40+ Things To Do In February Half Term Around Cardiff

If you are looking for things to do in February Half Term in Wales (19th – 23rd), I have a great list of events and activities for you, many of which are free.  You can also find more suggestions for half term activities in this post.


All details are correct at the time of publishing and if you have any to add events to add, let me know as I will be updating this list throughout the week.

And yes, you will probably still be up at dawn, because kids rarely sleep in, do they?


  • Learn about farming and meet the resident pigs and poultry at St. Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff – 10:00 am to 17:00 pm.   
  • Family fun activities at Big Pit National Coal Museum 12:00 – 16:00.
  • Have a Welsh mining experience at Rhondda Heritage Park on the underground black gold tour.
  • See how coins and Olympic medals are made and even strike your own coin at The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant.
  • Enjoy a wide range of activities at Celtic Manor Resort with Dylan’s Den, treasure hunts, adventure golf, laser clays, high ropes adventure, laser combat and more. Booking required.
  • Get your swimming cossies on as kids under 4 go free at Cardiff International Pool – flumes, spacebowl, lazy river and water features to enjoy.
  • Get wooed at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol and find the animal print hearts on the love trail.
  • Put your detective skills to the test at NT Dyffryn Gardens on the February Half Term Spotter Trail.  What plants and animals can you see?  10:00 am to 16:00 pm.  Booking not required. Free event but admission fee applies.
  • Explorer fun at NT Tredegar House, Newport – 11:00 am to 16:00 pm. Learn all about the hidden lives of birds.  You can also make a bird box on specific dates.  Extra fee applies. Check details before you go.
  • Meet the villagers at at Cosmeston Medieval Village.  Meet Henry Hogg the swine herd, Elsbeth of Oxford, village priest Father Edwin and Walter the village Reeve on this guided tour.  Tickets and times from reception.
  • Explore Porthkerry Park, Barry with its 220 acres of woods and meadowland in a sheltered valley leading to a pebble beach and spectacular cliffs.  There’s a cafe, a picnic site, play area and toilets.
  • Leave the kids whilst you shop at IKEA’s Smaland crèche / supervised play area at Ferry Road, Cardiff. Places no longer pre-bookable but available on a first come first served basis. Mon – Sat 10:00 – 17:45, Sun 11:00 am – 16:30 pm.  Kids from 3-10 can spend up to 45 minutes per session.
  • Get the kids rock climbing at Boulders Indoor Climbing Centre, Cardiff. £15 for an 80 minute taster session.
  • Hunt for Pac Man on the Pac Man Trail in the galleries of the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.  Can you find the Pac Man figures?
  • Feb 19-24 | Build a universe at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. The Millennium Seagull has landed at the Centre and its crew need your help. Become a Universe Explorer and discover new planets, moons and alien beings. Build your own satellite and space ship and begin your adventure into the unknown.
  • Feb 9 – 25 |Watch Aardman Animation’s new film Early Man at Chapter Arts Centre.  It’s the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Certificate PG.
  • Feb 17 – 25 | Fun and games at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire 10:00 – 16:30. Family activities from noon until 16:00. See the new British Bird of Prey Centre or the butterflies in the tropical butterfly house.
  • Until 28 Feb | Meet the Cadw Dragons, Dewi and Dwynwen at Caerphilly Castle. Keep your eyes peeled for their mischievous little monsters, Dylan and Cariad, who are playing hide and seek around the Castle.

  • Feb 17 | Be a space hunter at Techniquest, Cardiff Bay.  Planetarium shows all day suitable for the under 7s. Go with the children on a treasure hunt in space to meet an astronaut, ride on a comet’s tail, look for an exploding star and much more!
  • Feb 17 | Try Gamelan Workshop at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff 13:00 – 15:00. Learn to play beautiful bronze Javanese percussion instruments in a two hour session suitable for 7 years upwards.
  • Feb 17 | Young Person’s Film Academy 2018 – The Story of Cinema at Chapter, Cardiff. 10:00 – 16:00 for 9-12s. First session of 4 weekly events (£12 per session). Learn about a different aspect of film making through an interactive lecture and watch a great film.
  • Feb 17| Cartoons and Computer Games Science Show at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 13:00 and 15:00. A fun workshop looking at the scientific laws found in cartoons and computer games and seeing if they apply to the real world.  Booking not necessary.
  • Feb 18 | Free screening of family film Wreck It Ralph at the National Waterfront Museum of Swansea, 14:00.

