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Raring2go! What’s On? Winter 2023 JANUARY Selected dates until 31 March Drayton Manor Resort – Zoo Only Tickets Visit the zoo this winter from just £9 per ticket - and don’t forget, under 2’s go free. With 15 acres of open plan zoo, home to over 500 animals from all over the world, there’s lots to explore. You can even see some endangered species, as well as cheeky meerkats, adorable Red Pandas and beautiful Sumatran Tiger. Take a wintery walk around the fascinating zoo, as you see the animals venture out of their hiding places on quieter days. Why not wander down the Tamarin trail, visit the reptile house and even enjoy the roarsome Dino trail? Then take a break and warm up with a hot drink and food at Mrs Kyndley’s café. And what’s more, you can make the most of free onsite parking during Zoo only days – for the perfect day out this winter! www.draytonmanor.co.uk January – late February Ashend House children’s farm and the Big Play Barn. Midweek offer 50 % off Most of the animals are under cover, lots of characters to meet from old favourites to new arrivals and why not add the play Barn for lots of fun. Raring2go! To the farm for the midweek offer 50% off midweek child combi until late February www.childrensfarm.co.uk www.bigplaybarn.com January - March - WMSP Currently open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Re-opens fully on 10th February www.wmsp.co.uk 21 – 22 January The Alexandra – Jurassic Live Featuring mind blowing special effects, a brand new show for 2023, professional puppeteers and the UK’s most realistic dinosaurs this 90 minute full stage production isn’t a show to miss! Jurassic Live really is the greatest dinosaur show on earth! www.atgtickets.com FEBRUARY 3 – 4 February Birmingham Hippodrome – Starchitects Five children dream of reaching the moon from their bedroom. Join the Starchitects as they plan their daring mission. Will they succeed? And if they do, what will they fi nd there? Full of fun and thrilling surprises, Starchitects, the new show from Motionhouse for children and families is engaging for audiences of all ages – from tiny tots to older siblings, parents and grandparents who can all enjoy and join the magical adventure. Starchitects is a visual spectacle using the dance-circus fusion and digital projections that Motionhouse is renowned for, with an easy-to-follow fun and imaginative storyline, making it a perfect outing for the whole family www.birminghamhippodrome.com 6 raring2go.co.uk

Raring2go! FEBRUARY 4 February - Resorts World Arena – Arenacross Tour 2023 Arenacross is a show like no other. It’s a highoctane mix of indoor Motocross racing and Freestyle Motocross (FMX) badness and is packed to the rafters with all-round family fun and frenzied entertainment. It’s guaranteed to keep you on your feet yelling and hollering for more! www.resortsworldarena.co.uk 11-19 February Kenilworth Castle Step back in time as history is bought to life at Kenilworth Castle. Meet historic performers, enjoy hands-on activities and lots of fresh-air family fun. www.english-heritage.org.uk 12 February - Vintage Trains Shakeshere Express for Valentines Vintagetrains.co.uk 17 February - 16 April Lower Drayton Farm, Lambs & Ewe Learn all about the farm’s cutest new arrivals (and their mums)! Get up close to lambs & ewes in the lambing barn, watch a fun, interactive fi lm all about sheep and test your knowledge in the sheep-y quiz trail. Plus, you get to explore the farm’s massive indoor and outdoor adventure play spaces and meet lots of other friendly animals, too! Save 10% online using code RG10. www.playatthefarm.co.uk/lamb-and-ewe/ 18-19 February Shropshire Kids Festival Telford International Centre will play host to an epic Kids Festival in February 2023... We’ve got giant infl atables, bouncy castles, sports activities, science activities, and SO much more... We’ll have a WHOLE under 5s hall just for the little ones, a quiet zone for kids with additional support needs. www.shropshirekidsfest.co.uk/festivals/ telford-2023 18 – 19 February - Telford International Centre – Shropshire Kids Festival We’ve got giant infl atables, bouncy castles, sports activities, science activities, craft fun and SO much more... With four halls of entertainment for 0 -12 year olds, 99% of the activities are included in the admission price, meaning you and your little ones can have a super fun day without stretching the purse strings! We’ll have a WHOLE under 5s hall just for the little ones, a quiet zone for kids with additional support needs, and a whole festival of activities to discover for the most energetic of youngsters! www.shropshirekidsfest.co.uk 18 – 26 February - Stratford Butterfl y Farm – February Half Term activities The whole family can enjoy the relaxing pleasure of walking amongst some of the world’s most stunning and colourful butterfl ies in a tropical rainforest setting, complete with fi sh-fi lled pools, splashing waterfalls and beautiful blooms. Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions, Pupae and Beetle demonstrations will be held daily in the Discovery Zone. To guarantee entrance over half term tickets should be purchased in advance from the online booking system. The Butterfl y Farm recommends reading the ‘Information’ section of the website to help plan a visit. www.butterfl yfarm.co.uk 18 – 26 February - Hatton Adventure World – A Panto Adventure Panto returns to Hatton Adventure World this February Half Term. No need to worry about the weather! Stay warm and dry with our indoor activities including all-day animal handling, guinea pig village, scales & tails exotic animal experiences, a magical family show and our huge indoor soft play and slide mania centre. The action continues outdoors with the return of our epic laser combat battles, amazing falconry displays, mini funfair rides, giant helter-skelter and family games, and meet our animal friends on the farmyard walk. www.adventure.hattonworld.com 18 – 26 February Kenilworth Castle – Make History Step back in time this February Half Term as we bring history to life at Kenilworth Castle. Meet our historic performers, enjoy hands-on activities and lots of fresh-air family fun. www.english-heritage.org.uk 7

