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Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not try one of our 10 things to do?

1. Arenacross

Motorpoint Arena, today, 7pm

With its killer mix of all-action indoor dirt bike racing and gravity-defying Freestyle Motocross set to a pumping soundtrack and laser show, Arenacross is a non-stop three-hour white-knuckle ride. Racing is short, sharp and shockingly spectacular with huge triple jumps, murderous mogul sections and fast, banked corners providing a high-octane sensory feast. Adult £19 , child under 12 £11. Tel: 0114 2233 777

2. Sainsbury’s British Athletics Indoor Championships

English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, today and tomorrow

The English Institute of Sport – Sheffield will once again welcome a whole host of Britain’s best athletes as they compete at the Sainsbury’s Indoor British Championships. The stakes are high as competitors go head to head for places on the GB & NI team for the European Indoor Championships in Prague. Start times vary. Tickets £11 to £33. Tel: 0114 2443005

3. Looking Good

Tropical Butterfly House, until Feb 22, 10-5.30pm

Discover the well-kept beauty secrets of the animal world. Enjoy spectacular free-flying bird of prey and parrot shows and meet beautiful creatures from around the word. Take part in themed crafts, activities and games in the craft room then grab a bite in the Butterfly cafe. Looking Good events take place over February half term week. Adult £9, child £8, under threes free. Tel: 01909 569416

4. February Farm Fun

Whirlow Hall Farm, Thursday , February 19, 11am-3pm

Join Whirlow Hall Farm for a fun and exciting day of animal encounters of all kinds. Wrap up warm, join the staff and greet a whole magnitude of new arrivals. Meet and greet 2015’s first arrival of lambs, while All Critters Great & Small will be visiting with their menagerie of weird and wonderful animals including snakes, skunks, meerkats, a giant rabbit, hairless rats and many creepy crawlies. There will be children’s craft activities on the day and a delicious Whirlow BBQ offering a tasty lunch or cosy up in our café with a hot drink and homemade cake. February Farm Fun is a great day out for all the family. Tickets Adult £2.50 Children £3 (under twos free). Tel: 0114 2352678

5. The Absence of War

Crucible Theatre, until February 21

Academy Award-winning writer, David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama is directed by Jeremy Herrin, artistic director of Headlong. See it first in Sheffield prior to a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 General Election. Tickets from £12. Show times vary. Tel: 0114 2496000

6. The Illustrated Aviary

Millennium Gallery, until Sunday, June 14

In the mid-1800s, naturalist Thomas Campbell Eyton was buying watercolours and prints of birds by the carriage load. Now part of the Ruskin Collection, these illustrations reveal the extraordinary beauty of birds. Monday-Saturday 10am–5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0114 2782600

7. The Great Outdoors – Paintings by Stanley Royle

Graves Gallery, until May 30

This major retrospective exhibition, the first in almost 30 years, will showcase Sheffield’s magnificent collection of Stanley Royle’s paintings, the largest in the country. Free entry. Open Tuesday- Saturday 11am-4pm (Wednesdays 1pm–6pm). Tel: 0114 2782600

8. Chinese New Year

Sheffield City Hall, Monday , February 16, from 4pm

Celebrate 2015 Year of the Sheep with Sheffield’s Chinese New Year Show. The annual evening celebration includes traditional Chinese dance and music with glittering authentic costumes, award winning acrobats, specialist dancers and Chinese instrumental ensembles, including the highly visual Dragon Dance. This colourful celebration of Chinese culture includes the pre-show China Land of Wonder in the City Hall Ballroom from 4pm and then the main performance 7pm in Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall. Tickets £6. Tel: 0114 2789789

9. Jurassic Adventures

Sheffield City Hall, tomorrow, 10.30am and 3pm

Jurassic Adventures is a brand new production, set on a magical island, where anything might happen, with a brave cast of amazing actors, a great fun script, superb scenery, and of course dinosaurs. Get transported to a prehistoric place full of fun, thrills and screams, be amazed and awed by the birth of a baby Dinosaur, but beware of the T Rex mother who wants her egg back. An absolutely brilliant show for all the family from age three-plus. This fully scripted adventure, allows you to follow the footsteps of Doctor Grant’s team of explorers, and laugh at their crazy antics, as they search for proof that dinosaurs still exist. Tickets from £14. Tel: 0114 2789789

10. The Sound of Music

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, today

One of the greatest musicals of all time, The Sound Of Music returns in an all-new magnificent production. Based on Baroness Maria von Trapp’s 1949 autobiography, this wonderfully lavish production tells the story of the Von Trapp family’s flight across the mountains and works its magic for young and old alike.

The unforgettable score features some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage, including Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, and of course, the title song The Sound of Music.

Tickets from £22-£38.

Tel: 0114 2496000