PLAN for success this half term with a host of fun family friendly activities across south Essex.

  •  Get ready for cuteness overload as Barleylands has lambing week from 11 to 19 February. The kids can get an insight into the joys of nature with new-born lambs at the Barleylands Road location in Billericay. See
  •  There will be a Family Forest Fun day on Wednesday 15 February from 1pm to 3pm at the Langdon Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon. See
  • Enjoy a free augmented reality trail on Southend High Street from Friday 10 to Sunday 26 February. Run by Southend City BID it sees participants help The Luminauts, an interstellar team of superheroes, on an adventure as they find special keys that release 10 gem-eating beasties visable on smart phones. See
  • Southend LuminoCity takes place on Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 February from 5pm to 10pm. The light festival returns with a series of awe-inspiring light installations. Visit * Southend Central Museum will hosts a day of activities on Wednesday, 15 February at 11am to 5pm with free tours of the exhibitions from prehistory to the EKCO exhibition. See
  • On February 15 Langdon Nature Tots Holiday Session runs from10am to 12pm at Langdon Visitor Centre in Basildon. See
  •  Enjoy a mega fun day on February 16 at Clements Hall Leisure Centre in Hawkwell from 10:30am to 16:30pm where there will be lots of inflatable fun at £3 a session. Visit
  •  Get your little monsters ready for Valentine’s day on February 14 with the Party Monsters Valentines Half Term Party at The Civic Hall Blackshots Lane, Grays, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. See for tickets.
  •  It is Anime and Manga Week at The Forum in Southend on Saturday 11 to Saturday 18 February with a film screening and a Manga drawing session. See to book.