10 things to do in London with the kids this half-term

Even though we live in the city, sometimes we run out of ideas. That’s why we’re here, to offer some inspiration ahead of the half-term break.



Head to Barnes to WWT London where Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships returns. Kids of all ages are positively encouraged to jump in puddles against each other in a variety of challenges to see who can complete the London Wetland Centre puddle jumping obstacle course.  The official competition will take place daily from 11.30am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm daily.

10 – 18 February

Barnes Station




Over in Brentford, you can take a T-shirt to Watermans and learn how to screen print. Children just need to bring an apron and be prepared to get a bit mucky!

15 February

Brentford or Kew Bridge Station



At the Natural History Museum you can have a taste of what it’s like to work behind the scenes by having a go yourself. Science Educators are on hand to help you look closely at real objects using the many tools provided. Bring your own questions, or use some of ours in this hands-on science space.

10 – 18 February

South Kensington tube



Have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a vet? Well, at ZSL London you can be a vet for a day. While you won’t be working on real animals, you will help experts examine, x-ray and carry out treatments on toys. There are also talks and activities throughout the week explaining everything the ZSL team does to keep the 18,000 residents in top condition.

10 -18 February

Camden Town, Baker Street or Regent’s Park tube





At the Science Museum you an discover how rockets fly by making your own rocket propelled mouse (not real live mouse!) Advertised for kids 7 years and under.

12 – 18 February

South Kensington tube



There’s a Teddy Bear Adventure Trail at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. The trail follows the exhibition in chronological order, providing creative activities and fun facts about the teddy bears featured in the collection, some of which date back 150 years.

10 -18 February

Ladbroke Road tube





At the Royal Albert Hall, Tongue Fu for Kids is jam packed with word play, improv, participation and musical wizardry. Delivered by poets, storytellers, rappers and the amazing Tongue Fu band, each show is unique and features stars of UK spoken word.

15 February

High Street Kensington tube




There’s a different themed activity every day at The Postal Museum  as well as an indoor play centre and mini train. Your kids can enjoy activities like arts and crafts, storytelling and meet characters from the past. All activities are available on a first come first serve basis. Kids aged 0-8 can discover an immersive mini-town with streets, buildings, trolleys, pulleys, slides and chutes, everything to keep the little ones happily occupied.


Farringdon, Russell Square, Kings Cross & Chancery Lane tube



For story fans, Richmond Theatre is a must-visit. Under the Sea, Out on the Farm and Into the Jungle are terrific tales woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: TiddlerMonkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe-tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed!

12 – 13 February

Richmond tube




And the weekend before the kids go back, celebrate in style at Westfield with a host of Chinese New Year workshops. Decorate fortune cookies, make charm bracelents, and even take part in some meditation for adults. Come on, it’s the end of half-term, you may need it.


15 – 18 February

Shepherds Bush tube