From puddle jumping championships, to detective super sleuthing, wildlife encounters and thrilling theatre shows, there's tons of family-friendly activities to get stuck into during February half-term in Bristol.

Rats, Tales & Trails at Brunel's SS Great Britain (16-24 Feb)

Discover the life of a ship rat in a range of family-friendly activities aboard  Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Delve into the deepest nooks and crannies of the ship and search for six squeaky stowaways in the Hide & Squeak trail whilst wearing your own decorated rat mask - just keep and eye out for the ship's cat! 

Then settle down on the Promenade Deck to hear Rat's Tales of rodent mischief on board. With hilarious hijinks and laugh out loud moments, these stories are taken from diaries and accounts by the real passengers and crew that travelled on the SS Great Britain.

For those feeling brave you can pet a real-life rat and discover more about these fascinating animals in a 20-minute Rodent Roadshow workshop. Also Climb the rigging with ‘Go Aloft!’ for a breath-taking view of Bristol Harbourside.

All of this whilst getting a glimpse into the mind of Brunel and experience the sounds and smells of this spectacular ship.

February Half Term at SS Great Britain

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Make astounding discoveries at We The Curious

Half term activities at We The Curious include fun workshops, explosive shows and space adventures in the UK’s first 3D Planetarium. An invitation to meet and make robots, and look at how we might grow food in the future in the Futuristic Farm as well as all the usual thrilling interactive exhibits.

Journey through time at Aerospace Bristol (16-24 Feb)

Get to grips with the principles of flight through hands-on activities, discover the fascinating stories behind some of the exhibits with a special ‘Spotlight’ talk and step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde to be built and fly. With lots of activities to keep the whole family entertained, get ready to blast off on a journey through time with Aerospace Bristol.

Aerospace

Image -Aerospace Bristol

Become a Zoo Detective at Bristol Zoo Gardens (16 Feb -3 March)

Become a Zoo Detective and use your sleuthing skills to discover clues and solve a special 'Zoodunnit – the mystery of the crickets. As you uncover the truth, you’ll also be able to see animals from an amazing range of viewpoints - penguins and seals in the immersive underwater walkway, gorillas in the 180 degree view gorilla house and two-toed sloths in the Twilight World, plus tons more!

Make Wild Discoveries at Wild Place Project (16 Feb – 3 Mar)

‘Tis the season for squelching through mud, jumping over roots and splashing through puddles! So grab your wellies and follow the footprints to complete the Wild Discoveries Trail, tantalise your toes on the Barefoot Trail and scramble, slide and clamber around the indoor Fun Fort or brave the Leap of Faith high adventure course.

Wild Place Project February half term

Image - Wild Place Project

Discover something new at Bristol's museums

Be inspired by captivating images of the natural world at the world-famous exhibition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (October to March). Pop into Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to see Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (2 February – 2 May 2019) featuring 12 of the artist’s drawings.

Encounter Pirates and Mermaids at Bristol Aquarium (16 Feb – 3 March)

Learn more about the creatures that live in the seven seas on a Pirate treasure trail and meet fish-tailed maidens (on selected dates) who will be coming ashore to share photo opportunities and tales from life under the waves.

Pirates and Mermaids at Bristol Aquarium.

Image - Bristol Aquarium

Crafty Cathedral: Medieval Mayhem at Bristol Cathedral (20 Feb)

Explore Bristol Cathedral with the Wonderful Windows or Robin Route trails and get creative with Medieval Mayhem-themed arts and crafts from 10am-12pm on 20 February. Best suited for under 11s. 

All aboard at Avon Valley Railway (16-24 Feb)

Heritage diesel locomotives will be running at Avon Valley Railway daily from 16-24 February (except Monday and Friday). Travel back in time as you chug along the three miles of track through beautiful scenery.

Image - Avon Valley Railway

Woo at the Zoo at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm (14 Feb-2 Mar)

Follow the heart trail around Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm to discover fun facts about the animals and ways to help their conservation. Coo over baby lion cubs, a baby zebra and flock of ostrich chick and visit the big zoo animals before letting kids run wild in the giant indoor soft play area.

