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February 2023 Half Term Events and Activities for Kids

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

Check out all the amazing activities and events going on in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire this half term.

Don't forget Light Night is taking place in the city centre on 3rd and 4th February too!

Parks and Outdoors

Wollaton Hall

Outdoor Snow White Trail

Price: £2 available at shops, cafés and Hall

Festival of Science & Curiosity

Date: Saturday 11th February

Time: 11 am – 3.30pm (last entry 2.30 pm)

FREE ENTRY to Wollaton Hall to see the Natural History Museum, plus science themed demonstrations in the Great Hall and talks in the Education room.

Event is open to all, though, designed especially for adults & children over 10 years old.

Rufford Abbey

Magical Garden Trail

Dates: 11 - 26 February

Times: 10.00am - 4.00pm Daily

Price: £2.50 per trail sheet (each trail sheet allows the holder one treat)

Our favourite magical creatures are back again with a few more surprises for you.

Put on your fairy wings and follow the trail around Rufford Abbey’s Magical Gardens and create your own adventure.

Let your imagination run wild at Rufford Abbey Country park this February half term .

Belvoir Castle

Spectacle of Light at Belvoir Castle

27th January – 19th February

Discover the magic of Belvoir Castle at night with a wonderful spectacle of lights and sound.

Sudbury Hall

For the first February half term since the launch of The Children's Country House, the team are excited to invite you all to FebFest . A celebration of waking up from Winter and getting ready for spring, expect music, dance, art, games and much more. Keep your eyes peeled as we announce our programme over the coming weeks.


Libraries and Leisure

Nottingham Libraries

Nikki Charlesworth presents: What Happened to You?

What Happened to You? follows Little Red, Noodles and Bo, three raggedy puppets, trying to enjoy their day...but there are so many busy bodies getting in their way!

Suitable for children aged 7+ and their families.

Library members: £3 | Non-library members: £6

Running Time: 40 minutes plus the chance to meet the puppets after the show

Performance Dates:

Beeston Library: Tuesday 14 February, 10.30am ** FULLY BOOKED **

West Bridgford Library: Tuesday 14 February, 3.30pm

Mansfield Central Library: Wednesday 15 February, 10.30am

Hucknall Library: Wednesday 15 February, 3.30pm

Newark library: Thursday 16 February, 10.30am

Southwell Library: Thursday 16 February, 3.30pm

Worksop Library: Friday 17 February, 10.30am

Retford Library: Friday 17 February, 3.30pm


Fabulous family theatre from Lakeside Arts during February half term.

Ages range: Suitable for ages 5+ years and families.

Running time: Approximately 50 minutes (no interval)

£3 | Non-library members: £6

Performance Dates:

Beeston Library: Saturday 11 February, performances at 11am and 2pm **Both Performances Fully Booked**

Mansfield Central Library: Monday 13 February, performances at 11am and 2pm

Worksop Library: Tuesday 14 February, performances at 11am and 2pm

Wednesday 15 February, Strelley Road Library. Shows at 11am and 2pm.

Thursday 16 February, the Dales Centre Library. Shows at 11am and 2pm

Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity Science Fun Days

11 February: Meadows Library 10am-2pm

Explore the world of science using microscopes to look at the world in more detail and modelling clay to create cells as well as learning about plant pathology, psychology and much much more!

13 February: Clifton Library 10am - 2pm

You will meet researchers and scientists from Quotient Sciences, discover the science behind plants and rocks, explore neuroscience & find out all about new medicines.

14 February: Strelley Road Library 10am-2pm

Explore the world of Neuroscience, find out what happens in a laboratory with Upperton Pharma, join in with Science busking activities, and take part in workshops exploring climate change.

15 February: St Ann’s Library 10am - 2pm

Explore the micro world of microscopy, learn about the lives of ectoparasites, meet researchers from Sygnature Discovery and find out all about psychology with researchers from the University of Nottingham.

16 February: Bilborough Library 10am - 2pm

Explore the fun in maths, learn about the lives of ectoparasites and meet scientists from local STEM company Catalent.

17 February: Dales Library 10am-2pm

You can explore the world of carbon capture, meet some scientists from local STEM company Catalent and have a go at making your own stopmotion animations.

