From the 18-25th of February it’s half term, which essentially means kiddos running around covered in paint, mud and miscellaneous objects including insects whilst on a sporadic sugar high that never quite seems to fizzle out. Sorry parents, didn’t mean to scare you… but let’s admit, it’s pretty much true! However, why not distract the little monsters, even just for an hour or so, and take them to one of the following fun things to do. From free meals, to lands of lego and cuddly toy afternoon tea, there’s something for everyone this half term:
Is it Groundhog Day? It seems like just yesterday that, back in 2008, Dr Gunther von Hagens brought his controversial Body Worlds travelling display to this country. The exhibition, which showcases the preserved dissected bodies of hundreds of donors, now has a permanent home here, and we think you should take the kids! The flayed corpses find their final home at Piccadilly Circus showcasing carefully preserved bodies, often arranged in lifelike poses!
Fancy an inspiring afternoon with the kids? Join feminist author Kate Pankhurst as she tells amazing stories of powerful women who paved the way for women in the workplace. Not only will you sit through a thought-provoking talk, there will also be loads of drawing and dressing up for your little ones to enjoy! This activity is full of creativity, passion, and one that can be appreciated by all ages.
On the 19th of February
London is a city that abounds in iconic buildings, places seared into your memory since childhood. From Buckingham Palace to Big Ben, from the Tower of London to The Shard, even people who’ve never been here know London like they’ve lived here all their lives. They say that you’ve only been somewhere if you’ve taken a photo, rubbish, you’ve only been somewhere if you’ve eaten there. And so here are some London landmarks you can actually eat in.
It’s all going down at the Natural History– we’re talking sleeping over Night and yoga to calm you down afterwards! Clearly not one’s to shy away from adventure, the major London staple may be informative when it comes to the historical, but boy are they party animals once the lights go down. Here’s just some of what’s on offer.
Website: Dino-snore Sleepover
If you go down to the woods today you’ll find a load of cute teddy bears munching on various savoury and sweet snacks – how cute! London Hilton on Park Lane know <em>just</em> how to throw a half term party, providing Teddy Bears’ Picnic Afternoon Tea with all the trimmings for the kiddies. You’ll find bite-sized bits, finger food and yummy sweet treats which’ll have the youngsters running about on a sugar high, but that’s what half term is all about right? The mini menu has been curated by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall and recent winner of C4’s Bake Off: The Professionals, Pastry Chef Emmanuel Bonneau, so it’s sure to be delicious. See you there!
The tea is available on weekdays 2pm to 5pm and weekends 12:30pm to 5pm.
Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone.
The old ones are always the best, and in this case they’re around 200 years old. A good old fashioned day out in Greenwich is the perfect activity for a half term day. Discover all the history of the Cutty Sark, the fastest clipper, check out the incredible naval college buildings, the market or take a pedalo and finally picnic in the park. Perfect.
This offer is simple – bring the kids for lunch at Palatino during half term and they’ll eat for free. Yep, you heard right – for free! Half term can be a bit of a pocket burner so knowing this, the Italian restaurant have held out an olive branch which we’ll most certainly be taking!
Valid Monday to Friday lunchtimes
Where: 71 Central Street, London EC1V 8AB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.3 miles)
We can’t deny that it was rather a shock to see how many animal spotting areas London has, what with it being a concrete jungle and capital city and all that jazz. Yet, it turns out that London has a herd of sheep stroking, pig patting and cow cuddling spots that look blooming wonderful. And, if you’re sat there thinking “you have cat to be kitten me right now,” well we’re not – we’re telling the truth! So, MOO-ve your bums off your seats and get yourselves down to animal farms and zoo’s galore.
Website: Find them all here
From WANDSworth to POTTER’S Bar, London is full of Harry Potter, from immersive days out to locations and inspiration. Here are a few of the places you can head to to get the true Potter experience. Find them all here!
Website: Did Someone Say Harry Potter?
Take a family outing to the Horniman Museum to see intricate, large-scale LEGO models that accurately represent notable structures such as the Egyptian Pyramids, international space stations, and the Old London Bridge. Visitors will be able to participate in challenges, puzzles, and even get to attend special LEGO workshops between Monday and Wednesday during half term.
