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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 active and entertained.
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Walking on the beach at Aldeburgh

Take a trip to Africa (without leaving the county)

At Africa Alive! you can walk, talk and squawk with over 80 species of animals. The kids will love seeing animals from around the world including the African lion, black and white lemurs, cheetahs and meekats.  There are enough activities to make a whole day of it, so pack plenty of warm clothes and get ready to go on safari in Suffolk!


Make a bug hotel at Clare Country Park

If your child loves the great outdoors, this event is for them.  They will be able to decorate their own bug hotel and fill it with all the lovely things that the creepy crawlies in their garden will love.  The bug hotel workshop is at Clare Castle Country Park where there is also a newly refurbished playground and cafe.

When - Wednesday 19th February - 10am - 12pm  

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Make a bug hotel

Follow the nature trail at Snape Maltings

From 15th February, a nature trail has been set out at Snape Maltings, the world famous music centre on the Suffolk Coast.  The location is idyllic, set within reeds and river that the whole family will enjoy discovering. The trails can be picked up from either Little Rascals or the Visitor Centre and once they have finished there's a chance to enter a free prize draw!  

Make the most of your time here and visit the award winning home and garden store along with the other independent food, fashion and gift shops.  Cafe 1885 is a good choice for some delicious bistro food or the Granary Tea Room for some yummy cakes and light lunches. 

Snape marshes in Suffolk (c) Visit England
Enjoy the idyllic setting of Snape Maltings

Complete the Ring Quest challenge at West Stow

The Lord of the Rings themed family challenge is back at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park this half term and promises to be bigger than ever!

Complete the Ring Quest and find the rings and runes to save Middle Earth! As well as the Ring Quest trail, there are the huge spiders of Mirkwood and a dragon guarding its treasure to see.

See the small exhibition on Ring Quest, visit the Hobbit Hole and Mirkwood, meet Halbarad the Ranger of the North, and try your hand at archery.

When - 15th - 23rd February

image of house at West StowInside one of the houses at West Stow (c) Richard Penn

First World War Activity and Discovery Day

Let your child learn about the First World War.  At Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, they will be able to discover, through the eyes of different cultures from across the globe, what soldiers would have eaten, explore letters, learn about the medicines, and get the opportunity to dress up as a child of the period.

When - Wednesday 18th February - all day.


Go to Astronaut Academy

A visit to the Astronaut Accademy in the Arc Shopping Centre in Bury St Edmunds will be having the kid's zooming into space!

They will be able to take part in space training sessions, dress up as astronauts and go on a mission to the moon before watching a 3D tour of the solar system inside a dome shaped planetarium.

If they complete their mission successfully, they will be rewarded with some real space food.

When - Monday, 17th Feb between 11am and 3pm.

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.

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

Meet a Woolly Mammoth

Ipswich Museum in the centre of Ipswich is a great place to visit, especially if it's a rainy day.  The life-sized model of a woolly mammoth is awesome and the kids will be fascinated with the vast collection of fossils, insects, reptiles and many other objects.
Ipswich Museum, Suffolk ©ShowCaptureMeet the woolly mammoth at Ipswich Museum.  Showcapture image.

be inspired at the Science Festival

Whether your children like Science, Maths, Computing and Engineering or not, the Suffolk Science Festival knows how to bring Science Alive and for families this is the place to be at the start of the February school half term.  This year's theme is 'Human Biology', so it's talking about all things human.

Held in over 4 locations in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, the kids will love being able to see Lunar rocks and making slime.  There will be talks from Lord Robert Winston who will be asking 'can science make you happy'.  

When - 18th - 24th February

See the Jungle Book in Felixstowe

Head to Felixstowe to see the Jungle Book swing into the Spa Pavillion.

This live performance follows the story of Mowgli a young boy who has been raised in the jungle by wolves.

The laugh a minute script with songs and dances for all ages is featuring brand new sparkling sets and glittering costumes to ensure you have a roarsome time!

When - Monday 17th February - 1pm

What will you be doing this half term?

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