Fill your half term holiday planner with JLife’s guide to family fun.
A Page Turner
100-mile-an-hour dogs, seasick pirates and demon vacuum cleaners; where else could these characters spring from but the quirky imagination of the hugely popular best-selling children’s author, Jeremy Strong?
On 16th February, go along to Carriageworks Theatre where a fun-filled entertainment session awaits. The English writer – who’s credited with authoring over 100 children’s books, including Romans on the Rampage, My Brother’s Famous Bottom and The Cartoon Kid – will delve into his own childhood adventures, as well as the inspiration behind his work.
Even more excitement well ensue once the event has drawn to a close, with there being an opportunity to meet Jeremy and get one of his books signed.
This half term, whether you want to bring out the best of budding scientists or curb the complaints of bored youngsters, the National Media Museum is ideal.
Situated in the heart of Bradford, the educational spot will be brimming with extraordinary experiments and disgusting discoveries.
Create your own sight-shifting spectacles, discover microscopic monsters, and get up close and personal with bulging eyeballs. As well as that, visitors have the chance to meet ghastly special guests, uncover the truth about terrible technology, and explore the shocking science behind some of the museum’s collections during the fun family trail.
The mind-bending events will attract even the more reluctant.
Reach for the Stars
For an adventure like no other into space this half term, there’s no better location for take-off then Eureka.
To celebrate the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake’s, momentous mission, the children’s museum has teamed up with science centres from across the UK. Join the crew and find out about the science behind launching a mission to the International Space Station courtesy of the hands-on season for families.
Among the array of activities available are the Destination Space family weekends in which you’ll have the chance to explore what life is like for the entire space crew in the interactive show. With amazing demonstrations and supersonic experiments, including building rockets and testing out robotics, the awe-inspiring presentation will be out of this world!
At One with Nature
Featuring a woodland trail, endless fish, tons of terrapins, and brimming with butterflies as well as a stunning collection of luscious tropical plants from all over the world, the Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park is well worth a visit, whatever the weather.
The tropical oasis in Halifax has an abundance of offerings for family members of all ages, with the 10 small themed gardens providing both traditional and ultra-modern planting methods and designs, and the immaculate garden boasting an adventure play area.
Relax by the picnic tables and watch as your kids bask in the fun facilities.