Jorvik Viking Centre, York: The exhilarating spectacular that is the Jorvik Viking Festival is coming to town for its 30th year. Taking the fantastical Norse myths & legends as inspiration, JORVIK Viking Festival has created over 80 unique events, including sword fighting workshops and dramatic combat performances, music and archaeological expert sessions. Many of the activities are free of charge.
Any day of the week during February half term you can grab your wellies and hit the trail to follow clues around the estate. You'll discover how the monks lived simply in the abbey and then be a grand guest of the Georgians in the water gardens. Wrap up warm and tag along on a wildlife wander to see what creatures you can spot, or stop by the bird hide to watch goldfinches and woodpeckers flocking to the feeders. With acres of countryside to explore, woodland play area, paths and walks, the whole family can get out and about at Fountains Abbey this February half term.
The first weekend of the half term sees the return of the fantastic Coastival Festival in Scarborough too. One of the highlights for 2014 will be the amazing Orpheus the Mariner, a fantastic outdoor event over 2 nights, with a cast of over 1000 and a world record attempt for the largest puppet (26 metres tall!).
Winter Zoo at Flamingo Land is open daily across February Half Term (15th to 23rd) from 10am to 4pm. In addition to Muddy Duck Farm, Reptile River and the Aquarium, the new Wallaby Walkway and The Lemurs walk-through provides visitors with an unrestricted view of these animals. Daily keeper talks include penguins, lemurs, hippos, giraffes and tigers, plus a sea lion show.
Holiday Fun at Ryedale Folk Museum. Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the school holidays, Ryedale Folk Museum have themed cooking in the cottage, children's crafts and a museum trail. Running from 11am until 4pm, these days are a great way to entertain the family!
Whatever the weather this February half term, Come & Explore fully roofed Skipton Castle and experience over 900 years of history. Discover the dungeon, kitchens and banqueting hall and then visit the tearooms for a bowl of homemade soup.
Go Ape Dalby Forest re-opens its forest doors this February half-term for an adventurous 2014! Go Ape provides fun for all the family whatever the weather, so why not unleash your inner Tarzan and live life adventurously with a trip to the UK's leading forest adventure?
Flamingo Land Resort and Theme Park will be opening its doors again to welcome guests for the February half term. The Winter Zoo has proven to be very popular, so they have decided to extend opening to some of the much loved Theme Park attractions. This winter our zoo will be fully open, providing access to over 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds.
As well as school half term it is National Nest Box Week which is being celebrated at Langlands Garden Centre. Information and products will be on sale to encourage you to house and nurture the many birds, insects and mammals that visit our garden. Because children are off school, there will also be a mini treasure hunt for all the younger customers with the theme of "find the name of the Langland's Sparrow". There will also be a representative from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who is running a colouring competition with first prize of 1 years free family membership. FANTASTIC!
Teddy Bear Week, North Yorkshire Moors Railway: Visit the North Yorkshire Moors Railway this February half term and for every child that brings a full paying adult, and most importantly a teddy bear with them, travels for free during February Half Term
National Railway Museum, York: Calling all future engineers, signallers and train announcers! Discover your dream job on the railways during the February school holidays. Build a railway line, repair a train and get your flag and whistle at the ready when you become a Station Guard. There are plenty of action-packed activities for the whole family to enjoy including safety sessions with the British Transport Police and hands on fun in the Chuggington play area.
Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley: It's Arts Week for Kids at the Helmsley Arts Centre. Spend a whole week involved with, or dipping into, a fun range of arts activities. Discover and explore the arts, with the option of achieving the Arts Award.
On Thursday 20 February, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby has two great events. First up is Signs of Spring (running 10:30 am - 12:00 pm): Make snowdrops and crocuses out of recycled materials to celebrate the coming spring. Brighten up branches with glorious blossom! This event is followed by A Gift for Mother's Day: Use creatures and plants from the North York Moors National Park to inspire you to design and decorate a special fabric bag to make your mother's day.
Also at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby is Nature in Spotlight, For Yorkshire-born artist Andrew Hutchinson and award-winning wildlife photographer Steve Race, the natural world is at the heart of their work. They join forces to put wildlife and nature in the spotlight, presenting images that both amaze and inspire. Their gallery is open throughout February half-term holiday, so go check out this fantastic work.
How Stean Gorge is open every day. The family friendly visitor centre set in the heart of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. Step into nature and discover How Stean Gorge. Wander along the footpaths, negotiate the wobbly bridges and venture through caves. This isn't a walk in the park, it's the real thing! As you venture along the spectacular steep-sided gorge, water rushes over large rocks carving them into fantastic shapes. Fossils from a bygone age are there for the discovery and wildlife in in abundance throughout the seasons.
Only Smarties have the answer at York's CHOCOLATE Story. They will be paying homage to the city's most colourful sweet and one of Britain's best loved brands - Smarties! Visitors will be able to get hands on and learn more about the world famous Smarties brand, which was created in York over 70 years ago. There will be a chance to take the Smarties themed trail and discover some fascinating facts about the brand during the guided tour as well as making and decorating a chocolate bar with Smarties.