Plenty to do this half-term in Bromsgrove and Droitwich

By Tristan Harris Friday 14 February 2014 Updated: 17/02 23:32

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THERE will be no excuses for children to be bored this half-term with events taking place in abundance across Bromsgrove, Droitwich and South Birmingham.

► AT AVONCROFT Museum there will be Wizard of Oz themed activities from 11am to 3pm from Tuesday to Thursday (February 18 to 20).

As part of the event to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic film, visitors will be able to take part in hands-on craft activities, such as making a mini scarecrow, lion mask or wicked witch, following a Yellow Brick Road trail around the historic buildings and colouring in a picture of Dorothy’s dog Toto.

The Guesten Hall will be transformed into the Emerald Palace and there will be interactive storytime sessions between 12.30pm and 1pm and from 3pm to 3.30pm.

For more, visit www.avoncroft.org.uk or call 01527 831363.

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► A HALF-TERM camp is being held at Balaams Wood Academy in Frankley from 9.30am to 3.30pm between Monday to Friday (February 17 and 21).

Among the activities on offer for five to 15-year-olds are sports, such as football, cricket, basketball, dodgeball and table tennis, dance, arts and crafts.

The camp, organised by Steps 2 Sport, in conjunction with Focus through Football, only costs £3 per day and all coaches are CRB checked and fully-qualified.

Camp co-ordinator James McPike said: “After the huge success of the October half term camps at Balaam Wood Academy we are now providing camps this February half-term as well.”

Anyone wanting more information should email steps2sport@hotmail.co.uk or call 07794 777151.

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►YOUNGSTERS visiting Webbs garden centre in Wychbold over half-term will be able to put their creative skills to the test and help their feathered friends at the same time as part of National Nest Box Week.

Visitors will be able to decorate bird boxes in sessions which are being run between 11am and 4pm from Monday to Friday (February 17 to 21). Children can then take home their creations and set them up in their own gardens. The cost, which includes all materials, is just £4.99 per person and tickets can be bought from the centre on the day.

There is also a Riverside Gardens trail, also between 11am and 4pm each day, Professor Pepperpot will be entertaining youngsters with balloons and jokes and there will be fantasy face-painting and children’s fair rides.

Visit www.webbs.co.uk for more information.

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► DROITWICH Spa Heritage and Information Centre will be hosting a variety of Roman-themed activities throughout half-term week.

Those who go along to St Richard's House, Victoria Square, between 10am and 1.30pm from Monday to Friday (February 17 to 21) will be able to take part in a quiz and a mosaic colouring competition. There will be certificates for those who complete the quiz and there will be prizes for the colouring contest - children can take their sheets away, complete them and get them back to the centre by Friday.

Youngsters will also be able to look at and handle real Roman pottery, search for the soldiers and dress up in a Roman style outfit.

Joint heritage manager Sarah Davies said it was a great opportunity to celebrate and explore the Spa's links to the era.

"We want people to come along and get a real feel of what Roman Droitwich was like."

Admission is free and those who want to find out more can email heritage@droitwichspa.gov.uk or call 01905 774312.

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►AT HANBURY Hall, youngsters can get out and about and explore the great outdoors.

There will also be Family Activity Days between 11am and 4pm from Monday to Friday (February 17 to 21) which feature a trail for children to follow with a prize on offer at the end.

There is also the return of the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’.

The list can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/explorer

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►THERE IS also a comprehensive list of traditional games for youngsters to try out at The Standard’s Let’s Get Bromsgrove Playing Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/PlayinBromsgrove to check it out.

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