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Where to take the little ones for February half term.

Why not take the family to Lee Valley Park Farms in Essex, which is reopening on Saturday 10 February. The animals – including cows, pigs and ponies – have had a rest and are now keen to see their little human friends again. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained – including petting the animals, watching birds of prey, meeting the meerkats or hitching a lift on Tex the tractor.

Opening hours are 10:00 to 17:00 every day and the price is £10 (adults and children 2-17, concessions, senior citizens and registered disabled); £9 per person (groups of seven or more); under 2s and carers accompanying a person with a disability or learning difficulties are admitted FREE. Book online and save 10%. For more information, go to

Take a Step into the Stone Age at Waltham Abbey Gardens on Wednesday 14 February. The little ones will travel back to prehistoric times and participate in a range of fun indoor and outdoor activities including fire lighting, mini shelter building and food foraging.

The event takes place from 13:00 to 15:00 and is priced at £4.50 for advanced bookings, £5 on the day. Accompanying adults are free. For more information, go to

Families who prefer to be more spontaneous can just turn up at any of Lee Valley Regional Park’s green spaces and watch wildlife for free. The park, which runs from Amwell End in Hertfordshire to Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin, is home to over half the UK’s dragonfly species, over 500 plant species, 150 bird species including the rare Bittern, otters and water voles.


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