February Half Term activities for children in Devon
Place a big firm focus on fun this February and March, and before you know it spring will be on its way. Mix up some winter welly walks with some sandy strolls on the beach and conjure up a whole lot of fun at home with some simple science and craft activities.
Forest Schools are particularly popular at this time of year, partly due to the opportunities they provide to reacquaint children with nature. Plus, if we’re lucky enough to receive a small smattering of snow, the chance for fun times escalates greatly.
Find out more about some of the great activities and events happening in the area right here…
Welly and Waterproofs Walks
As we creep out of winter, the daylight hours may be getting longer but it can be a struggle to entice ourselves outdoors when it is oh-so cosy indoors sometimes. Yet, there are so many big puddles to splash in, animal tracks to follow and mini adventures to be had.
So, pull on a brightly-coloured pair of wellington boots, grab a waterproof coat and get splishing and sploshing on a wonderful winter walk – you might like to try one of these local walks:
5 Best Beach Walks for Kids
Winter weather can be incredibly invigorating, and the senses will be stirred even more so at one of the many beaches in the area. Wrap up warm, steer clear of stormy conditions and enjoy the quiet stretches of beach at this time of year…
Woolacombe – the big, wide golden stretches at Woolacombe give children the freedom to run wild, splash in the sea, and carve patterns and pictures into the wet sand.
Westward Ho! – at low tide, this vast beach exposes an expanse of sand enabling ample opportunities to play games, fly kites and run around. Children can chalk pictures onto some of the big pebbles and the rockpools are simply great fun to hunt for creepy critters.
Exmouth – the dunes may have disappeared, but the dynamics of this beach now give visitors more chance to elongate their walks around the headland towards Sandy Bay, where there’s plenty of rockpools to explore.
Seaton – children will love looking out to sea at the fishing boats and big tankers from this long pebbly beach overlooking Lyme Bay. There’s an added bonus of its close proximity to Seaton Jurassic, where they can learn about the 185 million year coastline in more detail.
Wembury – the easy level walks on the surrounding coast path are great for mini hikes for short legs, and of course, Wembury is renowned for being one of the best places in the country for rock pooling.
Simple Science at Home
Turn your home into a science lab with fun educational experiments for the children:
Make Rubber Band Cannons
Build a rubber band powered cannon from a crisp tin and a drinks bottle and use it to explore projectile motion and conservation of energy. Experiment with materials to build the best catapult possible, then use the slingshot to investigate how things fly through the air.
Make a good mixture for blowing soap bubbles, learn why bubbles are always round and find out how to make giant bubbles with a couple of wooden spoons and some string.
For information and videos on how to conduct these experiments see www.rigb.org/families/experimental/
Family Activities in the Heart of Devon[LS1]
Watch your littles one’s imagination run wild on an activity break at The Manor & Ashbury Hotels. Offering over 70 engaging workshops - from Junior Archery to Decoupage, Swimming to Pottery Transfers, and Junior Tennis to Teddy Creations. On offer are personalised activity programmes which encourage families to come together through teamwork, problem-solving and creativity, all delivered by experienced tutors with a child-led approach. With workshops, tuition, meals and accommodation included in the price, the Manor & Ashbury Hotels’ tick every box.
For more information, call 0800 781 9712.
Half-term fun at The Donkey Sanctuary
Explore everything The Donkey Sanctuary has to offer this February half term, including the entertaining new Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail. In this head-to-head game, find the giant Top Trumps cards located around the sanctuary and reveal which donkey comes out on top to win a prize! Plus with talks and tours, scenic walks, engaging exhibits, award-winning gardens, and, of course, hundreds of adorable donkeys, there’s so much to explore with your own herd, whatever the weather. Open daily from 9am, with FREE entry and parking. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Visiting Exeter’s Underground Passages
Find out what lies beneath the city’s streets at Exeter's most unusual attraction. Visit the heritage centre and then begin your guided tour throughout the mysterious underground passages. Exciting events are held throughout the year, including spooky Halloween Tours, Easter Egg Hunts, Beneath the Blitz Tours, talks and exhibitions. A visit to Exeter’s Underground Passages includes a 10 minute film presentation, a 25 minute tour underground and an opportunity to explore the exhibition. Pre-booking is advisable, especially during school holiday periods.
Fantasy February at Becky Falls
Join Becky Falls for Fantasy February this half-term and make a magic wand to take home. Flotsam the Fool will at the opening weekend! Have a go at circus skills and watch the wonderful stilt walking fantasy creatures, not forgetting the children’s stamp trail, explorer backpacks, and regular Animal Shows and Meet the Keeper sessions. There really is something for everyone at Becky Falls. All shows and activities are included in the entrance fee.
For more see www.beckyfalls.com/ or call 01647 22159.
February Half Term Fun at Pennywell Farm
Get 9 days for the price of 1 at Pennywell Farm this February Half Term, reopening on Saturday 15th February. Buy a day admission ticket and you’ll get a return ticket, valid until 23rd Feb to use as many times as you like. See and bottle feed the lambs and goat kids, race the ferrets, cuddle the piglets – there’s a new activity every half hour! There will be two big shows in the theatre every afternoon and Noah’s barn has acres of space to picnic and play and there’s plenty undercover in bad weather.
For more, see www.pennywellfarm.co.uk
Crealy welcomes wrestlers direct from the USA this half term
This half term join Crealy for their ‘Super Slam Wrestling’ event for a groundbreaking family show that will determine who is the true king of the ring. With three shows daily from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st February, The Super Slam show will feature different bouts with various wrestlers as well as special crowd interactions and refreshments. Tickets only £12 when you book online and in advance for an unforgettable experience.
Find out more here: www.crealy.co.uk/events
Woodlands are calling for all Super Heroes and Princesses!
At only £7.50pp during the Winter Fun season Woodlands is amazing value for the whole family! This February half term they are open daily from the 15th – 23rd. Get your costumes at the ready, all children over 92cms dressed up as either a superhero or princess will get a FREE* return ticket! Don’t forget to join in with their live entertainment show days. *T&C’s apply.
Visit www.woodlandspark.com for full details.
No Excuse for Boredom this Half Term at Pennywell
Half Term Adventures for all the family with Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust
At Occombe Farm, Paignton this February half term you can try to guess who lives in the dens and nests on the nature trail, only by looking at their tails, on the Tails on the Trail Adventure. Get your kids cooking up some warming winter recipes in the cookery school and help feed the animals. There’s a spotter trail at Cockington too to uncover all the beautiful heritage features, sights and sounds!
Find out more here: www.countryside-trust.org.uk
Spring has sprung – celebrate with the University of Exeter
The University of Exeter’s third Spring Community Day takes place on Saturday 28th March, on the Streatham Campus. All are welcome to the free family-fun day between 10.30am and 2.30pm. Come along to see world-class scientists demonstrating wacky experiments; get involved in music-making; try a new sport; get your glow on with UV Zumba; enjoy giant inflatables; and meet a genuine robot. There will also be loads of stands, activities, games, face painting and street food.
Find out more: www.exeter.ac.uk/communityday/