods. Kids will have fun building dens, making a pea shooter and a catapult plus a warming fire with a drink and snack. For ages 7+.

Storytelling at Brunel’s ss Great Britain

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Go on a fun-filled journey of discovery with resident storyteller Sarah Mooney as she takes you on an adventure into the magnificent mind of Brunel. No need to book.

  • Choice of 3 sessions: 12 noon, 1pm or 2pm
  • Included in price of admission to ss Great Britain
  • More details

Petal Power at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A chance to get children’s creative juices flowing with some petal power activities including joining in with a giant flower collage, flower pot decorating, a petal power bug trail, plus animal talks and feeds throughout the day.

  • Open every day in half-term
  • Children can enter zoo for £5 with a full-paying adult
  • More details

Room To Play – Every Which Way But Loose! at Children’s Scrapstore Bristol

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A stay and play session for children and their adults. Today kids can enjoy including scrap modelling, messy play and unexpected art attacks. Children lead the session and their adults join in, with play workers on hand to facilitate.

WEDNESDAY

A Day At The Circus with The Outdoors Project: Greenbank

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A holiday club adventure day for kids aged 5 – 12 with The Outdoors Project. Includes happy hula hooping, Diablo, Poi, Unicycles, Pedal races, stilt walking, juggling and general Circus madness at this Indoor Circus Studio!

Plus outdoor adventure games, knot tying and Bivouac building workshops.

LEGO Day at Zion, Bedminster Down

There are TWO LEGO days at Zion on the 9th and 10th February from 10am – 12 noon. The events are suitable for children aged 4+ but all ages welcome, Duplo is available for little ones.

Bring your kids along for a morning of imaginative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups, all LEGO supplied! Café open all day for refreshments.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • £2 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down BS13 7JW
  • More details

Victorian Valentines at Blaise Castle House Museum

Paper lace and poems, flowers and cupids – get inspired by the beautiful early examples of Victorian Valentines cards in the museum collections and make some of your own too.

  • 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • FREE – donations welcome
  • More details

Half-term fun at Windmill Hill City Farm

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Mud play in the Wildlife area. Suitable for children of all ages.

Love Learning Week – Make a Date to Illustrate: Junction 3 Library, Easton

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Whether you’re Michelangelo with a pencil or more of a lunchtime doodler, come along and have fun learning to draw and illustrate with local artist Joff. All ages and abilities welcome.

All spaces are limited – please contact the library to book your place.

Kite Making Workshop: Tyntesfield

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Head to the Sawmill to join master kite maker, Nick to craft a fine flying machine and then head off around the estate, up up and away!

  • Various timeslots available; 11am – 12pm / 12 – 1pm /1 – 2pm / 2 – 3pm
  • Booking essential
  • £3 to make a kite (includes all materials), plus National Trust admission fee
  • More details

Severn Stories: Storytelling for Families at Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Mud, salt and marsh, fairies, fossils, ferries and Bob Dylan, beached whales and warhorses are all a part of the River Severn’s story.  Listen to stories with storyteller Michael Loader and help create new ones using fascinating objects from his story bag.   Free.  Under 8s must accompanied

Petal Power at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A chance to get children’s creative juices flowing with some petal power activities including joining in with a giant flower collage, flower pot decorating, a petal power bug trail, plus animal talks and feeds throughout the day.

  • Open every day in half-term
  • Children can enter zoo for £5 with a full-paying adult
  • More details

.THURSDAY

Bush Craft Survival Day with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

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A holiday club adventure day for children aged 5 – 12 years run by The Outdoors Project. Try out the ancient method of creating fire using bow drills, flint and steels and a mushroom! Whittling, marshmallows, hot chocolate, shelter building and Tribal Castaway survival games.

GO SKETCH ‘3D Pictures’ workshop – Westbury on Trym Village Hall

2meter-JPgAn arty GO SKETCH workshop for kids aged 7+ to explore texture with local artist Stephanie Tudor! Children will be learning how to create a 3D picture of a cityscape (or your own idea) using a range of materials and techniques. Every child will take home a mixed media piece of art.

GO SKETCH workshop: ‘Drawing with Light’ – Westbury on Trym Village Hall

2meter-JPgAn arty GO SKETCH workshop for children aged 9+ where they can create their own light pictures with local artist Ella Bryant! Using photographic materials together with collected objects and drawings, they will be printing images using an ancient and magical photographic printing process called Van Dyke printing to create their own beautiful sepia images.

Half-term havoc with The Story Cellar at Bristol Old Vic

Story CellarBecome a story collector and join The Story Cellar team on a secret mission at Bristol Old Vic this half-term to save the world from a dastardly villain and stop stories from disappearing forever.

But what happens in this story is your choice as you delve into jars filled with characters, places and feelings to create a different tale every time.

For children aged 3+.