things to do in February half term - Ieuan at Brewers Fayre Barry

  • Feb 19 – 21 | Get them playing rugby at the Cardiff Blues Rugby Camp 9:00 – 16:00 at Cardiff Arms Park.  Book online at www.cardiffbluescamps.com/
  • Feb 19 – 23 | Soldier v Soldier at National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon.  11:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 16:00. Compare a soldier from WWI with a Roman soldier. Who was better equipped?
  • Feb 19| Make It Mondays – kids crafting session in the morning room in the house at NT Dyffryn Gardens – 12:00 pm to 15:00 pm
  • Feb 19 | Conquest Inflatable Challenge 10:00 – 18:00 jump on 6 giant inflatables and raise money for children’s charity Cerebra at the Vale Sports Arena, Penarth Road, Cardiff.  For 8+.
  • Feb 19 | Make home-made recycled bird feeders and paint them at Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre. 2 sessions available from 11:00.  Booking essential.  Bring a 750 ml pop bottle with you.
  • Feb 19 | Make a Pac Man decoder at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea. Free admission. 12:30 – 15:30.
  • Feb 19 | Fun activities at Margam Country Park near Neath. Storytelling with puppeteer Fiona plus castle tours and Margam Model Boat Club will be setting sail in the new pond.
  • Feb 20 – Feb 23 | half term free entry at Llancaiach Fawr Manor, near Nelson. Visit the year 1645 and find out about life in the manor in the 17th century.
  • Feb 20| Cafe Concert – Students of Atlantic College 15:00 pm to 16:00 pm at the Atlantic College, Llantwit Major
  • Feb 20 – 24 | Come and play with clay workshops with established ceramics artist Jane Rees Parfitt at National Museum of Wales Cardiff suitable for 8+. Ticket fee of £5 applies. For times visit website.
  • Feb 21 | The Little Mix Experience tribute band 18:30 pm to 21:00 pm at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry
  • Feb 21 | Make a magical machine at Cardiff Story Museum in the Hayes, Cardiff. 10:00 – 15:00. Get the kids inspired by the artwork of local legend Charles Byrd and create their own magical machines. Suitable for families with kids aged 4 to 7.
  • Feb 22 | NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof 19:00 pm to 22:00 pm at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry
  • Feb 22 | Get crafty at The Red Dragon Centre  12pm – 4pm to support and raise money for the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2018. Flower workshops, face painting and meet Upsy Daisy from In The Night Garden and Fifi from Flower Tot Garden
  • Feb 22| Meet the Meerkats at Cardiff Castle (timed slots – book online)
  • Feb 22 & 23 | Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (matinees). Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle with tales from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best loved stories. Live music and puppetry.
  • Feb 23-25 | Warrior School at Cardiff Castle – learn the skills you need to be a brave knight with the Warwick Warriors (timed slots – book online)

things to do in February half term - Penarth pier

  • Feb 24| Family film screening at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff 11:00 Early Man, 15:00 Coco. Book online www.chapter.org.
  • Feb 25 | St David’s Celebrations at National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthne.  10:00 – 16:30 pm free entry for all to celebrate St. David’s Day.  Family activities from noon, plus Welsh food, a craft fair, music from harps and choirs.

There’s something for everyone in this list of things to do in February half term.  I hope you have a great time and that the weather stays fine!


Marketing professional turned family lifestyle blogger. I live in Cardiff with hubby Mat, Caitlin (10) and Ieuan (8).

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  1. Kayleigh Watkins
    14 February, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    We live in Bridgend and have been to quite a few of these, we love St Fagans in the summer with a picnic, and Cardiff pool is so much fun, it’s a pain though as I cant take them on my own as they are 5 and 11 months and it’s one child to one adult, my 13 year old son can go unsupervised, we also enjoy techniquest, and Margam Park, Megan who’s 5 loves the little fairytale village, and the play area and animals xxx

  2. Jayne Sullivan
    17 March, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    I went to university in Cardiff. One of my favourite cities.

  3. Vivien Baird
    8 November, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Cardiff sounds great Will have to visit.

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