The February half term may be a time for school aged children to cut loose, but that doesn’t mean under 5’s should have to take a back seat.

We know that finding activities suitable for smaller kids is difficult during the school holidays, so we’ve put together our selection of the best February half term events in Essex for babies, toddlers and younger children.

If you know of any more great February half term events in Essex, you can add the event here.

Events: Running throughout half-term

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Sat 11 Feb to Sat 18 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Professor Nitrate’s Mission to Mars at the Gunpowder Mills
Sat 11 Feb to Sun 19 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
Professor Nitrate has always dreamed of blasting off to Mars! The Professor applied to the UK Space Agency but they heard that the Professor was crazy. So the Professor set up the Royal Gunpowder Mills Space Agency (RGMSA). Will this help the professor to get to Mars?
www.royalgunpowdermills.com
Cost: Adult £10.50, child £8.50, Conc (over 60 or full-time student) £9.00, Family tickets from £24.75

Events: Saturday 11 Feb 2017

Children’s Crafts, Writtle Library
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
45 The Green, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3DT
Every second Saturday of the month. Come and have some fun making a craft! Free drop-in session.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Creative Fun Sessions, Billericay Library
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 10.30am-11.30am
143 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9AB
Every second Saturday of the month (term time only). Join in with creative activities and a story.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Beasty Baby at Colchester Arts Centre
Sat 11 Feb 2016, 11.00am & 1.30pm
Church Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1NF
Deep in the forest, in a wintery land, lives a gorgeously grizzly Beasty Baby. Mayhem and laughter await around every corner as three people embark on a wild adventure to bring up this very mischievous and totally loveable child. Using an inspired mix of puppetry and live music, Theatre-Rites creates a funny and magical shared experience for the whole family, to warm up those cold winter days. Most suitable for ages 3 – 6.
www.colchesterartscentre.com
Cost: £4.95 per ticket

Fossils Hunters at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sat 11 Feb 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Join in with our self-led rocks and fossils trail around the Naze. This is a drop-in event which runs from 11.00 and 15.00 so come anytime! No booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £2 per child, children must be accompanied.

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 11 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Birthday Bonanza! at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Let the good times roll as Lee Valley Park Farms celebrate their 40th birthday and pay tribute to 1977 when we first opened. Kick start your half term and see what’s new as the farm open the gates for the start of the 2017 season. Catch up with all the animals who have been sleeping in the farmyard and whose been plodding around the paddocks over winter. Enjoy a great family fun day out including talks on the animals, animal petting, falconry displays and face painting!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission charges apply

Events: Sunday 12 Feb 2017

Birthday Bonanza! at Lee Valley Park Farms
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10.00am-5.00pm
Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF
Let the good times roll as Lee Valley Park Farms celebrate their 40th birthday and pay tribute to 1977 when we first opened. Kick start your half term and see what’s new as the farm open the gates for the start of the 2017 season. Catch up with all the animals who have been sleeping in the farmyard and whose been plodding around the paddocks over winter. Enjoy a great family fun day out including talks on the animals, animal petting, falconry displays and face painting!
www.lvfarms.co.uk
Cost: Normal admission charges apply

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Sun 12 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 12 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Fossils Galore at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2016, 10.00am-4.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
A fun-filled day with Fossils Galore. Bring along fossils you have found to be identified. Look at fossils from the local area and further afield. A range of Prehistoric Activities to take part in. The skull of ‘Stompy’ the woolly rhinoceros will also be here!
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Free to drop in, £3 per activity

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 12 Feb 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Marty MacDonalds Toy Machine at Princes Theatre
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 2.00pm
Clacton-On-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE
Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep in a fun, musical, interactive adventure.
www.essex-live.co.uk
Cost: Adult £11.80, Conc £10.80, Family (2+2) £40.20

Valentine’s Themed Crafts Drop-In at Belfairs Woodland Centre
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS94LR
This is a drop in crafts day to come and make a valentine gift for someone you love or make heart related crafts just for fun! Join our friendly team at the Belfairs Woodland Centre. Crafts for all ages. No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Small charge for crafts

Events: Monday 13 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Mon 13 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Holiday Wild Beach at Chalkwell Beach
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.30pm
Chalkwell Railway Station, The Ridgeway, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS0
This is our seashore based wildlife morning. Explore the Seashore in all weathers. Lots of fun and fabulous things to make and take home. We will be outside so please dress appropriately. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet on Chalkwell Esplanade – between the ramp from Chalkwell Station and the end of the car parking area.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £8 per child. Booking essential, limited spaces

Kite Making at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Drop in between 10:30 and 12:30 and have a go at making flying your own kite. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Valentines Bunches and Bouquets at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Mon 13 Feb 2016, 12.00pm-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop in to make hearts and tied bunches for ready for Valentines’ Day. Event runs from 12.00-15.00, no booking required.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £3 for a heart and £5 for a tied bunch.

