Half Term is almost upon us. Oh joy. I’ll be working for most of it *gets out tiny violin* but if I weren’t singing for my supper and palming my kids off on grandparents we’d be spoilt for choice with things to do and places to go.
Memo Arts Centre, Barry / Cinememo / £3 – £3.50
The Memo have family screenings all week including Moana and Sing. They’ve got a Relaxed screening on Thursday 23rd February at 11am. “Relaxed” means these are designed to welcome people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, sensory or communication disorders or learning disabilities.
Barry Library / Code Club / Ages 9-11 / Free
Friday 24th February. 4pm – 5pm.
As usual, our Vale libraries have plenty of things going on including Code Club. Booking is essential so drop in or give them a call on 01446 422425. If your child has an idea for a game or an app but doesn’t know where to start then get them to go along and learn to code. While they’re in there you could browse the shelves or check out the Holocaust Memorial Day Exhibition in the Art Central Gallery. Or if you’re feeling less cultured, escape the building, pick up a few bargains at the shops and maybe a cheeky steak bake.
Communities First, Barry / Free
If you live in a Communities First area in Barry take a peak at their facebook page for details of activities going on.
Penarth Pier Pavilion / Space Day / Ages 4-11
A day of fascinating facts, brilliant experiments and out of this world activities for future astronauts and their families. The Planetarium and Mad Science Show sound awesome.
National Dance Company Wales at the Dance House, Wales Millennium Centre / Dance Days / Ages 7-18 / £15
Monday 20th February. 10am – 1pm (age 7-11) and 2pm – 6pm (12+)
My 8 year old has joined in with a couple of these and had a whale of a time. It’s basically a taster day for any level of dance experience.
If you have a child doing Dance Days but spare children left over you can either blow away the cobwebs with a stroll across the barrage or head around the corner to…
Wales Millennium Centre in the Glanfa Foyer / Create a Paper Garden / All ages / FREE! (just turn up on the day)
Monday 20th – Saturday 25th February. 11am – 4pm.
Sounds similar to days we’ve spent building model houses, gardens and shops in the huge foyer space in Wales Millennium Centre. Go along and help transform the Centre into a beautiful garden made from paper. It’s free (huzzah!) and indoors.
St Fagans National History Museum / Childhood themed Half Term Activities / Free – £2
Saturday 18th – Sunday 26th February. 12noon – 4pm.
An obligatory half term day out for me when I was growing up, I take my tribe for school holiday adventures. It’s free to get in, £5 for parking and we usually take a picnic and a flask to keep the costs down. Their extra activities (Make a Toy Craft Sessions, Playtime Toy Sessions and Victorian Childhood Guided Tours) this half term range from free to £2. Check their website for details of what’s on which day.
Bute Park Education Centre / Frog Themed Sessions / Age 3+ / Free
Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd February. 10:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm
Remember Barry the Frog? He was one of the unusual animals on the Castle walls during City of the Unexpected in the summer. You can take a selfie with him in Bute Park this half term and do some frog related model making, crafting, games and stories. You’ll need to accompany your child and all wear wellies. What’s not to love?! It’s free and froggy.
There are many parks and beaches in the Vale and beyond to explore for free but that’s a whole other post!
Let me know about anything I’ve missed out and I’ll try to shoehorn it in somehow.
My young humans would quite happily while away the whole week playing minecraft, building lego masterpieces or “decorating” everything in washi tape but I will drag them out by hook or by crook (when I’m not bringing home the bacon).