You’ve made it halfway through the slog of the winter/spring school term! Your reward? Attempting to hunt down the best activities going on in the February half-term to keep your little monsters entertained. Luckily for the tired mums and dads out there, we’ve done the hard work for you, rounding up the best child-friendly events and activities landing in London this February.

From afternoon teas to dinosaur exhibitions here’s how to keep the kids entertained this February half term.

Paddington Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

Let your children’s dreams come true at Brigit’s Bakery. The popular bakery-by-bus has launched its latest tour and it’s centred around everyone’s favourite bear: Paddington.

Their chefs have created a Paddington-inspired afternoon tea, featuring the best marmalade sandwich in London.

Hop on the bus and you’ll be taken around all of the bear’s favourite London spots, from Big Ben to Downing Street.

Where: Departing from Trafalgar Square

Website: www.b-bakery.com

Dinosaur rEvolution

You can always guarantee fun when there’s a dinosaur-themed exhibit involved. This year’s epic experience comes in the form of Horniman Museum’s Dinosaur rEvolution, a space where you can learn more about these prehistoric creatures. 

Running from February to November, it’s a chance to see the distinct relationship between dinosaurs and birds in a colourful new way, understanding more about their feathery nature. 

Expect to uncover five large animatronic models, accurate cast fossil skeletons and even some touchable detailed graphics.

When: 10.02.2024 – 03.11.2024

Where: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ 

Website: www.horniman.ac.uk

The Children’s Garden at Kew

Where better to let your children run wild for hours on end than at the Children’s Garden at Kew? Once your kids have followed the trails around the site, sourcing bugs, plants and trees, reward them with a trip to the magnificent play area. 

The Children’s Garden is the size of 40 tennis courts and is filled with over 100 trees, hidden treasures, adventures and a canopy walk wrapped around a 200-year-old oak tree. Roam, run and rummage through the area to see what you can uncover.

Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Website: www.kew.org

Balloon Museum 

What little one isn’t obsessed with balloons? This February half term, explore London’s coolest new multi-sensory experience. Centred around the element of ‘air’, the Balloon Museum features giant out-of-scale installations, unexpected shapes and interactive areas for all of the family to get involved with. 

You’ll find everything from Thom Kuhil’s Black Hole Horizon, where sound feels as though it’s trapped inside floating bubbles, to Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s Kaleidoscape, allowing you to experience infinite colour combinations. 

WHEN: UNTIL 18.02.2024

WHERE: 1 OLD BILLINGSGATE WALK, EC3R 6DX

WEBSITE: WWW.BALLOONMUSEUM.WORLD

Vets in Action, London Zoo 

If you’ve got a budding vet eager to learn more, head to London Zoo this half term and they’ll be able to put their animal care skills to the test. 

Bursting with roleplay and interactive fun, kids can don their white coats and report for duty as they get first-hand experience exploring the duties and responsibilities carried out by the Zoo’s vets, nurses and zookeepers. 

From microchipping crocodiles to caring for wounded lions, they will be able to discover giant-sized animal X-rays, uncover hidden secrets about some of the Zoo’s residents and learn more about animal anatomy.

When: 10.02.2024 – 18.02.2024

Where: Outer Cir, NW1 4RY

Website: www.londonzoo.org

Gravity Wandsworth

If you haven’t ventured over to Wandsworth yet to explore the new immersive adventureland of Gravity, then add it to your list of things to tackle this half term. The family-friendly venue is spread over three floors, packed with all-electric-go-karting, an urban street golf course, bowling lanes and arcade games. 

Whizz around the go-karting track, battle it out on the digital darts board or try out their AR shuffleboard for a game of chance and skill… 

Where: Southside Wandsworth, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 4TF

Website: www.gravity-uk.com

Sixes Cricket Club

Bats at the ready… Sixes Cricket Club is the perfect place to let your kids learn the ins and outs of batting and cricket-ing. It’s the only venue in London that provides guests a place to play cricket and dine. 

The Sixes Cricket Simulator, styled as batting nets, draws on the style of Top Golf, Flight Club and Puttshack, and takes the experience to a whole new level. They also offer birthday party packages for children, packed with two courses, juice and cricket. 

Where: various locations

Website: www.sixescricket.com

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea, One Aldwych

Afternoon tea is always exciting, especially for little ones. Make their half term and book in for the Charlie & the Chocolate Factory experience at One Aldwych.

Complete with fizzy lifting drinks, snozzberry jam, chocolate swudge milkshakes and fluffy floss, this is every child’s dream come true.

Check out our guide here for more family-friendly afternoon teas.

WHERE: 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ

WEBSITE: WWW.ROCCOFORTEHOTELS.COM

Frameless

Who doesn’t love an all-immersive exhibition? Frameless is the UK’s first permanent large-scale exhibition that opened its doors in 2022. 

Located just off Marble Arch, the space is filled with four separate galleries housed inside, allowing you to stroll from room to room exploring blown-up versions of iconic paintings, from Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’ to The Waterlily Pond: Green Harmony by Monet.

