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Things to do during February half-term

February half term can be full of family fun

We've had a look around the district (and beyond) to come up with a few ideas for you to try this February half term that won't break the bank.

Number 1

Spend a day in a museum

There are lots of events happening in Bradford museums across the district.

The 50 Things team are going to be running fun activities on different days at different venues throughout the week.

At Cliffe Castle in Keighley, you could hop on the Bradford Stories Bus and read a book on Tuesday; learn how to play musical stones on Friday; and grab a free tree for your garden on Saturday!

At Bolling Hall on Thursday, explore space and make a sundial with a local historic astrologer or see a theatre in a box for magical story telling sessions; or hop on the Stories Bus.

At Cartwright Hall Gallery, create portraits of local inventors out of light on Wednesday; get involved in a printing activity on Thursday; or take on a family challenge to see who can build the biggest chimney on Friday!

At Bradford Industrial Museum, make a (Jowett) car on Saturday; wreck some tech and make some art on Tuesday with artist Scott Chaney; create images of iconic Bradford on Wednesday; or get your hands wrinkly on Friday with a visit to the 1940s on wash day.

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Number 2

Get on a train

Steam-powered half term happiness – what’s not to like? From 11th to 19th February, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has plenty to keep you busy, whatever the weather. Turn up on the day and buy your tickets or pre-book online at least 3 days in advance and save 15% on day rover tickets.

You can hop on and off at each of the six stations on the line as you wish with your day rover tickets. Enjoy the Exhibition Shed displaying vintage coaches and historic engines and visit the Carriage Works Museum to see one of the finest collections of restored railway carriages.

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Number 3

Take a trip into space

Blast off this half term at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. Join the astronaut training programme and explore the wonders of space travel; create your own rocket; make your own mission patch and find out what happens to bodies in space.

You can book free tickets for a quiet hour on Tuesday 14 February 16.00 to 17.00 and a BSL interpreter will be available all Tuesday afternoon.

Admission is free to the museum but you need to book your free museum admission tickets. Book now.

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Number 4

Take a trip somewhere new

Use your maxcard to visit somewhere new and get a discount on the cost of your entry. Close to Bradford, you could take on the 21 climbing challenges at Clip ‘n’ Climb in Ilkley; get your hands-on the 400+ interactive and multi-sensory exhibits at Eureka in Halifax; (laser) blast your family in a multi-level arena at LaserZone Leeds; or relax while young ones play in the safe, comfortable play facilities where children of all ages, with or without disabilities can interact at the Play Centre in Dewsbury.

Find out more at the maxcard website.

Number 5

Check out a book

Story and Rhyme Times are taking place in libraries across the district, along with lots of craft sessions, vegetable planning, word games and making fun bugs sessions.

Check out what's happening at your local library here.

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Number 6

Earn a Blue Peter badge

Get creative with your foster children this half term and help them earn a Blue Peter badge. Get free entry to over 200 free days out for children and young people aged between 6 and 16.

Blue Peter badges are awarded for sending in interesting letters, stories, arts and craft, recipes, pictures, poems, good ideas for the programme.

Plus there’s an Amazing Author Competition running until 8th March that gives children the chance to become an amazing author by writing their own short story or poem of 400 words or less.

More details can be found on the Blue Peter website HERE.

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Interested in becoming a foster carer in Bradford?

We are an inclusive fostering agency work with foster carers from across the Bradford district and would love you to join our friendly team. Download an information pack and learn more about fostering today.

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