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10 things to do in Northern Ireland this half-term

Looking for something to do to entertain the kids this half term?

Here's a list of 10 family friendly events happening in Northern Ireland during the mid-term week (12-17 February) to keep children entertained and parents happy.

1. Toddlers take over the museum

  • Bangor, February 16
Pic: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As part of the playful museums month, North Down Museum will be hosting a free 'toddlers take over the museum' event.

The building will become a fun and exciting place for children aged 3-5 years old.

This is a chance for your child to experience arts and crafts, storytelling and puppet shows put on just for them.

2. X Factor Live Tour 2018

  • SSE, Arena, Belfast, February 16

The X Factor Live Tour 2018 kicks off and for the first time ever the audience will choose their own winner.

The top artists confirmed to go on the tour are Rak-Su, Grace Davies, Kevin Davy White, Lloyd Macey, The Cutkelvins, Matt Linnen and Sean and Conor Price.

The X Factor Live Tour has thrilled more than three million people since it began 13 years ago, making it one of the UK's most successful annual arena tours .

For more information, visit

3. Winter Woolly Walk

  • Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle, February 17
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Tollymore Forest Park

Wrap up warm and come along to Cancer Fund for Children’s wonderful Winter Woolly Walk at Tollymore Forest Park.

Walkers are free to stroll leisurely or can walk as briskly as they wish, it’s all about having fun together as a family, getting out in the fresh air and enjoying the wonderful wintry scenery.

Refreshments for adults and children will be provided at the end of each walk as well as some fun family activities.

To sign up phone 028 9080 5599 or e-mail

4. NI Science Festival

  • Belfast, February 15-25
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With over 180 events across over 50 venues, the NI Science Festival offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

These events present some of the best scientists from NI and beyond to discuss their work, cutting-edge research and what the future might hold.

During the day, the festival offers a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people and parents.

For more information, visit

5. Dusty's Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships

  • Castle Espie, February 16-18
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Join Dusty the duck by grabbing your wellies, getting outside and having a splashing time at Dusty's Northern Ireland Puddle Jumping Championships this February half term.

Bring friends and family and see who can make the biggest, craziest splash as measured by special splash-o-meters.

The Championships are open to children no matter what age or ability.

6. Museum of the Moon

  • W5, Belfast, February 10 - March 4
Museum of the Moon at W5

Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram coming to W5.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. This installation is free to view with admission to W5.

For more information, visit

7. The TQ Giants Trail

  • Titanic Quarter, Belfast, February 17
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A family friendly trail where you will be provided with a treasure map and lots of clues.

Spend the morning exploring Titanic Quarter searching for industrial giants, discover how they have played a huge role in the Titanic Quarter's maritime history, and the one thing that links them all.

For more information, visit

8. George's Marvellous Medicine

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast, February 13-17
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Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George's Grandmother. She likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do.

Following the success of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The Witches, Curve's magnificent new co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston promises to be yet another hugely imaginative and entertaining stage adaptation coming to the Grand Opera House bursting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of frothbuggling family fun.

For more information, visit

9. O Duo

  • Bangor Castle, February 17
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See percussionists O Duo whizz around the stage as you have never seen before in this exciting family concert.

The pair perform an invigorating mix of classical music alongside some popular classics from TV and film on a huge array of percussion including marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, drum kit, African and Brazilian drums and a multitude of handheld percussion.

For more information, visit

10. Spotlight Talk

  • Castle Espie, Newtownards
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Join Castle Espie's aviculture team to find out more about their range of collection birds, which are kept on-site and inspire any young nature enthusiast.

The close encounters area is one of the most popular attractions of the reserve, offering visitors the opportunity to feed rare and exotic birds.

To book a space call 028 9187 4146.

For more information on these events, visit

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