Keeping the family entertained this half-term

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Half term family time

With all the days seeming to blur into one, it may have passed you by that half-term is fast approaching. And while having the children at home and time out of the office has become the norm, with homeschooling taking a backseat for the next week or so - you might be looking for new ways to spend some quality time together as a family.

While we wish we could help whisk you off on that next adventure, for now we’ve come up with some ways to keep the smiles coming at home until travel is back on the cards.

At home events

Laptop Zoom call

Zoom seems to have become the newest addition to every household lately. From catching up with friends and family to getting those work meetings in. But when it comes to getting those much-loved half term activities in, online workshops and events are the place to be.

Have a minecraft-lover in the family? Derby QUAD are running their MinecraftLAB on 16th February to celebrate the anniversary of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's discovery. Experience the ancient pyramids from your own home!

Want to feed that curiosity? Every February, venues across Nottingham take part in the Festival of Science and Curiosity - a week long event which focuses on all things science, maths, technology and engineering. With a whole host of online events to get involved in from discovering undersea worlds to experiencing the feeling of space travel as well as a huge range of home activities to try with your household. Why not have a back garden scavenger hunt or do some fun home experiments? Find everything on the festival activities here

Lockdown hasn’t stopped Leicester Comedy Festival returning for it’s 28th year! A firm favourite in the East Midlands event calendar, this month-long festival is bringing the spirit and fun to your own screens. With performances from huge names from across the comedy circuit - we’re sure you’ll have the whole house in fits of giggles. And let’s be honest, we could all do with a laugh about now, couldn’t we? There’s even the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival to offer something a little more… appropriate.

Discover all the events taking place across the festival here

Getting creative

Getting creative at home

If you’re looking for some ideas to help your family get creative or learn something new, we’ve created our dedicated Community Activities page with a whole range of activities to try. From testing your young ones engineering knowledge to writing stories or relaxing with some colouring or sudoku. It’s all there to help you create a full and fun-packed half-term at home.

Find out about your next activity to try here

Don’t forget to send in your finished work or tag us on social so we can check out your brilliant creations!


Family exercise at home

Looking for ways to get your bundles of energy moving this half-term? We know it can be hard to keep the family moving without their usual activities, P.E and playtimes!

But with so many resources available to help families stay moving at home, we’re sure you can find new ways to stay moving and have fun.

Put those Christmas prezzies to the test. We’re sure many households have found themselves with new bikes, roller skates, scooters and skateboards. Now is the perfect time to put them all to good use! Maybe even Dad can have a go, too.

Active Nottingham have put together a whole range of free ideas to help the whole family burn off some steam. From the nation’s favourite Body Coach to children’s yoga. Find out about your next workout here


While we’re all yearning to explore new places, visit family and friends or perhaps enjoy a nice day shopping, we hope that we’ve shown that there are still so many ways to fill your half-term days with fun for the whole family and to suit every budget.

And don’t forget, if you’ve had a go at some of the activities and events we’ve talked about, then let us know! We’re always excited to see what you’ve been up to, so connect with us on social so we can check out your brilliant work.

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