Super fun activities in Nottingham this half-term!
Festival of Science and Curiosity – FREE!
The Festival of Science and Curiosity runs 8 – 15 February, with free activities designed to inspire curiosity and discovery taking place around the city, including a special day focused on activities for families on Saturday 11 February.
Free events on 11 February include an amazing set of giant lungs in the intu Broadmarsh Centre, a mobile planetarium Inflativerse at NonSuch Theatre on Clarendon Street, an entire day of worm-themed activities at the National Videogame Arcade in Hockley and many exciting demonstrations about optical illusions and dinosaurs at Nottingham Central Library.
And Nottingham City libraries will run more free activities as part of the festival during half-term week, with hands-on science demonstrations taking place in six libraries across the city including Aspley, Sneinton and Radford-Lenton libraries. Check out the full festival programme here.
Half-Term at intu Victoria Centre – FREE!
intu Victoria Centre will offer free cooking activities daily from 11am – 4pm, where little ones can learn how to create musical instruments using food and learn about the science of food through fun experiments, plus much more. Click here to find out more.
Half-Term fun at the Galleries of Justice
Meet Snot the Wise, the Anglo-Saxon chief who put the ‘snot’ into Snottingham, the original name of our fair city. But don’t get on the wrong side of the mighty Snot or you’ll find yourself standing trial in his courtroom. Will you be found guilty or ‘snot’ guilty? Click here to find out more.
Half-Term at the City of Caves
Nottingham City of Caves visitors can meet the plague doctor and go on ‘curiously contagious’ cave tours, learning about the history of the Black Death in Nottingham. See what’s on.
Half-Term at the National Ice Centre
See what’s on this half-term, including Family Skating parties, parent and toddler sessions and much more.
Half-Term at Nottingham Contemporary
Nottingham Contemporary will run free daily arts and crafts workshops (Tues – Sat 11am – 3pm) where everyone can draw and collage a life-size family. Click here to find out more.
Half-Term at New Art Exchange – FREE!
New Art Exchange in Hyson Green will celebrate a dance-filled half-term, with free workshops running daily, before ending the week with a free celebration of Polish food and culture at the Fat Thursday event on Saturday 18 February. Click here to find out more.
Half-Term at the University of Nottingham – FREE!
The University of Nottingham are running free drop in sessions for families from Tuesday – Friday at their museum on the University Park campus next to Highfields Park, where everyone can learn about history, sample Roman foods and try their hand at medieval crafts. Click here to find out more.
“School’s Out!” Half-Term activities in Leisure Centres
The Portland Centre, Clifton Leisure Centre, John Carroll Leisure Centre, Southglade Leisure Centre and Minver Crescent Sports Hall all run School’s Out – the school holiday scheme that costs parents just £1 per day for activities including basketball, cricket, arts and crafts and swimming. Click here to find out more
Half-Term at the National Videogame Arcade
Explore gaming, game design, coding and fun this half-term at the NVA in Hockley, in the centre of Nottingham. Click here to find out more
Half-Term at Wollaton Park
See what’s on for half-term, including free trails and activities on the Wollaton Hall and Deer Park website.
Half-Term at Green’s Windmill
All events suitable for kids aged 3 and up. Just turn up unless coming in a group of five or more.
– Mini Pizza Making – 11 Feb from 11am – 2pm. £4 per child.
– Salt Dough Modelling – 16 Feb from 11am – 2pm. £3 per child.
– Cookie Baking – 18 Feb from 11am – 2pm. £4 per child.
Half-Term in Nottingham Parks – FREE
Visitors to Nottingham parks can drop in to a free nest box making session taking place 14 – 17 February at parks around the city – learning a new skill as well as making a new home for birds in the local area. Just turn up. £5 charge if you want to take your box away.
– 13 Feb at King Edward Park – meet near the play area for 1pm.
– 14 Feb at Strelley Recreation Ground – meet at the tennis court for 1pm.
– 15 Feb at Vernon Park – meet at the pavilion for 1pm.
– 16 Feb at Highfields Park – meet at the boathouse for 1pm.
– 17 Feb at Broxtowe Country Park – meet by Phoenix adventure playground for 1pm.
Half-Term in libraries – FREE
Family Saturday – Nottingham Central Library Sat 11 Feb from 11am – 3pm. Drop-in and find out about science with live experiments, science demos and lots of hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy. Just drop-in to your library this half-term to have fun with hands-on science activities for all the family to enjoy.
– 13 Feb –11am-12.30pm at Sherwood Library and 2pm-3.30pm at Aspley Library
– 14 Feb -11am-12.30pm at Wollaton Library and 2pm-3.30pm at Sneinton Library
– 15 Feb – 10.30am-12pm at Clifton Library and 2.30pm-3.30pm at Radford-Lenton Library
Half-term Travel Offers from NCT and NET
Families can travel around the city all day by bus for just £4.50 using the Nottingham City Transport grouprider ticket, which covers one or two adults and up to three children.
On the trams, families can get a group ticket for just £5, which covers one or two adults and up to three children to use the tram network all day.
Don’t forget – under-fives are always FREE on trams and buses.
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