Little Red Riding Hood

Philip arrives to talk about his favourite story, Red Riding Hood, but he can’t remember the title and muddles up the story. Red Riding Hood’s friend arrives to tell us the story but finds there are no pages in the book. He starts the story but gets it wrong. Cinderella comes to help, dancing the conga with her twin sister, and suggests Wolf auditions. This comedy has wigs, hats, a sign-post, a frog, a small forest, Jack’s Baked Beans and lots of audience participation.

  • Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden on Sunday, February 17 at 3pm. Details: 01582 767525, www.harpenden

Really Wild Adventures

Go wild with Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventures. The much-loved TV presenter will take families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of rhymes, from antelopes to zebras and orphaned orang-utans to polar bear dentistry, based on her illustrated book of children’s poetry. This is a whistle-stop, interactive show full of poetry, puppetry, music and lots of fascinating wildlife facts.

  • Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans on Tuesday, February 19 at 2pm. Details: 01727 844488,

Suitcase Circus

This show features the most unlikely of performers, including the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, a daredevil ski glove, an incredible dancing milkshake straw, the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot, and the lovable yet bizarre magical Mexican hat Timrek.

Meet Wobulous Discombobulous, the anarchic sock as he presents a line-up of extraordinarily talented performing objects, all with their own unique and captivating storylines.

  • The Weston Auditorium, de Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield on Sunday, February 24 at 11am. Details: 01707 281127,


Willows Farm Village

Flock to Willows Farm Village for fun and frolics with its annual lambing event. Gain a fascinating insight into the lambing process and have a host of fleecy fun besides. Hundreds of lambs are expected to be born here during half term and new to February Frolics this year is lamb bottle-feeding demonstrations.

After your visit, you can log on to the Willows Lamb Cam, which streams a live feed 24 hours a day from the Lambing Marquee, so you can check the progress of the lambs you saw being born, as well as those that continue to be born.

  • Willows Farm Village, Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans from February 16 to 24 at various times. Details: 0870 129 9718,


Extraterrestrial Knickerbockers

Go along to a week of silly words and serious objects, exploring some of the strangest words from history, including Egyptian, Roman, Tudor, Victorian and 23rd Century (yes, that’s right) words, a different era each day from Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

You can then use these words to help you in the Ragamuffin Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 23 at 2pm, where the winner and the runner-up will be awarded prizes.

While you’re wandering around the museum, why not draw inspiration for The Lion Under the Stairs storytelling contest? You are invited to create and share your original story about any of the museum’s objects. Submissions need to be sent in by Sunday, April 7th.

  • St Albans Museum, Hatfield Road, St Albans. Details: 01727 751810,

Mill Green Museum

Kids and adults alike will have the chance to learn some historic crafts. On Tuesday, February 19 you can make a stunning grain picture while on Wednesday, February 20 you can make a clay model of the mill and use some grain to decorate it. And on Saturday, February 23 learn all about the ancient craft of woodturning using a lathe.

  • Mill Green Mill and Museum, Mill Green, Hatfield. Details: 01707 357850,

Apsley Paper Trail

The Mill is offering paper crafting activities over the break. There will be a variety of themes including Chinese New Year, Mother’s Day and Easter card making, or any other creative things you may wish to make. You don’t need to book – just pop in and join in.

While you’re there, you can also have a mill tour , take a look around the art gallery, pop into the café for refreshments or browse the shop.

  • Apsley Paper Trail, Apsley Mills Cottage, London Road, Hemel Hempstead from Monday, February 18 to Friday, Friday, February 22 and on Sunday, February 24 from 11am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Details: 01442 234600,

The Natural History Museum at Tring

The Natural History Museum is also celebrating National Bird Box Week, which starts on February 14, so why not help your feathered friends in your garden by building a sturdy wooden bird box for them to nest in? On Tuesday, February 19 at 10.15am, 11am, 2pm and 2.45pm, and on Thursday, February 21 at the same times. You can also make a bird feeder to encourage the local birds into your garden on Wednesday, February 20 at the same times and, on Thursday, February 21, you can join local wildlife photographer Tony Hawkins for an evening Wildlife Tour of Great Britain, exploring wildlife from the Outer Hebrides to the tip of Cornwall through the seasons, at 7pm.

  • Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring. Details: 020 7942 6171,