South West Puddle Jumping Championships at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (16-24 Feb)

Get ready to splash, splosh and splish the craziest splash possible at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre's Wellyboot Land. Judges will be looking for the biggest splash, and most enthusiastic, stylish jumpers. Share your splashes at #puddlejumping

Puddle jumping championships - february half term

Image - WWT Slimbridge

See baby lambs at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park (16-24 Feb)

Flock to Avon Valley to see newborn lambs - there are twenty ewes ready to lamb twins and triplets every day in the indoor animal handling barn. The lambing team will be giving talks throughout the day about the lambing process plus lots of super sheep facts. You’ll even have the chance to name them - it's going to be baaaa-rilliant! Children can also meet animals of all shapes and sizes, including Highland cattle, Shetland ponies, goats, pigs and donkeys, hop on a mini train or tractor ride, or go wild in the large indoor play barn.

Warm up with tea making at Tyntesfield (18-22 Feb)

Try your hand at making herbal tea and Victorian pomander at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield and learn all about the amazing properties of herbs. The estate also provides the perfect opportunity for children to tick off a few ‘must-do’ activities from the National Trust’s ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’.

Tyntesfield - feb half term

Image - Tyntesfield, credit John Millar

Discover hidden meanings in the trees at Westonbirt (18-22 Feb)

Discover hidden meanings within Westonbirt's trees and make a willow heart with your own special message at The National Arboretum learning centre. Seek out the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood, follow the new Zog activity trail (based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book about a loveable, clumsy dragon) or clamber up to the crow’s nest on the treetop walkway to view the woodland from a bird’s eye view.

Zog activity trail westonbirt

Image - Westonbirt

Get sketching at Junior Drawing School at the RWA 

Join Bristol-based artist and regular RWA Scribble & Sketch tutor, Abigail Reed, to explore, express and enjoy making marks with feeling (20 Feb). This creative drawing workshop is inspired by the RWA Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism exhibition currently on show. Aimed at ages 7+.

Alongside the exhibition of Collaborative Painting at RWA (5 – 28 Feb), artist and curator Luke Palmer will facilitate this workshop for families (20 Feb) to create unpredictable, liberating and expressive artworks by painting together.

The Detective Project: CSI Kids at Arnos Vale (20 Feb)

Ex-police detective Jenny Williams will be training up another team of 8-12 year olds in crime scene investigation! Kids get to keep their CSI suit at the end as well as some new detective skills.

Arnos Vale february half term

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery

Family theatre:

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids at Redgrave Theatre (16 Feb)

SK Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who first found critical acclaim aged 18 when he began touring with the award-winning multinational hip hop group Foreign Beggars, and was named the "Harry Potter of beatboxing" by BBC Radio 1's Tim Westwood. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music.

Nick Sharratt's Right Royal Drawalong at Redgrave Theatre (18 Feb)

Join this much-loved children's writer and illustrator (his books include You Choose, Shark in the Park and Pants) in a family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages. He'll be showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures and giving loads of top tips.

The Star Seekers at the Wardrobe Theatre (16-22 Feb)

Take part in an interactive show that explores the grandeur of galaxies, the solar system, shooting stars and planets through songs, silliness and anti-gravity antics. Suitable for ages 3-8 years

Tom Gates Live on stage! at Bristol Hippdrome (20-23 Feb)

This fast-paced family show is based on the hugely popular children’s books series of the same name. The producers behind the Olivier award-nominated Gangsta Granny and the celebrated Horrible Histories stage shows have teamed up with acclaimed author and illustrator Liz Pichon to create a brand new story exclusively for the stage. 

The Singing Mermaid at Bristol Old Vic (22-24 Feb)

Through beautiful puppetry and performance, Little Angel Theatre bring Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ enormously popular story, The Singing Mermaid, to life at Bristol Old Vic.

Singing mermaid - february half term

Image - The Singing Mermaid

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Junior Drawing School - Expressive Mark-making and Emotion at The RWA
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