Here’s your guide to free and cheap things to do with the kids this half term in Bristol. Have we missed anything? Feel free to let us know about any other free and cheap events and don’t forget to follow the Broke in Bristol Facebook page to never miss an update.
Free. Sat Feb 10 to Tue Feb 20. It’s time to book your little ones into one of My Pet Pals workshops run by Pets at Home. These workshops teach children how to care for animals and also include fun activities to keep the little ones occupied.
Free. Sat Feb 10. Big Screen Bristol and We The Curious are hosting free outdoor screenings of the Six Nations at Millennium Square. The England v Wales game starts at 4:45pm or there’s Ireland v Italy at 2:15pm. On Sunday February 11, it’s Scotland v France at 3:00pm. Wrap up warm and get there early if you want a seat!
Free. Sat Feb 10. At Junction 3 Library you can join Children’s Scrapstore where kids can make a memory box and explore the theme of memories in this Making Memories event from 1 ’til 4pm.
£3 (under 16 free). Sat Feb 10. The South West Vegan Festival takes over The Passenger Shed from 10:30 ‘til 5pm and it’s just £3 a ticket. You can expect over 100 stalls serving homemade food, healthy drinks and quirky clothes and accessories. You can choose from early, late or VIP tickets by clicking here.
Free. Sat Feb 10 & Sun Feb 11. This is St George’s first ever arts trail so head on down to the park or surrounding streets and businesses from 11 ‘til 5pm for loads of family fun. Pick up a map from St George’s Community Centre or follow the green balloons!
Free. Sat Feb 10. Bag yourself a bargain at Concrete Jungyals Jumble Sale at The Elephant House in BS3 and raise money for charity. The Concrete Jungyals are keen to encourage Bristolians to recycle their old clothes so if you want to donate get in touch with them beforehand rather than bringing your unwanted garments along on the day.
Free. Feb 10. Bristol Family Arts and The Architecture Centre are calling all grandparents and grandchildren and asking them to choose their hero at this free family event. Maybe your hero is an olympic athlete, film star, historic explorer or pop star – whoever it may be – can you model their dream house? Click here for more details.
10 to 25 Feb. One child goes free with every paying adult this half term to Bristol Zoo Gardens, saving a family of four £18! As well as hanging out with the animals, the whole family can get put their detective skills to the test in Zoodunnit? Use your skills to discover clues, solve mysteries and crack codes, but please be aware this deal is only available online here.
10 to 18 Feb. If you’re in north Bristol, you could always hang out with the animals at the Wild Place Project where children get in for £5 this February half term. Kids can have a go at outsmarting the rangers and cracking riddles and completing the orienteering course.
Free. 12 to 16 Feb. Now that Little Miss Diva is getting a bit older, I’ll be taking her along to this art and fashion exhibition inspired by the Biba style of swinging London in the 60s and 70s and influenced by Art Nouveau at The Island.
Free. Tue 13 Feb. Story: Sing: Make, 2 ’til 4pm. Join St George’s at Junction 3 Library for an afternoon of storytelling, singing, arts and crafts.
Free. Tue 13 Feb. Valentine’s Creativity Day at Creative Workspace, BS13. Drop into this free event between 11 and 3pm where you can meet professional animator Dan Templeton from 11 ‘til 1 or 2 ‘til 3. Make a special gift or make music with Dandelion Music.
Pay what you think. Wed 14 Feb, 10:30am. Older children may like to come along on this historical three mile walk through Windmill Hill. Discover how Bedminster evolved from a rural Somerset town to a bustling industrial suburb and the impact this has had on public health. Meet at the M Shed.
Free. Wed 14 Feb. Join Children’s Scrapstore to creatively explore the theme of memories. Make a memory box, collage your favourite memories and create some new ones at Making Memories from 1 to 4pm
Free. Thu 15 Feb. Take your little ones along to this free event at Yate Shopping Centre to meet Skye and Rubble from Paw Patrol under the events canopy at Yate Shopping Centre. You can meet and greet these characters at intervals between 12:30 and 3:30. Story Time sessions at 11:30 & 16:00.
Free, donation welcome Thu 15 Feb. The entire family can show off their dance moves at Clubbing at the Crypt at St John on the Wall where a professional DJ will be spinning tunes from the 1950’s to the present day. You’ll need to put on sensible dancing shoes as it’s a historic building with some uneven flooring near the entrance and also be aware that there will be strobe lighting. Drop in from 11:00am ‘til 3:00pm.
Pay what you think. Thu 15 Feb. If you have children that are under 11 take them along to Crafty Cathedral at Bristol Cathedral between 10:00 and 12 noon for a couple of hours of creative crafts.
Free. Fri 16 Feb. Heroines and Heroes will be taking over Junction 3 Library from 1 ’til 4pm, hosted by Architecture Centre and The Churches Conservation Trust.
Free. Sat 17 Feb. Celebrate the start of Chinese New Year at Wai Yee Hong from 11am where visitors will be treated to lion dance and Kung fu performances from Yi Quin Lion dance troupe as well as a slot from X Factor finalist Tita Lou.
Pay what you think.Until Feb 18. Pilosaurus. Kids can come face to face with a Jurassic beast – an eight metre long Pliosaurus called Doris. This exhibition at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is deal for children from aged 3 to 11 years old.
Free, donations welcome, until Feb 18. There’s something going on most days at Felix Road Adventure Playground including dance workshops and Chinese New Year activities and you can even drop the kids off if they’re aged 8 and older. It’s also worth seeing what’s going on at Bristol’s other adventure playgrounds in Lockleaze, St Pauls and Southmead.
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