Family fun for Tuesday, February 16 - our guide to entertaining your children during the half term holidays in Ipswich

Den building

Den building - Credit: Archant

In the second of our daily guides to days out in Ipswich and further afield in Suffolk, we bring you den building, animal invasions and duck trails.

Table Tennis

Taking place at Gainsborough sports centre between 9.30am and 10.30am, this fun session is suitable for children aged five to 14 and costs £2.40. No booking required.

Family Fun Session

Grab your swimming costumes and head down to Crown Pools for a family fun session with waves, floats and rafts from 10am to midday.

Entry costs £4.10 per adult and £2.90 per child.

Family Rollerskating

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The whole family can join in with the roller disco at Whitton sports centre between 2pm and 3.30pm, or at Northgate from 2.30pm to 4pm.

There is also a session at Maidenhall from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Entry is £2.70 per person and there is no booking required. If you have skates, please take them along as there are only a limited number to borrow.

Bouncy Play

There will be a pirate ship bouncy castle and ball pool plus soft play equipment and arts and crafts on offer at Whitton sports centre between 10.30am and midday.

Children aged three to seven are invited, with their parents, and entry is £2.70 per child.

Animal Invasion Mammals

Animals will be taking over the museum tomorrow - hour-long sessions will run throughout the day and places can be booked by calling 01473 433691.

Meet extraordinary animals and discover more about scaly reptiles.

Cost is £3 per person and it is suitable for children aged three and over.

Soft Play

Pre-schoolers can take part in a soft play session at Whitton sports centre between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Entry is £2.10 and children aged up to four can play in the ball pit, slip down the slides, play with the soft toys and ride the trikes.

Inflatable Slide

Back at Crown Pools the inflatable slide will be out between 2pm and 3pm.

Children aged eight and over are able to attend and entry is £2.90.


Taking place indoors at Northgate sports centre between 2pm and 4pm.

The session is open to children aged five to nine and costs £3.20, no booking required.

Bouncy Play

Between 2pm and 4pm, Northgate sports centre offers bouncy play for under fives.

The cost is £3.20 and children can enjoy two jungle-themed bouncy castles and soft play.

Junior Jumpers

Take a bounce at Gainsborough sports centre, session runs from 3.30pm to 4.30pm and is suitable for four to 16-year-olds.

Entry is £4.30. Book by calling 01473 433633.

And further afield:

Winter Quackers morning

Visit Lackford Lakes for a duck-themed morning of fun, games, trails and crafts.

The activity runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm and is suitable for children aged four to seven.

The cost is £4 per child. Book here.

Secrets of Survival activity day

Join Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Redgrave and Lopham Fen and find out how animals and plants survive the winter with activities, games and crafts.

Children only, parents can not stay.

Suitable for children aged six to 10, and cost is £6 per child.

Book online here.

Brick City

The Lego exhibition is still running at Moyse’s Hall, Bury St Edmunds. See some of our great buildings re-created in those iconic bricks, and discover more about some of the world’s greatest cities. Whilst there, you can also learn more about our rich heritage.

Museum entry is £4 for adults, £2 for children or £10 for a family.


Help save middle Earth at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park .

Starting Tuesday and running through to Saturday, there will be indoor and outdoor activities on offer themed around the Lord of the Rings saga.

Entry is £5 for adults, £3 for children or £15 for a family.

Art and Craft Club, Great Barton Village Hall

Drop children off at 10.30am and pick up at 11.45am, leaving them create their very own materpieces.

The session is suitable for five to 11 year olds and costs £4.50. Book your place via email.

Family Winter Warmers

Build a den, try fire lghting and make popcorn on the fire at Foxburrow Farm in Melton.

The fun takes place between 10.30am and 12.30pm and costs £2.50 per person.