  • Date: Thurs 11th Feb
  • Times: Choice of two workshops: 12.30pm or 1.15pm
  • Venue: Bristol Old Vic
  • Cost: Only £4 a ticket (free for adults)
  • Book tickets at www.thebristololdvic.org.uk or call 0117 987 7877
  • NB also free arts and craft activities with Scrapstore when you get there!

Half-term fun at Windmill Hill City Farm

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Pizza Making sessions in the Outdoor Kitchen. Drop-in session for children aged 4+.

Bird box bonanza (Children’s holiday event for 8 – 12 year olds)

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At this time of year birds are setting up home on the Downs. Through a fun morning of games and activities discover more about birds and their nests. In the afternoon make a nest box to take home for your feathered friends.

  • Drop off children at 10am and pick them up at 3.30pm
  • £15.00 per child (includes a nest box kit)
  • Children will need to bring their own packed lunch
  • At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs
  • Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 9030609 or e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

Holiday Family Fun at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Explore the museum’s fabulous collections and exhibitions through creative and hands-on activities. Suitable for children aged 3 – 10.

Family Den building Workshops: Leigh Woods

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Come to Leigh Woods and learn to make a fantastic Den out of materials found on the Woodland floor. An experienced instructor will teach you every thing your family needs to know to make a cosy woodland dwelling.

Storytelling at Brunel’s ss Great Britain

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Go on a fun-filled journey of discovery with resident storyteller Sarah Mooney as she takes you on an adventure into the magnificent mind of Brunel. No need to book.

  • Choice of 3 sessions: 12 noon, 1pm or 2pm
  • Included in price of admission to ss Great Britain
  • More details

Petal Power at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A chance to get children’s creative juices flowing with some petal power activities including joining in with a giant flower collage, flower pot decorating, a petal power bug trail, plus animal talks and feeds throughout the day.

  • Open every day in half-term
  • Children can enter zoo for £5 with a full-paying adult
  • More details

FRIDAY

Base Invasion Nerf Mega Mayhem Day with The Outdoors Project: St Andrew’s Park

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A holiday club adventure day with The Outdoors Project for kids aged 5 – 12. Elite Nerf Sessions – zombie apocalypse & base invasion and capture the flag – targets range, hunger games and woodland adventure games session.

GO SKETCH workshop: ‘Drawing Dragons’ – Westbury on Trym Village Hall

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An arty GO SKETCH workshop for kids aged 6+ where they will explore the mystical world of dragons this half term! Children will be learning how to draw Japanese dragons and how to paint a dragon in one stoke (based on the ancient art of Hitofude Ryuu).

GO SKETCH workshop: Watercolour Animals – Westbury on Trym Village Hall

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An arty GO SKETCH workshop for children aged 6+ to explore the artwork of local artist Rosie Webb to create their own animals using watercolour techniques. Discover the colourful art of local Bristol artist Rosie Webb who uses watercolour techniques to paint a variety of animals. Children will be learning how to use watercolours to paint their own funny animals!

Half-term havoc with The Story Cellar at Bristol Old Vic

Story CellarBecome a story collector and join The Story Cellar team on a secret mission at Bristol Old Vic this half-term to save the world from a dastardly villain and stop stories from disappearing forever.

But what happens in this story is your choice as you delve into jars filled with characters, places and feelings to create a different tale every time.

For children aged 3+.

  • Date: Fri 12th Feb
  • Times: Choice of two workshops: 12pm or 12.45pm
  • Venue: Bristol Old Vic
  • Cost: Only £4 a ticket (free for adults)
  • Book tickets at www.thebristololdvic.org.uk or call 0117 987 7877
  • Get a special deal if you book for the performance of Albee Vector too.
  • NB also free arts and craft activities with Scrapstore when you get there!

Kids’ Movie Morning at The Greenway Centre, Southmead

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Free fun for children including a movie, popcorn, biscuit making and more, plus free sandwiches after the film.

  • 10am
  • FREE
  • Contact 0117  950 3335

Family Woodland Survival Day: Leigh Woods

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A fun packed day of activities for all the family to enjoy in Leigh Woods, including fire lighting, cooking on an open fire and den building. This event is suitable for 5 – 16 year olds.

  • 10.30am – 3pm
  • Booking essential, via the Leigh Woods’ website / booking line 0844 2491895
  • Adults £14, Children £12
  • More details

Winter Wander – Nature Walk for Kids: Arnos Vale Cemetery

Talk a lovely winter wander in the woods, have a go a building a minibeast home, create some woodland art and have fun in the outdoors.

Suitable for young children up to about 8

Petal Power at Bristol Zoo Gardens

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A chance to get children’s creative juices flowing with some petal power activities including joining in with a giant flower collage, flower pot decorating, a petal power bug trail, plus animal talks and feeds throughout the day.

  • Open every day in half-term
  • Children can enter zoo for £5 with a full-paying adult
  • More details
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