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Half-term in London

Looking for fun stuff to do in London with the kids over the February 2020 half-term holiday? Get inspired with our guide to half-term events and activities

101 things to do in London with kids
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The February half-term in London (Monday 17 - Friday 21 February) has plenty to offer your little ones. From interactive exhibitions, child-friendly museums, family cinema trips and rainy-day activities to kicking up the fallen leaves in parks and trips to see baby animals, London’s got it all. If you’re keen to keep the kids off the sofa, here are our top picks for fun activities which will keep you and your tots busy over the school break, plus lots of free things to do so that you don't have to break the bank.

 

February half-term in London ideas

Free things to do with the kids
Kids

Free things to do with the kids

Keep the kids entertained without spending a penny

Brilliant half-term activities
Kids

Brilliant half-term activities

Ace ideas for entertaining the little ones over half-term

10 children's theatre shows this half-term
Theatre

10 children's theatre shows this half-term

Treat the gang to some culture

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The best family breaks in the UK

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The best indoor activities in London for kids
Kids

The best indoor activities in London for kids

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Things to do

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The best zoos in and around London
Things to do

The best zoos in and around London

Take a walk on the wild side

Harry Potter day trips
Kids

Harry Potter day trips

Treat your little muggles to a magical day out.

A few half-term in London highlights

Frogs vs Toads at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo
Things to do

Frogs vs Toads at 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 Frogs vs Toads (Feb 20) where they can check out the latest resident, the Fea flying tree frog, before learning all about the differences between frogs and toads. There will also be amphibian-themed activities throughout the day.

The Wildlife Walk
Things to do

The Wildlife Walk

Take a break from the screen and get back to nature on this peaceful wildlife walk around the lush Rainham Marshes. Can’t tell your mallards from your moorhens? No need to turn to Google for help, just ask one of the knowledgeable RSPB tour guides. 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. This year saw a picture of scrapping London tube mice pick up the People’s Choice Award, so bring the family through to see it.

London’s child-friendly museums

V&A Museum of Childhood
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.

London Transport Museum

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

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
Museums

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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Take your little ones to grand new heights this half-term

The best child-friendly restaurants in London
Restaurants

The best child-friendly restaurants in London

These central and neighbourhood restaurants in London know how to feed the whole family, offering value for money grub for babies, children and adults, too. You can even enjoy a cocktail while the kids are kept entertained.