50+ family-friendly events in and around Cardiff for February half term 2023

family-friendly events half term February 2023 Cardiff

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It’s half term in Cardiff from Monday 20-Friday 24 February and as always there are plenty of activities and events for families in and around Cardiff…. including plenty of options that are free or low cost.

I have rounded up everything I can find below, including arts and crafts, historical and cultural events, theatre and live performance, outdoor and nature-themed events, science events, and lots more.

As always, all events are subject to change or cancellation. Do check ahead to avoid disappointment.

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family-friendly events half term February 2023 Cardiff


FREE BBC 100 in Wales

National Museum Cardiff

Until Sunday 16 April 2023

Explore 100 years of the history of the BBC in Wales at the Nationa Museum Cardiff. From its birth in the 1920s into a new digital age, discover how Wales has, and will continue, to contribute to the making of the BBC.

Experience a walk through time to discover more about the history of the BBC in Wales and how 100 years of broadcasting has evolved, as well as an opportunity to see the technology, programmes and costumes of the past through objects and archive footage.

Tickets are free. Advance booking is recommended although there will be some on-the-day availability for those who arrive at the Museum without advance bookings.


FREE The Sea Horizon

National Museum Cardiff

Saturday 18 February-Sunday 10 September 2023 

The Sea Horizon features 40 photographs by Garry Fabian Miller (one of the most progressive figures in fine art photography), all of which were made between 1976-77. Across eighteen months Fabian Miller photographed the view from the rooftop of his home in Clevedon, looking out across the Severn Estuary towards the coastline of Wales. Each photograph has the same square format with the line of the horizon dividing the sea and the sky. Compositional changes in light and weather disrupt the otherwise controlled elements of the work. The result is a group of forty portraits, all technically identical, yet all representationally unique. A powerful meditation on time, place and belonging.

FREE The Rules of Art?

National Museum Cardiff

Until Sunday 4 June

The Rules of Art? brings together 500 years of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film and ceramics to pose questions about representation, identity and culture. Works of art will be displayed in a way that questions social and political power and shows how artists have pursued a shared purpose: to push, subvert, question and reimagine what art can be. Vertigo Sea by John Akomfrah, one of a number of major new acquisitions, will be displayed among other featured artists such as Rembrandt, Thomas Jones, Pablo Picasso, Gwen John, Maximilian Lenz, Clare Woods, Bedwyr Williams, Caroline Walker and Clémentine Schneidermann.

FREE Voices of The Red Wall

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

Until 17 April 2023

Supporters of Wales’ national football teams are called The Red Wall. Dressed in their bucket hats and replica shirts, belting out chants from the stands, they’re often described as the 12th player on the pitch. 

To celebrate Cymru qualifying for the FIFA World Cup, this exhibition shines a spotlight on some of the people and communities of The Red Wall. Fashion, music, identities and politics are all here, cemented together by a sense of belonging. 

This is their story – your story – the bricks of The Red Wall. It’s a fan-led experience like no other.

FREE Refugees from National Socialism in Wales: Learning from the Past for the Future

Senedd, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 18 February-18 April

This new exhibition traces the history of refugees in Wales from the 1930s until the present day. It tells the stories of those who fled from National Socialism in Central Europe to find sanctuary, drawing parallels with modern-day refugees.

The exhibition includes artworks, objects, photographs, and literature created by refugees and those working alongside them. An exhibition film created by filmmaker Amy Daniel is also on display, which explores the lives of refugees past and present.

The exhibition has been co-curated by refugees living in Mid Wales, mainly from Syria. The Centre for the Movement of People want to highlight refugees’ experiences, raise awareness of the issues they face in Wales, and ask questions about the diversity of Welsh society, religious and linguistic differences, as well as social, educational and economic challenges.


Arts, crafts and other cultural and creative events

FREE Montgomery Bonbon: Museum Mystery Trail

Museum of Cardiff, The Hayes, Cardiff

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February

Go undercover and test your detective skills at Museum of Cardiff as part of the national Montgomery Bonbon: Museum Mystery Trail, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books. The trail celebrates the release of new children’s book Montgomery Bonbon: Murder at the Museum written by comedian Alasdair Beckett-King and illustrated by Claire Powell. Grab an activity sheet, solve puzzles and have fun with your family this half term. Remember to pick up a free moustache bookmark to get in the mystery-solving mindset.

