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Get down to some monkey business; Stuck for something to do this halfterm? CATHERINE VONLEDEBUR looks at family days out and themed events in Coventry and Warwickshire.


Twycross Zoo Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX DURING half-term there is a special Valentine's Day love trail at Twycross Zoo, including and the chance to see two loved-up Western lowland gorillas, Oumbi and Ozala, and their young son Lope.

There's also Diatou and Kakowet, the Bonobos who have been together for 23 years.

The zoo trail also includes animals on European endangered species breeding programmes such as Felix and Maxine, two South American Vicunas - wild ancestor of the domesticated alpaca - who have been together for nine years and had five offspring, meercats Amy and Haycock and Josie and Spike, the red-faced spider monkeys who have been together for 27 years and have a young baby.

Twycross Zoo is the only place in the UK to have every type of great ape (gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo) and a collection of gibbons.

Open from 10am to 5pm. ? Warwick Castle Today until February 22 LITTLE princesses can enjoy dressing up at The Princess Tower; while all visitors can experience the sounds and smells of yesteryear at Kingmaker: Eve of Battle. It tells the story of how the 16th Earl of Warwick prepared his household for battle.

Daily shows include Flight of the Eagles, which sees eagles and vultures flying from the ramparts. Discover the castle's Bear Tower, the Guards' Room in Guy's Tower, and the haunted Watergate Tower, all of which tell their own part of the Castle's rich 1,100-year old story. ? Family Fun Circus, Hatton Adventure World Near Warwick CV35 8XA, Today until February 22 CIRCUS skills workshops, Chipper the Clown's circus show, Zoobee's circus magic and Flea Circus plus the Lambing Marquee with lots of pregnant ewes, tiny lambs, a shepherd and Little Bo Peep.

? The National Trust's 50 things to do before you're 113/4 GET wet and muddy on a welly walk in parkland at Packwood House, Warwickshire, where there is also a new architecture trail for kids. Build a den, play hoop-la, splash in the puddles and have your own family adventure.

? Knights and Princesses Academy, Kenilworth Castle February 16-20, 11am - 3pm GIRLS and boys of all ages an learn about courtly etiquette and try their hand at junior jousting.

Cost: Child PS5.60, Adult: PS9.30 or Family PS24 ? Terrific Tudors Warwickshire libraries TRAVEL back in time and find out what life was like in Tudor times - what did they eat, drink and wear? Find out all about this amazing historical period and get to handle some replica costumes and everyday objects. Make a Tudor house and some Tudor-inspired costume and jewellery to take away.

February 16: Rugby Library 10.30am - noon; Nuneaton Library 2.30pm - 4pm; February 19: Alcester Library 2.30pm - 4pm; February 20: Coleshill Library 10.30am - noon, Leamington Library 2.30pm - 4pm, Auto Science Live Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon Today until February 22 A WEEK of family-friendly activities bringing automotive engineering and the science behind it to life.

Highlights include a 45-minute show full of interactive scientific experiments (below) by the MAD science team and a Lego Technic design and building workshop.

Author Graham Jones will be taking children back to 1805 with his new adventure Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Trafalgar on February 16 and there's an interactive timetravelling inspired Auto Science trail.

Adults PS12, child PS8 and under fives free.


Become an Apprentice Glover Shakespeare's Birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon, Today until February 22, 11am - 3pm daily DESIGN your own gloves in the workshop where William's father worked at Shakespeare's Birthplace. Learn about gloves, their meaning in Tudor society, materials used and tanning. And today you can take on the role of Romeo or Juliet in the "balcony scene" with Shakespeare Aloud! actors (all day).

At Anne Hathaway's Cottage make a Tudor sweet bag and at Harvard House make a Jack-o-Lent finger puppet.

Normal admission fee applies. ? Art Club Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, CV32 4AA. February 19, 2-4pm KIDS can celebrate Chinese New Year by making colourful, moving, paper dragons. Ferocious or friendly, decorate your dragon and then make it dance. Free, drop in. For ages 6-12 years.

? 01926 74200/ Land Speed Record Exhibition Coventry Transport Museum, 10am to 5pm daily THIS is the first chance for families to experience this new exhibition, home of the world's fastest car Thrust SSC, and its predecessor Thrust 2. The display includes a 4D simulator ride. Height restrictions apply.

Cost: Adults PS5, under 16s and concessions PS3.50 and PS15.50 for a family tcket. There's also robot-themed crafts and activities for ages 5+, from today until February 22.

Every day there will be a different activity, from building retro robot magnets to creating a cool robot bookmark, constructing robot clay faces and even paint a colourful robot canvas to hang in the bedroom.

Cost: between PS1 - PS5. ? Exciting Expeditions The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, today until February 22 YOUNG explorers can join in a week of themed crafts including marvellous map-making using a clever art technique which ages the map to make it look like it's been used on a real expedition, build their own telescope and using the Herbert's own natural history collection, construct a 3D model from craft materials and a small case in which to store it.

Coventry Collages With artist Laura Oldfield Ford for ages 8+, February 21, 10.30am -12.30pm; 2pm - 4pm TWO workshops exploring the architecture of Coventry and using drawing and collage to create artworks about how children want their environment to look in the future.

Free. Booking essential. ? 024 7623 7521/ | Children love a trip |to Twycross Zoo with its T famous collection of apes, and don't miss meerkats Amy and Haycock (left) Head to the Herbert Art Gallery for some crafty activities |
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Date:Feb 14, 2015
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