Things To Do In London In February 2019 Half Term

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Things To Do In London In February 2019 Half Term

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Imagine Children's Festival comes to Southbank Centre

BRICK WONDERS: Egyptian pyramids, the Great Barrier Reef, Greek temples and the old London Bridge are just some of the landmarks, both historical and present day, that have been recreated in Lego bricks for this new exhibition. Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), £8/£4.50, book ahead, 16 February-27 October

BEAR HUNT: Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's much loved children's book We're Going On A Bear Hunt is brought to life on stage, accompanied by a lively score. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead, 16-18 February

IMAGINE CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: Southbank Centre's ever-popular Imagine Children's Festival is back, focusing on the best of children's literature, theatre and music. Events include a sandpit that makes noise, a Peppa Pig concert, and a talk by children's authors Malorie Blackman, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris Riddell. See the full programme. Southbank Centre, various dates, times and prices, 13-24 February

Ahoy matey! Pirates are all the rage at Museum of Childhood

LITTLE SOLDIERS: A giant board game appears at the National Army Museum. Step onto it, and play against family and friends, completing tasks and first world war themed challenges to determine a winner. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, just turn up, 16-24 February

VETS IN ACTION: If you're heading to London Zoo this half term, look out for 'vets' completing their work. Actors play the role of vets at the zoo's 'animal hospital', demonstrating their work on poorly cuddly toys. London Zoo (Regent's Park), included in admission, booking recommended, 16-24 February

PIRATE'S LIFE: There's still time to see this exhibition all about fictional pirates, and their influence in popular culture including toys, games, books and comics. Time your visit to coincide with one of these special half term events including theatre workshops and storytelling. Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), various times and prices, 16-24 February

ROMAN BONES: Every day this week, Museum of London hosts a family-friendly show looking at how the Romans treated their dead. Despite the subject matter, it's a light-hearted look at the life (and death) of Roman Londoner, Claudia. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 16-24 February. Meanwhile, sister site Museum of London Docklands has plenty of storytelling events and craft workshops going on this week, with various themes.

Brick Wonders opens at Horniman Museum

POTION ROOM: Wands at the ready as you tuck into a Potion Room afternoon tea. Attend a potion class at the secret School of Wizarding Alchemy, and enjoy a sweet and savoury afternoon tea paired with the potions you make. Age 8+. Cutter & Squidge (Soho), £49.50 (£39.50 kids), book ahead, until December 2019

FAMILY DAYS OUT: Bored of trudging round the same old museums and parks? Try one of these seven alternative family days out in London, featuring caves, windmills and more. Or visit a budget-friendly alternative to the big attractions. Take a look a our map of where you can see animals in London — whatever the weather.

WHERE TO EAT: Finding somewhere to eat out with kids can be tricky, but these child-friendly restaurants in London offer more options than just pizza and chips. The pub may seem like an inappropriate suggestion, but bear with us — we've rounded up the best family-friendly pubs in London. See if your local made the list. Alternatively, try out these restaurants where kids eat for free.

CULTURE VULTURES: You may think art galleries and theatres are a no-go when you’ve got little ones in tow, but these London theatres are great for kids' shows, and these family-friendly art galleries will keep children happy — and have plenty for mum and dad too.

Saturday 16 February

MYTHS AND LEGENDS: Craft workshops and music and dance performances combine to bring myths, folklore and legends from around the world to life at this family festival. Museum of London Docklands, free, just turn up, 16-17 February

NIGHT TIME: A curious little owl discovers bats, foxes and the bright moon in this theatre show, which is aimed at kids aged 2-5. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £11/£9, book ahead, 16-17 February

Sunday 17 February

Watch a TV preview of Horrid Henry

HORRID HENRY: Why are kids so in love with Horrid Henry? Whatever the reason, take them along to this special preview and see three new episodes before they're shown on TV. Writer-producer Lucinda Whiteley and some of the voice actors are at the event, giving an insight into what goes into making the show. BFI Southbank, £8.80/£4, book ahead, 11am

CRAFTERNOON: The whole family is invited to this afternoon of craft, where recycled materials are used to create jewelled heart suncatchers, just in time for Valentine's Day. JW3 (North Finchley), free, book ahead, 2pm

FAMILY DAY: Head to Keats House for a family day about his poem, A Pot of Basil. Learn about the gothic story, and plant your own pot of basil to take home. Keats House (Hampstead), free, just turn up, 2pm-4pm

Monday 18 February

STORIES AND MORE: The Dugdale Centre hosts a morning of stories, rhymes and craft activities for children aged 5 and under and their families. Dudgale Centre (Enfield), £5/£4, book ahead, 10.30am

