40+ Things To Do In February Half Term Around Cardiff

If you are looking for things to do in February Half Term in Wales (25th Feb – 1st March), 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 the Victorian era and find out what life was like for children in the 19th century 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.
  • Visit the year 1645 and find out about life in Llancaiach Fawr Manor, near Nelson in the 17th century.
  • Have a Welsh mining experience at Rhondda Heritage Park on the underground black gold tour and visit Danters Family Funfair.  Free car parking, toilets and security on site.
  • Visit the First World War In Memoriam Exhibition at Pontypridd Museum.
  • See the drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci at National Museum of Wales Cardiff.  £5 adults, under 16s, go free.  Buy your tickets in the museum.
  • See how coins and Olympic medals are made and even strike your own coin at The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant.
  • Get your swimming cossies on as kids under 4 go free at Cardiff International Pool – flumes, space bowl, lazy river and water features to enjoy.
  • Or try ice-skating at the Viola Ice Rink, home to the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team.
  • Get wooed at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol and find the animal print hearts on the love trail.
  • 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 Cosmeston Medieval Village.  Meet Henry Hogg the swineherd 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, a 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.
  • Feb 23 – 2 Mar | Try your hand at 3 cool St. David’s Day crafts at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea.
  • Feb 22 – 28 | Watch How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World (PG) at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
  • Feb 23 – 3 Mar | Get gardening activities at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire. You can also meet and hold a giant stick insect and other creepy-crawlies in the Great Glasshouse! There are lots of fun and games, a daffodil hunt plus arts and crafts action to suit all ages, too. Free potato growing courses on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Feb 25 – 1 Mar | 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 23 | 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 23| Free screening of family film Zog 1 pm and 3 pm at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
  • Feb 23 | Fitness class at Caerphilly Castle, the biggest castle in Wales. Sessions run every Saturday from 8:30 – 9:15 am until the end of March 2019 priced at just £5 per person. ION Strength and Conditioning will lead you on an invigorating hour of energetic movement suitable for all fitness levels incorporating the latest fitness methods.

  • Feb 25 | Half term tropical adventures at Cardiff Castle. Come and meet a range of amazing animals from the tropical rain forest of the Amazon to the African Kalahari desert for a chance to learn about their behaviour and habitats. Please note these sessions are extremely popular and may sell out in advance. Tickets £4.00
  • Feb 25 – 1 Mar | Kids Eat, Drink & Bowl at Hollywood Bowl at The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff.  Kids can enjoy a child’s main course, squash and drink and a game of bowling for just £7.04. Available Monday – Friday until 6 pm. To speak to one of the team and book over the phone, call 0844 826 1456 or book online at www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk
  • Feb 25| 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 25 | Slime Factory returns to Margam. Learn how to make slime and why it works with the ingredients. Children will have lots of fun getting creative and messy. £6.00 per person ticket only event, contact the park on 01639 881635 to book a space – limited spaces only. Sessions start time 10:30, 12.00, 1:30 and 3:00
  • Feb 26 | Make funky foam flowers at Margam Park Sessions start at 11.00, 12.15, 1.45 and 3.00 (approx 1 hour). £3 per session per child, only 25 spaces per session, buy your ticket at the entrance cabin on the way in and Meet in the Castle (Adult supervision required).
  • Feb 26 | Make home-made recycled bird feeders and paint them at Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre. 2 sessions available 10:30 – 11:15 am and 11:45 – 12:30 Suitable for ages 4+  £2.50 per child. Booking essential.
  • Feb 27 | Nest building workshop at Cwmcarn Forest Visitor Centre (link above).  10:30 – 11:15 am and 11:45 – 12:30 pm.  Suitable for ages 4+ £4 per child. Try your hand at building a birds nest using clay and natural materials.  Messy hands guaranteed.
  • Feb 27 | Warrior School at Cardiff Castle.  £10 for 1 child and 1 adult.  Learn how to sword fight with Sir Jay and Sir Lewis from the Warwick Warriors and become a fully-fledged knight. Held indoors in the atmospheric 15th-century Undercroft and ending in a knighting ceremony. Suitable for ages 5-16 years. For safety reasons, children under 5 may not participate but may accompany adults who have purchased a ticket.
  • Feb 22 – 28 | How To Train Your Dragon 3:  The Hidden World at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry 
  • Feb 27 | Get back to nature and cook on a campfire at National Trust Dyffryn Gardens. Booking not needed.  Admission applies.
  • Feb 27 | Screening of the film The Iron Giant at Cardiff Story Museum 1 pm. xxx
  • Mar 1 | The Giant Jam Sandwich at The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (12 pm, 3 pm). Ages 3-7.  Tickets £10. One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea…
  • Mar 1 | Free family crafts for St. David’s Day at St. Fagans Museum of Country Life, Cardiff
  • Mar 1 | Dragons & Daffodils crafts and face painting at Big Pit Museum National Coal Museum.
  • Mar 1 | St David’s Day Amble at Cwmcarn Forest Visitors Centre (link above).  11:30 – 12:30 pm.  Suitable for ages 6+ £3.50 per adult / £1.50 per child.  Booking essential.  Take a gentle stroll around the valley to spot the daffodils, followed by a cuppa and a welshcake. Little strollers will also get the chance to make their own daffodil using craft bits!

Eating out?  Check out our local restaurant reviews.  Worried about the weather?  Find a full three-day forecast wherever you are at www.worldweatheronline.com.

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!


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

    Cardiff sounds great Will have to visit.

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

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

  3. 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

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