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Ideas for February School Vacation and Half Term

By February 1, 2013

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I can't help wondering who the genius was who decided that the coldest, wettest month of the year in the UK was the best time to let kids out of school for a week. But there you have it. For parents of thousands of children in England and Wales (Scotland operates a different term system), all over Europe and in parts of North America, half-term or February school vacation looms as a week of indoor chaos - 9 days if you count the weekends tacked on either end.

But, don't despair. There are loads of fun things to do - indoors and out - that are open in February or that have special events geared for high spirited children and exhausted parents with cabin fever. If you start planning now, you'll be well prepared for some of the special events planned for half-term around the country.

The Natural History Museum in London is staging Curious Collectors from February 19 to 22, allowing kids to tour the museum and record their findings on video and audio at special collectors stations The Science Museum will have the world's first entirely soft-bodied robot, a robot octopus slithering around, squeezing things during half-term Leeds Castle in Kent is hosting a circus skills showcase with audience participation and is choosing a jester for the summmer. You can watch the auditions and then help judge by voting for the best The Legoland Discovery Center, an indoor attraction at the Trafford Center near Manchester, launches its Star Wars Miniland show in time for the school holidays.

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