Brick Wonders
Feb
16
to 27 Oct

Brick Wonders

Discover amazing wonders from around the world made entirely from LEGO® bricks. From an ancient Egyptian pyramid to Old London Bridge, and from the natural wonder of a coral reef to the modern marvel of the international space station, travel through history and explore over 50 models made using half a million LEGO® bricks.

(c) Warren Elsmore

(c) Warren Elsmore

Build your imagination at the interactive play areas, and don’t miss two special models of Horniman icons created especially for the show.

Ticket prices: Child £5; Adult £9: Family (up to 2 adults, 2 children) £20.

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Half Term At The Postal Museum
Feb
18
to 24 Feb

Half Term At The Postal Museum

Perfect for mini engineers, inventors and daydreamers, The Postal Museum is challenging kids to get their thinking caps on, while making and creating at activities like arts and craft workshops, storytelling, live performances and meeting people from the past.

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Curious kids will have the chance to meet the great inventor Sir Rowland Hill, creator of the world’s first postage stamp, design an aeroplane, create their own engineers tool box and put themselves in the shoes of a Mail Rail worker, with a brand-new family gallery trail.

All activities are included in the price of your museum ticket.

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Half Term At The Foundling Museum
Feb
17
to 21 Feb

Half Term At The Foundling Museum

Plenty of fun is to be had at the museum - our faves include:

Family Poetry Workshop

Sunday 17 February at 2pm

A fun-packed poetry workshop with acclaimed poet Paul Lyalls, well-known for his funny, fast-moving, hip and clever performances. Using your wild imagination, create and perform your own poems on the theme of home. Suitable for age 5+.

3D modelling workshop

Tuesday 19 February, sessions run 11:00-12:30, 13:15-14:45 & 15:00-16:30

What does your dream bedroom look like? Does it feature a slide or a window you can see the stars through? Inspired by Bedrooms of London, work with art collective Sculpture Lab to construct a 3D model of your ideal bedroom. Light up your imaginary world then photograph your dream interior. Suitable for age 5+.

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Ideal Home Show

Wednesday 20 February, sessions run 11:00-12:30, 13:15-14:45 & 15:00-16:30

Inspired by the photographs of bedrooms in the Bedrooms of London exhibition, work with photographer Marysa Dowling to create self-portraits in imaginary bedrooms. Create props for your bedroom to use as the backdrop for your photograph. Suitable for age 5+.

Pillow Prints

Thursday 21 February, sessions run 11:00-12:30, 13:15-14:45 & 15:00-16:30

Does your bedroom express your identity? In this workshop inspired by Bedrooms of London, print images and slogans onto pillowcases for your bedroom at home. Led by artist Isobel Manning. Suitable for age 5+.

Workshops are free for children and up to two accompanying adults, and include complimentary admission to the Museum both before and after the session. Book a place on the day.

More info here.

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Half Term At Museum Of London
Feb
16
to 24 Feb

Half Term At Museum Of London

We love visiting the Museum of London, the area is super quiet once rush hour is over and lots of what happens there is cheap/free.

This half term, choose from:

Styx, Stones + Roman Bones

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Learn what this ancient Roman Londoner Claudia has seen over the centuries and explore the differences between modern London and Roman Londinuim.

Suggested ages: 7+. Free, book tickets in advance

Roman mosaic making

Create a Roman mosaic based on the mosaic flooring in the Roman London gallery. Stick on as many pieces as you like to the giant mosaic, or create a Roman-inspired paper mosaic bangle to take home. This session is designed for children under five and their parents or carers.

Suggested ages: 2-5 years. Free, drop in.

Morning explorers: Exploring Roman London

Explore the museum at this relaxed early opening, sensitive to the needs of children with autistic spectrum conditions. The galleries will be open exclusively to families from 8.30-10am, alongside activities for the whole family such as object handling, arts and crafts sessions, and a sensory space.

More info here.

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Common Lands
Feb
16
to 24 Feb

Common Lands

Children’s illustrators Maggie Li and Frann Preston-Gannon have created an exhibition of work entitled Common Lands, showcasing illustrated prints and painted models centered around the themes of biodiversity, habitat destruction and migration.

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The exhibition is ideal for families offering free art workshops for children filled on a first-come first-served basis.

