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Top half term days out in Cardiff

With schools out for the half term holidays keeping the family occupied is a full time challenge. But with our list of half term activities finding the perfect day out for you and your family is a piece of cake.

The Mavron Quartet, The Gate Arts Centre

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Sculptures in Bute park

On Tuesday, theres a chance for young people to get their first taste of live music at the Gates Arts Centre. As part of a series of events to encourage children to take up music the Mavron Quartet is holding an interactive concert for families throughout the day.

Julia Donaldson, Bute Park Education Centre

Julia Donaldson, author of popular children’s book Stickman, will be in Bute park for a reading of her book on Wednesday. The reading is followed by search for sticks in the park so children can make their own Stickman with the help of centre staff.

Cardiff Spy Mission treasure trail

Children can go on a spy adventure with this guided walk around the bay. Taking about 2 to 2.5 hours to complete organisers  don’t recommend the walk for wheelchairs due to some uneven ground, but suitable for pushchairs and is mostly on the flat with some gentle ramps.

Boulders Climbing centre

A great spot to work off excess energy Boulders Climbing centre is offering a range of beginners  classes throughout the half term week. With experienced instructors  Boulders in safe environment for children to get their first taste of climbing.

All Weather Play, Parc Play Centre

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Play equipment at the Parc play centre

With indoor, outdoor and undercover play areas, the Parc Play centre is a weather-proof half term plan. Children can enjoy a whole range of obstacles climbing frames and while adults can shelter in the Cafe with a coffee & free wifi. Children aged 4 to 12 charged £5.50, adults have free entry.

Tropical Encounters, Cardiff Castle

Children can get close to a whole host of tropical animals  with a special nature show at Cardiff Castle on Tuesday. Tickets to the show cost £3 on top of the Castle’s usual entry fee.

Carnival Crafts, The Cardiff Story 

On Wednesday, The Cardiff story holds its carnival craft day letting children make their own carnival costumes packed with sequins and glitter. £1 per child entry.

Lego Workshops, Rumney Methodist Church

Budding engineers can make their own animatronic creations out Lego on Tuesday with experienced children’s company the Awesome Engineers.  The workshops aim to  get children and adults excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through building working. The sessions last 45 minutes, are suitable for children aged 6 to 12 and must be booked in advance.

I Spy… Nature, National Museum Cardiff

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Cardiff Museum

On top of the museum’s usual range of child-friendly exhibits, children can plant their own wild seeds at free workshops held through the day. Although free of charge the places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Home Sweet Home, Wales Millennium Centre

Taking over the Millennium centre throughout the February half term, Home Sweet Home sees visitors can choose their very own home from our local estate agent to build and decorate using the craft materials provided or just drop in to see the city take shape throughout the week. Only a limited number of cardboard houses are available – so come down and put your offer in as early as possible. To help new residents settle in, our community will have its very own town councillor and postman whilst a local radio station and noticeboard will keep you up to date with the local news and gossip. On the final night we’ll be holding a street party where residents can raise a glass and celebrate the formation of this unique community.


Home Sweet Home in the Wales Millennium Centre


The Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff Bay

The Doctor Who Experience is holding a host of activities for children on their half-term break. Children can race round a maze of Weeping Angels, find their Time Lord name and train their brains with a challenging Paternoster Puzzle Whodoku. On Tuesday and Thursday a caricaturist will be at the Experience so kids can take home a portrait of them as

This week  is also one of the last chance to see some of the props, set and costumes from the 2014 Christmas special ‘Last Christmas’ before new props from the show are introduced next month

And, as well as finding the Doctor Who Experience is home to some of the Doctor’s well known foes such as Daleks and Cybermen, don’t leave without exploring some of the props and costumes from the last series of Doctor Who featuring Peter Capaldi enabling you to get up close to Robot Hood and even a Skovok Blitzer!

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