Half term fun for London families: events and activities

Young Londonist has compiled a list of comprehensive family friendly events to suit all budgets, ages and interests, from outdoor activities to museums, theatres and pottery fun.
Half term activities

February half-term is almost here and to celebrate the holiday we have compiled a list of comprehensive family friendly events to suit all budgets, ages and interests, from outdoor activities to museums, theatres and pottery fun.

Natural History Museum Mysteries of the Dark is a free family festival taking place from 19-21 Feb. There are games, shows and events which will inspire and entertain little ones and grown-ups alike. Kids can shine a light on creatures that live in the dark and get hands on with real ocean specimens, dissect owl pellets or become mystery detectives. All of this for free! More info here

Video games at V&A – because let’s face it – most children over the age of 6 have played a video game at least once. The exhibition provides an insight into the creation and selection process of contemporary video games. On until 24th February £18 per visit.

Smallprint Books in Forest Hill is running a mixed age music class on Wednesday Feb 20th at 10:30 for 0-6 year olds. Check out their website for more fun events during term time.

Salt, Science and Secrets at Salters Hall on February 20th where families must work as a team to discover the science, the secrets and the stories of The Salters’ Company. February half term features an Early Years area where smaller scientists can enjoy storytelling at set times throughout the day followed up by mini experiments for tiny hands with big brains. 11am til 3pm – free but booking advised.

My Shadow and Me  at the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice. One person (and his shadow) meet and go on an incredible, imaginative, shadowy journey where creatures emerge, engage and transform beautifully. Suitable from ages 4+ runs from 16th February book here.

Family Fridays: is a new monthly workshop that encourages young children aged 2-4 and their carers to dance together and have fun at Sadler’s Wells. Book here

Circus Dreams family classes give you and your little londonists the opportunity to run away with the circus. They welcome all abilities and ages (from walkers to 5 years old and beyond) Learn circus skills in Stoke Newington, from acrobatics to rope climbing and trapeze through to aerial hoop. We certainly are sold! 17 Feb through to 14 April book via their site.

Hop, Jump and Skip at the Southbank where their Riverside Terrace has been transformed into a playground by illustrative designer Anna Bruder. 16-24 Feb free.

Heave Ho and away we go – family activities at Cutty Sark. This engineering themed arts and crafts festival runs from 18-23 February and includes building and coding a mini LEGO sea cleaner, learning about precious cargo and more. Most activities are suitable for ages 5 and over and free with entrance ticket to Cutty.

23 Feb Moomins and the Winter Wonderland Screening at the Barbican. Moomintroll awakes one night and decides not to take his traditional winter slumber, instead he explores the snowy land on a leisurely adventure, encountering many new things and learning much about his beloved valley

Tuesday Feb 19th at 10am  Superhero Wildlife at Lloyd Park Design your own superhero animal outfit and follow a trail of animal superheroes to discover how you can help save wildlife. 10am til 1pm

20 & 21 Feb Printmaking Workshops for families in Surrey Quays where you can join artist Fay Nicholson at this free drop-in print-making workshops. Designed for children under 5 the techniques you will learn include screen printing and stencil processes.Fives

Saturday 16 February Roaring Stories on the Go – Bug adventure Story time for 1-6 year olds in Bishop’s Avenue Putney Bridge plus other classes and events on site

Thursday 21st Feb Redbridge Central Library Clay Creatures Poetry session for up to 7 years old. Libraries are great for cheap events and instil a love of reading into young ones.

Wednesday 20th Feb 11-12 meet a guide dog at Loughton Library

Family Friendly Workshops at the Royal College of Music fun musical adventures for classical music enthusiasts or newbies, delve deeper with courses and workshops for children from 4 years of age on 16 & 21 February for ages 4+

Join LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort Hotel and LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel between 15th – 23rd February 2019 for Junior Builder Week where you can build a Lego City! £35 per person

Lego Build Workshops at Regent Street Hamley’s resident LEGO experts are helping you bring your ideas to life on the 5th Floor. Build your favourite scenes from LEGO Movie 2 and snap a photo with our Wildstyle model.

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