What’s On

Things to do, places to visit in London, activities for children, their families and their friends.

Browse our hand picked activities and events all around London that are suitable for young people and their families. For our selection of London theatre and shows for children and families please visit our shows page.

Imagine Children’s Festival takes over Southbank Centre for February half-term 2022

Imagine returns to provide the very best in children’s theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, music, literature, dance, immersive experiences, relaxed mindfulness sessions and full-on fun for children and their grownups in the February half term. With over 160 events jam-packed into twelve days and over fifty percent of the festival completely free, Imagine is the biggest festival of its kind in London. 
When: 9 – 20 February 2022
Where: Sounth Bank Centre
How much: Most events are free but please check via our aricle here.

Times Out London

From silent disco, classical music and portrait drawing classes to fine dining experiences or luxury spa days, there is always something amazing and exclusive on the Times Out London Menu.     
When: Throughout this month
Where: London
How much: Starting from £5. Please check the website for full list of events.

It’s a Wild Life

Encourage a love of the great outdoors for your little folks with a trip to the London Wetland Centre where you can play in mud kitchens, enjoy the educational workshops and explore the on-site wildlife.
When:12 – 20 February 2022
Where: London Wetland Centre
How much: £13.40 for adults and £8.13 for kids plus the cost of some of the workshops. More info and booking here.

Battersea Light Festival

The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station has returned as one of the best free activities to do in London this winter. Six spectacular installations, are now on display across London’s most exciting riverside neighbourhood, including in the new area of public realm which visitors can enjoy in front of the iconic Grade II* listed building on the banks of the River Thames. Two of the festival’s installations, Antenna Sud and Picto Sender Machine are making their UK debut, and Run Beyond will be on display for the very first time in London.
When: 13 January – 27 February 2022
Where: Battersea Power Station
How much: free more information here.

Samsung Digital Family Activities

Try your hand at creating a mask inspired by Peruvian objects, or develop your photo editing skills using green screen technology to see your family next to ancient Egyptian artefacts.
When: 14 – 18 February 10am til 4pm
Where: British Museum
How much: free more info here.

Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce

Explore the latest exhibition at the Transport Museum through a fun flag exhibit and family-friendly labels that help children to think about the experiences of the people that made London their new home. There are also plenty of other activities to enjoy throughout half-term such as storytelling and crafts.
When: 12 – 17 February 2022
Where: London Transport Museum
How much: £18.50 (an annual pass) and children go free. More info and bookings here.

On Happiness

Wellcome Collection launches On Happiness, a season of free events, activities and two exhibitions – Joy and Tranquillity – which bring together voices from across the cultural, scientific and spiritual fields to reflect on the elusive subject of happiness.   
When: until 27 February 2022
Where: Wellcome Collection
How much: Free.

Green Hearts Everywhere

Do something positive to tackle climate change at the South London Botanical institute as you make little green paper hearts filled with native wildflower seeds that are not only cute to look at but can be planted in unloved places to create new little wildflower patches. You can give them to your loved ones or, using the cards we put together in the workshop, send them to your local MP asking them to take action on climate change. Suitable for ages 5 – 11
When: 14 February 2022 2 -3.30pm
Where: South London Botanical Institute
How much: £5 more info and bookings here.

Future Explorers at the Science Museum

What might you eat for breakfast in 30 years’ time? Will we still use plastic? How will we cope with hotter, wetter weather? Discover what the future has in store from experts through a series of interactive games, exhibits and demonstrations. There is also the free children’s garden and Wonderlab is open daily.
When: 14 – 18 February 2022
Where: Science Museum
How much: free more info here.

A Love Letter to Nature

In support of The Climate Coalition’s ‘Show the Love’ campaign, Kew Gardens are putting on a fun-filled family day out in our wild botanic garden. Perfect for nature lovers of all ages to discover the ways that plants are so special. Whilst there you can enjoy a trip to the Children’s garden playground, a visit to the current Zadok Ben-David exhibition that explores the fragility of the natural world and the Orchids exhibition.
When: 12 – 27 February 2022
Where: Kew Gardens
How much: included in the price of entry. More info here.

Imagined Spaces

Explore, make and build outside Pitzhanger with AssemblePlay, take part in junk modeling in the Manor and sketch your own ideas inspired by John Soane’s designs.
When: 16 & 17 February 2022
Where: Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
How much: free more info and bookings here.

Art Courses

This 4 day course over February half term offers children a fun, playful and creative environment to express themselves using a range of techniques and processes to create their own artworks guided by artists, Rudy Loewe and Lyson Marchessault.
When: 15 – 18 February
Where: Camden Arts Centre
How much: £195 more info and bookings here.

Tate Play: Holiday Make Studio

Make art alongside sustainable brand Coco and Kiki out of recycled materials. Bring some of your recycling and get creative painting funky record bowls, making musical instruments, making your own paints from materials out of our kitchen and lots more.
When: 14- 25 February 2022
Where: Art Play London, 56 Middlesex Street
How much: £9.20 more info and bookings here.

Upcycling Workshop

Get modeling with junk and other recycled materials to create your own futuristic life-size artwork inspired by the work of Anicka Yi and her mystical floating forms in the Turbine Hall who asks us what a ‘natural history of machines’ might look like. With a mix of large recycled and reused materials, work together to create a 3D world of life-size sculptures for everyone to enjoy or get inspired and add your stamp to a creation someone else has made.
When: 12 – 20 February 2022 daily 10am til 6pm
Where: Tate Modern
How much: free – more info here.

Rainbow Week

Celebrate LGBTQ+ history through a series of creative workshops at the museum including making a Disability Pride flag, make protest posters and join the Out at Sea festival celebrating queer maritime history and culture throughout the ages.
When: 13 – 20 February 2022
National Maritime Museum
How much: 
free, more info here.

Sorted! The Postal Playspace

The Postal Museum’s children’s playspace is reopening to the public. Young Londoners can discover a miniature mail-themed world with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes and take on the job of postal workers to collect, sort, and deliver letters and parcels. That’s your summer plans sorted!
When: ongoing
Where: Postal Museum
How much: £4 per child more info and booking here.

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules

Your favourite Beano characters are coming to Somerset House for a major new exhibition this autumn. Step into the pages of the comic and take a trip into Beanotown to explore how this beloved icon of British comics has fired up successive generations to break the rules, while discovering artists who push boundaries in their own original and wonderful ways.
When: 21 October 2021 – 6 March 2022
Where: Somerset House
How much: £16 or £12.50 for concessions with under 6s going free. More info and booking here