Leicester Feb 14 (PR/BAN) THERE’S lots going on in Leicester during the half-term break – with plenty of family-friendly activities on offer that are completely free of charge.
Leicester’s museums, libraries and adventure playgrounds are offering free activities for children of all ages throughout the week, with additional free events taking place this weekend (15-16 February) as part of the The Spark Festival
At New Walk Museum, local artist Sian Watson Taylor has teamed up with Overdale Junior School and Mellor Community Primary School to come up with a day of family fun that includes photo-shoots, crazy costumes and ‘everyone-must-have-moustaches’ portraits. The fun runs from 11am to 3pm on Saturday (15 February) and all activities are free of charge.
Youngsters living near the Pork Pie library on Southfields Drive or St Barnabas Library on French Road won’t want to miss Tidy Transformers – a free drop-in event for those aged seven and under. At the Pork Pie, youngsters will be able to create their very own ‘Tape Modern’, while there’ll be lots of fun sorting, stacking and decorating boxes of all shapes and sizes at St Barnabas. Both events run from 11am-4pm on Saturday (15 February).
In the city centre on Saturday, the Phoenix cinema will host its free Plug and Play day, where there will be lots of virtual and augmented reality experiences for young people to try, an interactive soft play area, a brilliant selection of animated short films and a mini silent disco. Plug and Play runs from 11am to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday (16 February).
Both the BRITE Centre in Braunstone and the Belgrave Library and Neighbourhood Centre will be running free special events this weekend from 12 noon. Light Up the Brite Centre promises storytelling, lantern making and a silent disco, while there’ll be lots of free family fun aimed at 0-13 year-olds at Flying High at Belgrave Library. Both events run on both Saturday and Sunday.
Other ideas for things to do next week include making your own magic models at Newarke Houses Museum on Monday (17 February), enjoying a day out at the Abbey Pumping Station on Tuesday (18 February), having a laugh with Chuckle Time at Beaumont Leys Library at 2pm on Wednesday (19 February), making sparkly snowflakes at Frosty Time at the Guildhall on Thursday (20 February - £3 charge), and an afternoon of free fun at The Grove on Braunstone Grove on Friday (21 February).
There’ll be free fun at adventure playgrounds around the city from Monday to Friday – and the city council will also be taking its Pop-Up Museum to Highcross from Tuesday until Friday (18-21 February). You’ll be able to discover fascinating items from the museums’ collections in the former Thomas Cook store on the first floor of Highcross, close to Debenhams.
The city council has pulled together details of half-term events in Leicester that are free or low-cost and published the information on its families’ website.
Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell – who leads on the city council’s anti-poverty agenda - said: “We want to encourage families to get out and about this half-term and enjoy spending time together, without having to worry about the cost.
“Our libraries and museums are always free for everyone to enjoy, but during half-term, there’s always something extra going on for children and families.
“We’ve pulled together a list of free and low-cost activities, all provided by the city council or partner organisations, which should give parents and carers lots of ideas for a fantastic half-term break that doesn’t cost the earth.”
Find out more about free and low-cost half-term activities taking place in Leicester at families.leicester.gov.uk/springfun
There are also ticketed events going on as part of The Spark Festival, which runs until Sunday (16 February), and at the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, which continues until 23 February.
Free and low-cost half-term activities in Leicester
All week (Saturday 15 February to Sunday 23 February:
Saturday 15 February
Light Up the BRITE Centre:
12 noon-4pm. A weekend of family fun, featuring storytelling, lantern making and a silent disco. Ages 0-13.