Child friendly activities can feel thin on the ground at the start of the year. The weather is cold and wet, while many attractions are closed. Fortunately the February half term sees many reopen with bags of events to boot. Here’s my pick of toddler and preschooler days out this February half term for South Buckinghamshire, South West Herts and the surrounding area.
Open for the new season
Bekonscot Model Village, Beaconsfield – a magical miniature world for children to explore. Includes train rides, a playground, cafe and shop.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton – has steam trains running on both Sundays and the Wednesday of half term week
Half term specials
Natural History Museum, Tring – monkey mask craft workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden – is holding events for school aged children throughout half term week
World’s End Garden Centre – wildlife week events including crafts and cooking at taking place each day. Book in advance
Ashridge Estate has a lantern workshop each weekday with a candlelit walk on the Friday where you can bring your lantern along.
Cliveden has a gardens trail opening on the Saturday of half term with a nature detective event linked to the walk on the Wednesday, costing £2.
Hughenden Manor is hosting Planes, Trains and Automobiles throughout the half term featuring opportunities to get hands on with a model railway, model planes a simulator and more. Cost £2 per child.
Chinese New Year in Chesham – Chesham will be showing off all things Chinese including food plus children can learn some Mandarin from Lingotastic in Chesham Library at 1pm. The community radio station Chiltern Voice FM will also be launching at the event.