Looking for inspiration to get out of the house and keep the kids occupied, whatever the weather, this half term? Then we’ve done the leg work for you, finding some of the best activities and events from across the region easily accessible on a Northern train, to make this half term one to remember.
These high-octane activities are sure to thrill even the most hard-to-please family members, bringing like-minded adrenaline junkies together and raising competitive spirits as you take on the challenge.
Getting your kids off the console can be tricky, but the Nerf Centre Liverpool offers the perfect solution. Take part in epic Nerf Wars with friends in a venue surrounded by fully padded crash-mat walls and flooring. Watch out for the obstacles and commando-roll your way through battle. Age 4+
Fancy a challenge this half term? Do you think you have what it takes to escape? With themes from Witchcraft and Wizardry to the creepy Cabin, get locked in a cryptic room with just 60 minutes to get out. See if you and your friends and family can solve the clues and get to the top of the leader board. Age 10+
Do you feel the need, the need for speed? Head down to the UK’s #1 indoor go-karting facility for fast and furious thrills. Give your kids and teens their first driving experience, with specially-designed Cadet Karts for kids, Mini Grand Prix race tournaments and more. Age 8+
Blast from the Past
With this selection of superb spots, you can sneakily keep the learning going without the kids even realising. Explore time gone by, discover fascinating facts and dive into historical wonders this half term.
As well as housing collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences all under one roof, you can take part in hands-on exhibits and games, including firing a Roman weapon and even climbing a life-sized section of Hadrian’s Wall. Once you’ve filled up on the history, take part in an enchanting Bubbleologist show – your little one will even get the chance to be put inside a real giant bubble.
Stroll around one of the finest examples of a Grade II listed Victorian parkland. Surround yourself in nature and get creative with the vast green space. Perfect for bike rides, football and a mischievous game of hide and seek. It’s a short 20 minute walk from Preston Train Station
Older children can enjoy a thrilling scare with immersive sets, notorious characters and 2000-year-old stories from York’s dark and twisted past. This extraordinary sensory walkthrough experience will leave a chill down your spine. Ages 8+
Acknowledge history and visit the only museum in the world dedicated to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. Learn about inspirational figures on the Black Achievers Wall or explore one of African’s many cultures in a replica of an Igbo family compound.
Be at one with nature in the city
You might need your wellies for this one!
Your mission – should you choose to accept it – is to deactivate evil genius Professor Killjoy’s plant-killing chemical device. Your self-guided spy mission begins at Fishergate in Preston city centre and will have you exploring the city for clues. Solve the clues and figure out the de-activation code before it’s too late…
Take a walk through this spectacular city jungle that is home to more than 2,500 plants from around the world. The Winter Gardens is one of the UK’s largest temperate glasshouses, situated right next door to the Peace Gardens with access to the Millennium Galleries, a perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Fancy a kick about, a dog walk, or a bike ride? Stanley Park is the perfect place to blow off steam in the holidays. Dubbed the perfect ‘family photo territory’, Stanley Park is a beautiful location with the award-winning Blackpool Model Village and gardens. Enjoy the park in style by hiring a boat to explore the lake and get close to nature.
Take it to new heights
Getting a little bored on the ground? Fancy a change of view? Hit new heights and see new sights with our exciting picks that will get you sky high.
Discover new heights at Blackpool Tower, where you and the kids can immerse yourself in stunning panoramic views, a super cool 4D cinema and a look down through a stomach-dropping glass floor.
Planet Bounce is the ultimate way to really get the kids active this half-term. How high can you jump? Defy gravity and enjoy this trampoline park with foam landing points, exciting ball games and more!
Step into a new universe
Ever wondered what the Earth looks like from space? Keen to uncover the secrets of the universe? Expand your mind at these incredible interactive space exhibits, centres and more with the family.
Offering fun virtual reality suitable for kids 9 and up, throw yourself into a new reality with cutting edge VR headsets, with experiences including wild rollercoaster rides, gun battles and survival tests. What’s more, they are multiplayer experiences, so all the family can enjoy it together.
A week-long festival for half term which celebrates all things science, technology, engineering and maths. Find the answers to all of the questions you have about science, this family-friendly event is situated across Nottingham – from Hyson Green, Meadows, St Anne’s, Aspley and Bulwell libraries.
A truly breath-taking and mesmerising encounter exclusive only to Newcastle’s very own Life Science Centre, this exhibition uses imagery captured by the NASA spacecraft. The centre also has a range of exhibitions at no extra fees - explore the planetarium, live theatre shows and a one-of-a-kind 4D Motion Ride. Family tickets start from £28.00.
Four ways to bring your favourite stories to life
Ignite your kids’ imaginations and bring the words of their favourite books to life with this selection of amazing literary experiences this half-term.
Step inside the set-design of a magical, mystical world filled with forests, miniature houses, dragons and other creatures from best-loved children’s author, Julia Donaldson, and Illustrator Axel Scheffler, with the UK’s first immersive exhibition of their wonderful work. This activity is perfect for children aged 0-8 years old and family, with tickets ranging between £3-£7.35.
A colourful and exciting exhibition that you and the little ones can truly enjoy. Step into the interactive world of Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David Mckee. Explore manuscripts, artwork and more this half-term. Seven Stories exciting new exhibit is for all the family.
Discover the life and work of Michael Morpurgo (author of War Horse) in this spectacular exhibition at the Leeds City Museum. Explore the imagination of story-telling with original manuscripts and interactive experiences that will take your imagination on a journey.
“Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW! It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” A family favourite by beloved author, Dr Seuss. The Cat in the Hat is playing for a limited time only at Everyman and Playhouse in the heart of Liverpool. Full of mischief, tongue-twisting rhymes and excitement, this is the perfect way to enjoy half-term with your family!