So the school holidays are upon us again and, I don't know about you, but I'm still skint from Christmas! Plus I had a horrendous money month in January as my brakes failed which cost me £500. Anyway, I've put together a post on 25 free and cheap things to do this February half-term in Bristol so that we can all still have lots of fun without breaking the bank! Don't forget to show Broke in Bristol - & beyond some love this Valentines Day by liking or following me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Sat Feb 15 to 23. Kids World Fun Fair at Avon Valley Adventure Park, £5.99.
All the fun of the fair is coming to Avon Valley Adventure Park this February half-term! I took Little Miss Diva to this last year and although it's definitely fun – don't expect too much – it is only £5.99 after all. Although it's no Alton Towers, rides include the ferris wheel, dodgems, waltzers, funhouse, funny mirrors, bungee, trampolines, helter skelter, mini planes, mini convoy ride and a race’o’rama ride and the (unbelievably fast!) tea cup ride.
Sat Feb 15. Free Dog Photo Shoot, Jollyes Bristol.
Aww – I'll be taking my new pup along to this! Bring your pooch along to Jollyes Bristol for a free doggy photo shoot with their professional dog photographer. Photos can be purchased after the event and one lucky winner will receive a large mounted print of their dog.
Sat Feb 15. Free Family Arts Session at Children's Scrapstore.
This is a free, creative session for families where all generations are encouraged to join in. Expect a colourful, multimedia session, with plenty of materials to help you add features and details to your fantasy building or dream home.
Sat Feb 15. Bump Roller Disco at Millennium Square, from £6.50.
BUMP Rollerdisco at Millennium Square Bristol on Saturday 15th February, session time 1pm – 3pm; open to everybody above the age of 3. The rink is sheltered, has a complete professional lighting package, professional full-range club sound-system as well as a mirror ball bar directly outside serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Sun Feb 16. Art and Craft Workshop with Kids Cre8, £3.
Kids Cre8 will be recycling clothes pegs for the craft workshop where you can make your own Clothes-Peg Snowflake to take home. If you have any old or broken wooden clothes pegs lying around at home, please bring them along to this drop in workshop and will be held indoors, in the Makers Market. Suitable for children 3+ (Children to be accompanied by an adult).
Sun Feb 16. Mini Ravers Bristol launch party. Revolution, £6.
I would love to take Little Miss Diva to this but she is sadly at the age where it just wouldn't be cool to be out raving with her mum! You may have heard of the Zoo Project in Ibiza and this is the first Zoo Party experience to land in Bristol! Expect meet and greets from all of your little ones favourite animal characters, giant inflatable animals and balloons. Dress up as your favourite animal and get ready to party!
Mon Feb 17. Splatters Don't Matter - Holiday Stay & Splay from £6.
There is just so much to do with paint… printing, paint-spinning, splatter painting, marbling and more. Wear clothes that won’t mind a few splashes and prepare for a celebration of all things paint! Splatters Don't Matter is taking place at Children's Scrapstore.
Tue Feb 18. Magical Storytelling at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, free.
Join storyteller Cassandra on an amazing adventure to a magical world of marvel and mystery. Let her whisk you away, taking inspiration from the 'Do you believe in magic?' exhibition. Suitable for all ages, Magical Storytelling runs from 10:30 to 11:15am.
Tue Feb 18. Make Your Own Marble Run at Creative Workspace, £3.
Turn up between 11am-3pm to design your very own marble run to play with at home. Borrow our test marbles to create your design, then play using your own marbles at home or buy some from the shop to take home.
Tue Feb 18. Woodland Tribe at Windmill Hill City Farm, free.
A fab opportunity for youngsters to go outdoors with hammers, nails and saws and build dens!. These Woodland Tribe sessions will run from 10-11.30 am, 12.30-2 am, and 2.30-4 pm and although it's free, donations are always welcome.
Tue Feb 18. Half Term Disco at St George Labour Club, £1.
This family disco in St George is a great excuse for you to get your groove on and boogie from 12 'til 4. There will be plenty of games and sweets for the children and food will be available from £1 per person.
Tue Feb 18. Valentines Half Term Disco Ball hosted by Princess Elsa, the Youf Centre, Staple Hill. £3.50.
Bonnie Boppers will be entertaining children with a disco, lucky dip, games, prizes and low cost snacks and food. Organisers say this Valentines Half Term Disco Ball is an event not to be missed.