FREE St David’s Day Crafts

Senedd, Cardiff Bay

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February, Mondays to Fridays 9am-4.30pm, Saturdays and bank holidays 10.30am-4.30pm

Make your own daffodil in this free craft activity, plus there’s a play area and explorer trail.

FREE Half term events

Margam Country Park, Neath Port Talbot

Entry to Margam Park is free, parking charges apply

Monday 20 February

Wildlife masks, 11am-3pm FREE

Tuesday 21 February

Mindfulness change of focus art activity; 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm

Soft Play Yoga 12pm-12:45pm, 2.15pm-3pm Soft Play Yoga

Wednesday 22 February

Wildlife and Animal Pottery Crafts, 11am-3pm

Thursday 23 February

Goldilocks and the Magic Porridge Pot interactive storytelling 11am, 1pm, 2.30pm

Friday 24 February

St David’s Day crafts, 11am-3pm FREE

Saturday 25 February

Pottery painting and sand art, 11am-3pm, from £4, glitter tattoos from £3.50

MOSTLY FREE Half term events

Llanrumney Hall Community Trust, Cardiff

Events must be booked in advance by emailing reception@llanrumneyhall.org or calling 029 2000 1441.

FREE Children’s Arts and Crafts

Monday 20 February, 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm

Age 4-12

Children will experiment with a variety of mixed media, such as painting and creating mini sculptures. This club aims to bring the creative and artistic side out of children that lies beneath all of them, and to get them out of the house during their time off school.

FREE Stickman Workshop

Tuesday 21 February, 10am-11.30am and 12.30pm-2pm

Age 3-7

This family activity is a chance for parents to help their children learn valuable reading skills. The group will read the story of Stickman and then take part in four creative activities.

FREE Family Play Session

Tuesday 21st February, 10:30am-1pm

Public Health Wales, Re-Create, and Play Wales will talk to parents about how they can engage children in the necessary levels of physical activity in creative ways they may not have thought of before. While the children go play with all the cool things that the organisations bring along, there will be an opportunity for parents to engage in conversation with professionals about what they feel the biggest daily barriers are to physical play and how they can overcome these to ensure children meet their daily physical activity requirements.

FREE TikTok Inspired Arts and Crafts for Teens

Wednesday 22 February, 10am-12pm

Ages 14-18

Learn how to maximise your TikTok account and become a trendsetter for all things creative!

FREE Gardening Club

Wednesday 22 February, 10am-12pm

Age 14+

Get your hands dirty with the Gardening Club, where there’s an opportunity to learn how to garden and make like-minded friends whilst you’re digging away.

FREE Dance Class for Teens

Wednesday 22 February, 2pm-4pm

Ages 13-18

Join Keziah from KOKO Dance Academy in a session that is suitable for beginner and experienced dancers. Build confidence as well as creativity together using different styles of street dance such as whacking, commercial and hip-hop, and finish off by learning a routine to music.

FREE Teen Club

Wednesday 22 February, 2pm-4pm

Ages 14-18

Learn a wide range of new skills and make new friends at the same time, with crafts, gardening, DIY and games to keep teens busy this half term!

Pottery Workshop

Friday 24 February, 12pm-2pm, 2pm-4pm


Experiment working with clay and paints. What you create will be turned into wall decorations that you can take home with you. Open to all ages. Under 12s must be supervised by adults on the day.

Welsh Lovespoon Drawing

Chepstow Castle

Wednesday 15-Sunday 26 February, 10am-3pm

Activity included in general entry, adult £8.30, children 5-17 £5.80, under 5s free, family £27.40, or free to Cadw members

Get creative at Chepstow Castle and draw a lovespoon for that special person in your life.

Discover the meanings behind the symbols traditionally used in lovespoons and add them to your design, or create your own meaningful symbols to create a unique lovespoon illustration.

There is no additional charge to take part in this craft activity.

Gnome Trail

Raglan Castle

Wednesday 15-Sunday 26 February, 10am-3pm

Activity included in general entry, adult £8.30, children 5-17 £5.80, under 5s free, family £27.40 (2+3), or free to Cadw members

The castle gnomes are preparing for spring. See how many of the mini eco-warriors you can find. Could you be a mini eco-warrior too? There’s a packet of wildflower seeds for every child who completes the trail.

