Half-term in London

Stuck for things to do with the kids this half-term? Panic over, we've got plenty to keep them sweet


Winter weather doesn't mean kids need to be stuck to the telly all week. Half-term is Monday February 17-Friday February 21 in 2014, and London has enough fun lined up to get the family begging to leave the house.

A few highlights this half-term

  1. Horniman Museum 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun Nov 2
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  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun Jun 1
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  1. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
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  1. 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
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Extremes

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.

  1. Horniman Museum 100 London Rd, SE23 3PQ
  2. Mon Apr 21 - Sun Nov 2
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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. Families with younger children will get a kick out of the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium downstairs in the Palm House and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area for accompanied three to nine year olds (sessions, bookable on arrival, last 20 mins).

  1. Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
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Tower of London

Despite the exhausting crowds and long climbs up stairways, this is one of Britain's finest historical attractions. There's easily enough to do here to fill a whole day, and it's worth joining one of the highly recommended and entertaining free tours led by the Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters).

  1. Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB
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Lee Valley White Water Centre

This London 2012 Olympic Games venue is open to the public for adrenalin-fuelled white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking sessions – riding the rapids that challenged the world's best makes for an action-packed experience. All rafters must be aged 14+.

  1. Station Rd, EN9 1AB
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Escape the rain at London's family-friendly museums

  1. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
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  1. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
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  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
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  1. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
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  1. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
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  1. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX
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  1. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
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  1. Rockefeller Building, University College London, WC1E 6DE
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