North-West Evening Mail
Wed 26 Sep 2007


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IT will be easy to keep the kids occupied this half-term with a host of top attractions on our doorstep.

Barrow is not only the gateway to the Lakes but a fun and interesting destination in its own right.

This half-term there is plenty on offer at the Dock Museum, Forum 28 and LazerZone in Abbey Road’s Custom House.

Local artist Jasmine Jones is running a children’s workshop at the Dock Museum on February 21 and 22.

Children can create their own sea creature or sea monster in the marine-themed workshops which run at 11am, 1pm and 2.15pm.

It costs £2 and booking is essential by phoning 01229 876400.

A series of sheep-themed workshops will be held at Forum 28’s Sheepfest on February 19 and 20. Infant workshops run from 10.30am until 11.30am, costing £2 and junior workshops run from 1pm until 3pm costing £2.50.

Infants must be accompanied and booking is essential.

For other half-term events at Forum 28 call 01229 820000.

The LazerZone offers fun activities for seven-year-olds up and is open from 11am until 7pm every day through the school holidays.

Further afield a quartet of top visitor attractions in the Western Lake District area are offering free entry to children this half-term.

The special offers are designed to encourage families to stay local next week.

Among those taking part is a new business, Whitehaven Marine Adventures, which provides daily guided pleasure cruises and Eco trips around the Western Lake District coastline.

Owner Jeremy Moore said: “During half-term week we want the kids to have plenty to do to keep them amused and entertained. They can enjoy the fun, thrills and wildlife that our boat trips offer.”

Other attractions offering free entry to children with a paying adult during half-term are Muncaster, featuring its historic castle, gardens and World Owl Centre, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway with steam trains providing special views along the line up and down beautiful Eskdale and the acclaimed sheep show at the Lakeland Sheep And Wool Centre at Cockermouth.

Half-term events at the Aquarium of the Lakes offer a range of exciting family activities.

Join the keepers for a week of family fun to discover more about the amazing diving ducks.

There will be special talk and feeding demonstrations, hook a duck game, the great duck hunt competition, plus face painting and craft activities.

It is open daily from 9am until 6pm.

Check out the new skyway to the Andean Bears at South Lakes Wild Animal Park in Dalton.

The tree-top walkways take visitors right into the heart of the enclosures for superb aerial views.

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