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What’s on in half term? – 16 to 24 February 2013

Posted by on Thursday, 14 February, 2013 in What's on at the weekend?

What’s on in half term? – 16 to 24 February 2013

It’s half term and there’s lots going on all over the Capital. Here’s our pick of the action: theatre, a literary festival, art trails, swapping books, a space journey and more…

Pied Piper, Little Angel Theatre, Islington, 15 to 17 February 2013

Norwich Puppet Theatre’s one person show is in residence this weekend at the Little Angel Theatre.  The show combines puppetry, live music and storytelling and is suitable for ages 3+.  Babies and children under 3 can attend the baby friendly performance on Sunday 17 February at 11am.  Tickets cost £10 for adults, £8 for concessions and children.  All tickets for the 5pm show on Friday cost £5. More details here.

Sensacional, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge, Tuesday 19 to Sunday 24 February 2013

Take your toddler along to the Unicorn Theatre in half term to participate in an interactive sound and light show. Performed on a white square, each child puts on a white suit and becomes part of a digital world of ladybirds, shapes, squiggles and squarks that won’t keep still, no matter how hard you try to catch them. Performances last approximately 30 minutes and are suitable for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years. There’s also a free toddler-zone activity with Tippee Toes  – expect music, dance, soft-play, baby yoga and more. Tickets cost £10 (includes 1 child and up to 2 free adults).

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, until 24 February 2013

We thought last year’s Imagine Children’s Festival was great (see review here).  This year’s Festival is all about the kids taking over. Southbank Centre will be transformed by children for children, as well as hosting the top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. There are over 100 events to choose from, many of which are free, with activities every day between 10.30am and 4pm. Some highlights for babies and younger children are: French Baby Tales (10.30am, Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February, free but ticketed); Dinosaur Petting Zoo (11am and 1pm, Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February, £10 adults / £5 children); Tiny Tots Sing (11am and 12pm, Thursday 21 February, free); Baby Opera – Korall Koral (Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 February, £8 for one adult and child); Magic Piano & The Chopin Shorts (11am and 1pm, Friday 22 February, £8 adults, £4 children). More details here.

East Wing X Family Festival, Somerset House, 10am to 4pm, Sunday 17 February 2013

Head to Somerset House on Sunday for a day of family activities. Take a family trail around the Courtauld Institute of Art, exploring the different ways artists use their materials. There is plenty to explore for children and adults alike, with activities and crafts for the kids so the adults can sit back, relax and enjoy the art. Admission is free of charge, but you can register by email in advance. Hourly trails will run every half an hour between 10am to 1.30pm or there is a larger workshop from 3pm until 4.30pm. More details here.

London Children’s Bookswap, venues across London including V&A Museum of Childhood, 11am to 3.30pm, Saturday 16 February, 2013

If you have a children’s book you’re tired of and want to swap it for something new, go along to the Museum of Childhood on Saturday for a day of book swapping and related activities. Free. More details here.

Alternatively, swap your books at the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford (11am to 5pm, Saturday 16 February), Royal Festival Hall (1pm to 4pm, Saturday 16 February), Barbican (10am to 2pm, Saturday 16 February) or the Polka Theatre Wimbledon (10am to 4pm, Saturday 16 February).

Journey to Space, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford, from 16 February 2013

Blast off with Discover’s new interactive exhibition for families, Journey to Space. Children and their families are given a vital mission to find missing astronaut Major Tom. Take off in the giant rocket to explore the planets, meet Robert the Robot and follow the trails to complete tasks and crack codes. Tickets cost £4.50, under 2s free. More details here.

Half term museum activities, various locations including:

New Wave Kids at the V&A Museum of Childhood, 10.30am to 4pm, 18 to 22 February, free.

Curious Collectors at the Natural History Museum, 11am to 4.30pm, 18 to 22 February, free.

Amazing China at the British Museum, 11am to 4pm, 18 to 22 February, free.

Finding the Way/Time Travellers at the London Transport Museum, 11am to 4pm, 18 to 22 February, included in Museum admission (free for Under 16s, £15 adults – ticket valid for one year).

Experience the Life of the Victorian Poor at the Ragged School Museum, 10am to 5pm, 20 and 21 February, free.

The Imagination Station at the V&A, 10.30am to 5pm, 16 to 24 February, free.


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