Top Half Term Events
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 Festival
Until 23 February
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 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 Lego Bricks Trail
17 to 18 February
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
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
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
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
15 to 16 and 22 to 23 February
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 vs Toyota Cheetahs
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.
Half Term Fun at the Zoo
12 to 22 February
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!
February Mid Term Clay Creations
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
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
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 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. 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.
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.