Sparkling Bradford | Lockdown-friendly Things to Do During February Half Term

We may still be in lockdown, but we’ve found some fantastic fun activities to keep the kids entertained and active this half term.

Be an explorer:

Pull on your wellies and enjoy some fresh air close to home whether in your local park, woods or in the garden:

  • Find the magical winter fairies or dinosaurs hidden in Lister Park or Peel Park with the free Love Exploring app! NEW trails include Horton and Harold Park >> Download the App
  • Get excited for woodland hikes, a stroll in the park, adventures canalside. Wrap up warmly, grab a flask and head outside. What can you discover on a nature walk? Things to Look for on a Nature Walk.

Immerse yourself in nature, enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Respect, Protect, Enjoy – the Countryside Code.

In line with current restrictions, outdoor exercise is limited to once per day. Walking and other forms of exercise can play a crucial role in maintaining mental and physical health, but please remember to stay local and follow government guidelines. Hands, face, space.

Be active at home:

  • The Join Us Move Play (JU:MP) website is full of tips and ideas to keep kids active both outdoors and at home. Why not try balloon volleyball, lava leap, or take the 10 second challenge!
  • Join Bradford Libraries special story time and yoga extravaganza! There’s a different story and activity each day to keep children moving and entertained. Go to Bradford Libraries YouTube, Facebook or Twitter pages or visit.
  • 50 Things to Do Before You’re 5 has plenty of stay at home ideas for young children.

Be a chef:

  • It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday 16 February! What’s your favourite topping? We’d love to see photos of how you eat yours. Tag #SparklingBradford on Twitter and Instagram and make us hungry.   
  • Try a virtual cookalong – make the same recipe as friends and family and cookalong together via zoom. For some recipe ideas. 
  • Make an authentic Italian pizza at home with Aldo Italian’s special children’s pizza making kit.
  • Bradford Cathedral has some flippin fun facts in its Shrove Tuesday and pancake videos

Be an experimenter: be the first to try out some new games created right here in Yorkshire as part of The Yorkshire Games Festival at the Science and Media Museum.

Be a pirate for the day: The Bradford Literature Festival has a selection of pirate videos, stories and craft ideas.

Be an astronaut or astronomer with the Yorkshire Dales Dark Skies Festival: Beginners guides to star gazing, watch live videos of wildlife at night-time, you can even go on a space mission to Mars!

Be crafty, a designer or an artist:


Remember when you are out and about to follow public health guidance. Please wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when required, and maintain a safe distance from others.

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