Adventures in Peter Pan’s Neverland
Feb
24
to Feb 25

Adventures in Peter Pan’s Neverland

Explore the wonderful world of Peter Pan at the Museum of London Docklands as the museum transforms into Neverland.

 (c) Museum of London Docklands

(c) Museum of London Docklands

A series of interactive events, film screenings and performances will take place
throughout the weekend, providing a whole new generation with an introduction to
J.M. Barrie’s beloved characters.

Professional character actors will lead Peter Pan-themed workshops and re-enact short scenes from the story, amidst a transformed museum which will be adorned with confetti cannons and decorations. There will be “sightings” of Captain Hook’s pirates and other larger-than-life characters from the story in the permanent gallery spaces during the weekend.

Two screenings of the classic animated film Peter Pan will run each day, allowing visitors to see Peter’s tale before they continue the stories themselves in the museum.

Highlights include:

  • Treasure map adventures
  • Mermaid singalongs
  • Soaring silhouettes workshop

Tickets from £4. Book here.

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The Year of the Dog
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

The Year of the Dog

To celebrate the upcoming Chinese Year of the Dog, the Museum of London Docklands is hosting a range of free cultural events during the February half term in tribute to East London’s long running historic links with the Chinese community.

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Taking place all day Friday 16 February, the day of Chinese New Year, the activities will range from ribbon dancing classes and taekwondo taster sessions to calligraphy. 

Events will culminate with a spectacular dragon dance, in which museum visitors of all ages will be led by a professional dance troupe, as well as a host of other themed activities. Traditionally, lion dances were performed in ancient China to chase away the worries of the previous year, whilst welcoming happiness into the next one.

Highlights for the day include:

  • Martial arts masters: Learn about Tai Chi and Kung Fu and try them out yourself
  • Ribbon dance workshop: Free traditional dancing drop-in sessions.
  • Lion dancing: A professional dancing troupe will lead an authentic lion dance.
  • Dance demos: Watch experts perform traditional Ribbon and Peacock dances.

More info, including other events happening over half term, here

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All Hail the Snail
Feb
15
to Feb 17

All Hail the Snail

Join poet John Hegley on a humorous journey through his living library of poems, songs, stories and animal drawings. Enjoy the rhyme and rhythm of this mandolin-playing muse and his hilarious struggle with words, as they threaten to twist and turn out of his grasp.

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The bespectacled author of 13 books is widely known as one of the country's most innovative comic artists and this children’s show will delight adults and young people alike with its chaotic comedy, bewitching poems, plus the extra bonus of a special guest musician.

Suitable for kids age 7 and over the show lasts £60 minutes. Tickets from £7. Book here

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Half Term at The Foundling Museum
Feb
13
to Feb 16

Half Term at The Foundling Museum

A week of activities at the museum including the original illustrations and poems from the award-winning book The Lost Words: A Spell Book. You'll get to discover Britain’s hidden wildlife in this celebration of the natural world. 

There's also a series of free family workshops linked to the exhibition including:

Mobile Poetry

Tuesday 13 February | Sessions run from 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 + 15:00-16:30

Discover the natural world depicted in The Lost Words with artist Anne Harild. Using collage, cut-out letters and card, create your own poem mobile featuring the animals and plants in the show.

The Lucky Button Orchestra

Wednesday 14 February | Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 + 15:00-16:30

Inspired by Michael Morpurgo’s new book Lucky Button, explore the musical legacy of the Foundling Hospital. With artist India Harvey, make your own musical instrument to take home and play.

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Animal Dramatics

Thursday 15 February | Sessions run 10:30-12:00, 13:00-14:30 + 15:00-16:30

Animate the creatures found in the exhibition The Lost Words in this drama workshop with artist Hannah Coates. Make a mask and bring your chosen animal to life using role play and your imagination.

The Lost Gardens

Friday 16 February | Drop-in sessions run from 11:00-13:00 + 14:00-16:30

Inspired by the plans of the Foundling Hospital’s gardens on display in The Lost Words, work collaboratively to make a dream garden for the foundlings. Afterwards, personalise a plant pot to grow your own seed at home.

Tickets and further info can be found here.

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Half Term at The Postal Museum
Feb
12
11:30 AM11:30

Half Term at The Postal Museum

The Postal Museum, home of Mail Rail, has a loaded programme of activities lined up for families visiting during the February half term. As well as taking a ride deep under London on a miniature train, visitors with kids aged 3 upwards can enjoy drop-in arts and crafts workshops and storytelling by characters from the past – as they stroll through the museum's galleries. 