WHERE: 6 MARBLE ARCH, W1H 7AP

WEBSITE: WWW.FRAMELESS.COM

Cutty Sark

Ahoy there me hearties! Cutty Sark is welcoming pirates back on board once more to uncover the history of the fastest clipper. 

Don’t miss out on the experience of watching the cast of colourful characters, take a snap on board the ship, and see just what the former workers used to get up to.

WHERE: KING WILLIAM WALK, GREENWICH, SE10 8HT

WEBSITEWWW.RMG.CO.UK

Imagine Children’s Festival

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival is back with a bang this February half term, packed out with a fun-filled program of events, performances and creative experiences. 

With over 130 events packed across 11 days – and over 50% of the festival completely free – this is one all the kids will love getting involved with. Expect everything from storytelling with leading writers, speakers and poets including John Agard and Dr Ronx; Mish Mash family trails; dance and disco parties; and a family-friendly dance production of Chotto Desh. 

WHEN: 07.02.2024 – 17.02.2024 

WHERE: ACROSS SOUTHBANK CENTRE 

WEBSITE: WWW.SOUTHBANKCENTRE.CO.UK

CREDIT: CAMILLA GREENWELL

Bubble Planet 

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can’t help but love the magic of bubbles. Which is why you’ll want to immerse yourself in London’s new Bubble Planet, a space where you can voyage through pastel landscapes designed to peak all five senses. 

Journey through the experience, immersing yourself in all of the rooms, from the bubble-inspired ocean to the infinity room. In true Fever style, there’s of course an obligatory selfie room waiting for you midway through. Expect to come out with a whole reel of photographs and videos to keep your Insta and TikTok feed busy for weeks.

When: 05.2024 

Where: 22 FULTON ROAD, WEMBLEY, HA9 0TF

Website: www.bubble-planet.com

Cute, Somerset House

An exhibition so adorable you’ll say ‘awww’, CUTE is Somerset House’s major new retrospective centred around the irresistible nature of cuteness in contemporary culture. 

On display until 14th April, the exhibition will take a look at how everything from video games to plush toys, emojis to internet memes have gained traction for being just so cute. Plus there’s a super-cute Hello Kitty café worth exploring too. 

WHEN: until 14.04.2024

WHERE: SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, WC2R 1LA 

WEBSITE: WWW.SOMERSETHOUSE.ORG.UK

Credit: Squidsoup

Light Festival at Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station’s annual light festival has returned once again, offering adults and children alike the chance to explore this interactive illumination.

Running until 25th February, the neighbourhood has been transformed into a free light art trail where Londoners can explore seven light art installations from British and international artists. Expect everything from giant diamonds to illuminated butterflies, playable light pianos to cycling light battles.

WHEN: until 25.02.2024

WHERE: ACROSS BATTERSEA POWER STATION

WEBSITE:WWW.BATTERSEAPOWERSTATION.CO.UK

Family-Friendly Restaurants

To help you say goodbye to the tears and tantrums we’ve put together a guide of London’s top family-friendly restaurants, from pizza and mozzarella sticks at Pizza East to Petersham Nurseries’ adorable Teahouse.

Family-friendly restaurants worth visiting in London

Or, Try One Of These Family-Friendly Hotels

We could all use a little break from time to time and half time provides the perfect escape to do just that. Finding somewhere that’ll put up with your screaming kids is often hard, which is why we’ve rounded up the best family-friendly hotels in London and beyond. 

Must-visit family-friendly hotels in London

Japan: Myths To Manga

Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle – to me, nothing quite captures the nostalgia of childhood like Japanese Anime and Manga.

Take an exciting and atmospheric trip through Japan – and explore how landscape and folklore have influenced Japanese art, technology and design.

When: Until 08.09.24

Where: V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL 

Website: www.vam.ac.uk

Tidy at Polka Theatre

If you’re looking for an adorable theatre show to take your little ones to this February half term, look to Polka’s Tidy. Based on the children’s book by author and illustrator, Emily Gravett, Tidy is a sweet but cautionary tale exploring the value of the world around us and what happens when we don’t look after it. 

Follow Pete the Badger as he gets a little too carried away with cleaning up the forest come autumn time and as a result, destroys his beloved home. Expect plenty of puppetry, original music and a little silliness as this story comes to life on stage.

When: 10.02.2024 – 24.02.2024

Where: Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB 

Website: www.polkatheatre.com

 
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Enjoy a musical

For those with older kids, how about a trip to the West End to make them feel super fancy and mature? There are tons of great shows on stage right now.

From Six the Musical and The Lion King to Frozen and Wicked, let them lose themselves in the magic of musical theatre this February half term. 

Harry Potter Themed Workshops

Have a little one who LOVES Harry Potter? Let their imagination run wild and visit one of London’s many Potter-themed attractions.

From cauldron-brewing cocktails to a wizardry escape room, Warner Bros. Studio Tour to magical spots around the city, we’ve rounded up the very best wizardry wonders.

14 PLACES HARRY POTTER FANS WON’T WANT TO MISS


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