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The best half-term activities in London

Keep the kids busy and entertained this February 2019 half-term with some fantastic activities around London
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By Katie Gregory |

If you’re looking for things to do with the kids in London this February half-term (Saturday February 16 – Sunday February 24 2019), you’re in luck. We’ve picked a bunch of the best children’s events taking place in the capital over the week, so you can pack your calendar with must-dos. From family festivals to brain-bending workshops, rainy-day exhibitions to springtime garden tours, there’s loads to keep them busy. Book ahead wherever possible, get there nice and early and stock up on snacks for the queues.

Check our full guide to half-term in London for more events.

Half-term activities for kids

Northern Ballet photo by Brian Slater
Things to do, Film events

Bite-Sized Ballets

icon-location-pin Various venues, London

If your kids are little, you might have caught one of Northern Ballet’s screenings on CBeebies. They started making short ballets for children in 2013, first for theatre and then TV, and now they’re bringing two – ‘Elves & The Shoemaker’ and ‘Tortoise & The Hare’ – to UK cinemas. Designed for fidgety viewers, showings are less than an hour long and narrated by TV’s Anita Rani. They’re a nice introduction to ballet without the pressure of the theatre – and with the obvious bonus of popcorn. Various dates at cinemas across London.

Brick Wonders
Photograph: Warren Elsmore
Things to do, Exhibitions

Brick Wonders

icon-location-pin Horniman Museum, Forest Hill

Lego lovers can get a first look at the Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition, which kicks off on the first day of half-term. There are about 50 Lego models on display – that’s about half a million bricks if you’re counting – covering everything from ancient pyramids to the International Space Station. There are interactive play areas and a mini-cinema showing LEGO animation shorts, and you can buy a combi ticket if you fancy ticking off the aquarium and Butterfly House while you’re here. Family ticket £18.

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