St David’s Day

Caerphilly Castle

Saturday 25 February, 10.30am-3.30pm

Adult £10.10, children 5-17 £7.10, under 5s free family £33 (2+3), or free to Cadw members

Enjoy a custodian-led tour around the castle and talks about St David plus card making and craft activities.

Coch Celebrates St David’s

Castell Coch, Cardiff

Saturday 25 February, 11am-3pm

Activity included in general entry, adult £8.30, children 5-17 £5.80, under 5s free, family £27.40 (2+3), or free to Cadw members

Craft and storytelling event, preparing to celebrate St Davids Day on 1March. Colour in a St David;’s flag and dragon, make a daffodil, listen to the story of St David, Live Welsh folk music, face painting, and a quest sheet.

FREE Drop-in arts and craft workshops

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Monday 20-Friday 24 February, 10am-12pm

Head to Chapter’s Common Room for free arts and craft activities for families.

Chapter is also offering free packed lunches for all children, Monday 20-Friday 24 February, 12pm-2pm.

See Film and Cinema section below for details of free family film screenings during half term

FREE Roman Army Week

National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon

Monday 20-Friday 24 February, 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm

Join the Second Augustan Legion this half term. Meet a Centurion, take a look at some armour, weapons and military equipment from the Roman army and find out what life was like for a Roman soldier on the edge of the empire. You can also try on Roman armour and learn to march with the Centurion using Latin commands in this hour-long workshop.

FREE Badge Making

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenavon

Tuesday 21 February 2023, 10am-4pm 

Big Pit’s Playlab is preparing for St David’s Day. Make a leek or daffodil badge and join in with some Welsh songs and other activities through the medium of Welsh. A warm welcome to all – fluent speakers, learners or just curious! 

You can combine with a free trip underground at Big Pit.


FREE The Vale Wand-erer Treasure Hunt

Across the Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February

Vale of Glamorgan Council and Beach Academy Wales have taken a replica of Harry Potter’s Wand to 10 coast and country locations around the Vale, and taken a photo in each. Download the trail map and visit all 10 locations between Saturday 18 and Sunday 26 February to complete the online quiz or a chance to win the replica wand used in the photos, plus a two-day trip to London including a family studio tour at Harry Potter World and overnight hotel stay including breakfast, for a family of four.

Half term family trail and adventure

Mountain View Ranch

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February

£7 per person aged 2+

Join the Ranch family adventure trail, including the famous Gruffalo trail. Explore and discover all these and much, much more; two jumping pillows, guinea pigs, pygmy goats, ponies, straw bale obstacle course, soft archery, double zip wire, fairy forest, roly poly hill, tree houses, The Vomit Comet, The Big Big Swing, Hobbit Hill, and of course The Gruffalo. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Y Mis Bach / The Little Month

Dyffryn Gardens, St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan

Saturday 18 February-Sunday 26 February, 10am-4pm

Included in usual admission charges,

Adults £12.10, children £6.10, family £30.30 (Gift Aid prices); or free to National Trust members

Pick-up your trail leaflet and pencil from the Welcome Centre and learn all about what lovely little things happen in the gardens during winter in this family-friendly trail.

Character appearances

Playworks The Meadows

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February

Children over 3 and adults £9.50, under 3s £4.50, under 1s free

Meet character mascots from a variety including Peppa Pig, Minion, PJ Masks, Olaf and Elsa from Frozen. Plus Meet the goats, petting with guinea pigs and rabbits. Optional extras, face painting £3, synthetic Ice skating £4.50, crafts £1.50.

Lambing Festival

Cantref Adventure Farm, Brecon

Saturday 18-Sunday 26 February

£10 per person, book online in advance

February half term is the peak of the farm’s lambing season. If you time your visit to the Big Animal Barn right you might be lucky enough to see a lamb being born. Other activities include pet handling, sheep-themed crafts, Mr Ev’s Show and Party Games with Mr Ev.

Nest box building

RSPB Newport Wetlands

Tuesday 20 February, 1.30pm

£12.50 per child non-RSPB members, £10.50 members

Learn to identify birds you may see while out walking or in your garden, as well as how to help birds that are at risk by building and decorating your own next box to take home and help the birds in your garden.

The Wetlands itself is free to visit; car parking £4 for non-members, free for members.