All activities are included in the ticket price (except for Sorted! only tickets) and available on a first come, first served basis – just pop along to take part.

·         Monday 12 February, 11.30, 13.30 and 14.30 – The Legend of the Lioness (45 mins)

Join storyteller Olivia Armstrong for an immersive journey through curious tales of the postal past. During this 45-minute interactive storytelling session, you’ll meet an escaped lioness, a horse named Pomegranate and a postal cat.

·         Tuesday 13 February, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 – The Bear, the Toad and the Rabbit

An arts and crafts workshop inspired by the museum’s brand-new display of stamp design including original BFG artwork by Quentin Blake, Paddington Bear and Peter Rabbit. Little ones can choose from a key ring, badge or magnet and make their very own mini souvenir to take home.

·         Wednesday 14 February, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 – The Tibs Whiskers

Make a mask in the image of the famous Post Office cat, Tibs the Great, whose job it was to prowl the Post Office headquarters and scare off any mice considering making it their home.

·         Thursday 15 February, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 – Ani-Mail Art

Join artist and illustrator, Susie Foster, to make beautiful pop-up cards and illustrated envelopes. This artist-led children’s activity is inspired by stories of animal mischief and adventure from the museum. Children can take inspiration from a lioness escaped from a travelling menagerie, or Mr Poppleton’s horse, who once received an official sick note for his sore shoulders.

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·         Friday 16 February, 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00 – Squeaking Squad

You might have heard about Tibs the Great, but what about the mice he used to patrol the Post Office headquarters looking for? Inspired by the book of Tibs the Post Office Cat, create a mouse hand puppet and join the Squeaking Squad!

·         Saturday 17 February, 10.00-16.00 – Galleries Alive: Pike the Fearless

Meet Joseph Pike, fearless guard of the famous Quicksilver mail coach, and hear what happened when he encountered a fearsome escaped lioness on his route.  Look out for his special pop-up performances throughout The Postal Museum exhibition!

A ride on The Postal Museum’s 100 year old railway, Mail Rail, that runs deep under London can also be added to the price of a ticket, however rides must be booked in advance online to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to book your advance tickets, visit postalmuseum.org/february-half-term-2018.

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Full Steam Ahead
Feb
12
to Feb 16

Full Steam Ahead

Enjoy a week of free holiday activities inspired by art and science. During the week there will be the chance to take part in a range of experimental activities including photography and mixing pigments. The workshop on 12 February will be led by deaf artist Christopher Sacre with BSL interpretation.

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Find out more here.

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Half Term at the Royal Albert Hall
Feb
12
to Feb 16

Half Term at the Royal Albert Hall

Half term at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall involves:

Tales from the Shed - an interactive show full of colourful puppets, live songs and enchanting stories.

Nick Cope (former lead singer of chart-toppers The Candyskins) writes, records and performs music for children and has established a strong following of little and not-so-little people all over the world. He'll be bringing his own brand of acoustic folk-rock to the world of children’s music in this interactive concerts for families. 

Tongue Fu for Kids - jam packed with word play, improv, participation and musical wizardry and delivered by poets, storytellers, rappers and the amazing Tongue Fu band, each show is unique and features stars of UK spoken word. Tongue Fu creator and frontman Chris Redmond is a regular at UK music and literature festivals and his experience as an educator includes work with CBBC, BBC 1Xtra and Apples & Snakes.

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Albert’s Band regular half-term family concerts in the Hall’s Elgar Room. Conductor Kevin Hathway leads the mini-orchestra through a fun programme of music that will explore what we want to be when we grow up.

Tickets, time and pricing info here

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Bright Sparks
Feb
11
1:00 PM13:00

Bright Sparks

A humorous, playful and visually exciting original play, exploring the beauty of difference and how things are always better when we work together. Watch two opposite characters get their wires crossed and their noodles in a muddle as they strive to find ways to work and play together.

Suitable for kids age 3+

Tickets £7 or £24 family ticket. Book here

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Half Term at the Horniman Musuem
Feb
10
9:30 PM21:30

Half Term at the Horniman Musuem

Half term at the Horniman includes:

Family Art Fun

Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February

11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm

Enjoy free craft activities inspired by the family-friendly exhibition Colour: The Rainbow Revealed. Suitable for children for aged 3+.

