Half Term Activities

Keep the kids busy this February half term with these fun activities and events at nature reserves, museums, leisure centres and theatres in Berkshire. Whether your children like crafts, discovering animals, drama, bushcraft or puppet shows; whether they’re arty, sporty or budding actors there’s something for all.

Saturday 11th Feb
Beale Park opens its gates for 2012!

Kids Swim for a Quid all week at Bracknell Leisure Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 9SE.

Sunday 12th Feb
Wildfowl Walk 14:00-16:00 at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. Learn to identify the birds you’ll find at the lake at this time of year. Cost £2 per person, no need to book. Muddy Lane, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG19 3FU. Tel: 01635 874381

Monday 13th Feb
Paper Bag Birds 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00 at Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH. Create a stuffed paper bag bird to take away. 50p. There is plenty to keep the family amused for the whole day at Reading Musueum. See our article on Museums in Reading.

Paper Bag Bird

Nest Box Building 14:00-16:00 at Beale Park It’s National Nest Box Week. Come along and make your own. £5 per box.
Arty Fun for Kids 11:00-16:00 at Beale Park MASC (Monkeys Acting in Schools for Conservation) Monkey biscuit making, mask making and a colouring competition in the park. Each activity is £1 per person.

Paws and Tails Library Event 14:30-16:30 at Wexham Satellite Library Woodland animal trail, measure up against tigers or elephants and try the animal quiz and mystery boxes. Contact Slough Library to book 01753 535166

Tuesday 14thFeb
Puppet-making workshops at 11:00 and 14:00 Dinton Pastures Entry is £4 per child.

Paws and Tails Library Event 14:30-16:30 at Chalvey Satellite Library Woodland animal trail, measure up against tigers or elephants and try the animal quiz and mystery boxes. Contact Slough Library to book 01753 535166

Nest Box Building 14:00-16:00 at Beale Park It’s National Nest Box Week. Come along and make your own. £5 per box.

Arty Fun for Kids 11:00-16:00 at Beale Park
MASC (Monkeys Acting in Schools for Conservation) Monkey biscuit making, mask making and a colouring competition in the park. Each activity is £1 per person.

Makendoo Sessions 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 in Bracknell Town Centre. FREE Drop in craft workshops.

Wednesday 15th Feb
Alice In Wonderland-in-a-day 09:00-16:00 with a presentation in the Circle Bar at Theatre Royal Windsor. Ages 5-13. £40 per person. Spend the day working on the Lewis Carroll classic and present to parents at the end of the day.

Valentine Trail at Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, SL6 0JA. Tel: +44(0)1628 605069
Join in the Valentine’s trail and decorate the valentine tree with messages about the things you love. Ideal for children aged 4-11 years. £2.00 per child (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

REME Assault Course and Codes at REME Museum, Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, RG2 9NH. Mini Assault Course and water jump! March with a Sergeant and learn to salute like a soldier! Brave the Big Bug Hunt! Try cracking codes, using ciphers. Adult £5.50, Child £4.50, Under 5 Free, Family £16.

Paws and Tails Library Event 14:30-16:30 at Slough Library Woodland animal trail, measure up against tigers or elephants and try the animal quiz and mystery boxes. Contact Slough Library to book 01753 535166

Nest Box Building 14:00-16:00 at Beale Park It’s National Nest Box Week. Come along and make your own. £5 per box.

Arty Fun for Kids 11:00-16:00 at Beale Park
MASC (Monkeys Acting in Schools for Conservation) Monkey biscuit making, mask making and a colouring competition in the park. Each activity is £1 per person.

Birdwatching Walk 11:00-13:00 at Hosehill Lake Nature Reserve. Find out about the birds and wildfowl that frequent the lake at this time of year. Cost £3.50 per person, booking essential. Cathy, Tel: (0118) 941 5792

Recycled Arts Workshop from 11:30-15:30 at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. Decorate an empty yoghurt pot and sow seeds in it. Drop in event. Cost £1 per pot, no need to book. Muddy Lane, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG19 3FU. Tel: 01635 874381

Makendoo Sessions 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 in Bracknell Town Centre. FREE Drop in craft workshops.

Thursday 16th Feb
REME Assault Course and Codes at REME Museum, Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, RG2 9NH. Mini Assault Course and water jump! March with a Sergeant and learn to salute like a soldier! Brave the Big Bug Hunt! Try cracking codes, using ciphers. Adult £5.50, Child £4.50, Under 5 Free, Family £16.

Paws and Tails Library Event 11:00-13:00 at Cippenham Library Woodland animal trail, measure up against tigers or elephants and try the animal quiz and mystery boxes. Contact Cippenham Library to book: 01628 661745

Bushcraft Adventure Day from 10:00-15:00 at Greenham Common. Learn how to tie different knots, use tools, cook food to eat for lunch and build a shelter. Wear wet weather gear. For ages 8 – 14 years. £8 per person, booking essential. Tel: 01635 874381

Make a Bird Box Hour long workshops at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:00 at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. A family activity. Make a bird box for garden birds with the RSPB. £10 per box, booking essential. Muddy Lane, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG19 3FU. Tel: 01635 874381

Makendoo Sessions 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 in Bracknell Town Centre. FREE Drop in craft workshops.

Friday 17th Feb
REME Assault Course and Codes at REME Museum, Isaac Newton Road, Arborfield, RG2 9NH. Mini Assault Course and water jump! March with a Sergeant and learn to salute like a soldier! Brave the Big Bug Hunt! Try cracking codes, using ciphers. Adult £5.50, Child £4.50, Under 5 Free, Family £16.

Major Mustard presents The Little Blue Skid Hour long shows at 11:00, 14:00 at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. Hands on interactive puppet show – motorbike riding Little Blue Skid Lid and her Granny come face to face with an escaped vegetarian lion! £4.50 per person, booking essential. Muddy Lane, Thatcham, West Berkshire, RG19 3FU. Tel: 01635 874381

Makendoo Sessions 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00 in Bracknell Town Centre. FREE Drop in craft workshops.

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