A round up of the best family days out and things to do in half term when the school gates close.
There are two words that tend to spark fear and terror into lives of busy parents: half term. A week of no school, excitable children and pressure to cram as many activities and play dates into 10 days as humanly possible. To help you come up with some creative ideas to keep you and your little ones occupied this half term, we round up the best family days out and things to do in London.
Here’s what to look out for…
Literature’s Young Rebels at The British Library
Being a rebel isn’t always a bad thing. Anyone can be a rebel, whether standing up for their beliefs, saving the planet or battling against the odds. The British Library is encouraging your little ones to learn about characters like Pippi Longstocking and Princess Pearl, who break rules and defy conventions to make the world a better place.
When: Now until Sunday 1st March
Where: The British Library, London
Hicce Junior Chefs
Get your kids cooking this half term. A great way to encourage creativity while promoting healthy eating and the importance of nutrition, hicce is letting the little ones loose in the kitchen this half term. Your kids will create their own healthy, nutritional lunch from the best restaurant ingredients plus get hicce’s homemade, sugar-free soft drink in support of Fizz Free February.
When: Tuesday 18th, Thursday 20th, Tuesday 25th, Thursday 27th February
Where: Hicce restaurant, Coal Drops Yard, London
Come rain or shine, this play activity is open to children of all ages (they must be accompanied by a grown-up, though). This play hub is run by experienced playworkers and is always free of charge. Just bring your imagination! The group usually meets in the Crossing in the winter, but do follow @playkx on Instagram for daily updates on what, where and when.
When: Every Friday and Sunday 11am-5pm
Where: King’s Cross, The Crossing
Half Term at Hamleys
There’s set to be Non-Stop Fun at Hamleys this February half term, with a bunch of activities planned throughout the week to keep you and your kids busy. Across the week Hamleys will play host to a number of special pop-ups and experiences over the iconic toy store’s seven floors. Showcasing a huge range of family favourites from a Frozen 2 Castle and Hot Wheels Loop Competition to a Barbie ‘You Can Do Anything’ Photobooth and Harry Potter Sorting Hat Ceremony. There are plenty of opportunities to take home a slice of Hamleys magic.
Meet-and-greets at Hamleys
There will also be a series of meet-and-greets with some of your little one’s most loved TV characters patrolling the shop floor.
- Monday 17th February – Peppa Pig
- Tuesday 18th February – Gekko, Catboy and Owlette from PJ Masks
- Wednesday 19th and 20th February – Freya and Ralph from Sylvanian Families
- Friday 21st February – Chase from Paw Patrol
For a full timetable of activities head to hamleys.com/explore.
Lightopia at Chiswick House and Gardens
Lightopia is making its London debut this February at heading over to Chiswick House and Gardens until 1st March. For half term, kids can go free – as long as they are accompanied by an adult – if you book you tickets on Eventbrite using the code KIDSFREE.
The event features acrobats, musicians, 3D projection busting from the walls of Chiswick House and 47 groups of hand made, silk light installations, including the Tree of Light centrepiece, a stunning, 18m peacock which synchronises with music, as light pulses through its wings in time with the beat. And a breathtaking field of 70,000 individual roses, flickering and blazing across an expanse of land, among many more.
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