Free 

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Hands on Base: Horniman Explorers

Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February

11am, 2pm

Drop in to these fun sessions to explore and touch objects from pueblo drums to puppets in the Hands on Base. Suitable for children for aged 3+.

Free. Drop in

Big Wednesday: Colour and Carnival

Wednesday 14 February

10.30am-3.30pm

Celebrate the brilliant colours of Carnival costumes with performances and storytelling.

Free

Carnival Dance Workshop

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 February

10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm (45 minute workshop)

Learn to dance like you’re partying through the streets of Brazil with Gandaia Arts. Suitable for families with children aged 4+. 

Tickets: £5 per person 

Find out more here

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Half Term at Discover Children's Story Centre
Feb
10
to Feb 18

Half Term at Discover Children's Story Centre

Half term at the Discover Children's Story Centre in Stratford includes:

  • The seventh annual London Children’s Book Swap
  • A screening of the film The Gruffalo's Child
  • Author visits and book signings from the below authors:

Most of these are ticketed events and spaces go quickly.

More info here

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Off the Page, Onto the Stage
Feb
10
to Feb 16

Off the Page, Onto the Stage

Celebrating the final weeks of the Michael Morpurgo: A Life Time in Stories exhibition, be inspired by his stories, work with set designers and puppeteers to bring stories to life. Enjoy live performances by Ben Murray, former War Horse National Theatre songman, to puppet demonstrations presented by Little Angel Theatre.

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Workshops include:

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 February
14.00–16.00
Calling for all book worms and aspiring writers! Acclaimed children’s author Ross Montgomery will lead a creative writing fun session.
£10 per child, Age 8+

LONDON CHILDREN’S BOOK SWAP
Saturday 10 February
11:00–16:00
Annual London Children’s Book Swap returns to the Museum. Bring your pre-loved books and update your bookshelves.
Drop-in, All ages

WORLD OF SET DESIGN WORKSHOP
Monday 12 – Friday 16 February
10.30–12.30, 14.00–16.00
Experience the design process and building fun together. Led by the designer, behind the production The Butterfly Lion, Juliet Shillingford.
£10 per child, Age 8+

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FILM SCREENINGS
Tuesday 13, Thursday 15 February
16.00 (activity), 16.30 (film)
Screenings of adaptations based on British children’s classic stories, Private Peaceful and Fantastic Mr Fox.
£4 per person (under 3s free, but booking required)

More info here

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Navigation Challenge
Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

Navigation Challenge

Take part in a week long navigation challenge at the museum using a variety of craft materials and navigation skills. Create a map and a compass to navigate it with. Design mountains, rivers and seas. Imagine new species of weird and wonderful creatures and draw them a new home.

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Drop in for free from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm daily.

More info here.

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Half Term at Museum of London
Feb
10
to Feb 18

Half Term at Museum of London

There's a jam packed week of events - most of which are free - happening at the Museum of London this half term. Highlights include:

Salad Cities

Create your own models of a building or a place in London and make it better by sowing cress and other salad seeds onto your model. Take it home and watch your seeds sprout. Then harvest your crop and eat your own ‘micro greens’.

Living Wall

Choose your seed mix, follow the recipe and make your own seed bombs! You will also learn about where you are allowed to use your seed bombs and where you are not.

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©Museum of London

Green + Beautiful

Imagine a vine growing up Nelson’s Column or foliage around Big Ben! In this art workshop you will make sliding pictures of London. Start with a famous London location and then transform it with an additional layer of green foliage and textures and watch nature reclaim the city! This is a drop- in workshop, so you can stop by anytime.

Storytelling Stroll

What can you hear in the museum café, what can you touch in the galleries and what can you see in the display cases? You'll help the museum tell a story using sights, sounds, touch, smells and music as you create an atmospheric adventure through the museum and think about London’s past, present and future.

London Nature Reserves

Learn about hidden treasures nestled amongst London’s urban environment in this recreation of the Camley Street nature reserve hiding behind Kings Cross station. Explore re-creations of wildflowers and learn about pond life, reeds, bugs and bees. Take part in nature rubbings, identify animal footprints and learn about reducing our plastic waste to keep our parks and nature reserves clean for our animal friends. 

