Stay and play this February half term

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This February half term, new research reveals that one in six (16%)1 parents are planning a family staycation, whilst just over a third (34%)2 will stay put at home.

That means families up and down the UK will be looking for fun activities to fill the half term break – which not only can be an extra-added stress for busy mums and dads, but also can be costly.

According to family activity app Hoop, just under one in five (18%)3 parents admit that they struggle to find different things to do. Almost one in ten (7%)4 go as far to say that they dread half term – especially in February.
But the break doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, Hoop has been designed to provide parents with a wealth of different options to enjoy with their kids.

A quick search of the app will list everything that’s happening in the local area – meaning that you can try something new on your doorstep or find a different, unique activity as you explore what the UK has to offer.

Whether it’s a circus skills class or Whodunnit mystery for the whole family, ten half term highlights can be found below:

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

Festival for Up to 12 years

Wednesday 13th to Sunday 24th February

Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, London

Both free & paid activities

Circus Dreams Holiday Camp

Circus Skills for 5 - 16 years

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February

Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form, Stoke Newington

£55 per Single Day Workshop | £250 per 5 Day Workshop

Bach to Baby Family Concerts

Concert for All Ages

Selected dates throughout half-term

Locations in Bourneville, Cambridge, Guildford, Henley, London, Reading & Solihull

£9.00 per adult 

The Earth’s Environments with Culture Coventry 

Art for 3 - 16 years

Friday 22nd February

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry 

General admission £2.50

Yorkshire Sculpture Park: Family Casting Workshop

Arts & Crafts for 8 years and above

Saturday 16th February

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Ticket £20.00

Whodunnit? A Family Friendly Mystery Trail

History for 3 years and above

Saturday 23rd February

Aston Hall, Birmingham

Child £3.00 | Adult £8.00 | Family Tickets £17.40 - £22.60

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Comedy for 6 years and above

Saturday 16th & Saturday 26th February

Locations in Brighton, Derby, Guildford, Leicester & Newport

General admission from £8.00

The Outdoors Project Holiday Club: Bring Literature To Life, Carve & Cave Painting, Campfire Cookout & Loot Llama Revenge Stay and play this February half term

Outdoor Play for 5 - 12 years

Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February

Hove Park, Brighton

One day workshop £28.00

Jorvik Viking Festival

Festival for 3 years and above

Wednesday 20th to Wednesday 27th February

Jorvik Viking Centre, York

Both free & paid activities

Puppet Making Workshop with Get Creative in Brighton

Puppet Making for 18 months - 11 years

Tuesday 19th February

Patcham Methodist Church, Brighton

Child £5.50

About Hoop:

Hoop is a free app that makes it easy to discover what’s on for kids.

Started by a group of parents that regularly found themselves wading through parenting forums, local notice boards and websites to see what’s on for their kids locally, Hoop is now the UK’s #1 place to uncover new family activities.

Since launching in 2016, over 1 million parents have downloaded Hoop - equating to one in ten parents in the UK and one in five parents in London.

Designed for families with newborns to 11 yrs old, Hoop lists over 100,000 different family-friendly activities, classes, workshops and events each month. The helpful app was picked by Apple as one of its best apps of 2016 and 2017.

Hoop is free to download at and is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store 

The team behind Hoop previously founded ‘VoucherCodes, Europe’s largest voucher code website which helped over 8 million UK members save money at their favourite stores.