More information here.

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Half Term At The Museum Of London Docklands
Feb
16
to 24 Feb

Half Term At The Museum Of London Docklands

Commemorate the unique culture and history of London’s East End throughout the February half term break with these free events. Highlights include:

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Can you Adam and Eve it?

Is Cockney Rhyming slang ‘brown bread?’ An interactive workshop which explores an East End way of speaking.

As easy as pie

Using craft materials and your imagination, recreate some of the most well-known flavours of famous East End pie and mash shops.

Peg Dolls

Get crafty in this art workshop and make your very own peg doll like those made by Londoners in the past.

What's in store

Use photographs from the past and present to create your own 3D shop fronts based on the shops that once thrived in East London.

More info here.

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Half Term At Half Moon Theatre
Feb
16
to 23 Feb

Half Term At Half Moon Theatre

Two great shows to catch at Half Moon over half term:

Mole and Gecko: The Show

  • Saturday 16 Feb

  • 11am and 2pm

  • Suitable for kids age 5+.

Join our heroes as they find out that what they thought they were searching for might be less important than what they find along the way. Mole and Gecko is an interactive rap musical that you (the audience) help create, featuring live songs, rap stories, and instant poems.

If All the World Were Paper

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  • Saturday 23 Feb

  • 11am and 2pm

  • Suitable for kids age 3-6.

Fred and Ted are best friends. They’ve been best friends a long, long time. But they don’t always see eye to eye. Fred likes things ‘just so’. Ted is more ‘that’ll do’. Today, they have a job to do… together. One adventure playground. One big task. One friendship. Two grandads. Two paintbrushes. Two very different ways of doing things. If All the World Were Paper is a hilarious and poignant new play about falling out, making up and the joy of true friendship.

All tickets £7. Book here.

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Knight School
Feb
16
to 24 Feb

Knight School

Find out what it takes to become a knight and join the Tower of London's team of medieval tutors as they teach the ‘knightly’ ropes.

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Kids will train as a page then a squire, until they become a knight and join the garrison to defend the Tower. They’ll learn all the skills required: from manners, etiquette and entertainment, to martial skills of combat and fitness. Training will culminate in a knighting ceremony, enlisting new recruits to defend the Tower, keeping the ancient fortress safe from marauding medieval invaders.

A knight must always be ready for action and families will be able to receive their own knight’s craft pack which has all the essential materials to create a helmet or shield inspired by the coats of arms and armour on display at the Tower. Kids can even try on a selection of medieval fashions of the day or take part in a special knightly trail around the fortress.

Activities take place at different times between 11.00 and 16.00 each day, and trails are available to visitors to collect on arrival from the Welcome Centre, including a map showing times and locations of activities.

Knight School will take place outside, in the shadow of the White Tower, but inside the famous Norman keep you can get a closer look at the real-life historic arms and armour that forms part of the Royal Armouries collection. Items include suits of armour worn by monarchs such as King Henry VIII and there will be special opportunities over half term to see some of the dazzling collections up close.

Knight School is included in the Tower of London general admission ticket. For more information and to buy tickets visit hrp.org.uk/toweroflondon.

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Imagine Children's Festival
Feb
13
to 24 Feb

Imagine Children's Festival

12 days of the best in children's theatre, comedy, family parties, hands-on activities, DJs, dance, immersive experiences and full-on fun for children and their grownups.

See our guide to the festival here.

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Peppa Pig At Duke of York Square
Feb
9
10:00 am10:00

Peppa Pig At Duke of York Square

Saturday 9th February will see the return of the Chinese New Year Market with dishes such as dumplings from the Ugly Dumplings, Baozi and Chow Mein from Bite Mi, Banh Khot (Dragon Eggs Mini Cakes) and Spring Rolls from Rao Deli, Nonya Sauces, Dak Gang Jun and Man Du from Goko, Noodles and Fortune Cookies from Sinna Co and Chinese-inspired cakes from Nick Fu.

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In addition, in honour of the Year of the Pig, Peppa Pig will be making a special guest appearance. Starting at 11am, there will be an arts and crafts sessions where little ones can make their very own Chinese red envelope, greeting banner and headdresses. There will also be special Peppa Pig Storytelling sessions and a chance to meet her.

More info here.

