What's On for Kids & Teens across North East England | February Half Term 2023

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What's On for Kids & Teens across North East England | February Half Term 2023

February Half Term seems to be split across two weeks this year with some of the North East breaking up on 10/2 and some on 17/11. This guide will try and cover both weeks. Do check when your school breaks up before booking anything and always check info with venues direct before heading out. 

This post has been split into the following sections: 

  • February Half Term Highlights 
  • Drop In Events 
  • FREE Events 
  • Kids Eat Free / for £1 
  • Bookable Events 
  • Top Picks for Little Ones 
  • Ideas for Teens 
  • Dog friendly events 
If you're looking for a school holiday camp,  check out my guide to North East School Holiday Clubs & Camps here. 

Looking for places to enjoy pancakes this week? Check out our guide to the best pancakes in the North East. 

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February Half Term Highlights 

FREE Ancient Egypt Under 7s Play Area at Dorman Museum 

What's On for Kids & Teens across North East England | February Half Term 2023

February half term is the last chance to enjoy the FREE drop in Egypt themed play area which has been specifically designed for under 7s. Highlights include: 
  • Discover hidden treasures 
  • Dressing up area
  • Puzzles and games 
  • Interactive marketplace with object, weighing and measuring 
  • Activities to encourage imaginative and creative play
Open daily until 26 February (closed Mondays). Free to just drop in from 10am-4pm (use postcode TS5 6LA). Find out more here. 

FREE Ancient Egyptians : secrets of the afterlife at Dorman Museum 

February Half Term is the last chance to enjoy this FREE exhibition which ties in very nicely to the KS2 curriculum (ages 7-11). Highlights include: 

  • View 12 exciting objects from the British Museum which give an insight into ancient Egyptians and their belief that we live forever 
  • An exhibition in partnership with the British Museum - the first of it's kind for Middlesbrough 
  • Explore the process of mummification 
  • Learn about mummy masks and canopic jar which were used to store various body parts
  • Interactive fun, puzzles and themed memory games 
  • Discover inscribing curses and the original book of spells, the Book of the Dead 
  • Learn about casting spells against enemies  

FREE to visit and enjoy with no booking required. Open daily between 10am-4pm (closed Mondays) until 26 February. Use postcode TS5 6LA. Find out more here. 

FREE Fire and Ice Durham 

Fire and Ice Durham is a FREE Ice Trail taking place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February across Durham City. Find out more here. 

FREE New Zog Trail at Hamsterley Forest and Kielder

UPDATE - A few readers have travelled to these trails and mentioned they are either not open or there is only the first board available. Rather than make a specific trip, I would probably wait until Easter to visit. Hopefully the teething problems will have been ironed out by then.

A brand new ZOG trail launches at Kielder and Hamsterley Forest on 18 February. Download the FREE 'Zog : A Forest Adventure' app before your visit. Drop in event.

You can also purchase a trail bag for £4 which includes additional activities and crafts although this is not compulsory.  Read our guide to the ZOG trail at Kielder here. 

Pancake Day 

Don't forget pancake day on Tuesday 21 February. Check out our round up of the best pancake places in the North East. 

Lambing at Spilmans 

I don't know about you but the arrival of lambs fills me with so much hope. Spring is finally on it's way! This February, Spilmans Farm is hosting a special 'Lambing Live' event.

Designed to encourage little farmers to learn all about this special event, there are a range of activities included: 

  • Lambs born every day - visitors can watch and take it all in. I have been lucky to see this once and I can't explain how emotional it is! It's something we will never forget 

  • Hourly educational talks by the farm's sheep farmer and shepherd across the day where you will learn lots of lambing facts 

  • Visit the other farm animals including the farm's friendly Alpacas and Rare Breed Sheep 

  • You can touch the animals but it is at your own risk and please use the handwashing facilities on site and supervise children. Pregnant women should read guidance before visiting

  • Visit newly born lambs in the lambing shed 

  • Create your own wool crafts to take home and remember the day

  • Photo opportunities around the site

  • Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the day
This event takes place daily from 11 - 20 February. Tickets are £6.50 per person and under 2s are free (but still require a ticket. Find out more and book here. 

Transport Week at Discovery Museum 

Credit : Colin Davison 

February Half Term will see a week full of transport-themed fun at Discovery Museum, Newcastle with a range of bookable and drop in activities based around the transport themed objects you can find in the museum - from trains to ships and even a Victorian Fire Engine. 

Discovery Museum is open daily this half term from 10am-4pm and museum entry is free with no need to book in advance. There's lots to explore from the interactive Science Maze to 'Newcastle Story' which shares the story of our city from the Roman era up to modern times. 

The museum is super easy to get to by Metro (just a short walk from Central Station) and remember, up to three children aged 11 or under can travel free with a fare paying adult. 

Discovery Museum is accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs with a changing places toilet and baby change facilities. There is a cafe and an indoor picnic area too. 

What's On:  
  • 18 - 26 February - FREE Transport Trail (drop-in, collect on arrival) .

  • Tuesday 21 February - Discovery Days : Locomotives
    Free and low cost train-themed crafts including decoarate a locomotive engine toy, create a hanging train decoration or decorate a train driver's hat (booking recommended as this event will be popular, drop in may be available subject to space). 