Tue Feb 18. Punky Family Bristol - Half-term hangs. Free.
This is an event for alternative parents and their children where you can join your co-presidents and their kids at the park. Meet at 11.00 by the cafe for Punky Family Bristol which will entail three hours of hanging out with others.
Wed Feb 19. Bouncing Brothers Inflatable Fun, Merchants Academy Sports Hall, free.
On Wednesday the Merchants Academy Sports Hall will be jam packed with inflatable fun. As well as bouncy castles, there's a 10ft Scream Slide, 35ft Obstacle Course and Gladiator Duel. There are three sessions available to book: 10:00 - 11:45 12:00 - 13:45 and 14:15 - 16:00, tickets cost £6 for children aged 2 to 13 or £3.50 if under 2.
Wed Feb 19. Create an Environmental Display for Window Wanderland. Free.
Bishopston Window Wanderland 2020 takes place from 29th Feb to 2nd March so this workshop offers an opportunity to create a display highlighting the Environment and the Planet's Climate Emergency. The Create an Environmental Display workshop takes place from 3 'til 8pm at Alchemy 198.
Wed Feb 19. Full Flight of the Starlings – Holiday Stay & Play, Children's Scrapstore, £6.
In winter the sky is filled with starlings swirling and swooping so organisers will be combining making and movement, crafting birds and flying creatures for children aged 5 to 10. These Children Scrapstore events do sell out so booking is essential.
Thu Feb 20. Mini Gardens Half Term Making Session at Littleton Playspace from £5.
Four to eight-year-olds are invited to come along and make a mini garden at this event in Easton to take home. It's £5 per child or £7.50 if they'd like to stay for an hours play after.
Thu Feb 20. Children's Craft Morning in Emersons Green, £1.
There's a children's craft morning taking over Emersons Green Village Hall from 10am til 12noon next Thursday and it's only £1 per child.
Thu Feb 20. Games, Coffee and Cake, The Rising Sun in Windmill Hill. £2.
This is a great family-friendly pub in Windmill Hill and on Thursday you can grab a coffee and a cake with the kids, bring your own games and make new friends to play with. Games, Coffee and Cake is just £2 per child and includes a cupcake and a cup of squash.
Thu Feb 20. Half-term Butterflies, Bees & Bugs. Free, optional lunch £2.50.
Half-term butterflies, bees and bugs is a great opportunity to plant flower seeds so the beautiful local insects will have food growing for springtime. Led by Lucy, she will teach you how to plant your seeds, how to protect them, and what to do when spring comes. Each person will be able to take home their own pot with planted seeds.
Fri Feb 21. Family Friday at the M Shed, free.
Get into the spirit of Wildlife Photographer of the Year! Pop in and get stuck in with some craft activities led by Chidren's Scrapstore. If fashion is more your thing, be inspired by Linda Thomas’ eco design dress in the foyer and create some scrap fashion at Family Friday.
Fri Feb 21. Zion Mardi Gras, free.
It's Mardi Gras time at Zion and you can bring the family along to celebrate with the Bristol Pan Sonic Band. Suitable for all ages there will be mask making, a steel pan workshop, street food and a full bar! Suitable for all ages, doors at 6pm, tickets £3 adults £2 kids (18 months and over). Booking in advance is recommended.
Fri Feb 21. Kids Daytime Disco at Lyde Green Community Centre. £1.
How about a kiddies disco for just a quid? This daytime disco is suitable for primary school children and below. Tickets available from Lyde Green Community Centre office.
Sat Feb 22. World Book Day Costumes. £8 for two.
Get ready for World Book Day by making your costumes without the night-before panic! There will be heaps of Scrapstore materials to help you get into character and bookings include one-day membership to the Scrapstore Warehouse, where you can collect up to a basket of scrap for a donation of £6 (less if the basket isn't full).
Sun Feb 23. Peg People Workshop with Kids Cre8, £3.
Kids Cre8 runs weekly art and craft workshops for children at the Tobacco Factory Markets from 11.30 to 2pm. February workshops will be based indoors in the new Makers Market so you don't have to brave the cold!
Please double check all event details before heading out! Have a great half-term everyone. Have I missed anything? Feel free to share it on Broke in Bristol – & beyond on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
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