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A round up of half-term ideas for kids
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Craft workshops at the Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 (0171-739 9893) 18-21 February, Tues-Sat 10.30am-12.45 and 2-4pm, Sun pm only. Children can take part in textile design, metalwork and paper- making. On 21 February three- to five-year-olds will have an opportunity to make coloured window lights. All activities are free.

Reliving history at Warwick Castle, Warwick, (01926 406600) 15-23 February, daily 10am-5pm. Visitors will be swept back to medieval times during six daily performances. The 14th-century Great Hall provides a magnificent backdrop to the reconstructions of hand combat, while in the castle's armoury visitors can handle heavy swords and try on armour for themselves. Admission is pounds 8.75 for adults and pounds 5.25 for children.

DinoMites, Croydon Clock Tower, Katherine Street, Croydon (0181-253 1030) Mon-Sat 11am-5am, Sun 12-5pm. An exhibition aimed at kids of 12 and under which takes visitors on an educational journey through the early years of dinosaurs. There's a quiz sheet available, and other activities invite children to make their own dinosaur landscapes, create clay models of fossils, and play archaeological and excavation games. Admission pounds 3 standard/ pounds 2 concessions, under-fours are free.

Old Father Time at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1 (0171-935 0687) 19 February, 10.30am-12.15. An activity session which explores the meaning of allegory through representations of Old Father Time and other figures in the collection. The event is suitable for six- to 12-year-olds. Admission pounds 2, booking essential.

Star Trek, the Gas Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham (0121 235 1966), daily 10am-5pm. As well as original costumes, props and sets from the Star Trek TV series and feature films there are videos featuring Captains Kirk and Picard, Commander Sisko and other members of the crew. There is a particular emphasis on the idea that Star Trek has always been based on scientific fact, and visitors can see how some once futuristic screen gadgets, such as the portable phone and automatic translator, have become a reality. Admission pounds 3.95, concessions pounds 3, family ticket pounds 12.50.

The Happiest Days of Your Life? Ordsall Hall Museum, Taylorson Street, Salford (0161 872 0251) Mon-Fri 10am-12.30, 1.30-5pm, Sun 2-5pm. An exhibition about school life since Victorian times which may well cause children to think more fondly of their own modern schools. The exhibition covers subjects such as classroom routines, equipment, discipline and dress. On the more light-hearted front there is a "True Stories Blackboard" which encourages people to confess to any school pranks they may have got away with. Free

The Met Office Weather Gallery, The Beacon, Whitehaven (01946 592 302) Tues-Sun 10am-4.30pm. The gallery aims to raise awareness in youngsters about issues such as global warming. It also offers do-it-yourself TV weather forecasting and a weather machine that explains how various weather processes work. Admission pounds 3.30 adults, pounds 2.75 OAPs, pounds 2.10 children, students and unemployed.

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