The Gruffalo’s bug buffet – Minibeast hunting

RSPB Newport Wetlands

Thursday 23 February 11am and 2pm

£6.50 per child non RSPB members, £5.30 members

Become a nature detective this half term on a bug hunt like no other. The activity will follow the story of the Gruffalo to get little ones in the bug hunting mood. They will then discover what the Gruffalo likes to eat and hunt for all things creepy and crawly.

The Wetlands itself is free to visit; car parking £4 for non-members, free for members.


Emergency Services Fun Day

The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Wednesday 22 February, 12pm-4pm

The Red Dragon Centre have teamed up with first aid charity, St John Cymru and South Wales Police to host an Emergency Services Day this half term. St John Cymru will provide a range of demonstrations including how to use a defibrillator, how to perform CPR and general first aid techniques. South Wales Police will be on hand with special activities including finger printing, colouring and more. You can also see a vintage St John Ambulance and explore a police vehicle, on the outdoor piazza outside the rear entrance doors. Little ones can transform into their favourite super hero or character by enjoying the Centre’s free face painting station, also available between 12-4pm.

FREE Space Club

Mermaid Quay

Thursday 23rd February, 12pm-4pm

3..2..1.. Launch into Mermaid Quay Space Club
Explore the planets with interactive games, space walking and stories. Plus free face painting and crafts.

Friday 24th February, 12pm-4pm

Stars and Galaxies
Explore the galaxy, plus free face painting crafts,

Saturday 25th February, 12pm – 4pm

Alien Invastion
Explore space in an alien investigative adventure, plus free face painting crafts,

Each day children will have the opportunity to dress up in space suits and use a VR headset for a space adventure.

Plus there’s a free space-themed treasure hunt taking place from Saturday 18-Saturday 26 February. Search for eight space-themed posters in windows at Mermaid Quay, each with a unique fact. Find them all and submit your entry for a chance to win a £50 voucher for Hub Box, Mermaid Quay. More information here. Plus snap a space selfie for a chance to win a Pizza Express voucher. There are also two £10 Cadwaladers gift cards to be won in a space-themed colouring in competition.

25% off bowling before 10.30am

Hollywood Bowl, The Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff Bay

Monday 20-Sunday 26 February

Early bowlers get 25% off bowling when bowled before 10:30am and using code FEB25 at the checkout. Enjoy a Family Feast, where you can enjoy 2 adult meals and 2 kids’ meal, 4 soft drinks, PLUS onion rings all from only £25! *

Traditional Fairground

St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff

From £1 per ride

Experience the magic of a bygone era at St Fagans Traditional Fairground. Suitable for ages 2-11. Entry to St Fagans is free; parking charges apply.

Mini Ravers

Depot Cardiff

Sunday 19 February, 12pm-3pm

£13.10 per person, under 2s £2.25

Go clubbing… with your children at this indoor festival. Expect meet and greets from favourite characters, giant inflatable balloons, bouncy castles, resident Mini Ravers DJs, UV lights and lots more.

Half Term Events

Amelia Trust Farm, Barry

Mr Marvel’s Marvellous Magic Show

Monday 20 February

Teddy Bear Time

Thursday 23 February; £30 per child

Children will make their teddy bear, name their bear, and then design and make a t-shirt to suit their bear. 

Football Fun

Friday 24 February

Timed slots for all activities; must be booked online advance. All selling fast!

FREE Ion StrongKidz

Space2B, The Maltings, Splott

Monday 20 February, 11am, 7-10 year olds

Tuesday 21 February, 11am, 11-13 year olds

Friday 24 February, 11am, 14-16 year olds

Ion Llanishen

Tuesday 21 February, 2.15pm,7-10 year olds

Thursday 23 February, 2.15pm, 11-13 year olds

Free exercise classes for children, during half term. See Ion’s website for details of their regular Sunday afternoon paid-for StrongKidz classes.

Theatre and performance

Mamma Mia

New Theatre, Cardiff

Tuesday 14 February-Saturday 4 March

Age guidance 5+, running time 2 hours 35 including interval


The feel-good smash-hit musical is back in Cardiff for three weeks. Set on a Greek island paradise, Mamma Mia is a story of love, friendship and identity, cleverly told through the timeless songs of ABBA. Sophie’s quest to discover the father she’s never known brings her mother face to face with three men from her distant romantic past on the eve of a wedding they’ll never forget.

