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10 Great Half-Term Days Out In The Vale


February half term is always a hard one. The beach is pretty much out of bounds unless you fancy a brisk dog walk, Ice Cream is off the menu, and you'd be more likely to lose the ball than score a goal if you ventured down the local football pitch.

Regardless of this, the inevitable call of " We're bored" will still come your little tykes' bedroom at 11am, Saturday morning, and so Bro Radio have compiled a list of some of the best things you can do in and around the Vale, this late winter break.

T-Rex in Cardiff Bay

A giant robotic dinosaur! What more could a young person want? As previously reported by Bro, Cardiff Bay is currently home to an 18 metre long, 5 metre tall T-Rex, the largest of its kind.

The prehistoric animatronic dubbed Quay Rex will be on display until the 23rd February and free to view. You can find out more about the techy T-Rex from our previous article here.

Amelia Trust Farm

The Amelia Trust Farm is a countryside sanctuary and charity based in the Vale.

With a rich history spanning 30 years, the farm is home to over 20 wonderful species of all shapes and sizes, from chatty guinea pigs to fan favourite donkeys and alpacas.

If you're on a bit of a tight budget do not fear. With entry charges of £2 per adult and £1.50 per child, Amelia Trust is not only fun and educational but cheap too. Although, if you can spare a few quid more, the charity would greatly appreciate it.

Check out the Amelia Trust website here.

Memo Arts Centre

Perhaps your lot are a bit less outdoorsy and fancy something to do that doesn't involve muddy boots and pac-a-macs for just in case. Well then the Memo Arts Centre might be the place for you.

With a vast array of movies, live and special events, the Memo has something to please even the most fussy of family members.

Highlights include a showing of the most recent Jumanji movie, and a Frozen 2 sing-along special, (sorry parents). You can find out more about what's on in the Memo on our listings article here.

Cosmeston Lakes

An oldy but a goody, if you haven't visited Cosmeston Lakes for a while, perhaps this half-term is your opportunity to go back and explore the serene lakes and landscapes.

Totally free and covering over 100 hectares of land, Cosmeston offers you the space to choose your own adventure, be it a bike ride, dog walk or even a trip to feed the ducks. Oh, and don't forget the medieval village!

Find out more about Cosmeston Lakes here.

Bath Bomb Workshop - Awesome Wales

From a large body of water in Cosmeston, to something slightly smaller, your bath, bath bombs have been all the rage for some time now, with their colourful qualities and hold-it-sniff-it abilities.

But how would your kids like the opportunity to make their own?

As part of Awesome Wales' half-term series, (more on that later), Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February sees the zero waste shop teaching your kids the secrets and science of making a bath bomb. They even get to take one home with them.

Tickets are £5 and available here but hurry! Some dates have already sold out!


Slime Kids Workshop - Awesome Wales

If the cleanliness of bath bombs isn't quite your child's thing, perhaps slime is.

Almost as popular as computer games, making slime is the "in" thing right now, and Awesome Wales can make your kids' slime dreams a reality, with 3 slime recipes to choose from and plenty of smells and colours.

The event is taking place on Monday 17th February and you can get your tickets here.

Circus Workshop - NoFit State

To stop your child from running away to join the circus during the half term break, why not nurture their interest instead and take them along to a circus workshop.

Based in Adamsdown, NoFit State will be holding the workshop teaching all the tricks of the Big Top from acrobatics to juggling.

Funded by Children In Need, the class is free to attend for children over 5 and is taking place on the 20th February.

Check out the details here.

Zog at St David's Hall

Perhaps one for the younger ones, Zog tells the story of a dragon large in size, and keen in nature. So eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know, Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three.

Hosted by the wonderful St David's Hall on the 18th Februaury, Zog promises to be a magical production.

For more information see their facebook page here.

St Fagans National Museum Of History

The home of many a school trip, there's always something new to see in Wales' most popular heritage attraction.

The museum is free to enter and look around, but there are plenty of fantastic extra activities you can do if checking out the historic buildings isn't quite enough for you.

Plan your visit on their website here.

Alexandra's Enchanted Garden

Penarth's Alexandra Park will be transformed into an enchanting interactive garden this February half-term.

Guests will be invited to follow the winding paths through the Giant’s Garden & the Fairy Kingdom, make a wish in the well and listen to the pixies work away in the wishing factory as audiences enter a world filled with immersive soundscapes, lighting displays and design installations. 

Open from the 14th - 22nd February at Alexandra Park in Penarth, check out their website for tickets here.

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