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February half term Chester and Ellesmere Port: Things to Do in the area

A guide to keeping your child occupied during the half term holiday

February half term is almost upon us and parents will be thinking of ways to keep the kids occupied for the duration.

From Monday, February 15 until Friday, February 19, attractions are hosting events to keep children entertained whilst they are off school.

We’ve put together a guide of these events including prices, dates, times and all the information you need.

Free family friendly screening of My Neighbour Totoro at The Grosvenor Museum

My Neighbour Totoro

Monday, February 15 at 2pm for 86 minutes

Summary: The animated story of two young Japanese sisters and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan has become a cultural icon for it’s beautiful images and fantastical story. Come and fall in love with the wonderful, kind, huge Totoro and the amazing twelve-legged Catbus – normal buses will forever be dull in comparison.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No under 2s are permitted.

Booking is advised. You can book here

Be adventurous at this year’s WayWord Festival

There will be lots of fun and games for youngsters at this year's WayWord Festival in Chester

Between February 13-19, Chester Town Hall and libraries across the region will be awash with activities and events as authors, illustrators, TV stars, scientists, coders and even a beatboxer come together to make up the festival’s most interactive line-up ever.

An original World War II Enigma machine has joined the line-up and on Monday, February 15 festival goers are being given the rare opportunity to interact with a piece of World War II history.

Education Officer at Bletchley Park Tom Briggs will bring along an actual 1940s German Enigma machine and workshop participants will be able to see at first hand how the seemingly unbreakable Enigma code was cracked by Alan Turing and his team.

Tickets are generally £5 with under 12s free with every full price ticket.

You can see the full list of events here or you can phone 0845 741 7868. Alternatively, visit Chester Visitor Information Centre next to the Town Hall.

Free drop-in craft activities at The Grosvenor Museum

Kimono Peg Dolls

Tuesday, February 16 at 2-4pm

Decorate your own Japanese style tea cup, try some Japanese tea, and taste some traditional Japanese red bean paste treats

Thursday, February 18 at 2-4pm

Make your own kimono peg doll to take home and learn about traditional Japanese dress

Friday, February 19 at 2-4pm

Make your own Samurai helmet with antlers or a decorated Japanese style hair comb

Suggested donation is £1.50 for all events

Little Gymnastics holiday club at Upton High School

Upton-by-Chester High School

Monday, February 15 - Wednesday February 17

Ages five-11

£75 for all three days, £30 for a full day and £15 for half a day

Limited places available

Contact Ruth on 07903 339660 or e mail littlegymnasts1@gmail.com

Activity club at Sir John Deane’s Leisure Centre

Aimed at children aged six-14 years old

Participants will get the chance to enjoy the great facilities at Sir John Deane’s, under the guidance of fully qualified staff and assisted by the college’s own community sports leaders. With sports, activities and games planned – there’s something for everyone.

The club takes place during the day, with extra sessions available from 8am to 8.45am and 4pm to 6pm. Places may be booked for the full week, on a daily basis as required, or as a block of sessions. There is a discount available for weekly bookings.

For more details contact SJD Leisure Centre on 01606 810020 or visit www.sjd.ac.uk

Get creative at Chester Zoo

Javan green magpies (Image: Steve Rawlins)

Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19 at 12pm

Bird feed bonanza in the Joseph Banks Room

If you enjoy spotting wildlife in your garden, join the zoo ranger team and discover how to upcycle and make brilliant birdfeeders for local birdlife.

Each session lasts around an hour and is suitable for ages four and above.

Session is £5 excluding zoo admission

Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19 at 10.30am

Create a toad abode

If you have seen frogs or toads in your garden and would like to give them a handmade home, join the zoo ranger team and decorate your very own toad abode for your garden.

Session is £10 excluding zoo admission

Nature craft and den building at Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Monday, February 15 - Friday, February 19 at 10.30am-3.30pm

Enjoy some family fun with hands on craft activities and a chance to build your own den from amongst the vast woodland park

An additional £1 will be added on standard admission for every child.

Standard admission is £3.80 for children aged between five and 15 and £6.30 for adults.

Become a forest explorer at Delamere Forest

Delamere forest

Monday, February 15 at 10.00-11.30am and 12.30-2pm

Den building for younger children (aged three-five)

They’ll start off with a story, then build a mini den for a forest animal and finally they can have a go at building a bigger den for yourselves! Perfect for younger children as the dens they’ll build are smaller, using smaller, lighter sticks.

Cost is £6.20.

Tuesday, February 16 at 10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00-3.00pm

Winter survivial (over six years)

Learn how to survive in the depths of winter in a fun way!

Test your knowledge on staying warm and safe outdoors and learn how to build a warm, dry shelter, how to light a fire and how to make a hot drink. You will also learn how to find North so you can find your way home.

Cost is £8.20.

Wednesday, February 17 at 10.00am-2.30pm

Make your own bird feeder (over three years)

Celebrate National Bird Week and do your part to help the birds this winter. Make a pine cone bird feeder and a long lasting, wooden bird feeder to hang up in your garden. Drop in the education classroom any time between 10am and 2.30pm however booking is essential.

Cost is £5.20

Thursday, February 18 at 10.00am-3.00pm

Family Stone Age day

Learn about how people of the past lived in an ever changing landscape, when the world of human beings was new and intertwined with our environment. Join the real life Stone Age man, Talan, in full dress and character to learn all about the lives, tools & technology of our stone age ancestors. Work with your children at making rope, create Stone Age drawings, learn how to build a fire the Stone Age way, make Stone Age pottery to take home with you and enjoy the taste of food from the Stone Age cooked on the fire. Please bring a packed lunch to supplement the food cooked on the fire.

An adult ticket is £5.20 and a child's ticket is £15.20.

Embark on a voyage of discovery in Merseyside

Families invited to get on board for a fun-filled day out

Your children can let their imagination run wild with a voyage of discovery in Merseyside this half term by sailing the seas, exploring outer space and taking a journey back in time.

A ferry cruise, an inspirational journey through space at Spaceport and a look inside a World War Two submarine are all on offer for one price at the three popular Merseytravel attractions this February when booked online in advance.

Families can enjoy a packed and memorable day out with a Mersey Ferry river trip, a visit to Spaceport and the U-Boat Story – with a ticket for the three attractions costing just £34 per family, up to two adults and three children, when purchased in advance via Mersey Ferries website.

Imaginative half-term fun at Lion Salt Works Museum

Imaginative half-term fun at Lion Salt Museum

The museum will be holding two days of 'Love Bugs and Stained Glass Hearts' activity sessions for children.

The drop-in sessions are free of charge (although a donation of £1.50 is suggested) and will be held on Tuesday, February 16 and Wednesday, February 17 from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2.00-4.00pm.

To add your half term event to our guide, please email full details to cheshire.news@trinitymirror.com. Alternatively you can tweet us @ChesterChron or post to our Facebook page.

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