The show is pretty much sold out; check with the box office for returns and additional ticket availability.

The Noise Next Door: The Mysterious Mansion of Mystery

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Saturday 18 February, 2pm

Age guidance: 5+; 60 minutes with no interval

Adults £12, concessions £11, family of four £38

Take a tour of the world’s most bewildering building with comedy heavyweights The Noise Next Door. Who knows what lurks in the curious corridors and bizarre boudoirs of this ancient manor house? You do! What you say goes in this hour of anarchic entertainment that is fun for literally everyone. A little bit spooky, a little bit stupid and a whole lot of funny.

The Noise Next Door are thirteen-time sell-out veterans of The Edinburgh Fringe and have appeared on ‘The One Show’ (BBC One) and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ (ITV1). They have also appeared alongside the likes of Michael McIntyre, Katherine Ryan, Romesh Ranganathan and Harry Hill.

Play Opera Live: Dinosaur Discoveries with Welsh National Opera

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Sunday 19 February, 3pm; running time 1 hour 10, no interval

Adults £15, children £7.50, family of four £30, family of 5 £35, under 2s lap ticket £2

Welsh National Opera present a family-friendly introduction to classical music, this tike with a dinosaur theme. The family show is interactive, entertaining and educational, as WNO presents some favourite pieces of music from stage and screen. Set sail on the high seas with Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman; escape to the mountains with Grieg’s instantly recognisable Hall of the Mountain King and walk alongside dinosaurs with John Williams’s epic Jurassic Park Theme. Audiences can also get up close and personal with Steve Pickett’s Dinosaur Rumpus, based on Tony Mitton’s ever-popular children’s book, Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus, featuring vivid video projections and original narration by presenter Tom Redmond.

A number of free activities, including a treasure hunt, face painting and more, are available in Wales Millennium Centre’s foyer from 1pm.

Egg and Spoon

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Monday 20 February, 1.30pm and 4pm; Tuesday 21 February 11am and 1.30pm


Age guidance: 1-5; 45 minutes with no interval

Egg and Spoon is a perfect gentle introduction to the magic of theatre for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Children are not expected to sit still; all performances are classed as Relaxed. An interactive romp through the seasons where you come in and out of a magic circle and get to open all the gifts of nature. Percy and April will get audiences settled on comfortable cushions and introduce you to Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg. You’ll have to wait until Spring if you want to see him so it’s time to begin a hands-on journey through the year. Audiences will run through the rain and the falling leaves and sleep under the snow till the sun wakes us up for the butterfly party.


Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Monday 20, Tuesday 21, Wednesday 23 February, 9.30am, 11am, 1.45pm

£4, £13 for a family of 4

45 minutes; suitable for under 5s      

A 45-minute interactive performance for under 5s. Barod! will have little ones singing new bi-lingual new songs, in an interactive show with a sprinkling of silliness that explores colours, numbers, sounds using singing, dance and musical instruments. Aisling and Helen are off to visit their friend who loves rainbows. Can you help them collect all the colours of the rainbow?

The Tap Dancing Mermaid

Blackwood Miners’ Institute

Tuesday 21 February, 11am and 2pm

Adults £11, concessions £9, family of four £32

Age 3+; 50 minutes

Gather round for the Moon’s magical story about a tap dancer he has been watching at night. Marina Skippett creeps out of her house every night to shuffle and stomp on the boardwalk to the sounds of the sea. She can’t tap dance at home any more since her evil, tractor-sized Aunty banned it! But then, one moonlit night, Marina meets a mysterious, watery boy swimming in the sea and her life is never the same again! Features puppets, live music and tap dancing in a show for all ages.

Where The Leaves Blow

Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Wednesday 22 February, 1.30pm, Thursday 23 February 4.30pm

Ble Mae’r Dail yn Hedfan

Wednesday 22 February 11am, Thursday 23 February 1.30pm


Age guidance 2-8; 60 minutes with no interval

A funny, magical and musical adventure that will be on tour in the new year with a new cast Anni Dafydd and Gwern Phillips.

An interactive drama for younger children from acclaimed theatre company Arad Goch. This is a lively and musical drama, sometimes funny and at other times dealing with the emotions of the children with themes regarding friendship, working together and caring – and encouraging the children to be creative in their own way. 

