Boredom busting activities in South Yorkshire during half term

School children from seven schools in Sheffield took part in a skipping event at Ponds Forge organised by Activity Sheffield. Members of Jump Rope UK performeda special show to the children.

School children from seven schools in Sheffield took part in a skipping event at Ponds Forge organised by Activity Sheffield. Members of Jump Rope UK performeda special show to the children.

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Half term is here – along with the usual pressure to keep the family entertained.

There are dozens of boredom-busting events happening across South Yorkshire and The Star has compiled a list of some of the best activities for this handy half term holiday guide.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster. Credit: Matthew Roberts.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster. Credit: Matthew Roberts.

Saturday, February 6

Activity Sheffield kicks things off with a family fun in the park event at Devonshire Green, near Sheffield city centre, from 11am to 3pm.

Events to take part in will include a nine-metre climbing tower, football, cricket, dodgeball, a giant crazy golf, mini farm with live animals and circus skills.

Monday, February 8

Activity Sheffield event in Norfolk Park during the school holidays'Football fun as the new season gets closer  in the street kick arena'Picture Dean Atkins

Activity Sheffield event in Norfolk Park during the school holidays'Football fun as the new season gets closer in the street kick arena'Picture Dean Atkins

Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre gets the week off to a flying start with a kite-making session from 11am to 3pm. For further information call 07776 180911.

Bubbles are in the air at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham, with a bubbles workshop on offer every day during half term, where children can make different shaped bubble films and stand in their own bubble. For more information and full listings go to www.visitmagna.co.uk or call 01709 720 002.

Manor After School Kids Club is delivering a week of activities, starting with fruit tree planting at 1pm, at York House, City Road, and a kids club from 3.30pm at Darnall Library.

At Potteric Carr nature reserve, near Doncaster, youngsters can get messy with Mud Magic sessions from 10.30am from noon. Visit www.ywt.org.uk for more details.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Yorkshire Nature Festival.  Grace Dearing (seven) and brother Oscar Dearing (eight) inspect their catch with Inspiring People Assistant Charlotte Holgate.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Yorkshire Nature Festival. Grace Dearing (seven) and brother Oscar Dearing (eight) inspect their catch with Inspiring People Assistant Charlotte Holgate. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Tuesday, February 9

Energetic activities galore are on hand at Activity Camp Unleashed, at Ecclesfield School’s sports hall from 10am to 3pm. Coaching, games, relays and challenges in a variety of sports which may include basketball, badminton and football will be held. Admission £5.

There’s a second family fun in the park event from Activity Sheffield at High Hazels Park, Darnall, on Tuesday from 10am to 4pm.

Wednesday, February 10

Rotherham Music is offering various one day beginners’ courses. A pop choir will take place on Wednesday from 9.30am to 3pm. The course is open to absolute beginners, including children who haven’t sung in a choir before. The fee for the course is £10. For more details and a booking form, contact the Rotherham Music Office on 01709 334042 or email music@rotherham.gov.uk

Crystal Peaks is also hosting Excel Martial Arts, the UK’s leading martial arts school. Britain’s Got talent star Liam Richards gives a day of self defence and martial arts demonstrations on Wednesday aimed at children of all ages. For further information call 07776 180911.

Manor After School Kids Club is to host multi-games and sports on Manor Fields, Queen Mary Road, from 1.30pm to 3pm and a family cafe at William Temple Church, Harborough Avenue, from 3pm to 6pm.

Learn how to make dens, tie different knots, light a fire and how to cook outdoors at Potteric Carr from 10.30am until noon. Visit www.ywt.org.uk.

Thursday, February 11

Discover more about steelmaking and see a blacksmith at work at Magna’s Forge demonstrations, taking place every day over half-term. For more information visit www.visitmagna.co.uk or call 01709 720 002.

Rotherham Music is hosting flute sessions on Thursday from 9.30am to 3pm. Activities for players will include playing as part of a flute choir, rehearsing with RMS staff and taking part in master classes, performing solo repertoire, and trying the piccolo and alto flute. The day will culminate in an informal concert. The course is for players who are of the standard of grade 1 and above. The fee for the course is £10. For more details, contact the Rotherham Music Office on 01709 334042 or music@rotherham.gov.uk.

Go bird-brained and build bird boxes at Potteric Carr from 10.30am until noon. Visit www.ywt.org.uk for more details.

Friday, February 12

Wise Owl Birds of Prey will present a rare opportunity to get up close to hawks, owls and more at Crystal Peaks on Friday. For more details call 07776 180911.