Museums to entertain the whole family this half-term

With February half-term just around the corner, it’s the perfect time for a family break. Nationalrail.com offers cheap train tickets to destinations all over the UK so you can find a place to play with the kids and escape your busy schedule.

We think school holidays are the ideal time for selective learning.

What better way to learn and have fun than in a museum?

Natural History Museum, Kensington

bauer brothers

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Seasonal exhibitions are available for the whole family to enjoy the Natural History Museum. This half-term (17-26 Feb) you can attend an art exhibition about the Bauer Brothers, who spent their lives studying and drawing nature. Drop in and have a look at their breath-taking work!

You can also attend the dinosaur gallery, walk through the Wildlife Garden, and learn all about human evolution, volcanoes and earthquakes.

Admission is free for everyone. The only thing you need to purchase is your cheap train tickets to West Brompton train station.

Science Museum, Kensington

hidden universe

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Discover the Hidden Universe at the Science Museum by watching a 3D feature film on distant galaxies and deep space with pictures taken by the world’s most powerful telescopes. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult, but tickets are sold to people of all ages! The museum will be open from 10 am until 7 pm with last entries at 6.15 pm during the half-term holiday.

West Brompton is the nearest station, and this museum is found right behind the Natural History museum – why not check out both in one trip?

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

victorian funfair

Image credit: http://msimanchester.org.uk/whats-on/activity/steam-sweat-spinners

Enter the 19th century when you take a trip to Manchester’s great museum. The fun starts as soon as you walk through the doors. The Victorian Funfair features the best rides from that era. The Cotton Mill Circus turns dingy jobs into a vibrant circus through stories and fun, and the Magic Lanterns Workshop shows kids what would’ve been done before the TV was invented.

Deansgate train station is a 10-minute walk away.

Buy your train tickets in advance from www.nationalrail.com for better discounts! Tickets go on sale up to 12 weeks in advance.