Ten ways to beat the rain this half term

With flood warnings issued throughout the week, these indoor activities are the perfect days out to entertain the family.

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1. The tropical butterfly house is re-opening at the Natural History Museum, London. Visitors can come face-to-face with tropical species of butterflies, and enjoy games and activities. Adults £5.50, family £19, children and concessions £5.50. Open 10am-5.50pm until September 2014 at the National History Museum, Cromwell Road, London. Find out more here

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2. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is holding ‘Insect Week’ throughout this half-term with opportunities for exploring and learning about insects and the grand opening of the new invertebrate exhibition. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Rd, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU. Family tickets available. Find out more here

3. For busy bees, head to Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre for a bee-themed day including crafts, games, flower planting and bee house making. Wednesday 28th and Friday 30th from 10am-4pm at Sutton Courtenay Environmental Education Centre, 
Oxfordshire, 
OX14 4TE. Donations welcome. Find out more here

4. Far away from the rain, experience millions of years old caverns, 40m high waterfalls and learn the history of humans in the caves at the National Showcaves Centre, Powys. Coffee Shops, play areas and museums make this place abundant in activities for everyone. (£13.50 Adults/£7.50 Children) Dan yr Ogof National Showcaves of Wales, Brecon Road, Powys. Find out more here

5. St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff is home to St Fagans Castle and is Wales’ most popular heritage site. It is holding ‘summer plants’ and walks and family arts and crafts events throughout the week. Admission is free. Find out more here

6. Take the family ‘pond dipping’ or ‘bug hunting’ and find out what is living under the water at Mere Sands Wood. Run by the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Wildlife Trust, they are running all week. Adults go free (£2/child). Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood Road, L40 1TG. Find out more here.

Two baby lambs who lost their mother being hand fed by a farmer in France

7. Have a go at feeding the new lambs at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk. Guinea pigs, rabbits and pygmy goats, ponies and chickens are also in residence and can be fed and groomed. Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road. Entry £5.50. Find out more here.

8. Visit Wollaton Hall, Elizabethan Grade I listed mansion. It is home to roaming deer in the surrounding grounds, outside and Nottingham’s natural history museum inside, showcasing the best of zoology, geology, and botany specimens. Open daily: 10am – 5pm. Free Entry. Find out more here.

9. Head to the Human Life Exhibition, Newcastle Upon Tyne, where you can learn about our evolution, the natural world around us and future climate change. The Museum is also home to interactive learning zones for all ages and many other exhibitions currently on. Centre for Life, Times Square 
Newcastle upon Tyne. Family tickets are available. Find out more here

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10. Take a guided tour of the miles of tunnels within the Chileshurst Caves, hearing stories by lantern light. Adults £6, children £4. Caveside Close, Old Hill, Chislehurst BR7 5NL. Find out more here.