Five fun events to brighten up a winter weekend with the kids
1. Bear & Butterfly
Bear and Caterpillar are the best friends, but what happens when Caterpillar stops munching and begins to look sick? This tale of love, loss and friendship is told through storytelling, puppetry and live music.
When: Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February, times vary
How much: £7 each
Where: Half Moon Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND
0207 709 8900
2. Dusty’s Puddle-Jumping Championships
News splash! Dusty the duck is back this half term with his puddle-jumping competition. Don your wellies and enjoy splashing about in the fresh air. It is free with admission, so be sure to do a bit of nature spotting in the grounds afterwards.
When: Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 February, 9.30am to 4.30pm
How much: Adults, from £11; children, from £6; under-fours go free
Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT
0208 409 4400
3. Wondrous Woodland’s Dad’s Day
This fun day down at Sydenham Hill Wood is especially for fathers and their little ones. Learn about the different trees, build dens together and gather around a campfire to toast marshmallows. Book in advance to avoid missing out!
When: Sunday 11 March, 11am to 4pm
How much: Free!
Where: Sydenham Hill Wood, Crescent Wood Road, Sydenham Hill, London SE26 6LS
0203 897 6151
4. Cirque Berserk!
Now in its fifth year, this jaw-dropping spectacular returns with more than 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, daredevil stuntmen and the hair-raising motorcycle act, Globe of Death.
When: Until Saturday 17 February, times vary
How much: Adults, from £15; children, from £7.50
Where: The Peacock, Portugal Street, Holborn, London WC2A 2HT
5. Bright Sparks
This humorous and visually exciting play explores the beauty of difference and how things are always better when people work together. Watch as two opposite characters get their wires crossed and their noodles in a muddle as they strive to find ways to work and play together.
When: Saturday 11 February, 1pm and 3pm
How much: £7 each
Where: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
0208 692 4446