Bushcraft and Campfire Fun at Abberton Reservoir
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A bushcraft and campfire afternoon for all the family. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Events: Tuesday 14 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Tues 14 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Toys! at Hollytrees Museum
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.00am-4.00pm
Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1UG
All things Victorian! Meet some people from the past, discover how children had fun and make some Victorian toys of your own.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Peppa Pig Themed Event, South Woodham Ferrers Library
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Trinity Square, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 5JU
Come and join us for a fun morning of Peppa themed stories and crafts. You can even meet and have a photo with Peppa Pig too!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Under 5’s Dinosaurs at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
An event especially for the under 5’s. Today’s theme is dinosaurs – find out about these huge creatures! There will be a trail outside followed by craft activities and a story.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £5 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.

Brambly Hedge Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
A day of fun and adventures based around Jill Barklem’s Brambly Hedge stories. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Amazing Garden Art Day at Beth Chatto Gardens
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Create some cool outdoor art, decorate your own pots, design a recycled planter and sow some seed for spring! Booking Essential.
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult per child free, additional adults £3

Valentines Hearts and Crafts at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to The Naze and get crafty on Valentine’s Day! No need to book, drop-in anytime between 13.30 and 15.30.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £1 per craft.

The First Hippo On The Moon at the Mercury Theatre
Tues 14 Feb 2017, various times
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Recommended for 3+yrs.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 Adults / £9.50 Children

Events: Wednesday 15 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Wed 15 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

The First Hippo On The Moon at the Mercury Theatre
Wed 15 Feb 2017, various times
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PT
From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? Recommended for 3+yrs.
www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
Cost: £13.50 Adults / £9.50 Children

Alice in Wonderland, Broomfield Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-11.30am
180 Main Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7AH
Create your own Wonderland, with crafts and lots of wonderful fun.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Giant Jam Sandwich Craft Workshop, Hatfield Peverel Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
The Street, Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 2DP
Themed craft workshop with activities for all the family. Jam tasting, bread making and make a giant wasp!
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Dinosaurs at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Follow our dinosaur trail and discover what it was like when these giants roamed the earth! We will also be making our very own dinosaurs.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £6 per child, booking essential, children must be accompanied.

Family K’NEX Workshop, Loughton Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-12.00pm
Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD
A free 2 hour K’NEX construction workshop for parents and children run by Adult Community Learning. Booking essential on 0345 603 7635 and quote Course code BFL3A2OY16
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Go Live! at Natural History Museum
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am – 12.00pm and 2.00pm-4.00pm
High St, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DN
Meet the fossil experts from GeoSuffolk and discover more about the amazing fossils found in this area. Bring along your own fossils to find out more about them.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: FREE

Wacky Wednesday Children’s Parties at Orsett Hall Hotel
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm
Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3HS
Come and enjoy some Half Term fun with us here at Orsett Hall. There will be lots of fun and laughter with: AJ Entertainers; Magician; Stage Shows; Balloon Modelling; Mini Disco; Sweets (additional charge will apply); Bar Open; Food available to be purchased.
www.orsetthall.co.uk
Cost: £8.50 each, Adults FREE, Under 1’s FREE.

Birds and Bugs at Beth Chatto Gardens
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.00pm
Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7DB
Come and join us for a feathery, creepy crawly day! Hunt for creatures, try a trail and make a fabulous masterpiece to take home. Booking Essential.
www.bethchatto.co.uk/events
Cost: Accompanied children £8. One adult per child free, additional adults £3

Abberton Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Our Wednesday holiday club for unaccompanied 8-12 year olds. Join in the fun on the reserve, there will be different activities each session, such as pond dipping, bug hunting, campfire cooking and more. Bring a packed lunch.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £20.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Wild Wednesday at Danbury Country Park
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Woodhill Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4AW
Most popular with kids ages 2 to 12, but all are welcome. Led by rangers, young ones can try making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft, finding fish… every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors.
www.visitparks.co.uk/events
Cost: FREE (except parking charge)

Harry Potter Book Afternoon, Billericay Library
Wed 15 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-3.30pm
143 High Street, Billericay, Essex CM12 9AB
At Billericay Library, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an afternoon of games, activities, readings and quizzes. It all begins when the Sorting Hat decides who will be in which House, and houses will be competing for house points throughout the afternoon. The staff will be dressing up, and hope our guests will come dressed as their favourite Harry Potter character and help recreate the magical world of Harry Potter.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Events: Thursday 16 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Winter Bug Hunt at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come for a ramble around the reserve and search for some winter bugs. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Home for Nature at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop-in to the centre to make a mini bird box and a home for bees! Event runs from 11.00-15.00, no need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Requested donation £5 per child

Castle Archery at Colchester Castle
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 11.00am-4.00pm
High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
Hit the bull’s-eye this half-term at Colchester Castle. Discover why English bowmen were so effective and test your sharpshooting skills. Sessions at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
cimuseums.org.uk
Cost: £2.00 per person (+ admission). Booking required. Please call 01206 282941.

