February Half Term

Get creative this February Half Term! We have some fantastic drop-in, pop-up, workshops and events happening from 15th-23rd February. Have a look at the various activities you and your kids could do, there's something for everyone.

Free

Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security

On until 23rd Feb
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Discover the remarkable world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications in our upcoming must-see, free exhibition. Explore over a century’s worth of communications intelligence through hand-written documents, declassified files and previously unseen artefacts.

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Driverless: Who is in control?

12th Jun 2019 - Oct 2020
10.00–18.00
Science Museum
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For decades, autonomous vehicles have been heralded as a new technology that could change the way we live our lives. Driverless: Who is in control? opening on 12 June 2019 at the Science Museum will explore how close we are to living in a world driven by thinking machines.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

18th Oct 2019 - 31st May 2020
Natural History Museum
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The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.

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Investigate for Families

Daily
Mon-Fri 4pm-5:15pm; Schools hols 10:30-4:30pm
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.

Treat Your Teddy

Every Saturday & Sunday
11:15-11:35am
Science Museum
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Has your bear got a bruise? Does teddy have a temperature? Have a go at becoming a Teddy bear doctor here at the Science Museum.

Ciné Kids

Various
Institut français
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Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.

Designing Duggee

15 - 23rd Feb
All day
Design Museum Kensington
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Dive into the design process behind this colourful CBeebies animated series through a friendly and accessible display.

Kensington Palace Half Term Family Activities

15th - 23rd Feb
Kensington Palace
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Celebrate LGBTQ+ history month this half term with family activities at Kensington Palace. Discover what life was like at the Georgian court. Create your own costume ready for a court party and find out about the life of the royal favourite and head courtier, Lord Hervey.

Chill & Play Rug: Feb Half Term

16th - 21st Feb
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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Relax on the green rug, play with sensory toys or enjoy reading time with your family and friends. Recommended for families with younger children or those who need quiet time. Inspired by the Cars: Accelerating the Modern World exhibition.

The Imagination Station & Digital Kids

16th - 21st Feb
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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How might we get around in the future? Work with engineers in this multi-dimensional activity to design new ways to travel. Inspired by the V&A exhibition Cars: Accelerating the Modern World. Designed in collaboration with Arup.

February Half Term: Martian Garden

17 - 21st February
1 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Create a life size Martian garden and design space food packaging influenced by the Moving to Mars exhibition. Using paper, recycled containers and cardboard, join this collaborative make and build activity. Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Pop-Up Performance: Feb Half Term

17th - 22nd Feb
11am, 1pm, 3pm
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Take part in free activities during half-term inspired by Cars: Accelerating the Modern World Exhibition. Spoken word and images in motion as you journey to the future. Duration: 40 minutes

Make-it: Mobility

17th - 21st Feb
10.30am & 2.30pm
V&A
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Work with Ross Atkin Associates to build your own app-controlled vehicles that explore the future of mobility. There are two workshops available per day. Workshop one 10.30-12.30. Workshop two 14.30-16.30. Recommended for ages 5 - 12.

Comedy Kids Club

22nd Feb
2-3.30pm
Leighton House Museum
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Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children (aged 6+) and their families… but without the rude bits!

Outdoors

Bushcraft Skills: Campfire building

22nd February
10am - 1pm
Hyde Park
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Gather round an open fire this winter and meet like minded survivors. You'll learn how to find the right materials to build your fire and how to light it without matches.

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Design

Winter Sunday Create and Make: Puppetry

26th Jan, 23rd Feb & 29th March
11am - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Make your own puppet inspired by Walter Van Beirendonck’s puppet costumes for ‘The Magic Flute’, currently showing in the Beazley Designs Of the Year exhibition. Learn how to design, thinking about movements for your puppet, using colourful paper, recycled containers, string and tape.

Space Descent Virtual Reality with Tim Peake

Daily
4:20; 4:40; 5:00
Science Museum
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Tim Peake is your guide for an out-of-this-world virtual reality mission that puts you in the pilot’s seat of a Soyuz capsule. As the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station.

Kids

Heartbeat Heroes

Dates vary
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Get your blood pumping in this fun, family-friendly workshop where you can make your very own working stethoscope and put it to the test.

Kids

Curious Cures

Dates vary
1:30-2pm; 3-3:30pm
Science Museum
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Discover more about some of the curious and creepy cures used to keep us healthy in days gone by. This interactive science show will delight and disgust the whole family!

Wonderlab: The Equinor 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.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Family Trails

Available every day
Kensington Palace
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Pick up a family trail activity from the trail stand in White Court for a fun way to spend the day at Kensington Palace with children aged 5-11 years.

