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February Half Term in South Kensington

Head over to South Ken during half term for a fun-filled week of events, workshops, exhibitions and films. From discovering the weird world of ASMR, delving into a design workshop, getting on hands-on at an animal show and so much more- there's definitely something to entertain their imagination and fire up their creativity!

Princess Diana Memorial Playground

Daily
During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
Kensington Gardens
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Explore and have a great adventure in the playground with a huge wooden pirate ship which is the centrepiece of the Diana, Princess of Wales' Memorial Playground.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
10am-6pm (last entry 5:15pm)
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.

Book your free entrance ticket to the Science Museum

Daily
10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Head to the Science Museum website to book your free admission tickets and explore their incredible galleries and exhibitions this summer.

The Wild Escape: Art Highlights Tour

5th Feb
Times vary
Natural History Museum
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Take a short, guided tour of the Images of Nature gallery and see some of the most treasured artworks and archive items. On the tour, guides will explore the stories behind each exhibit and discuss how big issues relating to biodiversity and the environment can be addressed through art.

Deep Sea 3D (PG)

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Science Museum
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Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure.

Boating on the Serpentine

April-31st Oct
12pm- 8pm (July & Aug), 7pm (Sept)
Hyde Park
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Head to the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen to hire a boat over the summer. Recognised as one of the most famous boating spots in London, Hyde Park is the perfect place to take in the scenery, enjoy an ice cream and float down the Serpentine in the middle of the park.

Create and Make At Home

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Design Museum Kensington
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Enjoy a family Create and Make workshop at home. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Colour, cut and build to create your own Design Museum exhibition. Bring the Design Museum to you by building your own furniture exhibition.

Make and Do at Home

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V&A
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Whether you're into knitting, coding, or crafting your own furniture, the V&A has got a creative project for you. These fun, free resources and tutorials are all inspired by their incredible collections – bringing you a range of DIY makes to try at home.

Who Am I?

Open Daily
Science Museum
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Explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits. Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal.

Imperial Lates: Drugs

9th Feb
6pm-9pm
Imperial College London
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Take a trip through the science of marvellous medicines, notorious narcotics, and everyday cravings at Imperial. From re-imaginings of the brain on psychedelics, to talks on science of microdosing, the Lates will bring together leading experts on drug design, development, use and abuse.

Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance

Opening 11th Feb 2023
10am-5:45pm
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The first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master Donatello, arguably the greatest sculptor of all time. Experience a fresh vision of the artist and his influence on subsequent generations.

Image credit: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 - Today

14 Oct - 19 Feb 2023
10 - 6pm (Sun - Thur) 10 - 9pm (Fri - Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century-spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. The exhibition brings together the best in surrealist design, from furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks.

Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination

6 Oct 2022 - 4 May 2023
Daily 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Step aboard and voyage to the edge of imagination in this immersive, genre-defying exhibition! Visitors will be at the heart of an interactive science fiction story which is filled with objects that explore how scientists and science fiction creators have inspired each other through innovation and imagination.

Africa Fashion

On til 16 April 23
Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am – 10pm
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The V&A is staging its first Africa Fashion exhibition, which will be as eclectic and varied, diverse and dynamic as its people. It will tell a story of fashion as a self-defining art form; a kind of movement culture that goes beyond individual garments to encompass attitude, gesture, style.

Ciné Lumière

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Institut français
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Showcasing the best of foreign film - it screens a mix of French, European and Global films - with subtitles.

CinéFamilies at the Institut français

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Institut français
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The much acclaimed Ciné Lumière offers a wonderful choice of movies for the whole family to enjoy together, from Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Asterix, Tad the Lost Explorer & The Curse of the Mummy and so many more. There is something for everyone!

Hidden Stories of Hyde Park

10th February
1:30pm-3pm
Hyde Park
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Explore the history of Hyde Park through the decades, including the notorious criminals that met their untimely end at the Tyburn Tree, the inception of Speakers' Corner and the park's instrumental role during WW1.

Winter Tree Identification Walking Tour

4th Feb
10:30am-12:30pm
Hyde Park
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Explore the stark beauty of Hyde Park's trees this winter with arboriculturist Greg Packman. Learn to identify winter trees through barks and buds. Nature doesn't disappear during winter; you just need to know where to look. Without their leaves, identifying trees can seem challenging.

Discovery Days: Brilliant Birds

14th Feb
11am-3pm
Hyde Park
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As we all emerge out of winter and the days get longer, you will find that birdsong increases and preparation for the nesting season begins. Shake off any winter blues and register your interest for a range of free bird-inspired interactive activities that will have you and the family enjoying the fresh air.

Albert's Band Presents: The Big Top

15th Feb
12pm-2:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall’s colourful troupe of musicians from Albert’s Band for some musical acrobatics on an action packed trip to the circus! Their mini-orchestra is led by ringmaster Kevin Hathway in what promises to be a musical extravaganza for all the family.

I Want My Hat Back Trilogy

13th-14th Feb
11am & 1:30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Following their hit digital series, lockdown sensations Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde are back with more of their trademark cardboard design. Jon Klassen’s beloved books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat and We Found a Hat, will be performed live in the Royal Albert Hall!

Children & Families at The Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall
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The Royal Albert Hall have a wide range of shows and events for children and families to get involved in, which all promise an unforgettable day out. From storytelling for babies and toddlers to interactive concerts featuring Albert’s Band, there is something to fascinate and inspire children of every age.

Drop-in Design: Digital Tal-nori

15th-17th Feb
11am-4pm
V&A
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Join the V&A for this creative families workshop created by Seoul-based digital and design studio, Commoners. Get inspired by the Hallyu! The Korean Wave exhibition, K-Pop and Korean TV as you use your creative skills to design a traditional Korean mask, called Tal-nori or Tal.

Family Art Activity Tour

14th Feb
Times vary
Natural History Museum
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Ever wondered what would happen if exhibits came to life? Join our guides for a fun guided family tour of our best artworks as they entertain you with exciting stories of escapee animals and games that will spark your imagination and inspire you to create your own artwork.