Half-term in London

Looking for fun stuff to do in London with the kids over the February 2019 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 (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. 

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9 brilliant half-term activities

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10 children’s theatre shows this half-term

Treat the gang to some culture and keep them entertained

Free things to do with the kids
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Free things to do with the kids

Keep the kids entertained without spending a penny

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Top 10 museums for kids

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City farms in London

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Harry Potter experiences in London

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Free indoor play spaces
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Free indoor play spaces

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A few half-term in London highlights

Imagine Children’s Festival 2019
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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
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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?
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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
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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. 

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

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

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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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.