What can we do with the kids in Kent this weekend?

by KentOnline reporter

From theatre performances to character trails, there is plenty happening as we head towards the end of the week.

And as it's the last weekend of half term before the kids return to school, see it out with a bang thanks to one of our seven suggestions.

Scroll down to see what's happening in Kent over the coming days:

A story for children at Folkestone Quarterhouse
A story for children at Folkestone Quarterhouse

1) Red Riding Hood & The Wolf, Folkestone Quarterhouse

Wednesday, February 14 until Sunday, February 18

Time for bed. Tuck yourself in. This is where Robyn’s story begins. She takes a book and starts to read. But she can’t relate to Red Riding Hood, sugar and spice and all things nice. There are two sides to every tale, and that is not how this one goes! Little Angel Theatre presents 10-year-old Robyn's version of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf for half term, a performance suitable for those aged seven and up.

For tickets and more details visit quarterhouse.co.uk or call 01303 760750.

2) Half term activities, Hop Farm Family Park, near Paddock Wood

All weekend

This half term there will be rides and inflatables, plus a 4D cinema as well as the driving school and giant jumping pillows at this popular Kent attraction. Running until Sunday, February 18, there’s also plenty of warm indoor areas where you can find face painting and magic shows to end the half term break. The fun runs from 10am until 4pm. For details go to thehopfarm.co.uk

Early Man is in cinemas now. Picture: PA Photo
Early Man is in cinemas now. Picture: PA Photo

3) Bluewater Shopping Centre, Greenhithe

Hot foot it down to Bluewater to find the Early Man tribe this weekend. Search for 12 prehistoric characters from the film using a trail map available from the concierge desk outside M&S on the lower mall. There's a prize at the end if you can complete the trail while anyone in the Greenhithe centre earlier in the week can call into clay modelling workshops based on the film which run until Thursday, February 15. Details at Bluewater.co.uk

4) Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas, Cinemas everywhere

Out now

The wisecracking, adventurous spirit of Indiana Jones runs amok in this computer animated film by Spanish directors Enrique Gato and David Alonso. The film has been dubbed into English for viewers on this side of the Channel and the fast-paced and freewheeling escapade will keep young children entertained for its 85 minutes.

Tad Jones. Picture: PA Photo
Tad Jones. Picture: PA Photo

5) Doc.Yard's half term activities, Chatham Historic Dockyard

All weekend

Science expert Doc.Yard is back at the Dockyard when it reopens after its winter break on Saturday, February 10. The interactive 45-minute experience will be enticing young scientists through its doors and giving some hands-on lessons involving balloons, lasers and submarine red lights. The lab is split into four zones and regular sessions will be run through the day, which can be booked on arrival with timed tickets. Details are at thedockyard.co.uk or call 01634 823800.

How can a laser pop a balloon?
How can a laser pop a balloon?

6) Half term activities, Canterbury Tales

All weekend

The visitor attraction, bringing medieval Canterbury to life with sights, sounds and smells, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with special events and competitions.

It is open daily in the school holidays, between 10am and 4pm at this time of year. To book and for more information visit canterburytales.org.uk

The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales

7) Chinese New Year Activities, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, Gillingham

All weekend

On top of its half term activities which have included craft and Valentines Day card making workshops, the shopping centre is also celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend. There are treasure hunts, Chinese Dragons to make and colour and a balloon modeller. Su Button, marketing manager said: “Children love getting creative and for half term we will be offering free, fun activities in conjunction with the kmfm Street Team." For further information on the free events visit hempsteadvalley.com or like facebook.com/HempsteadValley

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