Half term rolls round once again, and with it comes the challenge of entertaining little ones! Here are some of our picks (you can also check out our other guides on fun things to do in Wales). We recommend you check ahead for all of the below, just in case the organisers change things or you need to book in advance.
National Museums Wales
Visit one of Wales' seven National Museums. Entry is free and there are plenty of things to see for all ages, no matter what the weather.
Take the opportunity to see Wriggle! and learn about the amazing world of worms at the National Waterfront Museum. Head to the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon and see the Firestarter exhibition.
Welsh Dark Skies Week
Enjoy a family day out at trip WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre. Visit the birds, including ducks, geese and flamingos.
Alternatively there are lots of nature-inspired activities you can do at home. There's a bunch of fun indoor and outdoor activities for families with a wetland theme - some highlights include making a Bewick's swan hat, creating a fantasy duck and going on a senses scavenger hunt, plus flamingo and dragonfly quizzes.
If you want to start getting the garden ready for spring time visitors of the animal and bird variety, there are also some great videos showing you how to make things like bird feeders, ponds or bug hotels.
The Silver Mountain Experience
Kindling’s Treasure Trail is a new attraction at the Silver Mountain Experience, in Aberystwyth. Children are challenged with finding treasure for a chance of winning a treat.
Other attractions include A Dragon’s Tale guided tour or journey back in time with A Miner’s Life guided tour. Above ground there's gem panning, the Woo Hoo Woods or have a go at digging for fossils.
Take a trip to one of the National Trust properties in Wales.
If you don't want to go far you enjoy fun activities at home. Get the children engaged with the natural world by playing sounds of nature bingo and if that whets their appetite, you won't be short of ideas if you check out their 50 things to do in your back garden.
Visit the National Trust February half term page to find out more.
The Royal Mint Experience
Go to The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South East Wales and learn about coin making. Watch coins being made and have a go at making your own. Visit the exhibitions or take a tour.
Alternatively enjoy a whole host of fun video games that you can play from the comfort of your own home. Join Paddington Bear at the Tower of London, train to be a knight or a spy, or take part in the Lego ® shadow puppet theatre workshop.
Find out more about other activities on their Mintlings page - full of ideas to keep the little ones busy!
Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Mid Wales is a great place to go for a fun but educational half term trip. There are craft activities taking place in CAT during the half term.
If you can't visit in person then take a look at CAT's family activities, which include how to build nest boxes and bird feeders (it's the perfect time to prepare your garden for spring!), ideas for hosting your own wildlife TV show, and lots of other arts, crafts, building and colouring.
Child friendly story trails in Cardiff
Award-winning writer Tamar Eluned Williams has created four bespoke story trails across Cardiff parks.
Take a stroll with your mobile device and discover the trails in Bute Park, Forest Farm, Cardiff Bay or Cefn Onn Park. The stories are accessible through QR codes and are available in Welsh and English.
Cook up a Welsh feast!
Spending some quality time cooking up a storm in the kitchen is a great way to spend a few hours during half term - and you get to sample some of our finest Welsh delights at the end! You could get ahead of the game for St David's Day celebrations by trying our Welsh cakes or bara brith recipes, or snuggle up to watch a film with a bowl of hot Welsh cawl.