Looking for ideas on what's on for kids this half term? We've got plenty of fun family day's out and kids activities from the Imagine Festival at Southbank to swing dancing at Bleinheim Palace. There's something to keep everyone busy this half term!
The wonderful children's festival is back this February with heaps and heaps of activities, workshops, shows and performances. Book now for Cressida Cowell's Creating Magical Ideas panel which will surely sell out quickly. We also LOVE the sound of Top Marks for Murder where children can create and solve a mystery of their own with Robin Stevens! We recently had a little sit down with Robin Stevens at the Start of the World Book Day Share a Million Stories Campaign. You can read the interview here!
This new tour uses music as a key to unlock the extraordinary stories behind some of the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s most stunning works. From the Baroque painting of the patron saint of music, St Cecilia at her organ, to Gainsborough’s ‘Linley Sisters’ which unveils a narrative a far cry away from the perfection of the socialites’ double portrait. Taking in Dutch interior scenes on the way, this tour will be a delightful exploration of the gallery’s finest gems.
February 15, 10am–12pm. £40 per child. Ages 6+.
A magical musical adventure of Chopin waltzes, dancing dragonflies and one very sleepy tortoise. Meet chattering streams, leap about with feathery chicks and help the springtime sun to shine in this playful storytelling concert for children. This multi-sensory performance interweaves Chopin’s piano music with a specially-commissioned story from Kate Wakeling. For children aged 0–5 and their families.
15, 16, 22 and 23 February at Kings Place. 19–20 February at Southbank Centre (part of Imagine Festival).
As the world celebrates his 250th birthday in 2020, let the London Philharmonic Orchestra introduce your family to one of the most brilliant composers in the history of music – Ludwig van Beethoven. Hear some of his most famous orchestral pieces, and discover the real man behind the music. Why was he so grumpy? Why did he rarely have a bath? And most importantly, why should you never serve him stew? Inspired by the book of the same name by cellist Steven Isserlis.
Sunday, 16th February. 12pm. Ages 6+.
Children can become zoo vets this February half-term - at the Animal Hospital, an award-winning role-playing experience for budding veterinarians. Report for duty at the hospital’s reception, pop on your white coat and pick up your schedule! Kids will help experts examine, x-ray and carry out treatments on toys – from microchipping meerkats to removing plastic from the tummy of a sea turtle.
ARTS & CRAFTS:
Get inspired by the exhibitions at the RA and get crafting yourself! See examples of how artists and designers are responding to our climate crises and become an Eco-Visionary yourself! Children can work in a group to make a giant map of the world out of old clothes and to learn sustainable ways of upcycling clothes. Suitable for ages 7+.
Or illustrate a pop-up book in a drop-in workshop all about inventing with paper like Picasso! Using his theatre sets as inspiration, create a miniature stage set using cut-out and collage techniques like the artworks in Picasso and Paper. Recommended for all ages.
Mend your old clothes 18 Feb and Family Studio: Paper Pushers 21 Feb.
Sign up for a fun and creative session where you can create a bag full of bears from Fimo clay! The workshop is fully supervised and non-messy! Recommended for ages 6+.
Friday 21 February.
Travel back in time to the 1920’s this half term! Blenheim Palace is inviting bright young things to enjoy a half term full of crafts, dancing and themed games as part of the new Let’s Misbehave: Blenheim Palace in the 1920’s exhibition. There will be characters Swing Dancing in the Palace Long Library and Saloon, plus the opportunity for visitors to learn the Charleston and steps from popular swing dances. Plus families can get involved in the Gossip Hunt in the Great Courtyard, a great game of Refusal in the Great Hall and listen to Live Jazz in the Water Terraces. For Feb Half Term only, children can make their own headdresses in the Indian Room, as well.
Exhibition runs from 15 February–13 April.
Family Half Term Activities are on 15–23 February.