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Your Half-Term Guide to South Kensington

Here are our top tips for fun-filled events, workshops, exhibitions and hands-on activities in South Kensington and online this half-term. From beatboxing, screen printing, life drawing with nature, exploring climate challenges, discovery days in the Parks, a family quiz and so much more.  We've got all you need to spark creativity and fire up imagination.  

When planning your day out in South Ken, take a look at our list of places to eat. Entry to the museums is free. To keep everyone safe there is a timed entry so book your free entry tickets before your visit.

If you plan to stay at home, take a look at our list of fun things for kids to do online.

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Future Explorers
 
Science Museum
Mon 14–Fri 18 February 2022 Drop-in between 12 noon - 4pm
 
What will our world look like in 2050? Join the Science Museum team to become a Future Explorer and investigate. You'll meet future experts and find out their predictions for 2050 through games, interactive exhibits, and demos. What might you eat for breakfast in 30 years’ time? Will we still use plastic? How will we cope with hotter, wetter weather?
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February Half-Term: Operation Earth
 
Natural History Museum
Mon 14 - Thurs 20 February 11am-4pm
 
Make your way to the Darwin Centre for the Natural History Museum's Operation Earth, and explore Earth's environmental and climate challenges in their free half-term family activities. with games, shows and events, that inspire on the themes of climate, biodiversity and clean oceans.
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Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids
 
Royal Albert Hall
Mon 14 Feb 2022 11:00am, 2:00pm
 
World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth. Become one of this sonic superhero’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!
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Love isn’t a losing game
 
Design Museum Kensington
Fri 11 February 2022, 6:15pm-10pm
 
Join the Design Museum for a special Friday late at the museum and immerse yourself in music, books and beauty pop-ups in this Pal-entine's Night event to celebrate Amy Winehouse's legacy and heart.
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Albert's Band: Movie Magic
 
Royal Albert Hall
Tues 15 February 2022 12:00pm, 2:30pm
 
Join the Royal Albert Hall’s very own Engagement ensemble, Albert’s Band, on an action packed journey through the world of film music. this band of fun-loving musicians will present an interactive concert of movie music, featuring Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story alongside Disney classics and many others. Expect lots of fun and games for all the family to join in.
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Digital Kids: Grow your own digital garden
 
V&A
Fri 18 – Sun 20 February 2022 11am-5pm
 
Designed by V&A artist-in-residence Sian Fan, this activity invites you to transform physical objects into digital artefacts. Get inspired by nature and create your own 3D paper flower or plant, then digitise it by getting it 3D scanned.
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Code your own adventure
 
Design Museum Kensington
Tue 15 February 10am - 4pm
 
This half-term, introduce your young people to the world of coding in this coding engine workshop with designer Joe Hoole, where they will create a piece of interactive fiction. Suitable for School Years ages 7 – 9.
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When Worlds Collide: How Modern Technology Reveals the Ancient Past
 
Science Museum
Fri 18 February 2022 7:30pm-9pm (doors open 6:45pm)
 
Modern day technology is rapidly evolving, while our fascination with the past is ever-increasing. But how is today’s technology shedding new light on our ancient history and allowing us to step back in time? Join experts on stage and screen to show how long-hidden ancient Greek worlds can be reimagined and brought to life.
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Cirque du Soleil - LUZIA
 
Royal Albert Hall
Til Sun 27 February 2022 Times vary
 
The intermission is over! The Cirque du Soleil is back with their dazzling luminous spectacle, LUZIA, which will also mark 25 years since Cirque du Soleil first brought its captivating magic with its awe-inspiring acrobatics to the Royal Albert Hall.
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Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery
 
Science Museum

Wrap up the day in South Kensington by booking an afternoon visit to Wonderlab. 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.

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Princess Diana Memorial Playground
 
Kensington Gardens
Daily During winter/spring 6am-7:45pm
 
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.
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February Discovery Days: Brilliant Birds
 
The Royal Parks
Tues 15 February - Thurs 17 February 9am - 10pm
 
What a re-leaf it's almost spring! Join the Royal Parks team for another free Discovery Day this spring half-term at The LookOut, Hyde Park. 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. Explore the Park and enjoy a fun-filled family activity.
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Opera for Kids - Amazing Arias
 
Royal Albert Hall
Wed 16 February 2022 11am, 1:30pm
 
Opera for Kids provides the perfect setting for little ears and families to enjoy an operatic performance in a relaxed environment. Performed by members of Albert’s Band, this concert features a carefully selected ‘proper’ classical repertoire but presented in a relaxed environment for children to express themselves, with no expectation to stay still or be quiet.
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Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature
 
V&A
On til 8 Jan 2023 Daily: 10am-5:45pm - Friday: 10am–10pm
 
Book ahead to see the life and work of one of the best-loved children's authors of the 20th century. Featuring original drawings, watercolours, and manuscripts that inspired some of Potter's most beloved characters. Kids go free.
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Image credit: © Sarah Lee  
Stephen Hawking at Work
 
Science Museum
On until March 23 10am-6pm
 
The Science Museum has acquired a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire Professor Stephen Hawking's office - including his personal reference library, innovative wheelchairs and communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture.
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Picturing the Queen
 
Kensington Palace
Wed 16 February 2022 Online 7pm
 
Join Chief Curator Lucy Worsley in an online talk along with Historic Royal Palaces curator Claudia Acott Williams and former Curator of Photographs at the V&A, Susanna Brown, for a discussion on the art of royal image making.
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Family Festival Quiz
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Wed 15 February Free online 5:30pm-6:15pm
 
Filled with games and curious questions for all the family, this quiz is perfect for children aged 5-11 years. Get a sneak-peak into the ways artists, designers and scientists are working behind-the-scenes to help inspire a greener future for the planet we share and an opportunity to ask their experts questions!
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  And from our friends  
 
 
 
Valentine's Day Specials at Tapas Brindisa South Ken
 
14 February

Tapas Brindisa in South Ken has the perfect recipe for the most romantic event in the calendar, Valentine's Day. Indulge yourself with their intoxicating cocktail a Mi Media Naranja and a menu that will have your taste buds bouncing!

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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Cromwell Place
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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