Top Half Term Events
NI Science Festival
Until 27 February
With 120 events across different venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Among the mix are plenty of fun and interactive events for young people.
Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championship
18 – 20 February
Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
This February half term families can grab their wellies, get outside and jump into nature at WWT Castle Espie. See who can make the biggest and best splash at daily competitions. As well as splashing about in puddles there’s lots of other fun outdoor activities to join in with such as welly wanging and a mini assault course.
Pottery Painting Fun
15 – 19 February
Create your own masterpiece this half-term in a fun pottery painting class that the whole family will enjoy! Eden Pottery has created unique sponges to make decorating your pottery shapes easy and fun. This is a truly unique experience where you’ll be able to bring home a pottery piece to treasure and use after your visit.
Mid-term Irish FA Tours
14 – 18 February
National Football Stadium at Windsor Park
Relive the atmosphere of match day, gain insights into the drama on and off the pitch and feel the rush of emotions shared by everyone inside the stadium. Discover the unique story of Northern Irish football using a varied range of media, immersive physical interactive activities, and key artefacts from the 1880s to the present day.
17 – 19 February
2 Royal Avenue
It’s slime time! This half term, join Shauna as she teaches you to make some child safe, non toxic slime. Each workshop runs for 25 minutes- just enough time for you to pop over to the café and grab a coffee, while your kids create a mess you aren’t responsible for cleaning up!
MAC Art Workshops
MAC are having two workshops on 19 February for 6-10 year olds. One will be focused on creating art inspired by Ronnie Hughes, one of MAC Belfast’s current exhibiting artists who makes bold, patterned, abstract paintings full of beautiful colours. The other will allow children to create their own memories-inspired art in the style of Alfred Wallis.
Top Things to Do
Top 10 Family Fun Attractions
There are plenty of entertaining attractions for the young (and the young at heart) around Belfast including W5, Ulster Museum and Belfast Zoo. Here’s our top 10 suggestions for family friendly attractions that promise a memorable day out this half term.
Free Things to Do
Keep the costs down this half term with family friendly attractions and entertainment that are completely free of charge! From museums to parks, here’s a round-up of our top things to do in Belfast and beyond that won’t cost a single penny.
Family Fun – Belfast Plus
Discover family fun attractions in Lisburn and Castlereagh and Ards and North Down, just minutes from Belfast. See our top suggestions for a fun-filled day out, from exploring the depths of the oceans at Exploris Aquarium to taking to the ice at Dundonald Ice Bowl.
Go for a Family Meal
With special menus and activities for little ones, Belfast has a great range of child-friendly restaurants and cafés. Read our guide to family friendly restaurants and pick the perfect place for an evening out together.
Family Days Out in Belfast City Centre
Belfast city centre has something for the whole family. Plan a shopping spree, enjoy an activity and stay for dinner. Here’s our guide to spending a day in the heart of the city, with many attractions in walking distance from city centre car parks and central bus and train routes.