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15 fun free days out for families this half-term!

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Half term is nearly here, and if you’ve got kids in school, you’re probably racking your brain trying to think of things to keep them busy. Well don’t worry, help is at hand. We’ve been chatting with Claire Skerrett, founder of Days out with kids, to get her top tips on keeping the kids entertained next week.

Days out with kids

At Days out with kids we believe in ‘family time’ and we aim to help busy parents on the go, find great things to do with their kids! We have over 4000 fun attractions listed on our easy to use website and app with lots more tips, ideas and reviews on our blog and Facebook page!

Looking for a free day out this half term? We’ve put together a selection fun attractions with no admission fee. If you’re looking for more ideas a bit closer to home, check out the Days Out With Kids website to find out what’s going on in your local area.

Tate Modern, London…

Tate modern with its ever changing exhibitions of modern art is the most visited art gallery in the world. From the moment you walk down the ramps into the Turbine Hall you will be dazzled by what you see. Throughout the year they have family activities planned, plus you can also pick up a family multimedia guide with fun and insightful information about the exhibitions.
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St Werburgh City Farm, Bristol

This green oasis in the city of Bristol has plenty to offer families on a day out with a community garden, adventure play areas, farmyard animals you can meet and tasty food in the café.
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Royal Armouries, Leeds

Inside this dramatic waterfront building you will find the home of Britain’s national collection of arms and armour, with an incredible 75,000 objects! Expect to see ancient weapons from many different cultures and learn about how they were used in the five themed galleries War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting. Throughout the half term week they have a range of family activities planned themed around Eastern Warriors.
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Science Museum, London

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The Science Museum is full of interactive exhibitions that explore themes such as space and technology. The areas are aimed at different age groups so use the planner online to see which exhibitions are best suited to your children. For example the brilliant Pattern Pod is aimed at five to eight year olds and looks at science in creative ways through sensory play.
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Manchester Art Gallery

If you’re after some culture as well as activities to entertain the kids this half term, visit this superb gallery. With a great selection of artwork for you to admire and artist-led workshops, there’s plenty to do.
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Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

In this museum you will see exhibitions that explore the story of Exeter and Devon from the prehistoric to the present. Plus there are exhibitions on global exploration and collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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Discovery Museum, Newcastle

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If your little ones are interested in the wonders of history, science and technology, be sure to take them to the Discovery Museum. You will find enthralling exhibitions such as Turbinia, the first steam powered turbine ship, plus collections of regimental militaria and costume.
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Northycote Farm and Country Park, Wolverhampton

Northycote Farm is a restored historic farmhouse where you can meet a selection of farmyard animals plus you can see a wide variety of wildlife that lives in the surrounding 90 acres of parkland.
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The British Museum, London

Inside the British Museum there are exhibitions that explore different aspects of art, culture and history. Highlights in the collections include the Rosetta Stone, Parthenan sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
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Oxford University Museum of National History

Wander around this fascinating museum to see Oxford Universities’ collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. Amongst the exhibits you can see the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo and the swifts in the tower. During half term they have arranged a variety of activities planned based on how both animals and humans makes themselves homes.
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National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

You can discover the interesting history of Scotland inside this museum. There are exhibitions showcasing subjects from the natural world, technology, art and much more. During February half term there’s a playful programme of activities about games so you will not be board (pun intended).
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National Roman Legion Museum, Newport

You will travel back in time to the era of the Romans when you walk into this museum. Discover interesting facts about the dominance of the Roman Empire and how life wouldn’t be the same without it. Also find out the important role that Wales played in the Roman Empire for 200 years.
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Tannaghmore Animal Farm, Craigavon, Northern Ireland

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Pay a visit to this farm during half term to explore all the farmland that surrounds the Georgian farmhouse. You will find tree and sculpture trails to follow and a range of farmyard animals to meet including rare Irish cattle, saddleback pigs, geese and hen.
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Church Farm, Ardeley, Hertfordshire

Church Farm offers not only a fun but educational day out for the whole family. Learn about life on an ecological farm which produces a range of meat, fruit and vegetables. You will have the opportunity to help feed some animals including piglets, sheep, lambs, cows and calves.
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Royal Armouries Fort Nelson, Fareham

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Located on Portsdown Hill this superb museum has a great collection of artillery along with breath-taking views of Portsmouth Harbour. You can explore the inside of the fort where you will find over 250 guns on display.
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