The February half-term in London (Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 18) has plenty to offer the kids. There are all kinds of fun activites to keep you and your gang going plus lots of free stuff for when you need to save the pennies.
February half-term in London ideas
Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term
Stuck for ideas of what to do with the kids this half-term? Hit the theatre! London has tons of great children's theatre during the February half-term, so treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained. And remember you're allowed to treat yourself too, so why not check our critics' round-up of the best new theatre openings. RECOMMENDED: explore the full guide to half-term in London.
A few half-term in London highlights
Sporting heroes at Kidzania
Westfield London’s epic destination for imaginative play gives kids the chance to have a go at grown-up jobs – everything from airline pilots and dentists to shop keepers and firemen. With specially created settings and hands-on, costumed experiences, it’s a wonderland for ages four to 14, with new features are being added all the time. For half-term, pint-sized visitors can now become cricketers at a mini recreation of Lord’s Cricket Ground, or to become a WWE Superstar. kidzania.co.uk
Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
You loved the Bowie exhibition. Grandpa adored the Pink Floyd one. Now take the kids (and grandpa) to this delightfully presented show inviting you into the world created by AA Milne and EH Shepard, in which an overweight teddy and his friends stumbled over life lessons in small, daily adventures. Throughout its run there are also weekly drop-in events and special family sessions (check the website for details). www.vam.ac.uk
New arrivals at Sea Life
We are reliably informed that love is in the air for Valentine’s at Sea Life London on the South Bank. Not sure you and your brood will notice the difference between an amorous stingray and a disinterested Bowmouth shark, but the arrival of eight new Gentoo penguins this month is part of a global breeding programme. Maybe just go along and enjoy yourselves rather than mentioning frisky penguins to the kids. Unless you want some awkward questions on the way home… www.visitsealife.com
Half-price half-term Up at the O2
Did you know that kids from aged nine can scale the awesome heights of the O2? Safe and secure but a seriously good challenge, the 90-minute climbing expedition to the peak of The O2 in North Greenwich and back down the other side has its moments – as you descend you can’t actually see where your next steps are going to take you – but the views are brilliant and it’s a wonderful experience for fearless families. There are wheelchair accessible sessions, too. There is 50 per cent off all climbs from February 12 to 25 2018. www.theo2.co.uk