CHEAP (mostly free) things to do with the kids this half term (London)

It's half term in a few days so here are a few cheap and cheerful events that are taking place during the half term... 


·    Imagine Childrens Festival, Southbank Centre – Now in its eighteenth year, Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival notches up more than 180 events in 12 days – half of which are free. The 2019 line-up includes children’s theatre shows, a comedy club you can bring your baby to and art installations to poke around. On Feb 16, older kids can see three A-list authors – Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman and Chris Riddell – while little ones might like ‘Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass’, from Feb 19-23

Museums and galleries

·    London Transport Museum  – during the half term they’re hosting make and take events and storytelling sessions. Museum admission tickets are valid for 12 months. This gives you unlimited daytime entry to the Museum. Kids go free! Adult tickets are £17.50

·   Natural History Museum – pop in to see Andy’s clock (from the hit TV show Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures), visit the Life in the Dark exhibition (£11.50) or become scientists for the day at their drop-in Investigate for Families drop-ins (free).

·     Science Museum

·    V&A Museum – Families can enjoy free activities and events at the Museum every day. At weekends, join in with Pop-up Performances on Saturdays and making activities on Sundays.

·    Museum of Childhood – find daily free drop-in activities as well as the Paper Pirate Theatre Workshop (£7).

·    National Maritime Museum – head over to their free Rainbow Week where you can explore different themes and characters on different days: pirates, ships, mermaids and sailors!

·    Museum of London – explore the Romans during half term through free performances, storytelling and workshops

·    Bank of England Museum – A costumed actor will lead families round the museum on a free storytelling adventure. Then, let your imagination take flight and colour in a worksheet with a kite design of your choice or create your own during A Practically Perfect Adventure.

·    The British Museum – there are a long list of free events taking place during half term including an Egyptian photobooth, mosaic making workshops and manga comic workshops

·    Horniman Museum – you can find plenty to do at Horniman Museum including LEGO workshops and hands-on sessions (from free)

·      The Chocolate Museum – Come with your children to our special Half-Term Workshops! You can make chocolate bars, chocolate paintings or lollies and truffles while learning how to temper chocolate, shape ganache and fudge, and get creative with our special decorations. In the end, each participant will take a bag with their very own creations (£12)

Farms and Zoos

·    Battersea Park Zoo – make bird feeders on 19th Feb (£1) and make your own newspaper plant pots on 21st Feb (free)

·   Deen City Farm  – head down to the farm for pony rides (£2 a go) and animal handling (£2 per go)

·   Vauxhall City Farm – their half term activities include crafting session (£3), face painting (£3), a farm trail (£2) and a cuddle corner (£2)

·   Kentish Town City Farm  – here you’ll find donkey rides (£2) and pottery classes (£4 per child)

Ice Skating

·       Queensway Dine Skate Bowl  
·       Better Streatham

Stay & Play

If you’re still stumped for ideas head over to one of these stores for a stay-and-play... 
·       LEGO Store
·      Hamleys – you’ll find many kids things to do over the half term including LEGO character meet and greets, LEGO building workshops and Playmobil meet and greets.
·       Pets at Home – visit your local Pets at Home store for a fantastic My Pet Pals Super Small Furries workshop. Kids will receive an activity sheet, cool stickers, and they can meet our amazing animals… all for FREE! Check the HOOP App as there are pet feeding sessions too.

·       Boxpark Croydon – Bring your little ones along to enjoy Story Corner for free on Feb 18th To kick start our week of half term activity we've got musician, performer, composer and teller of stories George Hoyle. Across all of half term there will also be a kids table on site with an array of arty activities and a soft play area.


Kids eat free (or cheaper than adults) at many restaurants – find a list of them here 

Fun Fairs

Head over to the Travel and Entertainment section for more inspiration!

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