This half term, children can have lots of fun all week at Lee Valley. Whether it’s skating on ice, cycling on the same track made famous during the London 2012 Olympic Games, meeting meerkats on the farm or travelling back in time to the Stone Age, there is set to be something for both kids and adults.

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The animals have had a little rest over the winter but now they are looking forward to seeing their human friends again. This family fun day also includes talks on looking after the animals, animal petting, falconry displays and face painting. Take a ride on Tex the tractor and try the super fresh milk, too.

Back in 2012, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Sir Bradley Wiggins enjoyed some of their greatest successes at Lee Valley VeloPark. Now teenagers can challenge themselves to the full and follow in their tracks.

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Riding a fixed wheel bike, they can test themselves riding around the iconic track, which Athletics Master Classes are an opportunity for children aged between 12-15 years old to master their favourite athletic discipline.

Training at the same facility as Olympic gold medallists Greg Rutherford and Jonnie Peacock, they will receive expert training in the following areas: Long Jump, Sprints, High Jump, Hurdles, and Pole Vault.

Star Track will be run over a series of days, these camps offer budding athletes the chance to explore a new world of athletics. Under the eye of Lee Valley experts, they will be introduced to a range of disciplines including hurdles, high jumps, sprinting and javelin.

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School holiday ice skating courses will be led by a qualified National Ice Skating Association instructor. It’ a fun and safe way to acquire the basics of ice skating and participants even receive a pass certificate.

Wild Wednesdays - Step into the Stone Age. What was it like to live in prehistoric times? Kids will discover how to light a fire, build a mini shelter and forage for food, just like cavemen and women did thousands of years ago.

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Now players don’t have to choose either football or golf – instead they can play FootGolf and enjoy the best of both sports. Just like regular golfers, participants aim the ball into a hole – but they are using their feet, not a club. It’s a great way to use skills from both sports and generally keep active.

When it comes to wildlife, visitors to Lee Valley are spoilt from choice. Every year, 150 bird species are recorded, including the rare Bittern, along with much loved mammals such as otters and water voles. It is also home to over half the UK’s dragonfly species and over 500 plant species. From Amwell End in Hertfordshire to Bow Creek and East India Dock Basin, close to the heart of London, there’s much to see and enjoy. Visitors can meander as they please or follow one of Lee Valley’s suggested routes.

Details: visitleevalley.org.uk