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Half-term in London

Looking for fun stuff to do with the kids over the February 2018 half-term in London? Get inspired with our guide of half-term events and activities

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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

February half-term activities
Kids

February half-term activities

Ace ideas for entertaining the little ones over half-term

Harry Potter day trips
Kids

Harry Potter day trips

Treat your little muggles to a magical day out.

Top 10 museums for kids
Museums

Top 10 museums for kids

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

Free things to do with the kids
Kids

Free things to do with the kids

Keep the children entertained without spending a penny

Top ten children's theatre shows this half-term
Theatre

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.

Harry Potter experiences in London
Things to do

Harry Potter experiences in London

Here's how to go from muggle to wizard in the day

A few half-term in London highlights

LAST CHANCE Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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LAST CHANCE Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Those who remember reading 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' when it was first published may well be aghast to discover that was a whopping 20 years ago – yes, the global phenomenon that is the Boy Who Lived is officially two decades old. The British Library are pulling out all the stops on this celebratory exhibition, modelling each room around a Hogwarts subject. Just don't fall asleep in the Divination room.  

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Sporting heroes at Kidzania

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

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

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

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

London's child-friendly museums

V&A Museum of Childhood
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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
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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

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
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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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Kid-friendly climbing walls in London
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Kid-friendly climbing walls in London

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The best kids’ movies on Netflix
Film

The best kids’ movies on Netflix

When you're exhausted from all those half-term activities, why not settle in and enjoy one of the best kids' movies on Netflix.

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. 

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