10Winter Activities to se Get on your bike and go for a bike ride Cycling is a brilliant form of transport (100% free) and a great way to keep active and warm whilst improving your fitness levels all at the same time. Cycling as a family is such a lot of fun and you can guarantee yourselves heaps of laughs along the way as you ride to off the beaten track places. 1 Winter walks as a family Mother nature does some magical things during the winter months and we can see much of it on walks close to home. Make time during the winter months to wrap up warm and venture out on local expeditions to see places you may not have seen before and nature unfolding before your eyes. Bird watching This is so satisfying being so close to nature and now that the leaves are no longer on the trees, you can see so much more. Get involved with the RSPB Garden Birdwatch and record your birdwatching, it’s a great way to spend your time. Museums are fun places! There’s so much to learn from visiting a museum and it really can be fun too. Set a questionnaire for the kids before you go and get them to tick off the answers as you go along. They’ll have so much fun answering the clues! If the weather is on your side visit an outdoor museum! Puddle jumping All you need are raincoats and wellies, once you’ll all kitted out, there’s so much fun to be had jumping in the puddlesjust make sure they’re not too deep! 2 3 4 5

ee you through to Spring Winter scavenger hunt Getting outdoors is good for all the family and if you have something fun to do, the kids will be happy and entertained. To help you along, here’s our Raring2go! Winter Scavenger Hunt activity sheet… Get your skates on! Ice or Roller skating is great exercise for the whole family. Skate for 30 minutes and you could burns off 267 calories and use the muscles of the lower body. Additional benefits to skating include improved balance and core stability plus the laughs you provide your children as you stuumble and gently fall! Make a bug hotel Gather together natural materials such as hollow bamboo canes, pine cones, barks, twigs and moss, and useful bits and bobs like old tiles for the roof, terracotta pots, and wooden pallets or bricks for the base. As well as helping creepy crawlies, larger ones might also be used by hedgehogs. Make a collage From your walk in the forest, why not gather some twigs, cones, leaves, acorns etc and make a Winter collage- the kids can make their own Forest scene! Christmas decoration hunt When December arrives, the extravagant house decorations come out to sparkle and dazzle. Go on a family drive and spot as many houses as you can with the best decorations. They shouldn’t be hard to spot as they are normally illuminated by the britghtest lights on earth so just look for the haze and follow it! 6 7 8 9 10

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10 easy ways to take control of We’re all having to watch the pennies at the minute, so here are a few Use a thermostat or heating programmer rather than switching your heating on/off manually. Close internal doors to keep the heat where you want it. An incredible amount of heat can be lost through doors left open. Only fill the kettle with as much water as is needed. A kettle uses an incredible amount of energy each time it boils. Dry clothes slowly on an airer in a well ventilated space, or outdoors, to save on tumble dryer costs. If you have curtains above where a radiator is positioned, then tuck them behind radiators to keep the heat inside the room.

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30 raring2go.co.uk Raring2go! Board games are a great way to spend quality family time together. A firm favourite in our house was Monopoly where it seemed everyone was just focused on opening hotels on Park lane and Mayfair! Another popular one when we were kids was Operation which literally caused us to jump out of our skin when the buzzer sounded. Times and games have moved on and there’s so much more choice these days that it’s very hard to keep up. Thankfully though, for many years now, the annual ‘Games Day’ has been a great way to celebrate games and get to know some new ones which have emerged... in short, its a great excuse to enjoy games and gaming. Originally, Games Day was the name given to an annual gaming convention that first took place in 1975. It was sponsored by the well known British game production company Games Workshop and it usually took place in Birmingham. In 1975 the games convention in August got cancelled, so Games Workshop decided to fill in the gap by having its own convention. After a few delays, and much frantic planning it finally held its event on December 20 at Seymour Hall in London. The company, which started out producing more traditional games like backgammon, later moved on to fantasy games like Warhammer. At the time, the convention was groundbreaking, since there were very few outlets for gamers to come together and play together. The event, naturally contributed to the growth of the gaming scene in the U.K. Soon enough, similar conventions started showing up all over the U.S. and became very popular. They were clearly the best single platform to showcase both gamers and gaming companies. Now you know how Games Day first began, surely the best way to honor this day is to play some games and have lots of fun doing so. Games Day is an ideal time to sit with your friends or family for carefree fun and lots of laughter! We dare say there’ll be some fierce competition too, but this is what it’s all about. Games Day is the perfect time to get together with as many people as you wish. To choose your favourite game or games and to play them, keeping all your guests happily entertained. You must remember, it doesn’t have to be just once a year either! you can make it a regular catch up with guaranteed fun! Considering they are a fun break from routine, games have been around in some form or the other throughout our civilization. After all, games sharpen our problem-solving abilities, our goal focused strategies, focus and concentration, coordination and communication skills, social interaction and multi-tasking. You may not realise all this when playing but the benefits of a good game can be felt for a long time after the actual game has ended. So what are you waiting for? Dust off your board games, shuffle a desk of cards or fire up your PS4... it matters not what you play but that you play and that you enjoy what you play too. What games do you most enjoy? Board games, card games, or maybe video games? Whatever game is your favourite, this is the day to play it and have fun! Today, let’s celebrate all things gaming!

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