Separate performances are available in Welsh (suitable for new Welsh speakers) and English with elements of British Sign Language.


St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Wednesday 22 February, 4.30pm, Thursday 23 February, 10.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm

Age guidance 3+; running time 1 hour

Adults £16, children £14

Based on the much-loved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Zog is eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great. The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions (the team behind Zog and the Flying Doctors and Stick Man) is back and promises to be bigger, brighter and more roar-some than ever before. With lively songs from Joe Stilgoe and directed by Emma Kilbey, this is a magical production for all ages. 


Room on the Broom

Swansea Grand

Wednesday 22 February, 1.30pm and 4.30pm; Thursday 23 February 10.30am and 1.30pm


Age guidance 3+; 60 minutes

Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom.
The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears! Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

Disney on Ice: Discover the Magic

Cardiff International Arena

Thursday 23-Sunday 26 February, 10.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm

Disney On Ice presents Discover the Magic is an adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. Explore the colourful spirit realm of Coco, sail away with Moana, see Belle in the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life, and sing along with Elsa. Join the celebration and make magical memories with Aladdin, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid and many more of your Disney friends, at Disney On Ice presents Discover the Magic. 

Blaze of Glory!

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Thursday 23 February, Friday 10, Tuesday 14 and Saturday 18 March, 7.30pm

From £17

Welsh National Opera present this tale of Cymru, coal and choral singing Set in a 1950s Welsh Valleys’ community, Blaze of Glory! follows the fortunes of a small group of miners who embark upon a musical escapade by reforming their male voice choir to raise spirits following a mining disaster. Blaze of Glory! celebrates the land of song and how community spirit can triumph over adversity. Traditional Welsh harmonies blend with the a cappella sounds of the 1950s, operetta, gospel and big band as our intrepid band of gleemen Lindy hop their way to glory.

(No age guidance supplied but suitable for families with older children and school groups.)

There and Back Again – An Odyssey

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Friday 24 February, 2pm

Adults £10, concessions £8, family of four £32

Age guidance: 6+

A LIVE Cinema-Theatre show. Follow CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch as he uses a pioneering mix of live cinema and theatre to take you on a thrilling ride across the magical world of ancient Greece. With miniature sets he directs the lights, camera and action in front of your eyes to show the famous battles, floating islands, one-eyed giants and angry Gods that make up Ulysses’s 20 year struggle to get back home. The use of multiple cameras magnifies the table-top puppetry in widescreen down to the smallest detail, turning a storm-in-a-teacup into an Aegean tempest, laying out the fundamental fable hidden in this classic of world literature and proving that no matter how far you roam, there’s no place like Homer.

Fireman Sam Live

The Riverfront, Newport

Friday 24 February, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm


Running time 65 minutes

When all of his friends go away, Norman Price decides to find adventure in Pontypandy and become the star of a visiting circus. But with a tiger on the loose and faulty lights, the adventure soon turns to danger. Can Fireman Sam come to the rescue and save the circus? Join Sam, Penny, Elvis, Station Officer Steele and Norman in an all singing, dancing, action-packed show.


The focus here is on independent cinemas, film-related events, and cheaper family screenings rather than the current big releases.

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (PG)

Memo Arts Centre, Barry

Friday 17 February, 5pm; Sunday 19 February, 2.45pm; Tuesday 21 February 11am;

Wednesday 22 February 2pm, Thursday 23 February 11am

£6/£5 concessions

Everyone’s favourite leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline returns for the first time in more than a decade. DreamWorks Animation presents a new adventure in the Shrek universe as daring outlaw Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll.
Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots on his grandest quest yet.

Free family films

Chapter Ars Centre, Cardiff

Daily during half term

Encanto Singalong (U)

Saturday 18, Monday 20, Thursday 23 February, 11.30am

The Lego Movie (U)

Tuesday 21 and Saturday 25 February, 11.30am

Sing (U)

Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 February, 11.30am

Free films for families daily during half term – please note these sell out fast. Speak to the Box Office for returns. Chapter continues to offers free family films every Saturday; see website for information.

Movies for Juniors

Cineworld, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.50 per person. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

Mini Mornings

Vue Cinema, Millennium Plaza, Cardiff

The 10am weekend and school holiday Movies for Juniors showings are just £2.49 per person when booked online or £3.49 on the door. Check online for schedule; films are usually a few months old rather than new releases.

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