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Half-term in London

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

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This February half-term (Monday February 15 - Friday February 19 2016), London has enough fun lined up to have the family raring to leave the house. Whether you fancy a kid friendly event at one of London's many museums or attractions, or would rather explore some outdoor London activities, we've got all your family-fun covered.

February half-term in London ideas

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A few half-term in London highlights

Things to do

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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Kids

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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Kids

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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Things to do

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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More February half-term inspiration

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London's child-friendly museums

Museums

V&A Museum of Childhood

Home to one of the world's finest collections of children's toys, dolls' houses, games and costumes, the V&A Museum of Childhood shines bighter than ever after extensive refurbishment, which has given it an impressive entrance. Part of the V&A museum, the museum has been amassing childhood-related objects since 1872 and continues to do so, with 'Incredibles' figures complementing bonkers 1970s puppets, Barbie Dolls and Victorian praxinoscopes. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood has plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.

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Museums

London Transport Museum

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it's fun for adults, too).

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Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. The Natural History Museum’s Life Galleries are devoted to displays on animal life, from creepy crawlies to the plaster cast of a Diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall. The Earth Galleries explore the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we take from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe. The museum's wildlife garden attracts urban wildlife such as dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights inner-city wildlife conservation.

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Museum of London

The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs. Check the website before your visit as a packed programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, walks and children's events is central to the life of the Museum of London.

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Dora M
Dora M

Come to the UCL Your Universe Festival of Astronomy!