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This page was updated for February 2020 and will be updated nearer the time for 2021.
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.
The Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cardigan
Spend the day being at one with nature at the Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve. With multiple routes to explore, you can stretch your legs while looking for local wildlife in the river, forest, marshland and fields. There will be special events at the centre during half term including slate painting, clay modelling, a nature quiz trail and fun sessions where you can learn about animals.
Steam train rides
Many of our smaller train lines have special half term events for the whole family. Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is running a Winter Warmer event, where heated carriages take passengers from Llanfair Caereinion to Castle Caereinion and then back to the starting point for a cuppa in the cosy tearoom.
Meanwhile, Gwili Steam Railway is holding a ‘kids go free’ event through half term. Board at Bronwydd Arms for an 8-mile round trip to Llwyfan Cerrig station, which has a miniature railway and picnic spot nearby (if the weather holds!) All dates except the 22nd Feb will have steam trains.
Dylan’s Animals at The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea
Dedicated to the life and works of one of the best writers of the twentieth century, the Dylan Thomas Centre is a great place to find out about the man who was arguably Wales’ finest poetic export. Over half term there are family workshops, including crafts relating to the animals featured in Thomas’ work.
Dam Open Hour at Cwm Elan, Elan Valley
18 February 2020
The epic Pen y Garreg Dam has brought Elan Valley world recognition, but you rarely get the chance to go inside the feat of engineering. For a small fee, the rangers on site are giving the public exclusive access behind the scenes, guiding visitors around the dam and letting them climb the central tower to take in a bird’s eye view of the wall and water. Half of all proceeds will go to WaterAid.
Find more things to do nearby with our handy guide to Elan Valley
Time Travelling Heroes at The Royal Mint Experience, Llantrisant
18, 20, 22 Feb 2020
If your child likes dinosaurs, they’ll love this special event at The Royal Mint Experience. The aptly named tour guide Dinosaur Dean leads you to Dinosauria, where your quest is to read maps, fend off dinosaurs and rescue precious dinosaur eggs. It’s free if you already have a ticket to the Royal Mint Experience tour, or £5 without.
Arts and crafts at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre, Blaenavon
18-20 Feb 2020
Give your little ones a fun and fascinating history lesson at Blaenavon World Heritage Centre. Read displays, watch videos and walk through rooms of artefacts to learn all about the history of the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape. Then, take part in a variety of arts and crafts activities, from decorating a mug to making crafts on the theme of Earth Hour 2020.
Penrhyn Castle Dark Skies Festival, Bangor
20-23 Feb 2020
For four days and nights, the Penrhyn Castle Dark Skies Festival will celebrate Snowdonia’s status as an International Dark Skies Reserve. There’ll be special guided Dark Sky tours, talks about stars, planets and constellations, storytelling around a forest fire pit, planetarium sessions and more.
Rhyl 10 Mile, Rhyl
22 Feb 2020
Fancy testing your stamina or cheering on those who do? The Rhyl 10 Mile run is a flat course plotted through the town and along the North Wales coastline. The start time is 10am for full course participants, or there’s a fun run at 9.15am for all ages. All finishers get a medal.