Arnold Library - The Secrets Behind Forming Memories Friday 17 February, 10.30am and 12.30pm

Bilsthorpe Library - Slimes and Spells Saturday 11 February, 10am & 11am

Blidworth Library - Art Club: Science Session Saturday 11 February , 10.30am - 12pm *No need to book just drop in*

Burton Joyce Library - Fractal Fun Friday 17 February, 10am & 11am

Langold Library - Slimes and Spells Tuesday 14 February, 2pm & 3pm

Kirkby-in-Ashfield Library - SOLD OUT Wednesday 15 February, 12pm & 2pm

Mansfield Central Library - Science Fun Day Saturday 11 February, 10 - 2pm ⁕No need to book just drop in⁕

Retford Library - Fractal Fun Thursday 16 February, 10am & 11am

Sutton-in-Ashfield Library - SOLD OUT Monday 13 February, 1pm & 3pm

Woodthorpe Library - SOLD OUT Monday 13 February, 2pm & 4pm

Worksop Library - Playdough Circuits Thursday 16 February, 10am & 11am

Nottingham Ice Centre

Half Term at the National Ice Centre

11 - 19 February 2023

DISCO SESSIONS - Friday evening (7-9pm) and Saturday afternoon (2.30 – 4.30pm) as we play all the latest hits and our disco lights fill the rink!

THEMED PARENT & TOTS SKATES - Monday 13th, there’s an astronauts and aliens themed session and on Friday 17, the session is themed around dinosaur and fairies. Adults skate for just £5 at these sessions and children aged 5 and under skate for free!

INTENSIVE SKATING LESSONS - Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February

HOLIDAY CLUB - From Monday 13 – Friday 17 February, we’ve got a holiday club on for children aged 7 – 13. For just £35, children will enjoy fun activities and ice skating everyday. Lunch and snacks are also included!



Redhill Leisure Centre

Half price badminton

Monday 13-17 February, half price until 4.30pm daily

With a Gedling Leisure card sessions cost £5.55, £4.75 concessions or £3.45 juniors. Without a Gedling Leisure card, sessions cost £6.40.

Capoeira Fusion (Street Capoeira)

Thursday, 6-7pm (for ages 7-14. An adult must stay in the venue for under 8s)

£3.70 with a Gedling Leisure card (free for Xtreme DNA members).

Roller disco

Friday, 5-6.30pm (for ages 5 to 16. An adult must stay in the sports hall for under 8s). £3.70 with a Gedling Leisure card (free for Xtreme DNA members). Includes skate hire if needed.


Carlton Forum Leisure Centre

Swimming lesson 5 day crash course

Monday 13-17 February

Stage 4 – 9am, Stage 3 – 9.30am, Stage 2 – 10am, Stage 1 – 10.30am

£31 for 5 consecutive days (25 minutes per lesson)

Float Fun

Monday 13-17 February, 1.30-2.30pm each day

With a Gedling Leisure card sessions cost £4.90, £3.30 concessions or £3.10 juniors. Without a Gedling Leisure card, sessions cost £5.60.

Calverton Leisure Centre

Swimming lesson 5 day crash course

Monday 13 - Friday 17 February

Stage 1 – 9am, Stage 2 – 9.30am, Stage 3 – 10am, Stage 4+ – 10.30am

£31 for 5 consecutive days (25 minutes per lesson)

Family Swim

Tuesday 14 - Friday 17 February, 11.30-12.30pm

With a Gedling Leisure card sessions cost £4.90, £3.30 concessions or £3.10 juniors. Without a Gedling Leisure card, sessions cost £5.60.

Pool Inflatafun

Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 February, 1-2pm

Children under 8 and non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult (one to one) With a Gedling Leisure card sessions cost £4.90, £3.30 concessions or £3.10 juniors. Without a Gedling Leisure card, sessions cost £5.60.

Bouncy Castle Fun

Monday 13 - Friday 17 February , 10-11.30pm

For ages 0-13. All children must be supervised by an adult. £4.40


Indoor Play

Hocus Pocus

The Musical Mascots Team will be joining us for a mascot and disco event on Friday 17th February from 3.30pm to 6pm!!!! BLUEY, SKYE, STITCH, BABY SHARK, MARIO & YOSHI. £8.95 Entry only , £10.95 Meal deal , £1.95 Adults

Bean Block Café

Half Term Disco Party

Friday 10th February 5-6.30pm £12.50

Meet the Animals at BeanBlock

Monday 13th February £12.50

Party with Bluey

Tuesday 14th February £15.00

Becky Bops 0+

Friday 17th February 10am




Children’s Trail – ongoing drop in 16th Jan – 26th Feb.

Decorate your own storage box kids craft workshops Mon 13th Feb – Fri 24th Feb. Book individual time slot online


Kids' Personalised Canvas Painting Workshop - £5 - 15th and 18th Feb

Kids' Watercolour Doodle Art Painting -£5 - 16th and 18th Feb

Kids' Clay Pots - £5 - 17th and 18th Feb


LEGO® Friends at Smyths Toys!

LEGO® Fans get ready for a LEGO® Friends event at all Smyths Toys stores! This instore event will have amazing make and take demo's for all of our LEGO® lovers.

Sat, 18 Feb 9:00am While stocks last

Pets at Home

Our much loved My Pet Pals Winter workshops will be running in a Pets at Home store near you from 28th January until 12th March.

