Need some inspiration on what to do with the kids this February half-term in Oxfordshire?
Well, look no further. We’re pulling together an exciting list of events and things to do that everyone can enjoy - whether their toddlers or teenagers or somewhere in between.
There’s lots to keep little ones busy at home or in your local area this February half-term in Oxfordshire. Discover ideas for things to do outdoors and indoors if the weather turns.
Savour the sights, sounds and smells of steam; take unlimited rides behind the oldest working Engine No. 1340 ‘Trojan’ and the Guest Engine No. 2678 ‘Knowle’ who is visiting from the Kent and East Sussex Railway; explore the spacious undercover areas of the Engine Shed, Carriage Display, Victorian Broad Gauge Exhibition and Signalling Centre.
Children can get their inventor’s hat on at the Museum of Oxford for a fun interactive family show for ages 5 to 7 this half-term. Help Isobel answer some important questions: Does chocolate burn? Can you make an anchor out of polystyrene? Which material makes the best bouncy ball?
Adapted from the award-winning picture book by Chris Haughton, Oh No, George! is the delightfully playful tale of a dog who wants to be good but just can’t resist temptation. This brand new production for children aged 3+ (and their grown-ups) uses acrobatics, slapstick comedy, Sign Supported English and live music to bring George’s joyful escapades to life.
Join author Joseph Elliott as he discusses what led him to writing, the inspiration behind his books and how he juggles life as an actor and author. Joseph is the award-winning author of the Shadow Skye trilogy - the first fantasy series for children to feature a protagonist with Down’s syndrome.
This half-term, discover life in Anglo-Saxon Oxford with objects and craft at the Museum of Oxford in the Town Hall. Try on costumes, handle tools and wield weapons (both replica and original) to understand more about what life was like for people living all those years ago. This event is free. You are encouraged to book a timed ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.
Get lost in music with this brand new family-friendly Silent Story Disco! Are you a dastardly villain or super-duper hero? Dress up as your favourite hero or villain, select a specially curated soundtrack and enjoy a fun dance-filled hour of silliness, including games and a prize for the best costume.
Unearth new outdoor adventures
Whether it’s connecting with nature on your doorstep or visiting a nature reserve further down the road, get outside this February half-term in Oxfordshire, and try something new. With stunning landscapes across the county, you’re sure to find something or somewhere to thrill the entire family.
Visit a farmers’ market
There are many local farmers’ Markets across Oxfordshire, specialising in the best of local and seasonal food. And there’s more than just fresh, healthy food to be found. It can be a great place for them to grow their knowledge of food.
Try a family-friendly bake
Find a recipe to keep the whole family busy this February half-term. From tasty classics like lemon drizzle cake to quick and easy bakes like chocolate brownies, roll up your sleeves, you’re sure to find inspiration with our family-friendly bakes.
Enjoy an indoor picnic
Outdoor picnicking adventures might be out of the question for now, but nothing stops you from having a picnic in your own indoor space.
You don’t have to cook up a storm. A few tasty treats, something to drink, and a picnic blanket on the living room floor, or even on the bed, will go a long way in lifting spirits.
Pack all the food and drinks into a picnic basket complete with plates and utensils. Dashing in and out of the kitchen really defeats the purpose.
Find a favourite read
Get them reading and fuel their imagination this half-term with a great selection of books. From poetry to sticker books, our local bookshops are busting with books to keep adventurers of all ages well entertained for hours on rainy days.