We are here to help you make sure that this February Half Term does not go to waste, with a list of activities in London to fill out your week. Lets jump straight in!
Imagine Children’s Festival – all week
Luckily for us, Half Term this years fall on the same week as the South Bank’s celebration of Roald Dahl’s birth 100 years ago. The Southbank Centre will be running a variety of exhibitions and shows aimed at kids and centred around the work of the incomparable children’s novelist.
Did you know Roald Dahl was a spy, a fighter pilot, an inventor and a chocolate historian? Learn more secrets about his life and work this February half term.
Michael Rosen’s Bear Hunt, Chocolate Cake and Bad Things – all week
Discover, Children’s Story Centre
Keeping a literary theme, this time with beloved author and poet Michael Rosen. Step into a chocolate cake and make your way through a Bear Hunt. Find hidden rooms and test your wits by exploring the Bad Things in the Dread Shed. Kids can enjoy a magical adventure, go on a fact finding mission and create some of their own poems along the way.
Learn about what inspired Michael Rosen’s writing by taking a look into his past, in his Grandparents’ living room and his childhood classroom.
Dinosaurs: Monster Families – 13th February onwards
Horniman Museum and Gardens
Enjoy Horniman’s new family focused interactive exhibition centred on the fascinating world of Dinosaurs.
Start from the beginning of their prehistoric lives and explore how they looked after their eggs, nests and babies. The range of interactive exhibition stations means that kids can learn everything they’d ever want to know about dinosaurs as well walk amongst them, as Luis V Rey’s vivid illustrations ‘fill’ the room.
The kids can meet ‘Baby Louie’, a near complete skeleton of a dinosaur hatchling, touch a dinosaur leg bone and come face to face with a life size cast of a Tarbosaurus skeleton. Any future archaeologists can have a go digging in the discovery pit.
As well as bird and crocodile specimens, there is also a fossilised egg of the now extinct Elephant Bird, a loan from Sir David Attenborough’s private collection.
Half Term Workshops at The Cartoon Museum – 15th to 19th February
Grab the kids and learn a little about something they love at the Cartoon Museum. The museum has three main galleries exhibiting work from British cartoons and comics through the ages.
The museum runs a series of workshops during Half Term for kids (pictured above). On Monday, you can learn how to draw superheroes and supervillians in combat or get acclaimed artist Takayo Akiyama’s professional advice on how to create a page of manga artwork. There are a wide range of classes available throughout the week, for any budding cartoonists.
Story Scramble – 15th to 19th February
Tower of London
Head down to the Tower of London to take part in their interactive trail and game and learn 1000 years of history in one day.
Keep the kids occupied for three and half hours, with the chance to meet characters from the past, handle objects and looking for clues in an attempt to piece together stories that have been scrambled and jumbled up.
Play Doh Animation Workshop – 15th to 17th February
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A is celebrating 60 years of Play Doh this February Half Term, exploring the squish the squash and squelch of plastic this year. All parent tickets are free, but places must be booked in advance.
From the 15th to the 17th, illustrator Amy Brown will be bringing drawings to life with the play doh animation workshop. Whilst on Thursday and Friday she will be helping children model their own play doh character, create a whole world and take pictures of their 3D creations.
There are other classes running throughout the week, head to the V&A website below to see what else is going on.
Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm has been supporting the local community and providing the opportunity to experience farming right in the heart of the city. There are a variety of opportunities for kids (and their parents!) to get up close and personal with a wide range of farmyard animals, as well as plant vegetables and learn all about living a healthier happy lifestyle with a lower environmental impact.
The farm is home to various community groups and aim to be a central hub for improvement projects in the community and local environment.
My Neighbour Totoro with the Kids Kino Club – 20th February
Regent Street Cinema
From the same studio that gave us Spirited Away, comes My Neighbour Totoro, “One of the finest family films ever made” according to Film 4. Its the tale of two young sisters who befriend a forest spirit called Totoro on a family holiday.
Introduce the next generation to Studio Ghibli, and the critically revered family friendly film.
With the Kino Club, children under 16 and accompanying adult tickets are just £1.75
Sea Life at the London Aquarium – all week
Meet the fishes that inspired characters in some of their favourite films, like Finding Nemo, in the London Aquarium.
February is Turtle Month, and the aquarium is running a series of exhibitions focused around these calm and resilient animals. There are educational talks daily that focus on Stingrays and Green Sea Turtles. Kids can get crafty, and design turtle shells, some of which will be featured in the Sea Turtle Gallery. Younger guests can play ‘Find Baby Boris’, for a chance to win a Sea Urchins Magazine, and those over the age of 16 can join ‘Tyler’s Treasure Trail’ for a chance to win a shark feed experience.
Hopefully with these suggestions, your half term can be full of fun and filled with opportunities to get creative! Don’t forget to click around and explore the blog for your next favourite holiday.
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