Kids will receive activity sheets, stickers and a certificate as well as meeting our amazing animals…all for free!

Four Seasons Mansfield


Wednesday 15th February 11am -3pm

Get creative this half-term and decorate a pebble to give to someone special - or leave for others to find!

Waterstones Nottingham – Second Floor

Saturday 11th February 2023 - Sunday 19th February 2023 09:00 - 18:30

Free and drop in

From a bear hunt to colour your own bear ears and various activity sheets there is entertainment available all day everyday! The first 30 children to complete the Bear Hunt will get a free kids hot chocolate from our café!

There will be picture book story times on: Sunday 12th and Sunday 19th at 10.30am and 2.30pm!

The Craft Workshop Ruddington

Craft workshops for children Feb 11th - 18th

11th - Valentines Canvas Hanging

13th - Printed Tea Towels

14th - Valentines Cards

15th - Spring Flower Wreaths

16th - Flower Pot Decorating

17th - Planet Wall Hangings

18th - Pom Pom Animals and Decorations

Museums and Galleries

Green’s Windmill

Festival of Science and Curiosity – Women in STEM

11th Feb 2023, 10am – 4pm

This fun and interactive day is suitable for all ages. It’s FREE to take part and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

As part of Nottingham’s Festival of Science and Curiosity join students from Nottingham Trent University’s Women in STEM group to learn about the stories of women in science and have a go at some exciting science activities.

Fruity Cupcake Baking

16th Feb 2023, 10.15am – 2.30pm

£4 per child. For ages 3+

BOOKING ESSENTIAL! We’re running six sessions at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm.

Festival of Science and Curiosity – Slimy Science

15th Feb 2023, 1pm – 4pm

17th Feb 2023, 10am – 4pm

This fun and interactive workshop is suitable for ages 3+. It’s FREE to take part and there’s no need to book, just turn up.

As part of Nottingham’s Festival of Science and Curiosity come and join scientists from Nottingham Trent University for ‘slimy science’, a drop-in workshop where you can learn how to make slime!

Biscuit Baking

18th Feb 2023, 10.15am – 2.30pm £4 per child. For ages 3+

BOOKING ESSENTIAL! Six sessions at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm.

Canalside Heritage Centre

School's Out Half Term Crafts

Join us on Tuesday 14th February and get creative this February Half Term with FREE children's craft activities. No need to book, drop-in session in the Weir View Room between 10.30am and 3pm.

Nottingham Heritage Vehicles Charity

Open Day 12th February

Mansfield Museum

Tuesday 14th February - Storytelling sessions this Valentine’s Day

Join local author Adrian Beeden for readings of his children’s book, Alfred in Space, and take part in drawing exercises linked to everyone’s favourite tortoise. Sessions run at 10.30am, 11.15am and 12pm.

Wednesday 15th February - Robotics Workshop (10am to 12pm or 1pm to 3pm) Places are FREE but must be booked in advance by emailing

Thursday 16 February – Lego day! Come along to the museum and build a space rocket or an astronaut.

Friday 17 February - A visit from Sherwood Observatory – meet the team and take part in star and space themed activities and experiments.

UoN Museum of Archaeology


SAT, 11 FEBRUARY 2023 11:00 - 16:00

Family drop-in event at the University of Nottingham Museum

Join the Creswell Crags Learning Team this February half term at the University of Nottingham Museum and get involved in learning about the Stone Age with fun and engaging art and archaeology activities!

Creswell Crags



Get the whole family involved in making a range of bird feeders this February Half Term! From 10am - 12:30pm & 1pm - 3pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday over Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's Half Term Holidays.



Our first family trail of the year is all about our little feathered friends!

Erewash Museum

The Big Dot Exhibition 2nd – 25th February 2023 10am-3.30pm

Inspired by Yayois Kusama's Obliteration Room at the Tate last summer, Erewash Museum is hosting its very own interactive sticker exhibition. Over the month of February visitors are invited to transform the Lally Gallery walls into a sea of colourful dots. No two days will be the sames, as more dots are added to the walls of the gallery, it will continue to grow and develop until finally at the end of the month the project will have been completed.


Nottingham Industrial Museum

Half Term STEM Activities FOSAC

11th and 12th February 11-3.30pm


Lakeside Arts

RISING SPRING Children’s Exhibition Saturday 28 January - Sunday 07 May Open Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm. Admission free. Suitable for all ages

Launching in the midst of winter, we welcome a new mini-installation from Makers of Imaginary Worlds. Rising Spring – Awakenings and Arrivals looks forward to longer days, the emergence of green shoots and new life awakening all of which signifies the imminent arrival of spring.

SUITCASE STORIES Thursday 16 February, 10am & 11.30am 10-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm

£5 (with one free adult place) Suitable for ages 4-6

One suitcase, one story, one idea and lots of imagination: let’s make up all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale! This is a magical adventure of story-making for little people and their families.