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Waitress
Feb
8
to 25 May

Waitress

Katharine McPhee (American Idol, Waitress on Broadway, Smash) joins the London cast to play Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage.

Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county — and a satisfying run-in with someone new — show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.

Suitable for kids age 13+. Tickets from £. Book here.

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 Bedrooms of London
Feb
8
to 6 May

Bedrooms of London

In a city where extreme poverty and wealth exist side-by-side, Bedrooms of London makes visible the often shocking and unseen reality of home life for the 700,000 children currently living below the poverty line in our capital, and challenges the prejudices and stereotypes associated with child poverty.

©Katie Wilson

©Katie Wilson

Perfect for older children/tweens/teens, the exhibition focuses on the space in which children are sleeping with photographs shown alongside first-hand narratives from families, offering a poignant insight into the lives and experiences of children living in poverty across London.

The exhibition can be the first step of a talk about poverty and wealth in the city.

  • Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00, Monday closed

  • Admission: Adults £11 with donation, Concessions £8.25 with donation. Free for children, Foundling Friends & National Art Pass holders

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The Winter’s Tale
Feb
6
to 21 Feb

The Winter’s Tale

Following a sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre in 2018, this version of The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare has been adapted by Justin Audibert for primary-age children and is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger audiences.

Perdita is a brave, intelligent and much-loved girl, but something is not quite right in her world. Join her on a journey through magic and mayhem as she uncovers her story – the girl who was once lost and then found.

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After the show, choose from the below workshops to continue the fun:

Family Workshops

A Winter’s Tale (a relaxed workshop for families with additional needs)

Wed 20 February, 11am and 1pm

Relaxed performances for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment – including those with an autism spectrum condition or learning disability

Wednesday 20 February at 2pm

Bohemia and beyond: staging Shakespeare family workshop

18 and 19 Feb 11am

A Winter’s Tale banquet: Family Design Workshop

18 and 19 Feb 11am and 2pm

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Comedy Club 4 Kids
Feb
2
to 9 Feb

Comedy Club 4 Kids

VAULT Festival is London’s biggest and boldest annual arts festival, hosting hundreds of events each year; reaching across theatre, comedy, film, live performance, and more.

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An hour long comedy session for kids in a swear-free environment.

Suitable for kids age 8+. Tickets from £12. Book here.

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Chinese New Year
Feb
2
to 3 Feb

Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Pig at this family-friendly alternative to the central London festivities.

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You'll enjoy live performances, martial arts workshops, and create beautiful artworks to take home.

This family-friendly weekend is perfect way to introduce kids to the traditions of the Chinese New Year, without the hustle and bustle of central London.

Suitable for kids age £3+ (free drop in entry).

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Festival of Chemistry
Feb
2
to 24 Feb

Festival of Chemistry

To celebrate 150 years of the Periodic Table of the Elements in 2019, the Science Museum, V&A, Imperial College London, Royal College of Art, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and Royal Society of Chemistry are holding a festival of chemistry in South Kensington.

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Families will be able to take part in free chemistry-themed activities – from a new explosive science show to hands-on workshops and family storytelling – every weekend at the Science Museum until 28 April and daily during February half term and the Easter holidays.

At Imperial College London, school children can be ‘real chemists’ for the day, taking in part in activities in the Department of Chemistry as part of the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.

Festival activities for families include:

Marvellous Mistakes
Storytelling for ages 3-6, Free
Science Museum

Find out how chemistry mistakes brought us some of the most colourful, loud and lifesaving inventions in our family storytelling.

Takes place every weekend until 28 April 2019 and daily during February half term (16-24 February).

Cracking Chemistry
Interactive science show for ages 6+, Free
Science Museum

Discover the wonderful world of chemistry in this explosive show. With experiments including everything from party balloons to cake, we promise you’ll have a blast.

Takes place every weekend until 28 April 2019 and daily during February half term (16-24 February).m.

It’s a Chem-mystery!
Hands-on workshop for ages 6+, Free
Science Museum

Complete chemical experiments to solve a mystery and win a prize.

Takes place every weekend until 28 April 2019 and daily during February half term (16-24 February).

