Six ways to keep the kids busy this February half-term

  • 8 February 2017

February half-term is nearly upon us. Luckily, there’s lots going on in museums and galleries all over the UK, whatever the weather.

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Half Term Fun

  • Watts Gallery

13 to 19 February 2017: Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is getting ready for an action-packed family fun week. Make animal sculptures, sew a tote bag, or be one of the first to explore Watts Studios with new family trails. Put your wellies on and get outside to explore the Artists' Village as it comes to life. Follow a winding footpath through woodland to discover the studios of celebrated artists G F and Mary Watts. Step back in time to where Watts worked on his huge masterpieces.


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Monkeying Around: Dance and Movement Workshops

  • National Museum of Scotland

11 to 17 February 2017: Join National Museum of Scotland's primate party and take part in daily activities inspired by their Monkey Business exhibition. You will learn a range of monkey moves to help you cross different natural environments and make it to the once in a lifetime Primate Dance! Follow the music and watch out for those pesky human primate cousins.


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Lightship Crafts

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum

19 February 2017: The Liverpool Pilots help to sail ships safely into the River Mersey. Join the hands-on workshop to create your own lightship which marks the entrance to the river! This event is part of the In safe hands: Liverpool Pilots exhibition and our Half term and In safe hands event series.


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Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

  • Horniman Museum and Gardens

13 - 17 February 2017: Discover the collections that make the Horniman Museum so special. Touch, see, smell and hear real things, from African masks to spice jars, from pueblo drums to sharks jaws. Take part in a series of challenges that could have you trying on clothes, playing music, drawing and exploring objects related to our holiday theme. Sessions are led by the Horniman team and special guests from all over the world. 


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Exploring Identity: South African Art

  • British Museum

16 February 2017: Listen to music and stories from South Africa, create your own paper house to add to the museum's unique city and explore family objects in the exhibition with a variety of art activities. On Friday 17 February, there will be a special family takeover day with storytelling and music in the exhibition.


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Plaster Sculpture

  • The Lightbox

16 February 2017: Learn how to create amazing abstract sculptures using Plaster of Paris. You will visit the Henry Moore exhibition and discover how he was inspired by natural forms such as stones, shells and bones. Then have fun experimenting with plaster and how it can be squashed and moulded to make your own beautiful sculpture to take home.


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