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9 Fun February Ideas & Events For Half-Term (2024)


The February school half-term is almost upon us for 2024, and as a parent, you may be starting to wonder how you’re going to fill the week with activities to keep the kids entertained. If you're looking for events or experiences that aren't time-limited, check out our guide on things you can do with toddlers in Manchester.

If you're looking to do something between the 16th to 26th of February, take a look at what we've picked for you.

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Our Top 9 Picks For February Half-Term Ideas

If you’re looking for some activities to immerse and engage your kids in Manchester, read more below.

1. Science & Industry Museum

Directions to the Science & Industry Museum

The Science and Industry Museum has a free holiday programme for various drop-in activities and science shows. These exhibitions include Turn It Up: The power of music, where children can discover weird and wonderful instruments, or Power Up where you can play through 50 years of gaming concepts and devices.

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There’s plenty to get stuck into in the Science and Industry Museum, so if you’d like to make this short break interesting, we recommend you check out the exciting shows they have on offer this half-term. 

2. National Football Museum: 

Directions to the National Football Museum

Before the event finishes, take your child to the National Football Museum and take part in its limited event "Batteries Not Included". This exhibition explores the history and development of football toys, games, and its influence towards football culture.


Not convinced? The exhibition is fully interactive, meaning your children will be able to take part in a variety of activities during the event. From getting hands-on with arcade games to VR tech, you won't have your day wasted. 


3. Virtual Hideout Manchester

Directions to the Virtual Hideout Manchester

Enter a different world this 2024 at Virtual Hideout Manchester. The exciting virtual reality offers a range of games that can be experienced with your kids. All ages 6 and above can play, although some games have a minimum age recommendation.


Game packages include First Timers, Horror, Shooters, Escape Rooms & Puzzles, Family, Kids, and Sci-Fi. Their Family option is perfect for everyone, from kids to grandparents, whether it’s walking the plank or saving the earth – things may get competitive! 

4. Flip Out Manchester

Directions to the Virtual Hideout Manchester

Take a trip to Flip Out Manchester which includes a huge soft play/activity centre is located near the Etihad Campus close to Manchester city centre and contains 100 trampolines, a Total Wipeout zone, a Ninja Warrior course, a DodgeAttack arena, and so much more.

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There are various packages to choose from, including a family saver for £55 peak / £45 off-peak. There is also a special session on Tuesdays and Sundays for ASD and Disabilities where the music is turned down and the disco lights are off to create a more relaxing play environment.


5. Morgan & West's Massive Magic Show For Kids

Directions to the Lowry

Don't miss the time-travelling magicians, Morgan and West as they make their way to Salford. The duo performers create a dazzling show filled with magic, mischief and mayhem, a relentlessly funny performance that lasts. 


Morgan & West's Massive Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-Ups) is a fantastical magic experience made to entertain all attendants. Book their performance below while stocks last! 


6. The Lowry: Little Red Hen 

Directions to the Lowry

The Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company is presenting the Adventures Of The Little Red Hen, this February at The Lowry. This theatrical adaptation creates a more energetic performance of the well-beloved book, with a clever twist in storytelling that's fun for the whole family.


The show is recommended for ages 3 to 10, but the entire family is welcome! An excitingly unique event for this coming February half-term.


7. The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Directions to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

With an exhilarating number of activities to discover, and plenty of Lego building to do, The LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a haven for fun and creativity. Take your children to the Trafford Centre and book from a host of diverse events and experiences exclusive to the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. 



8. A Hike Around Manchester

While Manchester is known as a metropolitan city, not far from its paved roads is beautiful, picturesque greenery that can make any half-term magical. 


We've got our favourites here at CitySuites, from the high peaks of Mam Tor to a simpler - but equally lovely walk at Lyme Park, the choices for hikes, walks, and treks near Manchester are fantastic for planning your half-term. 

9. Take your family to the Manchester Chinese New Year Parade

This year, Manchester is getting ready for an incredible fusion of culture and festivities to celebrate and embrace the Year of the Dragon for Chinese New Year! In February 2024, expect a spectacular lineup of events, taster sessions, and performances for the whole family.


Expect vibrant parades that showcase traditional dances and performances, admire the beauty of the red lanterns scattered across the city, and create unforgettable moments for you and your kids this Chinese New Year.


Where will you be taking your family this half-term in February?

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In 2024, Manchester is full of family-friendly activities that your kids can enjoy. You can even enjoy the city at its best in one day if you're short on time.

The best thing about Manchester is its massive selection of things you and your kids can do throughout the year. So even if you miss any activities during the February half-term, you still have other events to look forward to that you and your children can experience in 2024.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Manchester city centre during the February half term, CitySuites offers luxury serviced apartments with room for all the family. We have Family Apartments and Two Bedroom Apartments with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Book us at CitySuites today!


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