Thanks to the unpredictable weather, the February half term holiday is probably the trickiest one for finding things to keep children entertained. Luckily the team at In Derby has something for all ages, indoors or out, come rain, snow or shine.
Take your cycling experience up a gear with Family Track Cycling. Everyone age nine upwards can have the chance to ride the Velodrome track under the guidance of our qualified coaches. No experience is needed, and you won’t need to bring anything, just wear trainers. The one-hour sessions cost £20 for one adult and one child under 16, and are on Monday 17th and Friday 21st February.
Balance bikes are now seen as the best way to learn to ride a bike with confidence, and Derby Arena is offering half hour sessions for two to four-year-olds who are just starting to ride. They can learn the basics of balancing, jumping, moving objects with fingers, hands and feet and stepping over objects. Everything is provided and parents must stay for the session. Sessions are £3 per child and are on Monday 17th, Thursday 20th and Saturday 21st February. To book, call Derby Arena on 01332 640111.
The great outdoors has so much to offer, even in February. The newly improved Skyline High Ropes course at Markeaton Park is the ultimate family adventure. Located next to Mundy Play Centre, this challenging tree-top adventure has various rope courses with obstacles, a leap of faith and a zip-line. To book call 01629 534561.
Younger family members can enjoy discovering dinosaur and fairy trails by using the Love Exploring app at Markeaton Park. Simply download the free app, choose your location and start the search! Guaranteed to burn off all that energy and fill them with fresh air.
Queen’s Leisure Centre
If the great outdoors doesn’t appeal, younger family members can splash out at Queen’s Leisure Centre and enjoy some of the great inflatables. The Atlantis Splash Run stretches the length of the Gala pool. Suitable for children aged five upwards, it is full of giant obstacles and thrilling slides. Sessions are on Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th February.
Run the gauntlet across the pool on the new Float Run Splash, on Friday 21st Feb, again suitable for over fives. Booking for both activities is advisable by calling Queen’s Leisure Centre on 01332 641444.
Springwood Leisure Centre
The new Tayplay Sports Multi-Activity Festival at Springwood Leisure Centre is suitable for ages 5 to 11 years and runs on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th February. The festival includes different sports, a range of inflatables, NERF UNITE, plus arts and crafts. To book call 07546 116004 or book online at tayplaysport.co.uk/book.
Springwood Leisure Centre are also taking bookings for Ninja Warrior Style Circuit Sessions, a fun and challenging obstacle course for children aged 5 to 12, and football coaching on Friday 21st February. Call 01332 640333 to book.
Derby County Community Trust
Derby County Community Trust are running a multi-sport camp for children from reception to year 6 at Derby Arena from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th February. The telephone number for bookings is 01332 416140.