FOSAC CITY OF DREAMS Saturday 18 February 10-11am & 11.30am-12.30pm

£8 (with one free adult place) Suitable for families

Let us celebrate the world we would like to live in! Join this interactive session for the whole family and create your very own city by repurposing unwanted items.

FOSAC WORLD OF SCIENCE Tuesday 14 February, 10am-12noon £8

Suitable for ages 8-12

This interactive science workshop will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination, and inspire you to take part in the wonderful world of crazy science.


Nottingham Contemporary

February Half Term Family Activities 2023: Slo-mo and Go!

Tue 14 Feb – Thu 16 Feb, 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3 pm

It's time to dance, make and play, but not in the usual way.

Using our new exhibitions Charlotte Johannesson, Carolyn Lazard: Long Take and Rosalind Nashashibi: Hooks for inspiration, we slow down, we transform, and we repeat. Get ready to immerse yourself for a bodily experience of transformations.

The workshops are drop-in; however, we invite you to book a space for your session as spaces are limited.

New Art Exchange


11 FEB and 18 FEB AT 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM FREE

Kickstart your Saturday with these free drop-in creative workshops which make space for creative learning and lots of fun. Artist led activities, which change each session. A perfect chance to get creative as a family.


17 FEB AT 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM FREE

Fun-filled activities for children and families, designed to discover the positive aspects of the mind. Ages 4-7 (0-10 welcome)



Royal Concert Hall and Theatre Royal

Sing-a-Long-a Encanto

Tuesday 14 February 2023 1:00pm

Nottingham Playhouse

Crafting Workshop

(Ages 5-8) £7 Mon 13 Feb 10am-11am

(Ages 8-10) £7 Mon 13 Feb 11.30am-12.30pm

(Ages 10-13) £7 Mon 13 Feb 1.30pm-2.30pm

Come along and join professional artist Rachel Scanlon for this Spring themed making session, creating your very own ‘Mini Spring Garden’- little planted gardens in trays, using real seeds and soil, sprinkled lightly with water – which will eventually grow! You will then add in crafty home-made flowers, fences, houses, insects, and even people along with pebbles, feathers and more. Have loads of fun making, getting creative and maybe even a bit messy! Parents are required to stay during the session and are very welcome to join in.

Free Capoeira Workshop for Kids (Ages 6-13)

Tue 14 Feb 2pm

Capoeira is a Brazilian art form combining dance, music and martial arts in a fun yet challenging ‘game’.

This creative and interactive workshop is open to both complete beginners and young people who have practised capoeria before.

Half Term Fun Dance Workshop

(Ages 5-8) £7 Wed 15 Feb 10am – 11am

(Ages 9-11) £7 Wed 15 Feb 11.30am – 12.30pm

(Ages 11-13) £7 Wed 15 Feb 1pm-2pm

Come along to the Playhouse and join experienced dance teacher Naomi Moore for an hour of upbeat child-friendly music, warm up games, basic technique, and creative movement tasks in groups.

The session will be huge fun, a great chance to learn and grow your dance skills, and will conclude with a short 5-minute sharing for friends and family.

The World Famous Baby and Toddler Disco! (Ages 2-5years)

Thu 16 Feb 10am and 12pm

Yes, it’s a disco for tiny people! Equally enioyable for parents and children alike – come and dance, socialise, do some crafting, play games and sing along. The music is a brilliant mixture of children’s songs and music the grown-ups can enjoy too. It’s the best childrens party ever – including free books as prizes, a piece of fruit to take away AND free face painting!

Tickets: £7 per child (one adult free. Only one adult per child. Additional tickets will need to be purchased for any additional adults who would like to attend).

Play in a Day – Romeo and Juliet (Ages 8 – 13) £15

Thu 16 Feb, 10.30am – 4pm, Sharing at 3.30pm

One day - one play.

This ever popular half term experience is for young people who love to make theatre really quickly. Led once again by theatre-maker Evie Osbon, the children spend the day learning and creating a short, quirky, modern-language version of Romeo and Juliet, before showing their creation to parents and carers in a short informal sharing at 3.30pm.

Mansfield Palace Theatre

Ugly Duckling (Ballet)

Tues 21 February 2023 - 40 minutes (no interval)

Class Specials

Boots and Brambles Half Term Sessions

Baby Brambles 14th February 9-10am

Family Session 14th February 10.30-12

Woodland Warriors Holiday Club 15th February 10-3 (AGE 6+)

My Baby Spa Valentines Specials - Gamston Village Hall

17th February

Baby Spa Event £65 (1 adult 1 child) £75 (2 adults 1 child)

Toddler Spa Event £65 (1 adult 1 child) £75 (2 adults 1 child)

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