It’s half-term time again! Keep boredom at bay with our round-up of action-packed apps and entertainment…
School’s out for a whole week, and with the weather still looking a little bit iffy, you’ll want a good supply of options on hand to keep the sprogs engaged and out of mischief. Luckily, we’ve hunted down the top TV, movies, music and more for hours of mobile fun this February half-term. Take a look…
Fantastic Mr Fox | Netflix
New to Netflix this month, Wes Anderson’s first foray into the world of animation with Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. Watch as the wiley Mr Fox, voiced by George Clooney, slips back into his old chicken-stealing ways, making enemies of malicious farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean in the process. An absolute delight for anyone familiar with Roald Dahl’s classic tale as well as those new to the story.
Dragons: Race to the Edge | Netflix
Join Hiccup and Toothless as they return to Netflix for the third season of Dreamworks’ popular Dragons series. A Netflix original, this animated series is a spin-off from hit film, How to Train Your Dragon. With just the right ratio of humour and suspense it’s guaranteed to keep all your eager young dragon trainers on the edge of their seats. Pair it with the Dragons: Rise of Berk app on iOS and Android for an extra level of interactivity, as kids builds their own Berks and train their own dragons.
David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies | NOW TV Entertainment Pass
Let imaginations take flight with the world’s greatest naturalist. In this breathtaking documentary, Sir David Attenborough charts the story of the animals who defy gravity. Enthralling and educational, you really can’t go wrong with Sir David.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow | NOW TV Entertainment Pass
DC’s finest heroes and villains are back for season two and, after the defeat of immortal villain Vandal Savage and the exposure of the corrupt Time Masters, a new threat is emerging. This is American super-hero TV at its best, but be warned, it is recommended for those aged 13 plus. A good option for your teens.
Spotify’s not just for music. With a wide range of podcasts, stories, and more available via the mobile app, it’s an ideal addition to your entertainment arsenal and you may even come away wiser.
Brains On! Science podcast for kids
Ever wondered how whales communicate, how aeroplanes fly or what’s better out of fire and lasers? Brains On! Science podcast for kids tackles these and many more interesting issues in a series of monthly episodes. Each episode is around 20-30 minutes in length, making them perfect for curious kids and adults alike. Time to get those neurons firing! Listen here.
This collection of stories and songs is sure to be a hit with the animal lover in your family. Ranging from Rudyard Kipling’s How the Whale Got His Throat to age-old classics like Three Blind Mice, it’s near on five hours of furry fun and tall tails.
Movie Music: Kid’s Classics
Let It Go with this delightful playlist of tunes from popular children’s films. Containing all your favourites from Cars to Despicable Me, you’ll be singing along in no time at all – a great soundtrack to half-term adventures.
Put brains to the test and find activities near you with this great mix of apps to download.
Toca Life Vacation | iOS, Android, Windows Phone, £2.99
You don’t have to go away to enjoy a holiday this half-term. Toca Life Vacation is the fourth app in the Toca Boca series and with settings including the airport, a hotel and the beach, it’s bound to spark some stellar storytelling. The Toca apps are like digital dolls houses. With a simple tap and swipe, children can move characters around and get them to take action, all while making up their own narrative and putting imaginations to the test.
Hoop – What’s on for Kids | iOS, Android, FREE
Need to get the kids out of the house? Currently available in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton, Bath and Oxford, Hoop puts thousands of local activities at your fingerprints. Simply enter your postcode and the age of your children to find activities near you or further refine your results by category and time. Each event is accompanied by a brief description, date and time details, pricing (if applicable) and a handy map of how to get there. Brilliant.
Thinkrolls Kings and Queens | iOS, Android, £3.99
Sharpen up with this epic adventure app full of logic, physics, and fun. Great for children aged five plus, Thinkrolls requires players to think critically as they navigate their way through 228 puzzles complete with castles, dragons, magic and more. Plus, you can set up accounts for up to six players so there’s no arguing over who solved what and reached where.
Dinosaurs Everywhere! | iOS, Android, FREE
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s dinosaurs – well some of them at least! Dinosaurs Everywhere! uses augmented reality to drop life-sized dinosaurs into your everyday surroundings. Simply hold your phone as if you’re taking a photo and look around. Tap the dinosaurs to learn more about each species and try with a VR headset for a fully immersive experience. Trips to the park will never be the same again.
Seeking more entertainment? Check out our February 2017 essential mix for this month’s top sport, TV, movies and music.