1. Magical Lantern Festival
If you and the family enjoyed Christmas at Kew Gardens, then you’ll love this festival in the gardens at Chiswick House.
This is the first time it’s been held in the UK, and boasts a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract designs of all shapes and sizes.
Kids Will Love: Roasting marshmallows and the brightly coloured, cute animals.
Adults Will Love: Getting outdoors and seeing your kids’ faces light up.
Until 6th March
2. London RIB
The London RIB Experience has yet to get a bad review from Kid-Raters - exciting, informative and always fun - their hilarious and knowledgeable guides are the icing on the speedy cake. Warm coats are provided and don’t forget to take your camera because nothing beats the sights of London from the Thames.
Kids Will Love: Going fast of course!
Adults will love: The in-jokes and nostalgic soundtrack.
3. Zippo’s Cirque Berserk
The circus comes to the Peacock Theatre in this jaw dropping spectacular. With an international cast of over 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerialists (with no safety harness!), and death defying stuntmen, families are guaranteed unique, edge-of-the seat theatre!
Kids Will Love: The Globe of Terror - 4 motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a steel cage!
Adults Will Love: Tweedy, the award-winning clown and fire-breathing Giant Robot.
Mon 8th February – Wed 24th February.
4. Mini Vault Festival
The maze of caves and caverns under Waterloo station are transformed into a magical world for under 11s to create a family festival of underground shows and events.
There will be DJs and bands, plus kids can get involved in art adventures, and try their hands (or mouths!) at beatboxing. Other highlights include pirates, clowns, magicians and jellyfish!
Kids Will Love: The whole ambience and atmosphere of the vaults.
Adults will love: The family palm reading. Under-11s go free.
Sat 13th Feb & Sunday 14th Feb (10am – 3pm)
5. Puddle Jumping Championship at the WWT London Wetland Centre
The first ever London Puddle Jumping Championships is being held at WWT London Wetland Centre and children of all ages can grab their wellies and have fun making a splash.
Points will be given for style, creativity, enthusiasm and size of splash. There will be a prize each day for our selected ‘super-splasher’ and a Puddle Jumping Champion will be selected at the end of the week, with the chance to go on to further glory by becoming WWT’s Big Splash national champion.
Sat 13th Feb – Sun 21st Feb
6. Finding Nemo and Dory at the London Sea Life Aquarium
This summer, the long awaited sequel to Finding Nemo will finally be arriving in cinemas. If your kids can contain their excitement until then, all kinds of tropical fish activities are taking place at the London Aquarium including a Dory trail. There will also be loads of opportunity to learn all about the fish that inspired the blockbuster Pixar films.
Kids Will Love: Quite literally finding Nemo and Dory, or at least their lookalikes.
Adults Will Love: The daily talks about Nemo’s Kingdom, who says half term can’t be educational.
Sat 13th Feb – Sun 21st Feb!
7. Imagine Children’s Festival
This year the Imagine Children’s Festival is celebrating the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. There are loads of free activities for under twelves but some of the more special events should be booked in advance. We recommend Judith Kerr, author of the Tiger who Came to Tea in conversation, and watching Minpins, Roald Dahl’s final story with a live orchestral accompaniment.
Kids Will Love: The giant satchel art installation from Matilda the Musical.
Adults Will Love: Most of the activities are free, there’s wifi, somewhere to sit and great cafés.
Wed 10th Feb – Sun 21st Feb
8. Take a Trip to the CINEMA
You can never trust the British weather to behave so it’s always worth having some film ideas in your back pocket incase you need to dash indoors.
Here’s our picks:
Goosebumps (PG). Kids love being scared and this comedy horror starring Jack Black with has laughs and thrills in equal measure. Black stars as the writer R.L. Stine who has to recruit a gang of kids to help him save the world from disaster when the creatures he has created escape from his books.
Capture The Flag (PG): Animated fun which sees a surfing-obsessed boy stowing away on a rocket and heading to the Moon
Deadpool (15): Warning for older kids only. Violent, funny and highly inappropriate this superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds will be the must-see movie for teenagers.
Kids Will Love: All of them.
Adults Will Love: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Penelope Cruz in Zoolander 2 which is also on general release.
9. Play-doh Fun at the Museum of Childhood
The Museum of Childhood is celebrating 60 years since Play-doh first hit the toyshop shelves. You can join in drop-in activities throughout the week or book in advance for workshops including one about animation all featuring the great modelling toy.
Kids Will Love: Letting their imaginations run wild and taking home their creations.
Parents Will Love: The nostalgia
Monday 15th Feb-Friday 19th Feb
10. Ripley’s Believe It or Not
This half term, Ripley’s and the Hard Rock Cafe are teaming up to create an awesome pop-up. There will be one of a kind items on display from Lady Gaga, Elvis, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and loads more to celebrate the Hard Rock Cafe’s 45th birthday.
Kids Will Love: The weird and wonderful exhibits throughout the six floors.
Adults Will Love: Explaining who Elvis and Paul McCartney are!