February half-term doesn't have to be expensive and that's why we've rounded up our top free picks of entertainment and family fun! Whether you're looking for museums, arts and crafts, outdoor adventures or interactive activities, Kidadl has got you covered! We only wish that there were more days in the half-term!
1. Get crafty with The Kids’ Table at Boxpark Wembley
At Boxpark Wembley, a pop-up mall bringing together street food and fashion, let The Kids' Table entertain the little ones while you tuck into delicious food from around the world. There will be arts and crafts, games and face-painting on offer to keep the kids entertained letting you enjoy some adult time while your little ones have fun. Get crafting!
2. Get exploring at Squish Space at the Barbican
Developed by India Harvey and Lisa Marie Bengtsson together with Barbican Guildhard Creative Learning, Squish Space provides a safe environment for babies and young children to discover and play with different textures and materials. This sensory adventure provides your littlest humans with the freedom to learn, create and explore, all while connecting with others through construction play!
3. Browse Spitalfields Market
Soak up the sights, smells and tastes of Spitalfields Market, and enjoy browsing everything on offer, including fashion, antiques, food - and music! Whether you’re a keen Londoner or not, strolling around the streets of the East End with your family is always exciting - with so much to spot and so much rich culture on offer, it’s bound to be an exciting day for all.
4. Head to Unicorn Theatre: Save the Bees
Unicorn Theatre are hosting Save The Bees arts and crafts sessions to teach the kids (and remind the adults) why bees are so important. Get creative and make your own little buzzing bee while you learn about the huge difference they make to our food chain and why we would go hungry without them.
5. Go on an adventure at Coram’s Fields
Unique, family orientated and fun. Designed by kids for kids, Coram's Fields is one of the only parks in London that aims to include every age. Created to honour the memory of the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, this park has an incredible history that will draw in the kids as much as the grown-ups too. Don’t forget the picnic!
6. Learn with Water: From Source to Tap
Whether your child is a budding civil engineer or just very curious, they’re bound to love this exhibition at the Institute of Civil Engineers. Water: From Source to Tap is a brilliant behind-the-scenes look at our water supply and the hidden heroes who fight blockages, flooding and save lives by providing us with clean water every day. This exhibition is great for kids, there are plenty of hands-on activities, high-tech simulations and games to keep them entertained as you make your way around the displays!
7. Witness Year 3 at The Tate Britain
Year 3 is a brilliant exhibition at the Tate Britain which aims to provide a hopeful portrait of the generation to come. Turner Prize and Oscar winner Steve McQueen is behind the artwork, he invited every Year 3 class in London to have their picture taken in a traditional school portrait to try and capture such a crucial year in these children’s lives. Take your kids along and introduce them to art in an interesting and accessible way!
8. Be mesmerised by the Light Festival at Battersea Power Station
One of London’s best Winter Lights Festivals is back and better than ever! The award winning installations are returning to Canary Wharf for the sixth year, with over 25 displays to light up the dark January nights. The spectacle will showcase light art in an incredibly innovative and interactive way. Wrap up warm and go and explore with your family!
9. Wander around the V&A Museum
If you think you have done all the child-friendly museums in London then think again! The V&A is full of fun and interactive collections and beautiful spaces, inside and out and slap bang in 'museum mile' with the Science Museum and Natural History Museum right on the doorstep.
10. Explore the Barbican Children’s Library
Whether your little ones are avid bookworms or simply enjoy bedtime stories, ignite their love of tales and fables at London’s best children’s library. With so many activities to take part in, it's more than just a library. Get involved with Rhyme Time, messy play, soft play, craft activities, reading clubs, code clubs and film clubs!
11. Take a Brilliant City Walk to The Tate Modern
Looking for a way to explore the city on foot? Our friends at Go Jauntly have given us some inspirational walking routes to get you out and about! We love the city walk to the Tate Modern, it's a great way to take in some of London's best sights and an easy route for the whole family!
12. Roam free at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Head over to the heart of East London and enjoy the great outdoors at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - the home to London’s 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Zigzag through the water fountains, climb the ArcelorMittal Orbit and soar down the world’s tallest tunnel slide. With arts and nature trails, kids can explore the 560 acres of parkland. Plus, the long flat paths are perfect to scoot or bike along, so bring your wheels!
13. Delve into art at the National Portrait Gallery
Calling all art lovers! For some of the UK’s best portraiture, take your budding painters to the National Portrait Gallery for endless inspiration. There are drop in sessions where kids can find out about animation, painting and drawing or pick up free resources from the Family Activity Base and explore the Gallery together.
14. Get creative at the Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
From poetry and sculpture exhibitions to playing dress up and making your own watercolours, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum has an ever-changing calendar of events and is a gem for mini artists and creatives.
15. Stroll along Brighton Beach
What half-term holiday would be complete without a trip to the beach? Step foot on the pebble paradise that is Brighton Beach - perfect for a day of family paddling! Stroll along the bustling pier, hit the playgrounds, cycle along the promenade, dart around in the dodgems and revel in all the seaside fun.
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