The February half-term in London (Saturday February 16 – Sunday February 24 2019) has plenty to offer kids. From interactive exhibitions, child-friendly museums, family cinema trips and rainy-day activities to walks in parks overun with early spring flowers, London’s got it all. If you’re keen to keep the little ones off the sofa, check out our guide to all these fun activities which will keep you and your gang going over the break from school, plus lots of free things to do for when you need to keep an eye on the pennies, too.
February half-term in London ideas
A few half-term in London highlights
Imagine Children’s Festival 2019
Now in its eighteenth year, Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival notches up more than 180 events in 12 days – half of which are free. The 2019 line-up includes children’s theatre shows, a comedy club you can bring your baby to and art installations to poke around. On Feb 16, older kids can see three A-list authors – Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell – while little ones might like ‘Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass’, from Feb 19-23. Prices vary.
Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders
Illustrator, author and suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst heads to Shakespeare’s Globe to host this workshop for kids. She’ll delve into the stories of history’s trailblazing women, from pantaloon-eschewing swimmer Annette Kellerman to mould-breaking naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. Don’t rush off after – there are Henry V storytelling sessions and workshops running on the same day as part of Half Term Tales at the Globe (Feb 16-21). £8.
Can you Adam and Eve it?
Pull on your ones and twos and get your plates of meat down to the Museum of London Docklands for an interactive workshop on all things Cockney rhyming slang. Kids aged 5+ can have a go at making up their own phrases as part of a wider programme of half-term workshops that includes making old-school peg dolls (Feb 18 & 22), crafting a model of a Billingsgate Porter (Feb 19 & 20) and doin’ the Lambeth Walk (Feb 20). Call 020 7001 9844 to book. Feb 22. 1, 2 & 3pm.
Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Leave the antibac wipes at home and let them get their hands dirty at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo – a good option if you’ve got primary school-age kids with younger siblings. During half-term there are free or super-cheap drop-in workshops like Earthy, Mucky Fun (Feb 21) where they can make a seed pot and dig for worms, as well as the usual cast of friendly animals to meet. Got a reluctant teen in tow? Bribe them with Go Ape in Battersea Park after. Various dates. Earthy, Mucky Fun free with admission.