Half-term in London

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

Wintery weather needn't mean that the kids be stuck in front of the telly all week. This Easter holiday, London has enough fun lined up to have the family begging to leave the house.

Easter activities this half-term

Kids

The top 10 Easter activities for kids

Keep the kids sweet without the help of chocolate eggs this Easter

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Things to do

Easter egg hunts in London

Let the little ones go in search of the coveted chocolate eggs

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More great half-term ideas

Kids

Top 10 half-term activities

A half-term spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted

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Kids

Free indoor play spaces

We've sought out a few diverting ideas that are strictly for older kids

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Things to do

Animal feeding times in London

Find out when to spot the city's cute critters

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Museums

Top 10 museums for kids

Dinosaurs, mummies, rockets and planes – who said museums were just for grown ups?

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A few half-term highlights

Kids

Mini Vault

Waterloo's underground theatre festival gains a family-friendly world of fun for 2015 in Mini Vault, with a line-up packed with lively performances to please under-11s. Three weekends of comedy, music, circus and theatre will be joined by heaps of free activities such as crafts, dance and hula hooping. The schedule kicks off with a free circus performance from Pirates of the Carabina, and a family-friendly rave from Big Fish Little Fish will round things off. See the Mini Vault website for more details and to book.

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Plantastic

This family-friendly, interactive exhibition is one big tribute to the plant. They're clever, useful and beautiful and visitors will discover a huge amount about their diminutive world through exhibits and games. Discover how a bee sees the world, how essential plants are to the world's survival and how they move without being uprooted. Look out for the February half-term workshops Family Art Fun and Nature Explorers.

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It's My Party

Wilfred is a shy boy. He lives at the Museum of Childhood and it's his birthday, except he doesn't want to celebrate. At least he didn't think so until he saw all the ways there are to enjoy your birthday – with close friends, with a huge party or even on your own. The MOC have pulled together a variety of birthday experiences for their new exhibition, 'It's My Party', including interviews with children and their parents about what have been their preferred ways to celebrate.

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Attractions

Up at The O2

This attraction at the O2 gives visitors the chance to go on a guided expedition across the arena roof, via a tensile fabric walkway that peaks at 53m above ground level. At the summit there's an observation platform, giving views right over London: the Olympic Park, Thames Barrier, the Shard and Canary Wharf. This outdoor challenge begins at 'Base Camp', where participants are kitted out in jumpsuits, shoes and safety harnesses before being guided in groups along the walkway.

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What to see with the kids

Film

Take a trip to the cinema

Can't keep them quiet? Our pick of family-friendly films will have them hooked this half-term

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Theatre

Top 10 children's theatre shows

A sure-fire way to keep the whole family happy this holiday

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London's child-friendly museums

Things to do

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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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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