We can’t quite believe it, but the February break is almost upon us. How did that happen? Here are some suggestions to keep your little ones active, and having fun, whilst on holiday from school…
1. Seek the Hidden Hearts at Conifox
Feb 11 – 17
Why not visit Conifox during half-term break to take part in their “Seek the hidden hearts” trail. Cupid has lost 13 Hearts around Conifox Adventure Park and needs help to find them. Pick up your trail Pack from the Adventure Park Cabin and help Cupid spread the love this Valentine’s!!
Cost £1.50 (not included in park entry). Once you have found all the hidden hearts, hand in your completed booklet to claim your goodie bag. No booking required, can be purchased upon entry to the park.
2. Restoration Week at Palace of HolyroodHouse
Feb 11 – 17
Restoration Week: Charles II, James VII & II and Holyrood
Start your half term visit with our new multimedia guide where you will discover how Sir William Bruce redesigned the Palace for Charles II, then pop into the Family Room to dress up as a Stuart Monarch and enjoy craft activities.
Saturday February 9
Make a Masterpiece
Celebrate Restoration Week in The Queen’s Gallery where there will be an opportunity to ‘Make a Masterpiece’ with artist Gemma Coyle and see how Charles II used art to reinforce his position as king with our Art Spy activity.
3. Enjoy the Outdoors with Venturing Out
Your kids can enjoy fantastic activities during February 1/2 term holidays including search and rescue, trail cycle, rock climbing and bushcraft/survival skills. They are offered to children aged 8 to 14 years and are are delivered in partnership with East Lothian Council Outdoor Learning Service.
Activities cost £35 per person per day and are from 10am to 3pm.
4. First Tingles of Spring at Almond Valley
It might be chilly outside, but if you look carefully there are all sorts of signs that spring is on its way. After braving the spring spotter’s trail, have fun in the warmth of the museum, planting seeds, building nests, and joining in other crafts to prepare for the year to come.
5. Dalkeith Country Park Launch of the Sky Maze
Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February, 10am-4pm
Get ready for sky-high adventures! The weekend will mark the official opening of SKY MAZE, the new 5th element added to Fort Douglas adventure playground. Built around the historic trees in Fort Douglas, this new play space is designed to bring our playground of the past (perhaps you remember it) back to life. Adventurers young and old can enjoy the maze of twisting, turning walkways, treehouses, ramps, rope bridges, see-through walkways and HUGE slides! There are two slides to race each other on and adults can join in the fun too if they dare.
6. Be a Farmer’s Helper at Gorgie Farm
Looking for something fun to do in the holidays? Farmer’s Helpers is a holiday programme for young people aged 8-13 which runs on weekdays throughout the school holidays, 10am to 12.30pm. Farmer’s Helpers do real jobs across the farm such as gardening, mucking out stables, painting, feeding animals and grooming our goats. Being a Farmer’s Helper can be hard work but also lots of fun!
Book for just one session – or the whole week. £12 per session.
7. Learn to Ski at Midlothian Snowsports Centre
11 – 15 February
10am-12:30 or 2pm-4:30pm
Learn to ski or snowboard at Midlothian’s Snowsports Centre during the February week. With 2 main slopes, 3 nursery slopes, jump slope and range of freestyle features mean they’ve got something to satisfy every level of ability.
8. Get your Skates on at Murrayfield Ice Rink
Whether you can already ice skate, or are looking to learn, there is a session for everyone at Murrayfield Ice Rink. There are general skating sessions daily between 2pm and 4pm, disco skating on a Friday and Saturday, a tea time session on a Friday, and a family session on a Saturday. There is also an extra Tuesday session between 11.30am and 1.30pm during the school holidays at a slightly lower cost. They also run the Learn to Skate programme for all levels on a Sunday, with a general skate following the session.
9. Artsparks Sessions at Jupiter Artland
Friday 15 February 2019 – 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm
Littlesparks fans and friends can now enjoy outdoors art sessions throughout the holidays. Holiday Artsparks, for ages 3-5, are two hours sessions filled with fun art and craft activities and a lot of outdoor play in the wonderful Jupiter Artland. These sessions place the child at the centre of their learning, with leaders inspired by Montessori and Forest School methods, responding to each child interests.
Based in our Woodland Classroom and Garden, activities will be seasonally themed, giving the wee ones time both indoors and outdoors as well as enjoying messy art activities. Each session always includes stories, games, and activities inside and out of the classroom and is in response to the nature that surrounds us but also is inspired by the growing collection of Jupiter Artland sculptures hidden amongst the trees. Booking is essential.
Click HERE to discover more FAMILY FUN in our KOOLYST KIDS events calendar!