What's on at half term?

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16 February 2015 - 22 February 2015

Looking for something to do with the kids during the school break?

Location: Various

Cost: Varies - some Free

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There's no need to sit at home being bored during the February holiday - there's lots to do in Midlothian!

Try skiing, snowboarding or our fantastic tubing runs 

Our 'Have-a-Go' tubing is available during the February break (Monday 16th - Friday 20th)

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 10:00 - 5:00pm (last ticket sale 4:30pm)
  • Tuesday & Thursday  10:00 - 8:30pm (last ticket sale 8:00pm)

All users of the 'Have-a-Go' Tubing must be a minimum of 4 years old and at least a metre in height.

Scottish FA Football Roadshow

The holiday course provides a safe environment for children to develop as a player, young athlete and as a person.  The Scottish Football Associations School Holiday Programme provides boys and girls with the opportunities to:

  • Enjoy a healthy lifestyle
  • Play in a safe environment
  • Participate in small sided games
  • Enjoy playing football
  • Improve football skills
  • Be coached by Scottish FA coaches
  • Interact with other children

The course takes place at Saltaire Soccer (formerly Soccer City) in Mayfield for ages 5 - 12 years and runs from 16 February 2015 until 20 February 2015.  10:00 - 12:00 session is £30 and the 10:00 - 15:00 session is £50

Create some crafts!

Create some special Valentine's Day themed crafts at our libraries during the holidays. All welcome, but children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.    

  • Gorebridge Library on Friday 13 February, 14:00-15:00 
  • Loanhead Library on Friday 6 February, 15:00-16:00
  • Mayfield Library on Friday 13 February, 14:00-15:00 
  • Penicuik Library on Friday 13 February, 15:00 - 16:00

Make a splash at swimming!

Our 4 pools offer daily public swimming sessions, and special Family Swimming Fun sessions available at Loanhead and Penicuik at weekends.

There's Toddler Pools at Newbattle and Loanhead.

Newbattle Swimming Pools Inflatable Fun Sessions continue on a Saturday 14:30 - 15:30.  for children aged 3 - 17 years.  All rules must be followed, under 8's must be acommpanied by an adult and weak/non-swimmers swimmers will be asked to jump off the inflatable before the giant slide

The Penicuik Centre will have it's 'Bash & Dash' inflatable out on the following days:

Penicuik Leisure Centre Inflatable Times
Date  Day  Time
 13.02.15  Friday  14:00 - 16:00
 14.02.15  Saturday  14:00 - 17:00
 16.02.15  Monday  14:00 - 16:00
 17.02.15  Tuesday  14:00 - 16:00
 18.02.15  Wednesday  10:00 - 12:00
 19.02.15  Thursday  10:00 - 12:00
 20.02.15  Friday  14:00 - 16:00
 21.02.15  Saturday  14:00 - 17:00

Visit the Library!

Throughout the week:

Have fun with stories, songs, activities and sharing books at one of our regular children's reading groups:

  • Bookbugs (ages 0-4) meet in all our libraries
  • Chatterbooks (ages 9-12) meet in Dalkeith, Danderhall, Lasswade or Penicuik

If there isn't a group near you, you can still enjoy books, CDs or DVDs by visiting your nearest library:

Be active!

Book an indoor court and play a sport like badminton, football, squash or short tennis at your local leisure centre.

Contact your nearest centre to find out more.

Play in a park!

Our award-winning parks have lots of facilities for children such as adventure play areas, or you could just go for a walk and see what animals and birds you can spot!

Play some golf

We also have a  9-hole 'pay as you play' golf course at Vogrie Country Park which is open from 7:30 every day. Email or call to book, or for more information:

Get on your bike

Midlothian has many cycle paths and interesting places to explore:

Visit the Active Midlothian website for more ideas!