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With February half term fast approaching, we know lot’s of you will be looking for ways to keep the little ones busy. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered! Here’s our rundown of 11 amazing family-friendly activities to enjoy in Norwich and Norfolk this half term. Everything from online musical theatre and dance, to arts & crafts, virtual tours and online escape rooms!
Grimm Tales: Norwich Puppet Theatre
Keep the little ones entertained this half term, with a night at the theatre – all from the comfort of your own home! Norwich Puppet Theatre and Box Tale Soup are bringing an evening of magic and wonder to your living room this half term, with a stunning new adaptation of the Grimms’ most magical tales. Head into the woods with Hansel & Gretel, help the little elves to make beautiful shoes, watch a slimy frog become a prince, and meet the princess who’s champion of hide-and-seek! Shows are available for the 13th and 21st February.
February fantasy at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure
The usual February half-term celebrations at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure won’t be going ahead this year, but thankfully Dippy and his friends have put together a roarrsome range of family-friendly online events and activities. Enjoy events such as online storytelling, Dippy’s Disco, and even a meet-and-greet with some of the animals from the park’s secret garden! Activities will run every day at 1pm from 15th – 19th February and will be free to join.
Play-at-home escape games from History Mystery
Known for their incredible escape rooms and outdoor city escape games, History Mystery are back with yet another challenge to keep you entertained in lockdown. Their latest game, ‘Evade & Escape’ sees you and your family take on the role of an allied airman forced to bail out of their plane in occupied Belgium. Now stuck behind enemy lines, do you have what it takes to make your way across Europe and back to safety before time runs out? You’ll have to use your wits and work as a team to ensure survival!
Writing Courses for Young People
As the City of Stories, it’d be wrong to not mention at least one writing activity this half-term wouldn’t it? Thankfully, the amazing team at the National Centre for Writing have got us covered, with their online workshops for young people. Explore an incredible range of free writing workshops this February, everything from creating memorable characters to techniques for writing weird!
Half-term fun with Norwich Castle
This half-term entertain the kids with some medieval fun from Norwich Castle & Museum! Meet medieval characters, practice calligraphy, and create stories inspired by medieval history and epic quests. The workshops are free to attend and suitable for ages 7+. Packed with engaging, educational experiences, this is the perfect way to keep the little ones busy throughout February half term.
Lockdown lessons with Print to the People
Get creative with the little ones this February and take part in the Lockdown Lessons project from Print to the People. Delivered by amazing local artists and creators, the lockdown lessons project includes free online workshops like lino printing, photography tips and tricks, and a great selection of family arts and crafts videos. You’ll be amazed by what you can create with an ink pad, some bubble wrap, and a bottle cap!
Young Norfolk Writing Competition
Fancy yourself as the next Charles Dickens or Jane Austen? Then make sure to take part in the Young Norfolk Writing Competition this year! The National Centre for Writing are looking for the freshest, boldest young writers in Norfolk and Norwich aged 11-18. Send in your own stories, lyrics, narratives for games, graphic stories, poems, scripts and more to be in with a chance of winning unique prizes. There’s also the opportunity for a few lucky entrants to have their work published and performed! Deadline for entry is 5pm, Monday 31 May 2021.
Online Studio, Sainsbury Centre
To help keep you busy throughout lockdown, the team at Sainsbury Centre have put together an incredible online studio full of unique arts & crafts activities to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Explore current collections at the Sainsbury Centre, take part in online art workshops, or get involved in artistic discussions with like-minded individuals across Norfolk. There’s something for everyone this half term, with online activities for 0-5 year olds, right through to experiences for teens and adults.
Online activities at The Garage
The team at The Garage will keep your little ones movin’ & groovin’ this half term, with free online activities and workshops. Take part in street dance classes, musical theatre, tap, singing and even Irish dance lessons! To get involved this half term, simply join The Garage on Facebook at noon each day for a new daily activity. There’s also a great range of reasonably-priced bookable classes on their site, for kids and adults looking to try their hand at something new this year.
Norfolk Museums from home
Even while the Norfolk Museum Service has its doors closed, there’s still plenty of family fun activities to enjoy online through their activities hub. Explore Norwich Castle with a free virtual tour, take part in craft workshops, or crack the code in the lockdown living room escape challenge!
If you’re lucky enough to live in Norwich or Norfolk, then why not check out our guide to the best walks in the area? The county is perfect to explore by foot, with stunning landscapes and views that’ll take your breath away. Enjoy coastal adventures, riverside walks, immersive forest adventures, and more.