Top Half Term Events

W5 Space Training Academy

W5 Space Training Academy

Selected dates, 8 to 23 February

Three, two, one – lift off into space at W5! Kids can see if they’ve got what it takes to graduate from the W5 Space Training Academy as they learn what skills real astronauts need to explore the cosmos. This event is suitable for ages seven to 11 and is free with admission to W5 science and discovery centre.

NI Science Fest

NI Science Festival

Until 23 February
Various Locations

With over 200 events across 90 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.

Dragon From The Lagan W5

Dragon from the Lagan goes to W5

Selected dates, 17 February to 16 April

In this 45 minute workshop little ones follow the adventures of a small, friendly dragon as he makes his way to W5 to discover a world of amazing science! Children can then enjoy some simple science craft activities with the guidance of the friendly Science Communicators.

HMS Caroline Pirate Lego Trail

HMS Caroline Lego Bricks Trail

17 to 18 February
HMS Caroline

Join the crew at HMS Caroline and discover their exciting LEGO® Bricks Trail. Families can step on-board this incredible First World War ship and take part in a variety of LEGO® themed challenges all facilitated by Bricks4Kidz. You can search the ship for hidden LEGO® figures and take part in a variety of building challenges all with a maritime theme! Book online now to save 20%.

Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championship Castle Espie 2020

Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championship

15 to 20 February
Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre

This February half term bring your friends and family and see who can make the biggest, craziest splash with the special ‘splashometer’ at the Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships at Castle Espie. As well as splashing about in puddles there’s lots of other fun activities to have a go at including Wild Welly Walks, Wildwood Play and Secret Swamp.

Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars

17 to 23 February

Join W5 for their new exciting Mission to Mars! In this great interactive science show you’ll learn all about the mysterious red planet and find out if life can exist at its incredibly low temperatures. Admission is free with entry to W5.

Kids Go Free at Titanic Belfast

Weekdays in February
Titanic Belfast  

Entry to Titanic Belfast and SS Nomadic is free for kids under 10, from Mondays to Fridays this month, so there’s never been a better time to discover our maritime heritage with the whole family.  Children can take the Explorer Trail through the exhibition to help them learn about the famous ship and earn a Titanic Activity Pack if they complete it.

Half Term fun at Learning SPACE

Until 29 February

Whether it’s taking part in their daily treasure hunt, relaxing in their interactive sensory space or trying out their cool sensory toys, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this Half Term at Learning SPACE! Located just behind Boots in the city centre, Learning SPACE is a free sensory area and the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

Ocean Currents and Climate at Exploris

Ocean Currents and Climate at Exploris

15 to 16 and 22 to 23 February
Exploris Aquarium

Find out how innovative companies are looking to tackle our plastic waste problem through the use of alternative materials. Exploris Aquarium will be wowing visitors with an alternative water bottle made out of seaweed, plus much more, in this exciting demonstration.

Ulster Rugby Kingspan Stadium

Ulster Rugby vs Toyota Cheetahs

22 February
Kingspan Stadium

Take your rugby-loving youngsters to see Ulster Rugby take on the Toyota Cheetahs in the Guinness PRO14 Championship at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday 22 February. As well as the family friendly live sport, there is also a wide range of activities for fans of all ages to enjoy, from live music performed by local artists to inflatable games and street performers.

Zoo Explorers' Club

Half Term Fun at the Zoo

12 to 22 February
Belfast Zoo

Belfast Zoo is hosting a jam-packed programme of activities during the half term break to keep little animal-lovers entertained! There will be ‘make and correct’ workshops, touch tables and colouring stations, as well as a zoo trail on which kids can get a free poster and badge. Stop and relax in our education centre and learn about the zoo during one of the many zoo videos!

Clay Creations

February Mid Term Clay Creations

17 and 18 February
Lagan Valley Island

Lagan Valley Island is hosting two days’ worth of clay-making fun this half term. Kids aged six to 11 can grasp the basics of pottery sculpting at the Mid Term Clay Day, while nine to 16-year-olds can have a go on the potter’s wheel at Mid Term Clay Creations.

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Half Term Sunday Family Fun Day

16 and 23 February
Malone Lodge Hotel

Join Malone Lodge Hotel for their half term Family Fun Sunday Lunch with bouncy castle, face painting, and a three-course lunch. Kids under five eat for free when accompanied with an adult.

Hawaiian Family Fun Day

21 February
High Rise

If you’re coming down for Clip ‘n’ Climb or soft play at High Rise in Lisburn, you’ll be getting a party too. On Friday 21 February High Rise will have a live DJ, competitions, games, prizes and a mini disco – the best way to celebrate half term! Come dressed in exotic Hawaiian clothes to get a free High Rise wristband.

Top Things to Do

Boy Examining a Dinosaur Skeleton at Ulster Museum

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.

Aslan at CS Lewis Square

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.

Ocean Currents and Climate at Exploris

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 taking to the ice at Dundonald Ice Bowl.

Family Meal at Fratelli

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. Plus, Belfast Restaurant Week will be running from 17 to 23 February, so look out for offers. Grown-ups can enjoy two courses for £15 on weeknights in selected restaurants.

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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.

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