Seven family activities to keep children entertained at half term for £10 or less

As February mid-term approaches, many Teesside families will be looking for things to keep their children occupied throughout Spring Break.

With the rising cost of living forcing families to reduce energy and clothing prices, cheaper and free activities throughout the school semester will no doubt be as popular as ever.

So where can families visit the Tees Valley for £10 or less? Here’s a seven-day guide to bargains in the area for the whole family to enjoy.

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Kirkleatham Owl Center

After a winter break, the Kirkleatham Owl Center in Redcar will open its doors to the public from Saturday 19th February.

The centre, located on the grounds of Kirkleatham Hall, is home to a wide variety of tropical and barnyard birds, as well as meerkats, guinea pigs and porcupines.

Halfway through, the center offers a number of workshops, including crafts and bird box making. They will also have a bird in flight show every day at 2:30 p.m.

A family of four can visit the Kirkleatham Owl Center for exactly £10; with children £2.50, seniors £3 and adults £3.50.

For more information on times and prices, visit the Owl Center website.

A barn owl at the Kirkleatham Owl Center

Stewart Park

Although the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum remains closed, Stewart Park still has plenty for the whole family to do – it’s all free!

Based in Marton, just outside Middlesbrough, Stewart Park is a huge 120-acre area with woodland areas and large fields.

Families can visit the resident llamas and goats in the park as well as the local ducks and geese swimming around the lakes.

For the younger members of the family, there’s also a play area, complete with slide and climbing frame inspired by Captain Cook’s ship, The Endeavour.

Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

The world of butterflies

Want to take the family to a warmer climate during the colder months? Then Butterfly World could be the perfect place!

Located in Preston Park, Eaglescliffe, Butterfly World reopens for the season on Monday February 21.

No reservations are required for families to experience the inland rainforest with up to 120 different species of butterflies, with tickets from just £4.

For more details and opening hours, visit the Butterfly World Facebook page.

Butterfly World at Preston Park, Eaglescliffe
Butterfly World at Preston Park, Eaglescliffe

Albert Park

Albert Park in the center of Middlesbrough offers plenty for the family during this shoulder season, with attractions at low prices meaning a trip certainly won’t break the bank.

The ice rink can be used for an hour for just £2.50 (roller skate price included), the tennis courts can be hired for £5 for 90 minutes and there are also a number of workshops throughout half-term holidays for young people. enjoy.

On Tuesday, February 22, visitors can make a nesting mobile to attract wildlife to their gardens in time for spring and Thursday’s session features a craft and storytelling workshop for under-fives – inspired by the book “What the ladybug heard”.

Booking is described as ‘essential’ for next week’s workshops and for more information call 01642 819808.

Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Albert Park, Middlesbrough

Dorman Museum

A stone’s throw from Albert Park, Middlesbrough’s iconic Dorman Museum is a family favorite on Teesside.

The museum is home to a wide variety of different exhibits and exhibit galleries – including Victorian potter Dr Christopher Dresser.

During half term there are a number of craft workshops, an interactive Owl trail and the Virtual Reality Jungle Ride for the whole family to enjoy.

Entrance to the Dorman Museum is free, with the jungle walk from £4, visit the museum’s Facebook page for opening times and more details.

Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

A short distance from Darlington’s North Road station, the Head of Steam Railway Museum has something for the whole family.

From a Victorian ticket office and platform to old-fashioned trains and an interactive learning area, the museum steps back in time to show visitors the rich heritage of the North East’s railways – the first passenger train being the Darlington to Stockton line which opened in 1825.

Throughout the semester, Head of Steam hosts a wide range of activity workshops in the museum for children to enjoy, including crafts and a science workshop.

Tickets cost £4.75 for adults, £3.75 for concessions, £3 for 6-16 year olds and under 5s can visit for free.

For pricing, hours of operation, and workshop reservations, visit the Head of Steam website.

Darlington Head of Steam Museum
Darlington Head of Steam Museum


Even if the weather halfway through is gloomy and cold, there is still plenty to keep the children occupied in the large interior!

Splash in Stockton has been a favorite of Teesside swimmers for years, and it won’t break the bank for the family to enjoy a swim.

Non-member adults can swim for £4.90, children for £3.50 and children under three swim completely free. The 25m is calm and quiet if you want a relaxing swim, but can turn into a water play area during the Big Splash swim, complete with a wave machine.

The center also offers family swim sessions from 6.30pm on Saturdays, for times, prices and local pools, visit the Tees Active website for details.

Splash, Stockton
Splash, Stockton

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