  • Wednesday 22 February - Newcastle University's Street Scientists will be roaming the Turbinia Atrium with experiments and demonstations (free & drop-in).

  • Wednesday 22 February - The Cat, the Mouse & the Runaway Train Storytime & Crafts (ideal for ages 3-5 years - accompanying adults and babies go free). Booking is essentail for this one. 

  • Daily - RAF Red Arrows Simulator - Experience the thrill of the cockpit with this 4 minute immersive ride with stunning visuals, surround sound and dynamic motion,. £3.50 per person (minimum height 1.07m). T&Cs apply. Book your ride at museum reception on the day.

  • Find out more here: discoverymuseum.org.uk

  • Want to make a day of it? Check out 75 things to do in Newcastle with Kids. 

FREE Family Fun Days at The Common Room Newcastle 

Join the Common Room on 23/24/25 February for some FREE family fun / STEM workshops based around the Bicentenary of Robert Stephenson & Co. These workshops are suitable for ages 5+ and you will need to reserve a free ticket in advance. Under 12s need to be supervised by an adult.

FREE Activities include: 

The Common Room is located next to Newcastle Central Station so super easy to get to by public transport and if you'd like to make a day of it, it's easy to combine with a trip to Life or Discovery Museum (who are also running a transport themed week). The building is accessible. 

Crimes of the Centuries Week at Beamish

🔍 Beamish is open daily across half term (18-26 Feb), there is no need to book - just drop in and all of these activities are included with admission / the Beamish Unlimited Pass.

🧑‍✈️ This is your chance to investigate historic crimes from the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s
🧑‍✈️ Find out about the North East Suffragettes in the 1900s town
🧑‍✈️ Learn about crime and punishment in the Georgian period and the shocking murder of quilter Joseph Hedley
🧑‍✈️ Visit the Masonic Hall and hear the story of a shocking Sunderland bank robbery which took place in 1897
🧑‍✈️ Discover what happened if you skipped school in the 1900s Pit Village Schoolhouse
🧑‍✈️ Learn the 'illegal' game of pitch and toss
🧑‍✈️ At the 1940s Farm you can discover the secrets of the Black Market during WWII
🧑‍✈️ Over weekends, you can help the farmer and policeman locate missing sheep after reports of sheep rustling at Spain's Field Farm
🧑‍✈️ Do you know how to pick a lock? You can practise your skills in the 1950s Twon
🧑‍✈️ Pick up a special activity trail on arrival and solve The Mystery of the Sleepy Salesman as you enjoy the museum
🧑‍✈️ This special week celebrates the 1950s police houses and offices (replicas from Gateshead) which are due to open at Beamish later this year thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

Across the week, you can take a first look at some of the planned room layouts and police objects which will help visitors experience the daily life of a 1950s Police Officer.

February Half Term 2023 - Drop In Events (No Booking Needed) 

February Half Term 2023 - FREE Events 

February Half Term 2023 - Kids Eat Free / for £1 

Please check the establishment's Social Media for t&cs and timings before heading out and mention the deal on booking and ordering. Usually it is one child eats free per adult. Info can change. Click on the blue links to go to the deal. 

  • The Lion Sports Bar & Grill, Billingham - £1 kids meals with an adult meal Mon-Fri

  • Willow Farm Cramlington - £1 kids meals with an adult main, you need a voucher (via mailing list sign up). 

  • Hard Rock Cafe Newcastle - kids eat free with a paying adult 17-27 Feb.

  • Asda Cafe - kids and over 60s eat for £1 all day, every day until the end of March. No adult spend required. 

  • Hungry Horse - kids eat for £1 all day on Mondays when an adult purchases a main meal (up to two kids per adult with this one). 

  • Pausa Cafe (Dunelm) - kids eat free all day, every day. One free kids meal with every £4 spent. 

  • Morrisons Cafe - kids eat free all day, every day when you purchase an adult meal for £4.49.

  • Sizzling Pubs - kids eat for £1 all day with an adult purchase. 13-24 Feb. 

  • Bella Italia Eldon Square, Metrocentre & Darlington - kids eat for £1 with every adult meal purchases, Mon-Thurs 4-6pm.

  • Yo Sushi! Newcastle and Metrocentre - 1 child eats free when an accompanying adult spends £10 all day, every day from 13-24 Feb.

  • IKEA Cafe - kids meals inc juice from 95p from 11am all day, every day. No adult minimum spend. 

  • M&S Cafe - kids eat free with a £5 adult spend. Available 13-24 Feb. 

  • Toby Carvery - kids eat for £1 when dining with an adult Mon-Fri. Download the app for your voucher. 

  • Harvester - kids eat for £1 when dining with a paying adult Mon-Fri. Download the app for your voucher. 

February Half Term 2023 - Bookable Events 

FREE interactive play at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough 

  • Pirate Themed Half Term at Alton Towers Resort including entertainment, water park access, pirate themed rides and treasure hunt and crazy golf. Find out more and book here. 

February Half Term Ideas for Teens 

February Half Term Dog Friendly Events 


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