Fun for families this half-term

Leeds Museums and Galleries will host a series of events this half term.
Leeds Museums and Galleries will host a series of events this half term.

Families looking for something to occupy the kids this half term have a broad selection of events to choose from between West Yorkshire’s galleries, museums and councils.

The Royal Armouries, in Leeds, will host an Eastern Warrior exhibition all week, which will include live demonstrations, including martial arts, origami displays and sushi workshops.

The events will held February 14 to February 22, more information at

On February 17, noon-4pm, a Chinese New Year craft session will be held at Bagshaw Museum in Batley.

The event will cost £1 per child. Entry to the museum is free and booking is not required.

Further information is available on 01924 326155.

The National Media Museum in Bradford will host a series of events centred around animated character Shaun the Sheep, a creation of Nick Park of Wallace and Gromit fame.

Children aged five and above will be able to take part in events to craft new characters and have a go at creating stop-motion animation sequences.

More information, times and prices are available by calling 0844 856 3797.

A grisly history of Temple Newsome, in Leeds, will be revealed in a guided tour of the house on February 20.

The tour is free but the usual cost of admission will apply. More information is available on 0113 336 7460 and booking is recommended.

Abbey House Museum, in Leeds will host a series of events during the week titled Wonderful Wigs and Marvellous Moustaches on Tuesday, Silly Science - gel, goo and the science of looking good on Wednesday, Detective Day with Dastardly Disguises on Thursday and Through the looking glass, snap shots, shadows, symmetry and silhouettes on Friday.

More information about all of the events available by calling 0113 230 5492.

And fans of superheroes and comics can turn up on the day to a Manga workshop and superhero session at Leeds City Museum on Tuesday.

More information on 0113 224 3732.

An arts club to help children aged five and above hone their art skills will host a session at Batley Art Gallery on February 21.

Next Saturday’s theme will be animal drawing with graphite and coloured pencils.

Each session costs £5.50 and places can be booked by calling Creative Arts Hub on 01924 492775,

Further craft events and quizzes will be held at Gomersal’s Red House Museum and Birstall’s Oakwell Park Museum.

Red House will host hands on arts and crafts activities 11am-4pm, February 17-19.

It will also host Pastel Portraits for Kids on February 18.

Places can be booked on 01274 335100.

And Oakwell Hall will run a quiz 11am-4pm, February 17-19 with prizes for all correct answers. Tickets cost £2.50 for adults, £1 for children or £6 for families, and more information is available on 01924 326240.

Families can drop into Dewsbury Museum, in Crow Nest Park, at any time from noon-3.30pm on February 19 to create giant bird sculptures. Materials will be provided and more information is available on 01924 325100.