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Mum's guide to Southend Cafes with play areas

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Half term is nearly here so we have brought you a guide to help you through the week! Not only have we pulled together a list of all the local events running, we also have tons of ideas for things to do for all ages. 

  • ‘What’s on guide’ – Your ultimate best friend!! Find out what events are on in the area and when using our handy calendar to jump to any day in the future.

Our Top picks 

Space day at Southend Museums - Blast off in our specially curated shows and reach for the stars in an interactive 'meet the meteorites' object handling session.   
Jungle Gym Adventure VR Ride - Scott's of Southend - A VR experience, housed in an explorers jungle boat house.
Mega Fun Day at Southend Tennis and Leisure Centre - A colossal indoor inflatable arena with towering slides, big bouncy castles and challenging assault courses. 
Moo Music Messy Gala - 'The best messy party in town' with all the extras like icing biscuits, sensory stations to explore, crafts, messy play, foam party, bubbles and more.
Belfair's drop-in Bird feeder creation - Pop to Belfairs Woodland Centre and make a bird feeder to keep your garden and local birds happy and well fed.

Free and low cost things to do

Pets at Home Half term activities - FREE - The popular My Pet Pals workshops will be running in a Pets at Home Southend throughout half term.
Half Term activities at Hadleigh Hub - FREE family activities. More details coming soon
Meet the farm animals at Scott's of Southend - £3.50pp Meet sheep, chicks, rabbits, ponies, ducklings & more! Get photos, stroke them and learn fun facts!   
Open day at Hyland's House - FREE - Hyland's House opens its doors to reveal the secrets behind its history with an exhibition displayed in the library.
Half Term at The Ironworks - £2 donation - A variety of activities throughout the week
Eastwood Half Term arts and crafts - FREE - Come and take part in some FREE arts and crafts with The Art Ministry. Suitable for ages 3-11 years
Manga Mania at The Forum Southend - FREE - A celebration of Japanese Manga and Anime with FREE interactive games and activities for all ages


Big Ticket Events

Zooper Heroes at Colchester Zoo - Celebrating the Zooper Heroes at Colchester Zoo and their role in looking after our animals here and saving species in the wild
Dinosaur Week at Call of the Wild Zoo - Embark on a Jurassic adventure this February half-term! Join us for Dino Week.

Worth the travel 

Spring into Springtime at The Museum of Power  - Stone Painting, Make a Paper Flower, Make a Puppet, Springtime Hunt, Experiments, Puzzles and more....Miniature Railway RUNNING and 'Astaria' model village   
Kids for a Quid at Epping and Ongar Railway - Keep the kids entertained on a day out with a steam hauled train service with child tickets at just £1! 
Make Monster Faces at Thames Chase - Get creative this February half term and join us to make some fantastic faces of menacing monsters
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly - Thameside Theatre - This magical show has been written especially for grown ups to enjoy with their children

  • Things to do – Hundreds of ideas from local farms and zoos, parks and play areas, museums, sports and leisure, Transport and hands-on activities.

  • Where to find your discounted tickets – If you’re heading to a Stockvale attraction in Southend during half term (and missed the amazing annual pass deal), here’s a list of all the local venues where you can pick up some cheaper tickets.

  • Holiday Clubs and Classes – Whether it’s drop off clubs for the older ones or classes that run during the holidays for toddlers, they’re all here.

  • Days out with Teens and Pre-Teens – Our top picks for the age group you all seem to struggle with the most.

  • Cafes with play areas and activities - A perfect way to give yourself give 5 minutes peace!

  • Crazy Golf in Southend - Our guide to all the crazy golf courses for this half term!
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WHAT'S ON THIS WEEK


10th February 2024-02-10 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModePets at Home, Rochford Road, Southend


10th February 2024-02-10 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSouthend High Street, Southend


12th February 2024-02-12 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMarsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers


14th February 2024-02-14 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLemon Witch, Leigh-On-Sea


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeCall of the Wild Zoo, South Woodham Ferrers


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeColchester Zoo, Colchester


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeScotts of Southend Garden Centre, Rochford


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeOld Macdonalds Farm, Brentwood


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forum, Southend-On-Sea


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRHS Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Chelmsford


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeRevelation Art, Sutton Road, Rochford


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeBarleylands Farm Park & The Village, Billericay


21st February 2024-02-21 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeMuseum of Power, Maldon


22nd February 2024-02-22 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeScotts of Southend Garden Centre, Rochford


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSarahs Creative Chocolate Kitchen, Eastwood, Leigh-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSarahs Creative Chocolate Kitchen, Eastwood, Leigh-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSarahs Creative Chocolate Kitchen, Eastwood, Leigh-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWildflowers tea on the bus, Wickford


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeEpping and Ongar Railway, Station Road, Epping


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Ironworks, Southend-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSouthend Central Museum, Southend-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeScotts of Southend Garden Centre, Rochford


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeEssex Fire Museum (Grays Fire Station), Grays


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModePalace Theatre, Westcliff-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Ironworks, Southend-On-Sea


29th February 2024-02-29 2024-02-29 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeHadleigh Farm Estate, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh

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10th February 2024-02-10 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSouthend High Street, Southend


14th February 2024-02-14 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 25th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeLemon Witch, Leigh-On-Sea


17th February 2024-02-17 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled - 24th February
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Forum, Southend-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-On-Sea


24th February 2024-02-24 2024-02-24 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Ironworks, Southend-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeSouthend Central Museum, Southend-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModePalace Theatre, Westcliff-On-Sea


25th February 2024-02-25 2024-02-25 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Ironworks, Southend-On-Sea


7th March 2024-03-07 2024-03-07 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeWestcliff Library, Westcliff-On-Sea


21st March 2024-03-21 2024-03-21 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModePrittlewell Priory, Southend-On-Sea


30th March 2024-03-30 2024-03-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeThe Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-On-Sea


30th March 2024-03-30 2024-03-30 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModePrittlewell Priory, Southend-On-Sea


10th April 2024-04-10 2024-04-10 https://schema.org/EventScheduled
https://schema.org/OfflineEventAttendanceModeGaron Park, Southend

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