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.
At the National Roman Legion Museum young people can experience what it was like to be a roman solider during Roman Army Week. They can join the Second Augustan Legion, learn to march and try on armour.
At the National Waterfront Museum there are balloon themed events during the half term week. The Bonkers Balloons Show offers fun for all the family, with balloons and mimes on 18 February (fee £2.50 for children, bookable event). Enjoy watching the film Up (U rating) on 19 February (free, drop in event). 3 cool things to make with a balloon is a free drop in event taking place from 20 to 23 February.
BBC Cymru Wales tours
Have your ever wondered how sound effects are added to your favourite podcasts? Or what it's like to read the news? Join our friendly guides for an exclusive behind-the-scenes award-winning tour of BBC Cymru Wales. Visit our state-of-the-art television and radio studios to discover the secrets of making a BBC programme and follow in the footsteps of some of Wales' famous faces. The BBC’s newest and most advanced broadcast centre at Cardiff’s Central Square has received a coveted Visit Wales gold award for the quality of its tours.
On your journey you will:
- Take a sneak peek at TV galleries and other broadcast facilities
- Visit one of the largest BBC newsrooms, packed with cutting-edge technology including augmented reality, virtual reality and robotic cameras
- Each walking tour will last approximately 90 minutes. As a live and working broadcast centre, no two tours are the same, so every visit will be unique.
Book tickets now at bbc.co.uk/tours
National Botanic Garden of Wales
Enjoy family garden walks, with the chance to discover incredible tropical plants in the world’s largest glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
Check out the British Bird of Prey Centre, housing over 20 native birds of prey and offering guests close encounters with hawks, falcons, kestrels, kites, buzzards and a golden eagle.
Amelia Trust Farm
Techniquest in Cardiff Bay provides great interactive family fun. As well as the 100+ exhibits on display, there are events to keep children entertained and educated.
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 at the Silver Mountain Experience, in Aberystwyth challenges children 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.
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!
South Wales Miners' Museum
Learn about the industrial past at South Wales Miners' Museum in Port Talbot. The museum is open all week except Monday. On Wednesday 22 February Glyndwr the miniature steam engine will be in action.
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.
Gnome trail, Raglan Castle
The castle gnomes are preparing for spring at Raglan Castle. Find these mini eco-warriors on the Gnome Trail and become a mini eco-warrior too.
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.