There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained this February half term in Bath. Check out our round-up of fun events and activities…
Roman Fun and Games
Visit the iconic Roman Baths this half term and discover a game that Roman children used to play. Kids can learn how to play Merels, or Nine Men’s Morris – a strategy board game dating back to the Roman Empire – and make their own set to take home, in morning and afternoon sessions from 17th to 21st February. There will also be a chance to see how the Romans dressed by trying on togas and tunics during the weekends, 15th to 16th and 22nd to 23rd February.
As always, Victoria Art Gallery have plenty in store this half term. Get artsy with their range of special materials and create pattern cats on 19th February, taking inspiration from the feline friends found in their Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition. Dazzling dancers are the name of the game on 22nd February – kids can make their own dancing figures using paper and card after looking at the exhibition’s show posters.
Take budding fashionistas to Fashion Museum Bath, down beneath the Assembly Rooms, on 18th February, where they can take a look at the fashion dolls in the museum’s Little and Large display, and then make and dress their own cardboard puppet people using felt and collage materials.
Starry Theatre Posters
Get creative at The Holburne Museum’s free family drop-in sessions on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February. Inspired by the portrait of Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge they currently have on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, children can create their own nineteenth-century-style theatre poster, with themselves in the starring role!
See a show with your little one and head to the egg, Theatre Royal Bath’s family-friendly venue. On 18th and 19th February, catch Luna: A Play About the Moon, a medley of storytelling, music, history and science, celebrating mankind’s fascination with the moon. From 21st to 22nd February, It’s Hot, It’s Not will explore the weather in all its forms in an exciting, lively physical performance.
Prior Park Landscape Garden has a range of fun half-term activities to enjoy. Go in search of the new season with a Spring Spotter or Tree Trail, and with the garden’s Dams Project underway, contractors are currently clearing vegetation – look out for diggers and large machinery. You can also take a peek inside Prior Park College’s grand mansion on Wednesday 19th February with an exclusive guided tour.
Bird-Themed Arts and Crafts
From one National Trust to another, children can try their hand at some creative crafts during half term at Dyrham Park. To encourage feathered friends to visit the garden, they’ll be able to make bird feeders and perches which can be taken home on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with crafts linking to Dyrham animals taking place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
East Asian Tales and Activities
Celebrate the Lunar New Year on 19th February at the Museum of East Asian Art, with an afternoon of storytelling and crafts inspired by rats. Join Jieun, their storyteller, who’ll regale folk tales of the cunning animals, and make finger puppets to take home. On 20th February kids will also be able to paint their own ceramic dishes after exploring the museum’s current China on a Plate exhibition and being inspired by colours and patterns.
Storytelling is back at The Edge for half term! Embark on an exciting seafaring adventure on 20th February – the interactive sessions, led by creative learning specialist Lizzy Cummins, are inspired by their Mariner exhibition and all things sea-themed. Get all the family involved on 22nd February with a fun drop-in takeover featuring informal activities – think crafts and activity sheets – centred around the exhibition.
Venture to beautiful Wells and the historic Bishop’s Palace and Gardens for a wealth of half-term fun. Get inspired by all things snowdrops and pancakes in their drop-in craft session on 18th February, or enjoy a range of nature’s treasures-themed experiences, such as wooden wreath-decorating and flower and foliage-drawing on 20th February.
Look to the sky and get inspired by the moon at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy from 15th to 23rd February. Children can make their own moon phases calendar and learn why it looks different each night.
A Lego Challenge
Head to the Museum of Bath Architecture and flex your construction creativity by getting stuck into a Lego Challenge. See what designs and builds you can come up with – can you create a building for entertainment? A cinema, theatre or sports ground?