Are you stuck for something to do with the kids this February half-term in Bristol? Don’t despair, I’ve found 14 free and affordable family-friendly activities to keep boredom at bay.
1. Half term at Somerset Rural Life Museum – There’s a host of half term activities allowing the whole family to explore what life was like on the old Abbey Farm. There’s a tractor day on Weds 23 and arts and crafts on Thu 24..
2.February half term trains at Avon Valley Railway – Banish the blues by taking a trip on a steam train. Trips are running most days – check the website for exact times. On Fridays you can treat the family to fish and chips from £7.95.
3. Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. Monday – Friday: The farm will be hosting an interactive talk from 21-25 Feb at 11:30am inside the Ark Arena, followed by an opportunity to meet the animals.
4. Wild Animal Adventures at Wild Place Project. Discover exotic animals from around the world including giraffes, cheetahs and lemurs.
5. Scribble and Sketch – Faithspace, Prewett Street, Redcliffe, Bristol, BS1 6PB On Saturday Feb 19th Scribble and Sketch takes over Redcliffe where the whole family can enjoy getting crafty.
6 Glow in Grove Park – Glow in the Park is a free 5KM fun run for families and friends where participants can choose to dance, walk, jog or run. Taking over Grove Park in Weston between February 17 and 19 re will also be light installations and interactive activities.
7 The Matthew is free to visit when moored at the M Shed. People can hop on board and have a chat with the knowledgeable guides. Four-legged family members also welcome on the main deck.
8. Avon Valley Adventure Park – Not only can people watch lambing live this February half-term but they can also enjoy all the fun of the fair.
9. Let’s Make Art returns to Arnolfini this February half-term for free arts and crafts on Weds 23 and 24. Sessions run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm in the Light Studio and should be booked in advance.
10. Banksy Bristol Trail by Cactus Apps – The interactive map guides you around the remaining Banksy artworks in Bristol
11 Clifton Observatory is open Monday to Sunday from 10 ’til 5pm and costs £2.50 for a child under 14 to explore the Giant Cave and Camera Obscura.
12 Adventure Play Parks – Felix Rd, St Pauls, The Vench, The Big Hideout and Southmead Adventure Playgrounds are a great way to waste an afternoon where kids can play inside and outside. Check individual websites for opening times.
13. A walk in the woods. We love Arnos Vale, Nightingale Valley and Snuff Mills for a change of scenery to blow away the cobwebs.
14. The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. There’s now an outside play park at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway so families can enjoy an afternoon of shopping with outdoorsy fun for the kids after.
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