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Destination Space Family Show

Dates and times vary
Science Museum
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Help to explode some rocket-fuelled bubbles, melt some marshmallows, and learn all about the challenges of space in this free interactive family show. This show is suitable for children aged 5 and above.

Explore the Galleries

Natural History Museum
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From dinosaurs to mammals, explore the amazing diversity of life on Earth. Follow our planet's evolution and walk beneath a 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton. Take a journey through our spectacular Earth sculpture and find out about the tremendous forces that shape our planet. See scientists at work in the Darwin Centre and enjoy the tranquil habitats of our Wildlife Garden.

Self-Led
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Explorer Trail

Daily
Design Museum Kensington
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The trail will include creative looking, thinking and drawing activities as you explore the museum and exhibitions. The trail asks the user to consider what it's like to be a designer, maker and user of some of the wonderful objects in the collection. Takes 30 - 40 minutes.

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Dinosaur Trail

Daily
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Are you big on museums, but short on time? NHM's knowledgeable visitor assistants have designed just the dinosaurs tour for you. It will introduce you to some of the Museum's most famous and imposing specimens. One hour

Behind the Scenes spirit tour

Daily
Natural History Museum
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Join expert science educators for a behind the scenes look at the Museum's fascinating zoology spirit collection.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
10am-6pm
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.

Free
Tours

Exploring Space Gallery Tour

Daily
10am-6pm
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Discover space firsts such as Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin and the work of Sergei Koralev. Delve into an amazing history, bringing to life objects from our Exploring Space gallery.

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Flight

Daily
10am-6pm
Science Museum
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From mankind's earliest dreams of flight to the wide-body aeroplanes of today, discover the absorbing story of flight.

Typhoon Force

Daily
Last ride 5pm
Science Museum
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

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Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

Daily
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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Designers in Residence Showcase

25 Jan-10 May
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore the finished projects of emerging designers in a collective showcase of diverse subjects such as fat as a valuable resource for the future, rethinking the use of salt as building material and the 'wonder material' graphene.

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Design Ventura 2019

14 Feb-30 April
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the top ten product ideas created by students aged 13-16 for the Design Museum’s national schools’ competition, Design Ventura.

Kites of Positivity

23 February
1 - 4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Design, make and fly your own paper kite with bold colours, patterns and a positive climate message for all to see.

What's On Kids & Families

Until 22nd April
Institut français
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There is something for everyone at the Institut Français over the summer. From workshops for creative photography, science and design, to game labs, art clubs and animated film. And much, much!

Storytelling & Music Sessions for 0-4 year olds

Until 30th April
10am, 11am, 12pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Seasoned storytellers Paul Rubinstein and Samantha Sutherland 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.

Backpacks

Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors. Our award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years. For under 5s, go on an adventure to find animals, explore sounds and textures on level 0 with the Agent Animal bag.

Beazley Designs of the Year

On until 31st March
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

La Petite Fabrique de Nuages

8th Feb; 14 & 28 Mar
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Seen from below or seen from above, the sky is always the scene of extraordinary shows. Five poetic short films to set out to conquer the sky.

Board Game Sessions

22 Feb; 21 Mar
2:30pm
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Board games are a fun and inclusive way of socialising with friends and new people alike. Come along to play to your all-time favourite or master the rules of lessknown games, you’ll inevitably find a game that suits you!

Kids

La Reine Des Neighes II

22 Feb
2pm
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Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.

Creative

Art & T(h)inker Club 8-12

6 Feb-26 Mar
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Explore art history and get your paint brushes ready with these hands-on workshops. Or workshops for little inventors to experiment with science, technology, art & crafts.

Free
Kids

Game Lab: Video Games & Apps 6-12

15 Feb; 14 Mar
2.30pm
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Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. Expect new games and a new console!

Kids

La Ronde des couleurs

15, 23, 29 Feb
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Over the seasons, on the animals’ coats, or even in a box of pencils, colours are everywhere! Even music has its own colours! A programme of short films that will introduce the youngest to a colourful and variegated universe.

Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room Reimagined

On until 3rd May
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This immersive installation by contemporary artist Darren Waterston presents a detailed and decadent interpretation of James Abbott McNeill Whistler's famed Peacock Room, a sumptuous 19th-century interior.

Spies in Disguise

9th & 16th Feb, 14th Mar
11am (Feb), 2pm (Mar)
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When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. The screening on 14 March will be followed by a facepainting workshop at 4pm

Digital Missions

Daily
Kensington Palace
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Download the free Time Explorers app and try the new Digital Mission at Kensington Palace for children and their families. Meet characters from history, learn about life at the palace, do challenges and win badges!