London’s February Half-term Guide

Feb 11, 2016 by

 

STEM Activities London Half Term:

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Festival of Imagination Festival, Chats Palace, Hackney:  The Festival of Imagination will be taking place over Chats Palace where workshops on Stop Frame Animation will be offered. School of Noise will be running music workshops; there will be workshops on Scratch, Raspberry Pi; children can build a space rocket with Okido …. check it out, this is an amazing festival.  Friday 13th – Sunday 14th.

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RIBA, Half-term architecture workshops:  For children ages 6-10.  Design Quest, Demolition Derby, create your own city and knock it down again; design a building that will float; build a mini tree house with balsa wood,;use engineering techniques to create a storytelling pop up artwork … ages 6-10, £35, 11am-4pm.

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Royal Institution, Family Fun Day: How to Survive in Space: Drop in sessions between 11am and 4pm Sunday 21st .  Ages 6+, £12 adults, £6 for children, under 3s free.

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Isis Education Centre: take the kids to The Lookout in Hyde Park for Nature Explorers Winter Art activity day or drop-in for Brilliant Birds activities.

Holland Park Ecology Centre: Head over to beautiful Holland Park and book the kids into a wide variety of workshops where they can investigate animal tracks, identify birds, learn about animal homes, make a wormery and more.

Chelsea Physic Gardens Family Activity Days: bring the kids for Chocolate Tuesday, Gardening for Beginners or Potions and Poisons, a Shakespearean herbology session.

Fun for the Whole Family:

160210-21_cbr_matilda_the_musical_photo_by_manuel_harlanImagine Festival Southbank: be sure to head over to Southbank for a celebration of Roald Dahl’s birth through theatre, singing, workshops, storytelling, music … all kinds of wonderful, interactive workshops and events to excite young and old alike.  Wednesday 10th – Sunday 21st February

 

Museums and Art Workshops 

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Two Temple Place:  Explore the new Egyptian exhibit, Beyond Beauty: Transforming the Body in Ancient Egypt through a variety of drop-in craft sessions.  Make canonic jars, pharaoh masks, mummy cats and amulets or sew an Eye of Horus!  Booking essential.

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House of Illustration – City Future, City Past: How might your city look in the future?  Experiment with drawing and collage to create changing landscapes through time.  Working with archive images and imagination, kids will build lenticular images to see two side of the picture – the future and the past.  Ages 5+, £7.70 adults, £4.40 kids.

Saatchi Gallery half term: Monday 15th, Paperchain Theatre is holding an art and drama workshops for children ages 6-11, £12.  Older children can take part in a relief sculptures workshops (£15, ages 12-16, 1-4pm, Saturday 16th February) or mixed media workshop (ages 11+, Wednesday 17th, 11am-1:30pm, free).

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Royal Museums Greenwich Half Term: Head over to the Cutty Sark for loads of pirate fun (adults £12.10, kids £6.30) go to the Planetarium for an inspiring journey through the heavens (£7.50 adults, £5.50 kids).  The National Maritime Museum will have painting, storytelling, boat making and more.

British Museum Half Term Activity – Teeth, Scales and Tales of the Animal Gods: Head to Bloomsbury and make a clay creatures, listen to animal myths, or make mythical animal crafts.  Monday – Friday 11am-4pm.

Ragged School Museum: Creative Canal Culture half term activities.  Come and learn the very important role the canal played in the loves of Londoners.  Make your own barge, paint in narrowboat style, face painting and more.  Free, drop-in, all ages, 10am-5pm, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th.

Foundling Museum: Led by artist Isobel manning, explore tokens left by mothers when their babies were admitted to the Foundling Hospital; create your own special token to share with a loved one and make a keepsake treasure box for safekeeping.   Tuesday 16th, ages 5+, various times throughout the day.  Activity free with adult admission, £8.25

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Bank of England, The Battle for Toad Hall A costumed storyteller will be bringing to life the classic stories from “The Wind in the Willows” …. Kenneth Grahame worked at the Bank for 30 years.  Monday 15th- Friday 19th, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 2,:00, 3:00 and 4:00pm.  Free, all ages, drop-in.

National Gallery: lots of workshops for under 5s, 5-12 year olds, and for all ages – messy play, make your own mini National Gallery and create your own sculptures.  Various dates and time throughout the holidays.

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National Theatre, Family Workshop: come and dive into Wonder.land with set design and costume making workshops.  Tickets £5 adults, £3 kids.

Geffrye Museum: bring the kids to make clay and beeswax candlesticks, sew bags, make a Tudor concertina townscape, pain porcelain and so much more.  Tuesday – Friday, all activities are free and drop-in, but many have limited spaces.

Wallace Collection: head over and make your very own 3D snake Monday 15th, 11am or book into a fabulous workshop where kids will take part in a workshop where they will decorate their very own suite of laser cut furniture for Friday 19th, £7, 2-4pm, ages 5+.

National Portrait Gallery: bring the kids to celebrate Vogue 100, where they can make paper fabirc, design miniature fashions, make accessories, a mini magazine and more.  Some activities age 3+ and others 5+.  Free, drop-in, Monday 15th – Friday 19th.

Museum of London: head over to The City and take part in a variety of events: Suffragettes, Vikings, firefighters, heroes of London.  Ages 5+, free, drop-in.

Music 

Royal Albert Hall: have a great time over at Royal Albert Hall with Nick Cope’s Family Songbook, Jazz for Kids, Cirque de Soleil workshop, Albert’s Band Presents Wild Wild West, Storytelling and Music for 0-4 year olds.  Great value and variety of events this half-term.

Mini Maestro Family Concert, St. Martin-In-The-Fields: Introduction to Opera – bring the kids to this child-centred vocal concert introducing children to opera.  Saturday 13th, 4:30pm, all ages, tickets from £8.50 adult, £6.50 kids.

Wimgore Hall, Fairies and Forests: Head over to Marylebone for this magical half-term family day for ages 5+.  Tickets £15 adults, £10 kids.

Groove Baby Presents: as party of the Imagine Children’s Festival, head to the Foyer Spaces and listen to the PSK Trio’s African Railway Project.  Friday 12th, 1-2pm, free, drop-in.

Philharmonia Orchestra: St. Valentines Day Gala with Saint-Saens, Mascagni, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Strauss and Bizet.  Tickets from £14, Sunday 14th, 3pm.

Mrs. H’s Singalong Extravaganza: enjoy the beguiling brand of family band entrainment Friday 19th Feburary, 11am and 1pm, The Clore Ballroom, free, drop-in.

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FUNharmonics Family Concert: Roald Dahl’s The BFG!  This much-loved story has been adapted for performance by Hattie Naylor and brought to life by Katherine Parkinson as Sophie.  Suitable for ages 2-5, Saturday 20th, 10:15am.  Tickets from £10.

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