The ten best winter activities for kids in London

Wrap up warm this winter for the season's most memorable family events



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Trying to get some use out of those winter coats you bought them? Best get some outings in the diary, then. These wonderfully wintry London activities and events are a great way to distract from the chill this season.


Claws at Sea Life London Aquarium

A crustacean invasion is coming; the aquarium's newest exhibition Claws opens on Saturday February 15 2014. The display will bring together species from the gigantic Japanese Spider crab (which can grow to 12 feet long) to the humble blue lobster (apparently they aren't pink until they are cooked). Guests can see the crabs from all angles in the new crawl-through tunnel and discover how these armored creatures’ function with at the giant mechanical claw.

  1. County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB
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The Horniman's major exhibition for 2014 looks at how plants and animals survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and darkness. The answer? By adapting some downright wacky traits. Feel the air-conditioning inside an ostrich's beak, try to drink as fast as a camel and see how fat you are –compared to a seal. This family-friendly exhibition is in three languages – English, French and Spanish – and features loads of games and hands-on experiences.

  1. Horniman Museum 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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