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, is at Waterstones discussing how her childhood on a remote Scottish island inspired the series, plus she's signing books and offering a sneaky preview clip of the third film. Waterstones (Piccadilly), £6, book ahead, 11am

Tuesday 19 February

Learn about birds at Battersea Park Zoo

NATURE EXPLORERS: Young explorers are invited to spend the day in Hyde Park learning wild skills including building a campfire without matches and cooking bread over it. The day is led by a fully trained forest school leader. Hyde Park, £20, book ahead, 10am-3pm

CHOCOLATE TUESDAY: Sir Hans Sloane, the man behind Chelsea Physic Garden, is often credited with bringing hot chocolate in its current form to England. So naturally, the Garden is celebrating with a day all about the history, science and geography behind harvesting cocoa. Chelsea Physic Garden, £15, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm

FEED THE BIRDS: Keep an eye out for wild birds as you visit the zoo, and tick them off as you spot them, watch Muckle the barn owl being fed, and learn how to make a bird feeder using yoghurt pots and string. Battersea Park Zoo, £1 charge on top of entry fee, just turn up, 11am-3pm

Wednesday 20 February

Albert's Band perform at the Royal Albert Hall

FLYING GOGGLES: Fashion your own pair of flying goggles at this craft workshop and decorate them as you wish — after all, every pilot needs a pair. RAF Museum (Hendon), £4, book ahead, 20-22 February

LOOM WORKSHOP: Find out about Sir Nicholas Rainton, a Master Haberdasher who made his fortune in fine fabrics, and used the proceeds to have Forty Hall built. In keeping with the fabric theme, weave your own mini tapestry to take home with you. Forty Hall (Enfield), £7/£5, book ahead, 10.30am/1pm

BRILLIANT BIRDS: Get to know Hyde Park's feathered residents a bit better with a day of drop-in activities, including bird watching, a discovery trail, and a chance to make a bird feeder to take home with you. Hyde Park, free, book ahead, 11am-3pm

ALBERT'S BAND: The Royal Albert Hall's resident group of musicians performs a circus-themed concert, with musical acrobatics aimed at children of all ages. Royal Albert Hall, £11.56/ £5.37, book ahead, 12pm/2.30pm

Thursday 21 February

Get up close to creepy crawlies

MUCKY FUN: If your kids have a knack for getting dirty, take them to Battersea Park Zoo where they can plant seeds, dig worms and generally get their hands dirty, all while learning about wildlife-friendly plants and why earthworms are helpful to have in the garden. Battersea Park Zoo, included in entry, just turn up, 11am-12.30pm/1.30pm-3.30pm

NOISY ANIMALS: Think Bagpuss meets the Beastie Boys for this family-friendly theatre show, which features an argumentative gorilla, a chatty hedgehog and friends, with added music and mayhem. Aimed at aged 3-8. Battersea Arts Centre, £10/£8,book ahead, 21-23 February

GARDEN SAFARI: Get out in the fresh air and become acquainted with some of the creepy crawlies that call Chelsea Physic Garden home. Find out how they adapt to their habitats, and — if you're feeling particularly brave — hold some of them. Chelsea Physic Garden, £15, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm

Friday 22 February

MEET THE AUTHOR: Lisa Thompson, author of children's books The Goldfish Boy and The Light Jar is meeting her young fans and signing copies of her new book, The Day I Was Erased, about Maxwell, a boy who finds himself completely erased from the world via a mysterious cabinet. Waterstones (Orpington), free, just turn up, 11am

PUB QUIZ: Yeah that's right, even kids are getting in on the pub quiz action these days. Comedian Patrick Monahan hosts this family quiz with questions on stories, film, TV and music. Plus, there's a mystery round where everyone knows the questions but only one person can know the answer... and that person’s in the audience. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead,11am/2pm

Saturday 23 February

Get hands on with science at the Royal Institution

OUT AT SEA: Explore what it means to be a hero and a role model, and celebrate LGBT History Month with a day of adventures, crafts and performances at the National Maritime Museum. Hear stories from real-life heroes, watch a funny performance by Nigerian drag artist Son of a Tutu, and more. National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), free, just turn up, from 11am

FAMILY FUN DAY: The Royal Institution's famous Christmas Lectures come alive for 6-12 year olds and their families at this day of talks, demonstrations and experiments. Focus is predominantly what makes you, you, but there's also a chance to find out why dragons, unicorns, giants and vampires don’t exist. Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16/£10, book ahead, 11am-4pm

Sunday 24 February

The Amazing Bubble Man performs at ArtsDepot

BUBBLE MAN: Art, magic, science and bubbles combine on stage for a hypnotising show by The Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl. It's aimed at age 4+ and there's plenty of audience participation. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead, 11.30am/2pm

Last Updated 22 January 2019