Free And Cheap London Events: 15-21 February 2016

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Free And Cheap London Events: 15-21 February 2016

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Get creative at Imagine Children's Festival. Image: Southbank

IMAGINE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: There's plenty of creativity for little ones at Imagine Children's Festival at Southbank. The weekend's packed with free events including music, craft, stories and a celebration of 100 years of Roald Dahl. Free, just turn up, 10.30am-4pm

FAMILY FUN AT THE GRANT: The Grant Museum's full of hands-on family fun this weekend. See the museum's most fascinating creatures. From marvelling at the length of walrus's tusks to counting the sharp teeth of a shark. Free, just turn up, 1pm-4.30pm

DIGITAL KIDS: See how technology and art work together at the V&A. Transport yourself into a famous painting using green screen or create your own souvenir postcard. There's also an extra Design Drop In on Saturday where you can meet cutting edge designers. Free, just turn up, 10am-5.45pm

Monday 15 February

HAPPY MOONDAY: Head to Regent's Park, Hub Café to join The Baker Street Irregular Astronomers, who will teach you how to view the moon in whole new way. If you're interested in amateur astronomy, discover what it's all about with this friendly group of star supporters. Free, just turn up, 5pm

DOES SCIENCE HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS?: Can science tell us all we need to know about the world? And what are the limits of scientific enquiry? Join the discussion at this LSE event featuring philosophy professors Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck), James Ladyman (University of Bristol) and Rupert Read (University of East Anglia). Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

FOR LOVE OR MONEY: Monthly discussion group, Queers In A Pub, host a talk on paid sex and the romantic myth, with activist Itziar Bilbao Urrutia. Join the Q&A at this informal meet up at The Monarch, Chalk Farm. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Tuesday 16 February

MAKING WONDERLAND: Inspired by its current production, wonder.land, the National Theatre invites you to design and make a piece of theatre set in its hands-on workshop for all the family. £5/£3, prebook, 11.30am/2.30pm

CHEMISTRY OF LOVE: Pulse racing? Face flushing? You might be feeling the chemistry of love. Is there a scientific way to prove this feeling exists? Dr Michael Londesborough explores what love is at the Book Club, using Shakespeare's sonnets and the law of thermodynamics. £4 (in advance), prebook, 7.30pm

FREE COMEDY: Get your chuckling muscles ready for Oh Boy, Comedy — the Rose and Crown's weird and absurd comedic mix. This Wednesday, welcome headliner Michael Brunstörm, sketch duo Loose Brie and Joseph Murphy, plus loads more. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 February

There's a buzzing sound in a Royal Park... see below. Image: Pallab Seth

PROJECT AWESOME: Get a 'power boost of positivity' at Project Awesome's fitness movement at The Scoop, Tower Bridge. Expect dazzling views of the city as you catch it at its best time. Free, prebook, 6.30am

A RIGHT ROYAL BUZZ: Get behind bees in this series of events. Discover why they see patterns we humans can't, taste honey produced right here in London's parks and walk through a flower-filled room. Visit the website and get the buzz about which activities take place in each location. Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm

FILM ARCHIVES EVENING: London Metropolitan Archives throws open the doors for a screening of films about London's parks and forests. See a range of shorts examining characteristic parts of the city, with a discussion after. Free, prebook, 6pm

COMEDY: There's funniness and silliness going on tonight at Variety of Kings at The Star of Kings. The line up features Ben Pope and Cassie Atkinson, plus loads more comic talents. £5, prebook, 8pm

NO SEX IN THE SOVIET UNION: Dash Arts presents a conversation about copulation in the former Soviet Union. There'll be rousing debate and plenty of music at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm

Thursday 18 February

AUDIO BOOK LOUNGE: Throw on some headphones and relax with your favourite Roald Dahl story. Hear Matilda read by Kate Winslet or Fantastic Mr Fox with Chris O'Dowd, plus lots more. Curl up with a story in the Southbank's soft space. Free, just turn up, 10am-4pm

LIGHTS CAMERA ACTION: Are you ready for your close up? Barbican Children's Library invites kids aged 8-14 to have a go at making their own film with a professional team. Free, prebook, 10am-4pm

SUPERHERO RESEARCH: Scientists, engineers and artists come together at the Cartoon Museum to present their research on a superhero theme. Are superpowers really possible? Bring your cape and come and find out. Free, prebook, 6pm

TEMPORARY TATTOOS: All the perks of a real tattoo without the pain and permanence. Drink Shop Do is ready to help you make your own transfer tattoos in a creative body art evening. Free (when buying a drink), just turn up, 7pm

Friday 19 February

MAKE YOUR OWN AIRFIX: Make a model plane at this Make And Take event at the RAF Museum. Put together a First World War Albatros with glue, paint and your own hanger, all materials provided. Ages 7+. £3 (cash only), just turn up, 11am/2pm

ONE BIG LAUNCH: Artisans, creatives and designers come together for exhibition-market hybrid, One Big Launch. Over 20 businesses, including beauty products, CDs, games, hats, home decor, paintings and loads more. Find something original at this Knightsbridge evening. Free entry, prebook, 6pm

FREE FILM AT BFI: BFI Southbank has a host of free films you can watch in its MediaTheque. Full length features, vintage adverts, children's TV — there's a wide selection from its archive. Head down there with your family for classic films togther. Free, prebook, 12pm-8pm

RAYS JAZZ: Foyles on Charing Cross Road vibrates with the sound of jazz this Friday. Acts include Tom Farmer, Andy Chapman and John Lloyd's Trio. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

Saturday 20 February

It's animals galore at Hackney City Farm. Image: Chris Marchant

DISCO SHED: DJ Bill Brewster blasts the Book Club full of tunes at this week's Disco Shed. Fill your dancing shoes with disco, hiphop, base and more. £4, prebook, 8pm-2am

PARK RUN: Grab your trainers and head to Hampstead Heath's Park Run. This weekly 5km is timed, but beginners are welcome and the emphasis is on the friendly meeting after for a post-run coffee. Free, prebook, 9am

DARK SOCIETIES: If you like your fiction with a post-apocalyptic edge, head to Waterstones Piccadilly for Pierce Brown's first ever UK event. The Red Rising author will discuss his trilogy's final instalment, Morning Star. £5/£3, prebook, 6pm

COMEDY IN ANGEL: Four fresh comedians leap onstage for Angel Comedy's Saturday night. Nick Elleray, Ryan Cull and others guarantee giggling this evening. Arrive early for this popular event. Free, just turn up, 7pm

Sunday 21 February

HACKNEY CITY FARM: Get a moove on to Hackney City Farm. Meet pigs, donkeys, rabbits, chickens and more. They also sometime host cheesemaking workshops, if you're that whey inclined. Free, just turn up, 10am-4.30pm

KEATS HOUSE FAMILY DAY: There was a naughty boy... Meet reckless boys and rebellious girls from famous stories at this Keats House Family Day in partnership with Keats Community Library. Free, just turn up, 1pm-4pm

POETRY READING: Poets from the floor are welcome at this informal reading at Torriano Meeting House. Tonight's line up features Nancy Mattson, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs and Roisin Tierney, with Timothy Ades. £4-£5, just turn up, 7.30pm

FREE FILM: The Cat's Back in Wandsworth throws its doors open for classic film, Rain Man. Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise take a road trip in Barry Levinson's 1988 Academy Award winner. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm

Last Updated 14 February 2016