February Half-Term

There are lots of exciting events and exhibitions for visitors to South Kensington during February half-term including interactive theatre, music workshops, visit Christopher Robin's playroom and create your own den at the V&A, experience discovery days in Hyde Park, climb aboard the International Space Station at the Science Museum and explore real specimens at the Natural History Museum.

Circque du Soleil - Ovo

7 Jan - 4 Mar
3pm, 3.30pm, 7.30pm, 8pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Cirque du Soleil returns to the iconic Royal Albert Hall in 2018 with its never before seen in the UK show, OVO! A colourful carnival of crazy crickets, amazing ants and flexible fleas, Rush headlong into an ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and love.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
Natural History Museum
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

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Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives

On until Spring 2018
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Science Museum
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This new exhibition explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the superbugs.

Venom: Killer and Cure

On until 13th May 2018
Natural History Museum
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Venom will take visitors on a journey through the eyes of both predator and prey, exploring the effects caused by venomous attacks and the attempt to scientifically measure the power that venom holds.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
Natural History Museum
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic

9th Dec 2017 - 8th April 2018
V&A
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This multi-sensory and playful exhibition explores the magical world of Winnie-the-Pooh - one of the most adored fictional characters of all time. Includes sketches, proofs, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On until 28th May 2018
Natural History Museum
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The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.

Storytelling and Music Sessions

9th Jan - 22nd March
10am, 11am, 12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers deliver a series of sessions for babies and toddlers, aiming to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories.

Free

Pop-up Performance: Winnie-the-Pooh

6th Jan - 24th Mar
11am, 1pm, 3pm
V&A
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Celebrate the opening of the new Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition this Winter with free performance activities for all the family, including early years on Saturdays.

T(h)inker Club 9-12

13th Jan, 10th Feb, 10th March
2.30pm
Institut français
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Create your own design and devise your own machine by using soft circuits (electronics and paper), e-textile and recycled materials. This is the perfect workshop for little inventors to experiment with sciences, technology, design, arts & crafts.

Le Booktube Club 8+

20th Jan, 10th Feb, 17th March
11am
Institut français
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Join the vibrant BookTube community! Have a shot at live blogging and put together filmed book reviews. Bring your favourite novel (20th Jan), comic book (10th Feb) or mystery story (17th March) and have a go.

Kids Tales 3-6

27th Jan, 10th Feb, 17th March
11am
Institut français
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These interactive Kids sessions will bring a touch of magic to your Saturday mornings. Fun, educational and exciting discoveries ahead in Power to the Imagination (27th Jan), Gluttony (10th Feb) and Like Two Peas in a Pod (17th March).

Free

Digital Kids: February Half-Term

Sat 10th - Sun 18th Feb
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Create a photographic family portrait to take away with you in the style of E.H Shepard’s illustrations in celebration of the V&A's first family exhibition, Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

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The Imagination Station: February Half-Term

Sat 10th - Sun 18th Feb
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Burrow into a rabbit’s hole, build a house of sticks or climb inside your own den. In the same room, curl up with a classic story, or have an imaginary tea party with your friends and family to celebrate the Museum’s first family exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

The School of Life

10th, 11th, 24th Feb
Various
Institut français
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This film, in French with English subtitles, follows the adventures of a young boy freed from an orphanage to live on a vast estate in Sologne, exploring the forest and its secrets. Certified U.

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Pop-Up Performance: February Half-Term

Sat 10th - Sun 18th Feb
11am, 1pm, 3pm
V&A
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Step inside Christopher Robin's playroom and help create an imagined world where toys come to life and stories unfold. Written and directed by Jo Girdlestone to celebrate the Museum’s first family exhibition Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.

RCM Sparks Ignite and Explorers: Windy Mindy

11th Feb
10.30am
Royal College of Music
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Join RCM musicians and members of the Royal Albert Hall's resident ensemble Albert's Band for half-term musical fun taking inspiration from David Walliams' Windy Mindy from The World's Worst Children. All instrumentalists welcome - ages 6-12.

Tales from the Shed

12th and 13th Feb
11am, 1.15pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Tales from the Shed are vibrant, interactive theatre shows for young children presented by inspirational theatre company Chickenshed. Children are always encouraged to make a lot of noise and to make the story happen!

Nature Explorers - Winter Art

Tues 13th Feb
10am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop your 8 - 11 year old off at the Discovery Centre in the heart of Hyde Park for a day of activities, taking inspiration from the great outdoors! Guided by an expert education team, activities include exploring the park and sculpting a clay habitat to take home.

Discovery Day - Brilliant Birds

14th and 15th Feb
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in to the Hyde Park Discovery Centre any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of exciting activities including making a bird feeder, following the bird Discovery trail and painting or crafting a bird picture.

Nick Cope's Family Songbook

14th Feb
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Monkeys, bears, socks and mud – this man sings about everything children are really interested in! Bringing his own brand of acoustic folk-rock to the world of children’s music, Nick Cope creates interactive concerts for families, schools and festivals all over the UK. Ages 0-8.

Tongue Fu for Kids

15th Feb
11am, 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Tongue Fu for Kids is a brand new show from the acclaimed Tongue Fu team. Created for children aged 7 to 11 and their grown ups, it is jam-packed with wordplay, improv, participation and musical wizardry from poets, storytellers, rappers and the amazing Tongue Fu band.

Albert's Band Presents: When I Grow Up

16th Feb
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach ensemble, Albert’s Band, for their regular half-term family concerts in the Hall’s Elgar Room. This fun programme of music will explore what we want to be when we grow up!

Investigate for Families

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.

V&A Secret Seekers

V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.

Pattern Pod

Daily
Science Museum
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
Science Museum
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With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
Science Museum
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As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.

Kensington Palace - family activities

Daily
Kensington Palace
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There's lots for families to see and do especially in the holidays, as well as enjoying a family-friendly café and shop. Kids go free!

Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery

Daily
Science Museum
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Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.

Engineer your future

Extended to continue in 2018
Science Museum
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.