Things to do during February half-term in London

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Rave-A-Roo at Imagine Children's Festival, Southbank Centre
Take the kids to the capital's top family-friendly attractions this half-term, and spark their curiosity with special interactive activities during the school holiday. Read More


Keep the kids entertained over the school holiday with a fun-filled February half-term 2018 in London.

With exciting museums, interactive exhibitions and brilliant theatre shows, you’ll find plenty of things to do during the half-term week in London to suit all budgets and ages.

Many more events will be announced closer to the date, so check back later for more London half-term ideas.

February half-term activities in London

  • Discover interactive exhibitions, craft workshops and family-friendly fun at Horniman Museum and Gardens (12-16 Feb), and learn how colour is used in the world around us at the museum's Colour: The Rainbow Revealed exhibition (10 Feb-28 Oct).
  • Step into the magical world of Harry Potter at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
  • Budding veterinarians can take part in a host of family events as part of Vets in Action at ZSL London Zoo. 10-18 Feb
  • Join in fun kid-friendly activities at Lee Valley Regional Park this half-term. Meet the farms’ family of animals at the opening weekend (10-11 Feb), or take to the ice during special children's skating lessons (12-16 Feb).
  • Experience life at the dawn of history with the Step into the Stone Age workshops at Waltham Abbey Gardens. 14 Feb
  • Explore the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising as you follow a special Teddy Bear Adventure Trail. Look out for the teddy bears hiding in the Time Tunnel, and learn fun facts about the history of the beloved toy. 10-18 Feb
  • Grab your wellies and take your kids to the WWT London Wetland Centre for Dusty’s Puddle Jumping Championships. 10-18 Feb
  • Be inspired by the mysteries of outer space with the Royal Observatory’s half-term family activities. Choose the ideal planet for your next holiday with Holiday to Space, or take a virtual step on the moon with the Out of this World: Moon workshop. 12-16 Feb
  • Travel back in time to explore the city's dark past at the London Dungeon
  • Spark your imagination and unravel the wonders of science at the Science Museum's Wonderlab.

Free things to do with the family

  • Watch and listen to some of the best children's theatre and literature with many free screenings, workshops and activities at Southbank Centre's annual Imagine Children's Festival.
  • Take inspiration from the exhibition Nature Morte to create your own still life at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Alternatively, discover the Romans’ favourite food at the Roman Amphitheatre. 14 Feb
  • Explore the V&A Museum of Childhood's collection of toys through the years, or look into the idea that toys might actually come to life at its thought-provoking show, Dream On. 10 Feb-20 Jan
  • Set sail on a journey through Britain’s maritime history at the National Maritime Museum in picturesque Greenwich.
  • Take a look around The Lego Store and M&M's World in Leicester Square.
  • Go for a stroll with the family in one of the city's best parks.
  • Find more free museums and activities for kids in London for a budget-friendly half-term.

Children's theatre shows

Kid-friendly restaurants

Valentine's Day also falls during the February half-term week: take a look at our ideas for Valentine’s Day 2018 in London to make sure the kids don’t have all the fun!

Find more year-round family ideas with our guide to London for kids, or see our roundup of 101 things to do with children in London.

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