Tomorrow’s World Live: Can a sustainable future be colourful?
19 – 21 February 2019 (11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 each day), Free
Science Museum

Meet the scientists inspired by shimmering berries and glittering bugs to create environmentally friendly colour, without the need for hazardous artificial dyes.

More info here.



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Half Term At Horniman Museum
Feb
2
to 27 Feb

Half Term At Horniman Museum

If you live in SE London, the Horniman needs to be on your list of go-to places. Lots happening over half term including:

(c) Laura Mtungwazi-Beaullah

(c) Laura Mtungwazi-Beaullah

Art Makers

Saturday 2 Feb - celebrate Chinese New Year and make your own Chinese Dragon Mask.

Saturday 9 Feb - celebrate carnival in Venice by designing and making your own fabulous, wearable carnival wings.

Saturday 16 and 23 Feb Polar Bear Dens – Be inspired by Brick Wonders and celebrate the wonders of the world using miniature models. You’ll get to make your own model of a snowy polar bear den complete with a polar bear who lives inside.

Outset Teen Tours

Saturday 16, 23 February and 20, 27 April, 1pm

Get a fresh perspective on the museum’s collections with these special tours designed and led by a young person.

Free, drop in.

LEGO® Workshops

Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February

Enjoy some brick-tastic LEGO® building and making workshops with LEGO© pro,mBricks McGee. Can you build the tallest tower, the longest bridge, build a drag race car or create your own LEGO® garden creation? Suitable for children aged 5+. Tickets: £7.50

Family Art Fun

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am–3.30pm (last entry at 2.45pm)

Enjoy free and fabulous craft activities inspired by the family-friendly exhibition Brick Wonders - make a dinosaur diorama or bird box! Free.

Horniman Explorers

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am-12.30pm, 2-3.30pm

Drop into the Hands on Base to take part in short challenges and activities such as trying on clothes, playing musical instruments, drawing and exploring museum objects. Free.

Big Wednesday: Wonderful Horniman

Wednesday 20 February, 10.30am-3.30pm

Fun family activities and storytelling to explore some of the wonders of the collections inspired by the exhibition Brick Wonders. Free.

More info here.

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Romeo + Juliet
Feb
1
to 3 Feb

Romeo + Juliet

Guided through Shakespeare’s original text by the Friar, 9 – 13 year olds will be introduced to the star-crossed lovers through a new immersive reimagining of the Bard’s tragedy.

A troubled Friar rushes you through the mutinous streets of Verona, plunging you into a community torn apart by prejudice, conflict and violent crime.

Gripping story-telling, live music and striking visual effects take young audiences on a heart-wrenching journey as they follow Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers towards their tragic end.

Tickets from £7. Book here.

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The Goose Who Flew
Feb
1
to 2 Feb

The Goose Who Flew

Goose loves the summer, playing with his family and friends, but soon it will be time for him to fly south for the winter. As his journey begins, things are not as they should be. Down below, a border has appeared and there are barbed wire fences and flashing lights.

Using charming storytelling, simple puppetry and an assortment of quirky characters, The Goose Who Flew is a heartfelt story about the importance of compassion, community and understanding, which offers an age appropriate exploration of the issues facing people who seek safety in a new land.

Suitable for kids age 3 to 7. Tickets £7. Book here.

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The Sun: Living With Our Star
Feb
1
to 6 May

The Sun: Living With Our Star

Just in time for Spring half-term, when the daylight gets a little more generous and the sun on your back makes you want to kiss everyone in sight, The Science Museum is staging a big, bright, illuminating exhibition about the Sun. Remember it?

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Large, warm, mood-enhancing, good for picnics and harvesting energy as well as for physical health (so long as you don’t forget your SPF): the exhibition The Sun: Living With Our Star coincides with the 150th anniversary of the discovery of helium in our closest star.

There’s plenty on show; from interactive experiments involving bouncing solar energy panels to virtual reality stunts with different effects of sunglasses, an investigation into the threat of solar storms, a mock beach complete with golden palm trees, information on nuclear power and upcoming NASA and ESA solar missions, as well as insight into how the Sun impacts our circadian rhythms.

The show opens with a glorious collection of ancient artefacts which explore humankind’s historical relationship with the Sun and details the myths and legends that have over time sought to explain the Sun’s power, movement and impact on the way we live.

Tickets from £15—kids aged 16 and under go free.

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