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Ten things to do with the kids this half-term in Suffolk

If the thought of having to fill a whole wintry week with fun things for the kids to do fills you with panic, don't worry! We have compiled a list of ten activities to keep your little ones entertained. Piglets at Jimmy's Farm (c) Alex Healing
Piglets at Jimmy's Farm (c) Alex Healing

Take a trip to Africa (without leaving the county)

Shake your tail feather at Africa Alive! in Kessingland near Lowestoft and learn about how animals find their mate and other fun facts during half term week.

Each child gets in free with a paying adult.

Follow the quiz trail at Nowton Park

Head for Nowton Park near Bury St Edmunds between Saturday, 11th and Sunday, 19th February to take part in the Wildlife Valentine Quiz Trail. There are prizes to be won!

Build stuff

Visit RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast and learn to build a nestbox. You get to take it home with you to attract birds into your own garden. A useful lesson for children on how to use a hammer and learn about wildlife at the same time. Children play at RSPB Minsmere (c) Eleanor Bentall
Children play at RSPB Minsmere (c) Eleanor Bentall

Cuddle a lamb

What's not to love about cuddling small animals? Children are encouraged to feed, pet and cuddle lambs, goats and rabbits at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm near Ipswich. There is even a den building area for those more inclined to adventure.

Head into the Wilderness

A half day workshop on Monday, 13th February at Brandon Country Park in Thetford Forest. Learn the rules of foraging for wild food and bushcraft survival skills. Brandon Country Park (c) Nick Ford
Brandon Country Park (c) Nick Ford

Learn about Dinosaurs

Do your children have burning questions about dinosaurs they need answers to? Then head to the Apex on Tuesday, 14th February for an interactive show with Ben Garrod (the TV scientist in 'Attenborough's Giant Dinosaur') to get them answered.

Go ape

Swing through the treetops at Go Ape in Thetford Forest. Let the kids release their inner Tarzan on high swings and zip wires and don't forget, from Easter they will be able to whizz around the forest on their very own segway safari. 


Girl on high wire Go Ape
Go Ape at Thetford Forest (c) Go Ape

Meet a Woolly Mammoth

Pick a rainy day and visit the Ipswich Museum to see a life-sized model of a woolly mammoth and other animals, a vast collection of fossils, insects, reptiles and many other fascinating objects.

Learn some wizadry

Enter the magical laboratory at Moyse's Hall in Bury St Edmunds over the Wizarding Weekend to learn a few tricks.

What will you be doing this half term?

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