Time to scratch your head and face a week with the kids being off school! This can really cause a stir with families … however, Whitby and the surrounding area has got this totally covered! From films to food, there’s something to entertain you ... 
The Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Grape Lane, Whitby, is a fabulous place to visit. Tucked away along a narrow street, the attraction has a whitewashed exterior with wonderful views of the harbour. This 17th house is where a young James Cook lodged as an apprentice. He cut his teeth as seaman and acquired maritime skills that prepared him for his epic voyages in later life. 
The current exhibition offers a fascinating insight into Whitby during the time of Cook, when it was an even busier port than it is today. There is an activity room for the kids yet its main appeal is that you learn so much about not only Captain Cook but also the men that sailed with him. Discover more about the museum here! 
If you’re a film buff, then the Moonlight Drive-In Cinema is picture perfect! The location is the Abbey Farm Caravan Park for all four showings. 
A special programme of well known films will be shown from Friday 25th May to Monday 28th May at 9.40pm. Yes, it is a bit late for very young kids but for older ones, it’s a brilliant way to enjoy a film. 
Films suitable for younger viewers include Beauty and the Beast (Saturday 26th May) and The Greatest Showman (Sunday 27th May) while there are more grown up movies in the form of Dirty Dancing (Friday 25th May) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Monday 28th May). Please check their website for film ratings. 
As the screenings are outdoors, guests must bring their own comfy chairs and there’ll be an American Style Diner on site for some great Hollywood-inspired food! 
The Whitby Pavilion is literally over the road from us here at the Riviera, and never disappoints with its range of films and events during school holidays. 
This year’s offerings include the animated movie Sherlock Gnomes (with a U certificate, this is suitable for all). Find out timings here. 
And if you wanted to escape the busy streets of Whitby, then head to the North York Moors National Park Centre at Danby, where various half term activities are taking place. 
The North York Moors is more or less on our doorstep and includes lovely villages, forests, cycle tracks, walking routes and the chance to observe the night sky.  
From Saturday 26th May to Monday 28th May, why not visit Whitby Abbey for a chance to meet Dracula? 
We might think we’re all familiar with this gothic tale that has inspired ‘count’-less films and plays, but this legendary performance gives a brilliant insight as to how author Bram Stoker was inspired by the ancient ruin that dominates Whitby’s skyline. 
It’s a strolling show so you might be able to get close to the action at 11am, 1pm or 3pm from Saturday 26th May to Monday 28th May inclusive. Book tickets here. 
As always, it’s best to check before you travel to any of these events in case things alter at the last minute. 
But if you’re dreading the half term, then we feel there’s no need as there will be something in Whitby (or nearby) that will entertain and hopefully exhaust your little darlings! 
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