The countdown to February half-term has officially begun! Check the best family-friendly events happening in London and beyond.
Here are our top picks to book in now:
Tarka London February half-term classes
Tire out the kids with Tarka London’s high-octane class this half-term. The team of ex-army officers is running fun classes that offer physical and mental exercise. Tarka understand that the first six years of a child’s are fundamental to their cerebral development, meaning those six years are the building blocks of mental and physical health. The classes consist of structured exercises, team activities (throwing, running, catching), free play and hand movements. Throughout February half-term Tarka London will be hosting classes in Notting Hill and Knightsbridge and accept children between 18 months and six years old.
Find out more on TarkaLondon.com
Vets in Action at London Zoo
Vets in Action invites your little ones to become junior vets for the day at ZSL London Zoo. Step into the role of a vet as you arrive at the zoo to get prepped with hairnets and marks before joining the veterinary team at the recreated zoo vet centre. Your little ones will experience the huge work that the vets do at the zoo every day. From microchipping meerkats to removing plastic from a sea turtle’s tummy.
Book now and skip the queues on ZSL.org
Marwell Zoo Explorer Trail
Pick up your Explorer Trail booklet at the info cabin for a suggested donation of £1 and set off collecting all ten stamps that are dotted around the park. Once completed don’t forget to stop in the shop to claim your free sticker and your chance to win annual membership for 2 adults and 2 children!
Find out more at Marwell Zoo
Become a Knight at The Tower Of London
Join Knight School at the Tower of London this half term.
You will get the chance to develop and learn a wide range of knightly skills including learning the art of the sword, how to properly handle your armour, building a knight’s outfit from scratch and discovering how to dress like a true Knight of the Tower. You will also learn how to build a catapult using only lollipop sticks and recycled milk top bottles, have a chance to design your own flag and family crest and much more.
Find out more at The Tower of London
Sherlock: The Official Live Game, Shepherds Bush
Over February half term Sherlock: The Official Live Game is opening up its doors to families with a limited-time family ticket offer. Enjoy savings of up to 40% and keep kids entertained over half term as they get to solve crimes like the great detective, Sherlock Holmes.
Families can put their heads together to try and tackle a series of puzzles, challenges and mysteries over the 100 minute live gaming experience whilst exploring some of Sherlock’s most iconic sets.
The Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB) will be in the city Loft at Kidzania from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February.
Kids will be shown how to create their own bird feeder, which they can create and take home to help wildlife in their own garden. They will also learn fun facts and top tips for keeping birds safe in the wild.
Find out more at KidZania
Maggie & Rose
Maggie & Rose will be running their February Half Term camps (17th – 21st February) at the Kensington and Chiswick clubs, which are both available to non-members and members alike.
Maggie & Rose is all about bespoke learning through play and follows the Scandinavian model of lengthening the years of play for as long as possible! The camps aim to inspire and offer little ones something totally different and creative, which are far from the norm!
Find out more at Maggie & Rose
Family Baking Workshops at Bread Ahead
For the first time ever, London’s inaugural immersive bakery Bread Ahead Wembley will be offering two very special family baking workshops.
London Transport Museum
Showcasing exciting displays of transport throughout history, this is our favourite museum for those after a seriously interactive experience. The museum takes a tour around the world to teach you about both public and personal forms of transportation. It also shows the journey that the London Underground has taken to become the complex network it is today. Be sure to head to the family play zone where the kids will be challenged to repair a mini tube train and explore the lost property office!
Find out more at London Transport Museum
Dinotropolis, Bluewater Kent
If your little ones are dinosaur mad (whose aren’t?) and into their raucous soft play, Dinotropolis at Bluewater is well worth a visit. The indoor dinosaur adventure park is perfect for children aged 3+, while the extraordinary life-like animatronic dinosaurs will thrill all ages. Situated in the Upper Mall by the Showcase Cinema, Dinotropolis is jam-packed full of activities to inspire.
Book to avoid disappointment via their website, Dinotropolis.co.uk
The Science Museum
The most popular and most visited in Europe, the Science Museum is not one to be missed. Check out world-famous objects such as Apollo 10 and Stephenson’s rocket, amongst the other incredible 15,000 objects. The little ones will love the Bubble Show, while those ages 4+ should definitely experience the Typhoon jet simulator. For families with children over 5 years, we recommend the Live Science drop-in workshops, where the whole family will be able to take part in live science experiments.
Find out more at The Science Museum
Half-term at the Postal Museum
Get thinking, creating and making at the Postal Museum this half-term. The museum has a schedule jam-packed programme of kids’ activities, including mini detective training, arts and crafts and storytelling. Activities are open to all ages, but tickets are likely to sell out so head over to the museum website to book in now.
Find out more on PostalMuseum.org
Explore the human body at Bodyworlds
The world-famous Bodyworlds is a collection of real human bodies that will help visitors young and old understand the workings of the human body and how your lifestyle choices affect the body. The exhibition sparks curiosity and provides a fascinating look into the inner workings of the human body. The real human bodies that are part of the exhibition are preserved with a technique called plastination, where body fluids are replaced with silicone rubber which allows them to be positioned in various positions. All ages are welcome, but it’s recommended for children over six years old.
Find out more on BodyWorlds
Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre
Enjoy a week of the best children’s theatre, comedy, dance, DJs and more. There are a remarkable number of events taking place over the 12 days of the festival (12-23rd Feb) and lots of the events are completely free! Some highlights for us include feeding and interacting with dinosaurs, celebrate the Harry Potter books and adventures with Pippi Longstocking.
Find out more on SouthbankCentre.co.uk
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