The half term holidays, starting on February 12, offer a wealth of opportunities for the artistically-minded or crafty kid in and around Huddersfield.

Museums, galleries and organisations throughout the area run entertaining events, workshops or craft sessions with families in mind.

From costume drama to Minion-making, hands-on fun at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and theatre classes at the LBT, there's lots to this half term.

Here’s a selection of what’s available; some workshops are even free of charge. For details of all council-run venues visit

What's on this half term:

Bagshaw Museum, Batley

Bagshaw Museum, Batley
Bagshaw Museum, Batley

Saturday, February 13, 2pm.

Fairy-Tale Fashion is a live presentation by The History Wardrobe and explores the world of magical clothes and well-loved tales through costume drama. Using an array of replica gowns and historical costumes, a fairy godmother dresses Cinderella for an 18th century ball. Tickets are £12.50. Details from 01924 324765.

Lawrence Batley Theatre

Around the World in 80 Days from New International Encounter at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Monday, February 15, to Friday, February 19.

Youngsters aged six to nine are invited to take part in the theatre’s Play in a Week: Around the World in 80 Days activities, which start with the children watching a performance of the Jules Verne story by professional theatre company New International Encounter on the Monday. The production will form the inspiration for a re-creation of the story for family and friends on the Friday afternoon. The cost of £67 includes a ticket for the performance and a week of drama. For details visit or call 01484 430528.

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Tuesday, February 16, 1pm - 3pm.

Artist-led free drop-in art and craft sessions for children and families. No need to book.

Creative Arts Hub, Mirfield

Children can learn to make textile pets at the Creative Arts Hub

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 17,18 and 19, 10am until 3pm.

The hub runs regular children’s activities and brings in artists to work with youngsters in different media. This half term the theme is textiles. On Wednesday children aged five to 10 will meet artist Kay Dawson and seamstress Danielle McGilloway to create sewn characters. The full day will teach basic sewing and design skills. The cost is £15. This workshop is repeated on Friday for ages 10 to 15. On Thursday there’s a free Drop-In Paint Adventures Dav. Youngsters can call in to try out a variety of painting techniques. Visit for details and booking.

Oakwell Hall, Birstall

Oakwell Hall

Wednesday, February 17, 10am until noon and 1pm until 2pm.

Oakwell in the Bronze Age is a session of craft and other activities with a historical feel. Free.

Tolson Museum, Huddersfield

Thursday, February 18, noon until 3pm.

The museum is hosting Written in the Stars, a craft and activity afternoon inspired by the signs of the zodiac and their starry constellations. Cost, £1 per child.

Pyjama Drama at Rowley Poley's, Brighouse

Pyjama Drama classes introduce young children to music, movement and imaginative play

Friday, February 19, 11am.

An introduction to drama, using song, dance and imaginative play, for the very young. Suitable for ages two to five. Special half term session, themed around the music and characters of Frozen, led by qualified primary school teacher and drama graduate Kate Stelfox. Cost £5. To book a place email

Kershaw's Garden Centre, Brighouse

Monday, February 15, to Friday, February 19, 10 am until noon.

A series of half term children's craft sessions on different themes throughout the week. Drop in and paint a pot or create a Minion. Charge is £1 per child to cover materials.

The Artworks, Shaw Lane, Halifax

Children with special needs can discover art at The Artworks

Sunday, February 21, 10am to 11.30am.

Discover is the title of a workshop for children with special educational needs. Drawing, painting and craft activities are on offer for five to 18-year-olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost, £10 per child. For details, visit

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Tuesday and Wednesday, February 16 and 17.

Family sculpture workshops taking inspiration from the new KAWS exhibition of giant cartoon-based figures. Children, aged from six upwards, will be invited to make wood, clay and plaster sculptures and place them against different backdrops. Cost £3. To book, visit

Royal Armouries, Leeds

February 13 to 21.

A week of activities for families based on the museum's collection of Indian artefacts. There will be Indian crafts, food, music and martial arts demonstrations. Many of the activities are free and hands-on. To see the programme visit and search for What's On.