Family friendly activities this Half Term

Next week (12 –16 February) is half term for schools in Leeds. We have collated a range of activities to keep your young ones busy:

The Friends of Middleton Park will be running free play activities in or near to the Visitor Centre, by the lake. On Tuesday it’s den building from 11am-1pm and on Wednesday there’ll be outdoor games with ACE, 12-2pm. There’s no need to book, just turn up.

The Hunslet Club will be running their regular Activity Camp. There’s always a wide range of activities to enjoy from football and dance to cooking and crafts. Sessions run on Monday to Friday from 9am-3pm with full days costing £15, half days £8. For full details and booking click here.

The club is also running two day rugby and football camps. The rugby camp is on Monday and Tuesday, and the football camp on Thursday and Friday. Both camps cost £15 per day or £25 if you book for both days. Book online here for rugby; or here for football.

As well as their regular sessions, BITMO’s GATE has some treats lined up for half term. On Tuesday there are two Lion Learners activity sessions where you will learn about lots of different animals, from 1:30pm or 2:45pm, and a free* hot meal will be served 4-6pm. On Thursday there is indoor sports and games with ACE 1:30-3:30pm; sandwich packs are available from 1pm. Then on Friday it’s the Belle Isle Big Breakfast from 9:30am-12pm with arts, crafts and lego activities for children thrown in. *meals are free to BITMO, Leeds Federated and Places for People tenants; booking required for all activities, call (0113) 378 2190 or text 07891 270094 – full details on BITMO’s Facebook page.

The Hunslet Rugby Foundation will be running there usual activity session at the Belle Isle Welcome Centre at St John & St Barnabas Church, LS10 3DN, Thursday 4:30-6:30pm and Friday 4-6pm. Keep warm, play some games, eat some affordable hot food. The Welcome Centre will also be open as a Warm Space, Monday-Friday 9am-1pm.

How are your tossing skills? Expect games, crafts, and lots of fun at the Pancake Party at St Luke’s Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Hill, LS11 8PD, on (Shrove) Tuesday from 5-6:30pm.

Skelton Grange Environment Centre in Stourton, LS10 1RS, are holding a Bushcraft Day on Tuesday for 8-12 year olds. The day runs from 10am-4pm and may include shelter building, campfire cooking, field games and woodwork crafts. Tickets are £30 per child book via

Further afield check out events at The Carriageworks on Millennium Square in the city Centre. There’s Marvellous Magic on Wednesday, captivating puppetry on Thursday and Friday, comedy on Friday evening and on Sunday it’s Claytime. Fulkl details of all these family-friendly shows at:

The Hamara Centre on Tempest Road in Beeston, LS11 6RD is hosting Hip Hop workshops on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-6:30pm. Run by Hello Hip Hop the sessions will feature break dancing, DJing, Open Mic, graffiti painting and more.

Readers of the Lost Book is an exciting workshop for 7-11 year olds to create book made up of comic-book creations, poetry, mythical Lego beasts, and much, much more to replace the lost book. Join at Hunslet Community Hub & Library on Wednesday, 10:30am-12pm; or Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library on Friday 1-2:30pm. Booking essential at

Meanwhile the Book of Eternity features at Beeston Community Hub & Library on Friday, 10:30-11:30am. It’s an interactive musical adventure for 8-12 year olds can you follow the clues to find the missing book? Again booking is essential at

Craft activities will take place in White Rose Shopping Centre’s Central Atrium from 11am-4pm Monday to Friday. No booking is required. Plus, The Entertainer White Rose is hosting a visit from Lego Batman on Saturday 17 February. Visitors are encouraged to snap a selfie with the larger-than-life superhero, with the chance to win a £25 The Entertainer gift card to spend in-store. See in-store for entry details.


Photo: Hello Hip Hop

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