Whether it’s guinea pig petting at Ouseburn Farm or becoming a champion Puddle Jumper – there are plenty of things to do with the kids to keep them busy during February half term (Sat 10 – Sun 18 February) in Newcastle, Gateshead and beyond. We’ve pulled together a list of brilliant events taking place at top venues in the North East so you will have something to do every day of February half term.

intu-galatic events at intu Metrocentre this February half term

intu Metrocentre: intu-galactic activities and the search for a new Head of Fun

Daily from Mon 12 – Fri 16 February

Take a break from shopping and let the children blow off some steam with a space-themed week of fun at intu Metrocentre. There will be bouncing astronauts and an indoor planetarium. If you think your little one could lead the way on all things fun, then why not enter them into the mix to become this year’s Head of Fun.

Ouseburn Farm: February half term activities

Ouseburn Farm is a brilliant haven packed with cuddly creatures, farmyard favourites and bursting with greenery in the centre of busy city life. The farm have a cracking daily line-up of activities including small animal petting sessions, chance to help out in the garden and even piggy biscuit decorating (Wed 14 February). This is a fabulous and FREE day out for the family and while you’re in the Ouseburn, make a day of it and head along to…

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books: Secrets, Mystery and Adventure!

You’re promised a spiffing week of mystery and adventure at Seven Stories as they relive the wonderful world of Enid Blyton. There will be the usual lively storytime sessions as well as mysteries to solve, secret Art Club to join and even den-building. So let your imaginations fly and head to the National Centre for Children’s Books for a fun-packed adventure.

Northern Stage: The Owl and the Pussycat

Tue 13 – Sat 17 Feb

Northern Stage are well known for their lively, family-friendly performances and The Owl and the Pussycat promises to deliver once again. Expect a colourful, immersive experience using puppets and live music to bring the popular nursery rhyme to life.

Book tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Stephenson Railway Museum: Make and Take Thursday

Thu 15 Feb, 11am – 3pm drop in

All aboard at the Stephenson Railway Museum for hands-on craft activities all day. On Thursday 15 February, explore painting and printing techniques as you help to build a giant freight train. There are also freight and shunting demonstrations throughout the day in the Museum yard so this is a must-do for any keen trainspotters in the family.

February half term activities further afield

Dusty at WWT Washington Puddle Jumping Championships Febraury Half Term

WWT Washington: Puddle Jumping Championships

If you've ever wanted to add "Champion Puddle Jumper" to your CV - WWT Washington have just the thing. This is a great event for anyone looking to get outdoors and bounce off some energy whatever your age or “jumping ability.” While you’re at WWT Washington, make sure to pop along to their Fabulous Flamingo Talks which happen daily or watch as the Otters have their lunch.

Admission applies but plan ahead and book online before you visit in order to save 10%.

Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth: Undersea Safari

You’re in for a wild, undersea adventure at Blue Reef Aquarium this February half term. Daily tours will run on the hour from 10am when knowledgeable guides will introduce you to exotic creatures from around the world. Watch the friendly seals play and feed every day at 12pm & 3pm. AND if you book admission online between 5 – 9 February, child tickets are just £1!

Make a day of it and explore the coast, take a bracing winter walk along Longsands with a well-earned stop off at many of the cosy cafes such as Crusoe’s and The View in Tynemouth or Peaches and Cream and The Boatyard at Cullercoats.

Fire and Ice in Durham

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February

Our neighbours down in Durham will be hosting another spectacular Fire & Ice event this February Half Term. The icy trail lit by flaming beacons will bring to life much-loved literary characters.

Roman Quest at Chesters Roman Fort near Hexham

Enjoy a visit to one of the most historic sites in the region – Hadrian’s Wall at Chesters Roman Fort. Pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and then roam the ruins to solve clues and become a hotshot historian along the way.

Beamish Museum: Queens of the Machines

You don’t need us to tell you to visit Beamish Museum – it is a guaranteed great day out. This February half term, celebrate the amazing contribution hundreds of women made to the war effort during the First World War. There will be plenty of hands-on activities to get involved with all week. The popular outdoor ice rink will still be available for you to show off your skating skills.

Take a look at our What’s On pages or get some inspiration of places to explore in Newcastle, Gateshead and beyond. There are also plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafes to refuel during February half term.  

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