With February half-term on the horizon, the Bradford district is offering plenty of family fun activities for children and families throughout the week.

The district will play host to a wide range of family fun, from arts and crafts to educational workshops, and from alpaca trekking to gingerbread making.

Following on from its high-profile Yorkshire Games Festival, Bradford’s National Science and Media Museum welcomes A CBBC Games Half Term, which starts today.

Running until 23 February, it will the explore the world of online gaming and games development through interactive, family-friendly workshops.

Children can play popular CBBC online games, while CBBC’s ‘Own It’ team will be on hand giving tips and tricks to help youngsters stay safe and manage their life online.

In the ‘A-maze-ing Code’ sessions, children can also show off their coding skills, with game designing and drawing also available in the ‘No Code Needed’ sessions. Aspiring games designers will also be treated to the ‘Games Design 2.0’ workshop, which is held on both Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 February.

Throughout the week visitors can pick up a free museum family trail, with fun puzzles, facts and challenges for all the family to enjoy.

The museum’s popular interactive gallery, Wonderlab, will also be open to explore, with a chance to join museum explainers for STEM focused experiments. Visitors can also get involved in the debut of family game show ‘The Science Showdown: Game on!’ in Wonderlab, as part of the half-term festivities.

The museum’s Pictureville Cinema will also be showing a selection of films throughout half term, including special weekend Kids Club screenings of Frozen 2 Sing-Along (15 and 16 February) and StarDog and TurboCat (22 and 23 February).

On Saturday 22 February, there will be an autism-friendly screening of StarDog and TurboCat, at 10.30am, as part of the museums Early Birds event. Early Birds is specially designed for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, an anxiety disorder, or a Special Educational Need which means they would benefit from a quieter and more relaxed museum opening.

The museum will also host its ‘Hidden Treasures Tour’ from 17 to 21 February, recommended for families with children aged 7 and above, which is a 20-minute tour of the museum’s collection, featuring objects from the history of film and TV.

All tickets and further information, including times, can be found on the National Science and Media Museum website.

Elsewhere, the Bradford Industrial Museum will host its family friendly ‘Educating Bradford’ exhibition, which starts today, just in time for half-term, and runs until November.

The free exhibition celebrates 150 years of education in Bradford, while recognising how an educated workforce supported the development of Bradford as an international powerhouse during the Industrial Revolution.

More information can be found at bradfordmuseums.org.

In Oxenhope, Thornwood Alpacas will lead alpaca trekking – a relaxing walk across the Bronte countryside with the alpacas from the Westfield Farm site, on Lee Lane.

The alpaca trekking starts today and runs until 29 February. The prices stand at £25 per alpaca and more information can be found at visitbradford.com

Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth will also be hosting talks and walks, craft workshops and educational events on history.

The activities take place from Monday 17 to Friday 21 February and are free with entry to the museum. Admission prices are: adult £9.50, concessions £6.50, children (under 16) £4, family tickets (two adults and four children) £24, family ticket (one adult and one child) £11. More information can be found at bronte.org.uk.

Free craft activities will take place at Bradford Cathedral on Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February, between 10am and 2pm, with colouring, quizzes and tours also on offer. More information can be found at bradfordcathedral.org.

On Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 February, Keighley and Worth Valley Railway hosts its Jurassic Specials event, where youngsters can see an animatronic T-Rex and Raptor up close, with experts on hand to teach them how to be a dinosaur ranger.

Visitors can also ride the specially decorated diesel train and look for dinosaur eggs at each station. Tickets are £18 for adults, £15 for concessions, £9 for children aged 5 to 15 and free for under 5s, with more information available at visitbradford.com.

At East Riddlesden Hall, three gingerbread making sessions will be held between Thursday 20 and Thursday 27 February, all from noon to 2pm, where children can find out how traditional gingerbread was made, following a 400-year old recipe, and take their treats home to share.

Tickets can be bought at the shop in East Riddlesden Hall upon arrival, and cost just £1, although general admission prices also apply.

The 17th-century Manor House also has a Join the Rangers event, where, on Wednesday 19 February, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, families can give nature a helping hand. It will involve hedgerow planting, where families can learn new skills and make a difference.

Cliffe Castle Museum and Park in Keighley will feature drawing, painting and an exploration of the park and its wildlife on Tuesday 18 February. The activities are free to attend and take place from noon to 3pm.

  • This article was amended on February 18 to indicate that activities at the Bronte Parsonage Museum are free with admission.