Lots to do in Leicester this half-term

  • Fri,14 Feb 2020 06:28:51 AM

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:

  • Nature week at the farm: Gorse Hill City Farm: 10.30am-3.30pm. Small charge for activities. Café on site. Tel: 0116 253 7582
  • Mission Mars at the National Space Centre: 10am-5pm. Please note: charges apply.

Saturday 15 February

 

  • Sunday 16 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.

  • Plug and Play at Phoenix: 11am-4pm. Discover some of the most exciting and cutting-edge digital art and technology, as well as a silent disco. Tel: 0116 242 2800

 

Monday 17 February

  • Free adventure playground sessions at nine sites around the city.
  • Magic Models: Newarke Houses Museum: 11am-3pm. Create a model to take home with you. Age 5+. Tel: 0116 225 4980
  • Messy Play: New Parks Children, Young People and Family Centre. 10am–12 noon.
  • Comedy Festival Joke Spot: Belgrave Library: 12.30pm-2pm. Take to the stage and tell us your joke – or enjoy our stories that will make you chuckle!

Tuesday 18 February

  • Free adventure playground sessions at nine sites around the city.
  • Messy Play: Braunstone Children, Young People and Family Centre. 10am-12 noon
  • Leicester Museums’ Pop-Up Museum: Highcross: 10am-3pm. Find us on the first floor, close to Debenhams (in the former Thomas Cook store)
  • School holiday event at Abbey Pumping Station. 11am-3.30pm. Railway and café will be open. Small charge for train rides. Tel: 0116 299 5111

Wednesday 19 February

  • Free adventure playground sessions at nine sites around the city.
  • Leicester Museums’ Pop-Up Museum: Highcross: 10am-3pm. Find us on the first floor, close to Debenhams (in the former Thomas Cook store)
  • Chuckle Time for Families: Beaumont Leys Library: 2pm-3.30pm. Free storytelling and craft activities.

Thursday 20 February

  • Free adventure playground sessions at nine sites around the city.
  • New Parks Children, Young People and Family Centre
    • Babies Learning Together
    • 9.30am-11am
    • Stay and Play
    • 1pm-2.45pm
  • Leicester Museums’ Pop-Up Museum: Highcross: 10am-3pm. Find us on the first floor, close to Debenhams (in the former Thomas Cook store)
  • Frosty Fun at The Guildhall. 11am-3pm. Make your own sparkly snowflakes and lots more. £3 charge. Tel: 0116 253 2569
  • Chuckle Time for Families: Rushey Mead Library. 2pm-3.30pm Storytelling, crafts and fun activities.

Friday 21 February

  • Free adventure playground sessions at nine sites around the city.
  • The Grove grand opening: Braunstone Grove: 1pm-4pm. Come down and see all that’s on offer at the brand new Grove facility. With free activities on the day, including zorb football, dance and inflatable fun.
  • Leicester Museums’ Pop-Up Museum: Highcross: 10am-3pm. Find us on the first floor, close to Debenhams (in the former Thomas Cook store)
  • Wild Things: Highcross Leicester: 12noon-5pm. See the amazingly realistic animals tour - get ready to go ape with the gorillas, high-five an orangutan and marvel at Zelva, the giant tortoise.
  • Braunstone Children, Young People and Family Centre:
    • Stay and Play
    • 9.30am-11.15am
    • Babies Learning Together
    • 1pm-2:30pm
  • Fairy Tale Fun Day: Haymarket shopping centre:11am-3pm. Meet the Snow Princesses, Sir Frederick the Knight, and Tarragon the Dragon.

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