Introducing… Little London’s February half term planner!
Everything you could ever want to do, every day of the week – in and out of London! Don’t say we never give you anything…
Saturday 14 February
Enjoy a day at Battersea Park Zoo and show the animals some Valentine’s love. Help the keepers prepare to feed the animals, and enjoy a fun family day out.
From 11am | Battersea Park Zoo, Chelsea Embankment, SW11 4NJ
Sunday 15 February
Family Day: Myths and Legends
Trot up to Hampstead and visit Keats House for the very best in fairies, heroes and monsters. Dare your littles to inventing a myth of their very own, and inspire them to hit the bookcases when you get home.
1pm – 4pm | Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, NW3 2RR | cityoflondon.gov.uk
Monday 16 February
Nature Explorers: Make a natural lip balm
Let your little try their hand at making a lipbalm at the Horniman Museum. It’s the perfect activity to combine a little learning with a project you can take away take.
11am – 12 pm / 1.15 – 2.15 pm / 3pm – 4pm | Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ | horniman.ac.uk
Tuesday 17 February
Nature Explorers: Winter Art
Get your littles outside in Hyde Park for a day of outdoors games. Armed with magnifying glasses, children can explore the wintery goodness of Hyde Park, and have the opportunity to create habitats for mini-beasts that live in the park. A good day of muddy fun!
10am – 3 pm | Isis Education Centre, Hyde Park, W2 2UH | supporttheroyalparks.org
Vintage cars at Brooklands
Let your little experience the need for speed and and race around Brooklands famous track in a vintage-style car. Bertie the Brooklands Bear will be making a guest appearance, so watch out for him as you speed up Test Hill! Get your vintage goggles on, it’s going to be a windy one!
11am – 1pm & 2 – 3.30pm | Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, KT13 0QN | brooklandsmuseum.com
Wednesday 18 February
A Tourist’s Guide to Victorian Tourism
Travel back to Victoriana with the Ragged School Museum and learn about how tourists enjoyed London way back when – from penny farthing rides in Hyde Park to the opening of the zoological gardens. Fun for all the family!
46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR | raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk
Thursday 19 February
Get icing with Biscuiteers
Help the brilliant Biscuiteers celebrate their own-going partnership with Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital with one of their icing parties. Book your little in for an hour of biscuit icing, animal face painting and story telling – it’s the best fun you can have on a Thursday!
2 – 5pm | 194 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EW / 13 Northcote Road, SW11 1NG | biscuiteers.com
Friday 20 February
It’s…Shaun the Sheep!
Try your hand at model making with the help of Aardman’s expert model-makers – make your own Shaun the Sheep! Our favourite little sheep is just too cute to ignore, wouldn’t you agree? Trot on down to Debenhams Oxford Street where model making is taking place – the most fun you’ll have all week!
11am, 1pm and 3pm | Debenhams Oxford Street, W1C 1JG
Things to do all week…
Grave Robbing at the London Dungeon
Take a spooky trip back to 1840s London with the London Dungeon and glimpse into the murky world of grave robbing way back when. But remember, crime doesn’t pay… watch your backs!
18 February – 24February | The London Dungeon, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB | thedungeons.com
Discover London’s children book swap
Reading is the key to life, so get half term going with a book swap event near you. There are plenty going on all across London – visit the Discover website LINK to find out where the nearest book swap is to you. #LDNChildrensBkSwap
On all week | London-wide locations | discover.org.uk
Roald Dahl picture book week
The Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford is holding a whole week of Roald Dahl fun. Explore the best-loved children’s author’s best work with a variety of events that range from storytime to craft workshops, to illustrator visits. There’s something for every Roald Dahl fan, and more.
14 – 22 February, Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am – 5pm | Discover, High Street, Stratford, E15 4QZ | discover.org.uk
Bricks in the Sky
Take a look at your favourite landmarks from another point of view – this time, they’re all made out of LEGO®! Enjoy a beautiful view across London from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and check out all the LEGO miniatures – from the iconic London bus to Big Ben and The 02. Get your littles involved with the stash of bricks on hand to play with and see what they can build!
15 – 22 February | ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Park, E20 2AD | arcelormittalorbit.com
Shadow puppet cinema at the London Transport Museum
Help your littles understand how cinema came to be at the London transport museum. Their shadow puppet cinema is on all week and is perfect for budding directors!
16 – 20 February | 11.30am & 2.30pm | London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB | ltmuseum.co.uk
Things to do out of London…
Half term needn’t be time to stay in town, so venture outside the capital and take in the best of the National Trust. It is, after all, the best in beauty nationwide. We love it, and we bet you do too.
There’s plenty to poke around at the beautiful Fountains Abbey, from the huge ruins of the medieval abbey to the beauty of the water garden and trees and trials in the deer park. You too can be a bird detective – see how many species you can spot from the bird hide. Just make sure your write them down and take pictures so you canshow your friends!
14-22 February, 10am – 4pm | Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire | nationaltrust.org.uk
Wild animal tracking
Foxes and badgers and deer, oh my! All of these animals live in Sheringham Park but it’s sometimes hard to find them. Take your little on an adventure to see how many them can spot.
17-18 February, 10.30 – 12.30 pm | Sheringham Park, Norfolk | nationaltrust.org.uk
Future Camp: woodland survival
Go on your very own survival adventure at Tyntesfield, where you and your littles will learn how to build the perfect den, and create your own survival suit. Perfect for a west country day out!
16 & 18 February, 10am – 12.30pm & 1pm – 3.30pm | Tyntesfield, Bristol | nationaltrust.org.uk
50 Things Challenge at Belton House
Try and complete as many of the National Trust’s 50 things (link) challenge as possible at the beautiful Belton House. Have a wander around the gardens, and help your littles tick off as many of the big 50 as possible. They’ll be in their element!
20 February, 12pm – 3pm | Belton House , Grantham, Lincolnshire | nationaltrust.org.uk
Shrovetide Fun: half term trail
Celebrate Shrovetide at Bodiam Castle, as the beautiful spiral staircases and battlements creak on back to life after the winter holidays. Bring your littles in to help out in the kitchen, or have a game of football in the castle grounds.
14 – 22 February, 11am – 4pm | Bodiam Castle, East Sussex | national trust.org.uk