Pond Dipping Afternoon at Abberton Reservoir
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and explore the depths of our ponds. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Family K’NEX Workshop, Clacton Library
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Station Road (opposite the Town Hall), Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1SF
The workshop will allow you to work with your child to create models of a whole variety of designs. This is a ticketed event suitable for ages 5-14 years. Please come into Clacton Library with your library card to get your ticket.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Family K’NEX Workshop, Buckhurst Hill Library
Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
165 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5AZ
A free 2 hour K’NEX construction workshop for parents and children run by Adult Community Learning. Booking essential, please contact the Course Booking Line on 0345 603 7635 and quote course code BFL4B23Y16.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Events: Friday 17 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Fri 17 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Lost in Space! Maldon Library
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10.00am-11.30pm
Carmelite House, White Horse Lane, Maldon, Essex CM9 5FW
Join in our space themed fun! Free children’s crafts: Make your own slingshot rocket; Quiz trail; Share a story
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Treasure Hunters at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Warm up with an explore around the nature reserve on a fun treasure hunt. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Shark Trail and Crafts at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Drop-in between 11.00 and 15.00 and have a go at our outdoor shark trail. Then come back to make some scary shark crafts! No need to book.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Donation £2 per child for the trail and £1 per craft.

Space Adventures at Abberton Reservoir
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 1.00pm-3.00pm
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU
Come and be an astronaut for the afternoon and make some space craft to take home. All ages welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: £6.00 requested donation per child. Booking essential.

Spring Crafts for Children, Galleywood Library
Fri 17 Feb 2017, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Watchouse Road, Galleywood, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 8PU
Craft event aimed at children, aged 3 and up. Join us to make a range of crafts using recycled items on the theme of spring. Drop in at any time, no need to book.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Events: Saturday 18 Feb 2017

Superhero Half Term Fun, Great Baddow Library
Sat 18 Feb 2017, visit during normal opening hours
27 High Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7HH
Fun activities for children of all ages during half term – just drop-in when we’re open! Solve our Superhero Prize Trail. Join in with Superhero Craft Activities. Create your own Superhero Identity.
libraries.essex.gov.uk
Cost: FREE

Max the Brave: Family Picture Book Concert at Saffron Walden County High
Sat 18 Feb 2017, 2.00pm & 4.00pm
Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH, UK
Ed Vere’s vivid children’s book comes alive in this delightful piece of music theatre, with live music performed by Britten Sinfonia. Max is a kitten, a brave and fearless kitten in search of a mouse. But in order to be a mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is. Join author and illustrator Ed Vere and Britten Sinfonia as they take you on an exciting and unexpected musical journey: the ‘purr-fect’ way to introduce the young and their families to classical music. Suitable for ages 3-7
www.brittensinfonia.com
Cost: Adult £12, Under 18s £6

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sat 18 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Events: Sunday 19 Feb 2017

Kids for a Quid at Epping Ongar Railway
Sun 19 Feb 2017, various times
Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN
Your kids can enjoy the fun of vintage railways for just £1 during the half-term holidays, thanks to a special promotion at Epping Ongar Railway. There are steam locomotives, vintage coaches and a fleet of old fashioned London Routemaster buses. Traditional signal boxes, old fashioned semaphore signals and uniformed staff all make it extra special. This is a great way to enjoy a steam railway at a reduced price.
www.eorailway.co.uk
Cost: Adults £13, children £1

Fossil Hunters at The Naze Education and Visitor Centre
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.00am-12.30pm
Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LE
Come along to the Naze and be a fossil hunter! What interesting things can we find on the beach and just how old are they?
www.essexwt.org.uk
Cost: Children must be accompanied, donation £5 per child. Booking essential.

Snowdrop Sunday at Hedingham Castle
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ
The Castle’s winter gardens are possibly the most romantic in the East of England, with at least 13 varieties of snowdrops covering the steep slopes of the motte and bailey and setting off the trees and lakes in front of the Georgian Mansion House. The Cafe will be open for the sale of mulled wine and other refreshments, and there will be free guided tours of the Keep.
www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk
Cost: Adults £8.50, Under 18s £6, Over 65s £7.50, Family £25, Under 5s FREE

Snowdrop Open Day at Easton Lodge
Sun 19 Feb 2016, 11.30am-4.00pm
Little Easton, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2BB
Come and see the carpet of thousands of white flowers under the trees. Homemade refreshments, nature and craft activities for younger visitors (most of these are free of charge although there may be a small charge for some activities). Picnics welcome. Well behaved dogs on leads. For detail on specific open day attractions see the website.
www.eastonlodge.co.uk
Cost: Adult £4, Children under 16 FREE

 

If you know of any more great February half term events in Essex, you can add the event here.