Family Friendly Half Term Activities - February 2018

Happy half term! We know that you need a break but you can also make sure that there’s fun for the whole family with these low cost (and some free!) activities in Kent this half term. Whether you’ve got little ones, or not so little ones, there’s something that the whole family can enjoy during your 9 days of freedom!

Maidstone Museum – Half Term Activities

Maidstone Museum is providing creative workshops that have an animal theme this half term, from Tuesday 13th February to Friday 16th February. There are multiple sessions every day, so this could be just a small part of a family shopping trip to Maidstone Town Centre! (Shopping sounds good to us!)

Guildhall Museum, Rochester – Half Term Craft Activities and Workshop with artist, Wendy Daws

The Rochester Guildhall is one of the finest 17th-century civic buildings in Kent. Admission to the museum is free, but this half term they have added a variety of activities! On Monday 12th February through to Friday 16th February, there are family craft activities available which focus around the museum’s many collections. On Wednesday 14th February there is a drop-in session with artist Wendy Daws. The activities range from 80p, to £2 per child and they will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Betteshanger Park, Deal

If 250 acres of mountain bike trails, outdoor play parks, archery, climbing, fossil hunting and locations for geocaching doesn’t sound fun to you… then it will to your children! During half term there is even a cycle club for children, where you can hire bikes and helmets; drinks are also included! The price is £30 per person, but for 5 hours of cycling, and an early night for the kids, it could be worth it!

Betteshanger geocaching routes are being freshly relaunched for February half-term, which is the perfect modern day treasure hunt! For £5 you can explore the park and use high-tech equipment too. Instead, you could always try it the old fashioned way with orienteering. There are 4 orienteering courses at Betteshanger Park and they are both a physical and mental challenge for the whole family to get involved in! What a great opportunity to teach the children how to use a compass and a map; which is always a good skill to have, no matter how useful Google Maps is.

The Historic Dockyard, Chatham – Secret Lab: Light Fantastic

This one is included in the price of your annual Historic Dockyard ticket if you visit regularly! All the way through half term there is a fun and interactive experience that teaches your children about different light inventions and facts, including how they are used. There are 4 different zones to this educational adventure  including a UV zone & splat zone – all including interactive learning!

Hop Farm, East Peckham, Tonbridge – Spring Half Term Fun

It’s only £1 per person for entry and it’s also a super fun time for the kids at The Hop Farm Family Park! Subject to weather, all the children’s attractions are open including rides, inflatables, indoor soft play, 4d cinema, driving school, animal farm and giant jumping pillows! If you would rather stay indoors, there is also face-painting, magic shows, party dances and so much more available! You can attend throughout half term as its open every day.

Dover Castle – The Fairytale Castle

The whole family can step in to real life fairy tales from 12th February to 16th February at Dover Castle. Spellbinding adventures are brought to life by fantastic storytelling; you will see a great mix of England’s past and different fairy tales in a way that ensures your children can have fun whilst learning. If you’re an English Heritage member, this one is free! Otherwise a family ticket will cost you £50.40 which includes entry to the entire site, and access to this event.

Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks – Winter Activity Pack

Take your family on an adventure for just the price of admission at Ightham Mote, Sevenoaks – an outstanding 14th-century moated manor house. There’s a trail around the Ightham Mote gardens, a discovery den to create art, natural play areas and more! Ightham Mote has an activity pack of 50 things to do over winter, and the admission price is just £15 per family! They also ask you to bring your sense of adventure and imagination… so make sure you get a good night’s sleep beforehand!

If you’re looking for a way to explore Kent on a budget this half-term there are things that the entire family can do for free, so make sure to take a look at these 11 things you can do in Kent whilst on a budget!

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