Info on dates, times and suggested age ranges here

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Bear + Butterfly
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Bear + Butterfly

When a grumpy Bear finds a cheery Caterpillar munching on the leaves of his tree one day, his first thought is to ask him to leave. Gradually however, they become best friends as Caterpillar munches through heroic tales of Bear’s younger life. One day Caterpillar becomes sick. Bear fears he will lose his friend, but instead he grows into a beautiful butterfly who flies high and has stories of his own.

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Suitable for kids age 4 to 7, tickets are £7. Book here

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David Walliams' Awful Auntie
Feb
7
to Feb 11

David Walliams' Awful Auntie

In David Walliams' best-selling book, Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby and has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened.

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But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

Awful Auntie is suitable for ages 5 and over and the show lasts 2 hours.

Tickets from £19. Book here

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Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival 2018
Feb
7
to Feb 18

Southbank Centre Imagine Children’s Festival 2018

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns for its 17th year from February 7 – 18 with twelve days of jam-packed fun over half-term.

With over fifty per cent of the programme free, the fun family festival includes playful and interactive events for everyone to enjoy, from dancing scientists to magical immersive adventures and Super Hero parties. With storytelling at its heart, key authors include Jacqueline Wilson, Harry Hill, BBC Radio 1 DJ’s and debut authors Greg James and Chris Smith, Jon Roberts and many more.  

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This year, the festival celebrates change makers and the next generation of pioneers, with a specially curated event dedicated to People Who Changed the World, with author and illustrators Kate Pankhurst (Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World) and Andrea Pippins (Young, Gifted and Black) alongside a host of special guests.

See our detailed guide here.

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One Duck Down
Feb
3
to Feb 18

One Duck Down

7000 Rubber Ducks. 7 Seas. 1 Big Adventure.

Inspired by the true tale (featured on Blue Planet II) that saw 7000 Rubber Ducks cast adrift in a mighty storm, the show is jam packed with music, clowning and puppetry. Suitable for all ages the show tells the importance of looking after our ocean and fearlessly following your heart. 

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Join unlikely but loveable hero Billy as he ventures to the ends of the earth to win the affections of his sweetheart. Soon he is swept up on an ocean clear up adventure that would make David Attenborough proud, spanning from the quaint shores of Pebbleton Village to the icy north pole, from an exotic tropical beach to a floating island made entirely of rubbish. 

Family tickets come with a 20% discount - just the code QUACK at checkout. 

The show lasts 60 minutes with tickets from £8. Book here.

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Othello
Feb
3
to Mar 3

Othello

Othello, the bold, brash, confident solider, and Desdemona, the Senator’s daughter, are truly in love – but not everyone is happy about it. And that is where the problem begins and tolerance ends.

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An amazing all-black cast shine in this cleverly distilled production inspired by Shakespeare’s great tragedy that explores love, power and prejudice. This is a modern, fast-paced and funny play especially written for young audiences. 

With a light touch, the play reflects on the nature of relationships, what ‘being a man’ really means, and how our flaws and feelings can blind us to the truth.

Othello is suitable for kids age 8 to 12 and lasts an hour. Tickets from £10. More info here

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Votes for Women Weekend
Feb
3
to Feb 4

Votes for Women Weekend

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, the Museum of London is bringing the suffragette movement back to life as part of a weekend long celebration. 

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Through performance and workshops, visitors will have a chance to not just discover the women that fought for the vote, but to join them. A hands on suffragette surveillance masterclass will offer a chance to see how militant suffragettes carried out their campaigning and how police tracked them and banner making workshops will further equip visitors with essential suffrage campaigning skills. 

Spoken word poets, Sara Hirsch and Deanna Rodgers are set to draw inspiration from the powerful speeches of WSPU leaders like Emmeline Pankhurst, for a masterclass in campaign poetry. While acclaimed children’s author, Katherine Woodfine will be leading a creative writing workshop inspired by little known suffragettes. 

Each day will culminate in two sets of suffrage marches, allowing visitors to put their new skills to use and join the suffragettes as they follow the route of women’s rights, up until the present day. 

More info here

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

Enjoy some welcome nostalgia at this exhibition devoted to all things Winnie the Pooh. 

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There's also a competition for children aged between 2 and 12 years old to create a completely original, fictional character. The winning entry gets their illustration framed and displayed at the V&A and featured on their website.

Tickets from £8. Book here

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