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Top 10 half-term activities in London

Impress the kids with some of the quirkiest activities London has to offer this February half-term

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As much as we love telly and video games, we have to admit: a half-term (Monday February 15 - Friday February 19 2016) spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted. With that in mind, here’s our round-up of London’s best events, activities and even more this February half-term. Batteries not included – or necessary.

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Top 10 half-term activities for kids


Imagine Children's Festival

The kids are in charge at the Southbank Centre once more in February as their two-week children's festival returns. The theme for 2016 is Roald Dahl, and you can expect a wide range of captivating theatre, dance, music, film and comedy plus readings from some of the UK's favourite authors, with free and ticketed events for young people of all ages. 

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Until Sunday February 21 2016

I Can Make Dolls’ Clothes

Sign-up your fashion-forward nippers for this workshop led by design duo Louise Scott-Smith and Georgia Vaux. The pair recently launched their new book 'I Can Make Dolls' Clothes' and these half term sessions of the same name will give little ones extra insight into sewing and pattern cutting, with each participant creating a show-stopping new outfit for their doll.

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Tea & Crafting , Camden Town Tuesday February 16 2016

Play-Doh Workshops

Get the kids stuck into a variety of play-doh based activities led by illustrator Amy Brown and artist Helen Rousseau during half term. Sessions explore bringing drawings to life through model-making and animation, photography of colourful 3D creations and demos showing how to turn the contents of your kitchen cupboards into excellent modelling materials. 

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V&A Museum of Childhood , Bethnal Green Monday February 15 2016 - Friday February 19 2016

Dinosaurs: Monster Families

Expect to see life-size models, interactive exhibits and authentic specimens at this family-friendly exhibition exploring dinosaurs and prehistoric approaches to parenting. Visitors can find out how dinosaurs cared for their eggs, nest and babies as well as marvelling at a near-complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo and an incredible collection of fossils. 

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Horniman Museum , Forest Hill Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday October 30 2016

Mud Museum

Artists Rose de Borman and Robert Rush have been busy over the last few months creating a beautiful body of work spanning ceramics, textiles, jewellery and more. This show which features new pieces such as mugs, bowls, plates and shrines is being held in a derelict abode in King's Cross, with the disused deli below acting as a pop-up shop to sell their wares from. 

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Geddes Gallery , King's Cross Saturday February 13 2016 - Sunday February 21 2016


This packed children's literary festival returns with sessions for ages 2 to 11. Storystock promises three days of literary shows, treasure hunts, creative workshops and songwriting for all book lovers. Highlights include The Myth Marathon Show which packs 26 Greek myths into 26 minutes and storytelling sessions.

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Bush Theatre , Shepherd's Bush Wednesday February 17 2016 - Friday February 19 2016

Sealife London Aquarium

In addition to the hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from all over the world, including stingrays, sharks, piranhas and sea scorpions, the aquarium's Shark Walk allows visitors to walk over a floating glass platform with sharks swimming just below their feet.

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South Bank

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Run by the team behind London Zoo and set in 600 acres of Bedfordshire parkland with views across the Chilterns, Whipsnade offers a huge variety of animals including all the favourites – chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes. The emphasis is on learning about how the animals live in near-as-possble natural habitats, with viewing huts providing exceptional views through glass walls. There are also daily shows where you can watch feeding time and find out more about the zoo's exotic beasts. The ZSL Animal Photography Prize Exhibition runs at the zoo until July 1, featuring impressive images of animals around the world.

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By: LauraLee Davies



Thanks ThomasCrock, I am going to take you up on the Lincoln thing! My daughter is weirdly obsessed with him so that will definitely wile away a few hours...


great selection. thank you, has been invaluable. Did also go to the new Tiger space at London Zoo, unfortunately was a very rainy day and the tigers (as with most of the animals) were in hiding. Have also been using www.lincolnfingerpuppet.com as a companion to keep the kids amused!

Daniela Dellacqua
Daniela Dellacqua

hello i am very impressed with your choices of children half term activities only i would like to suggest to include a few for the under 5 years old many thanks

Anne Bradley
Anne Bradley

Half term for some parents outside of London started on the 11 February 2013. London should take into account this.


I do feel sorry for more than 2 kids in family as I feel they do miss out I know my 4 grand children do I want to take them to places but just cant afford places of interest as 4 comes so expensive.