From the 16th of February until the 27th of October
To give you all the fuel you need for a day out in London, Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square is providing delicious daily breakfast and complimentary kids’ meals when booking their Family Moments package. Complimentary meals are available for the kiddies if they’re under 12 and when their parent is dining – oh, to be young again!
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
Something that’s sure to putt a smile on your face is this mini-golf extravaganza that’ll get the kids having all sorts of crazy fun! Fusing space-age technology with the classic game of mini-golf, Puttshack are catering to our golf-addict ways and opening their half term doors at the earlier time of 10am Monday to Friday. So, it’s a game of kids versus adults and things are about to get competitive – it’s par-tee time!
The ultimate urban adventure for your little ones- Swimming pool access, game consoles, and in-room movies with enough buttery popcorn to satisfy their ‘salt tooth.’ After their popcorn coma, they will have the opportunity to go on a VIP tour of Hamleys, the world’s largest toy story and practically every child’s dream spot! Additionally, complimentary meals for children under 5 and 50% off of meals for children up to 12 are a perk to this package.
Eating out with small children isn’t for the faint-hearted. It requires military precision levels of organisation and a significantly blasé approach to the damage that Operation Eat Out might cause to the general surroundings. But there are some restaurants which not only cater for kids, but will actively welcome them too, and since half term is almost here, we have a pick of some of the best for you to try out. Find them all here!
Website: Eating Out?
If you are a fellow animal lover, this event is perfect for you! This pawsitive experience will shows how vets assure that the thousands of animals housed at the London Zoo remain healthy and happy. Kids in attendance will be able to participate in hands-on workshops where they will help the experts examine and x-ray toy replicas so that they may gain an understanding of the huge responsibility that the zoo’s vets have.
From the 16th-24th February
In the mood to listen to a dark tale concerning a half human, half corpse? Trust us, this is an epic drama that you will not want to miss. A stunning opera that deals with both good and evil gods and goddesses, kids and grown-ups alike are sure to become enthralled in this sensational production.
From the 21st of February-3rd March
Who said the kids need to stay at home? Whisk the little ones away for a bit of luxe as Corinthia Hotel offers 50% off the second room! You’ll arrive to a chilled bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne – hands off kids -, whilst the youngsters recline (or run around like crazy people, which is far, far more likely). Either way, at Corinthia it’ll be a stay to remember.
Georgian townhouse, The Arch, is a Marble Arch staple with a general vibe that shouts all things quintessentially British. Now eight years old, the hotel may not be brand-spanking, but the interiors and one third of the suites have just undergone a snazzy refurb. The rooms still hold dear the recognised style and characteristics loyal guests know and love, whilst implementing a bolder colour palette and unique wallpapers by Thibaut. This half term you can take the kids for a stay that will include them delving into a treasure chest worth of toys providing by the hotel. Young children will dine for free when visiting with their parents and be kept busy with various colouring books. Oh, and parents? How does a Martini Library sound once the little ones are tucked up? Yep, we thought that’d catch your eye!
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7FD, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.3 miles)
We’ve all heard of the Natural History Museum, the Design Museum, the Science Museum, the V&A and… well, you get the picture. When you cast your mind to traditional London museums it’s highly unlikely that the sewing machine one will pop into your head (or maybe it does, who am I to judge?!). But, alas, we’ve delved deeper and gone off the beaten museum track to pluck out random, weird and questionable museums that sounds like they’re totally worth ticking off the factual bucket list. Here’s our higgledy-piggledy selection, and you can find it here!
Website: Whacky Museums
Apparently it doesn’t have to be Halloween anymore for the kids to don their scary wear! This half term Covent Garden Hotel has partnered with children’s party specialists, Sharky & Georgeto create a Wizard Adventure Package. The extravaganza will include a fun-filled two and a half hour journey around London, followed by a Wizard Tournament testing their magical ability, intelligence and courage. This deal has totally cast a spell on us, and we can’t wait!
The Wizard Adventure Package includes rooms, breakfast and Sharky & George Wizard Adventure (2.5 hour duration) for a family of up to five.