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The UK has been having some awful weather of late and with February half term upon us, you could be forgiven for panicking a little about how to keep the kids entertained without subjecting them to the outdoors. That’s why here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve come up with a handy list of suggestions for indoor activities to try this half term.

Discover life under the sea at an aquarium


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Aquariums make fantastic days out for inquisitive children and are a great rainy day alternative to the zoo. Your children will jump at the chance to see the hundreds of brightly coloured fish, rays and crabs and with all of the educational and interactive exhibitions on offer, they’ll be kept occupied for hours. Try the Blue Planet Aquarium near Chester to experience one of the longest underwater tunnels in the world, where you’ll find one of Europe’s biggest collections of large sharks. Or how about The Deep in Hull, which is the world’s only submarium and home to over 3,500 fish. Here, children can take part in touchpool sessions where they will be able to see guides handle some of the smaller creatures on offer including starfish, crabs and sea urchins.

Learn through play at a children’s museum

Eureka! Museum, Halifax, Yorkshire

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Museums can often be dismissed as boring for children but did you know that there is a museum in Yorkshire dedicated to providing an entertaining, educational and interesting experience, just for children? Eureka! in Halifax, is an interactive children’s museum with a focus on learning through play. At Eureka! children will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of exhibits including ‘All About Me’, where kids can learn about how their bodies work and how to look after them; ‘Living and Working Together’, where they can play in a miniature town square and role-play the world of work in the square’s bank, post office and garage; and ‘SoundSpace’, a gallery dedicated to discovering the science of sound and music. Currently, Eureka! is also offering a free annual pass with the standard admission fee , which means that you can visit as many times as you want over the next 12 months for free!

Keep active with indoor sports activities

Climbing wall

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For more energetic kids, bad weather is the ultimate downer during half term; visions of playing football in fields and running about outside slowly slide down the drain, along with the rain water. But there are plenty of ways in which you can keep your kids active without braving the weather; how about taking them down to your local swimming pool? Or indoor play centres? Another great idea is to let your children loose on indoor climbing walls. There are hundreds of indoor climbing centres across the UK and many will be offering special sessions over half term, allowing children get a taster for climbing in a fun and safe environment.

Book a holiday cottage for February half term


Shepherd’s Hut, Dorset, Ref 5188

We still have some fantastic holiday cottages available for February half term so if you’re looking to get away with the kids then why not consider our range of affordable cottages. We have a dedicated team of holiday advisors on hand 7 days a week, waiting to help you plan your perfect half term holiday, so why not give them a call?

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