February Half-Term looms: seven super cool activities for entertaining children.

Are you scratching your head trying to think how to entertain the children for February Half-Term? We feel your pain. Help is at hand as we’ve been trawling the net to bring you some of the most enticing children activities around London.

Knight School at the Tower of London


Broaden your offspring’s horizons and enrol them into the Knight School at the Tower of London. Have they got what it takes to be a medieval knight? Over Half-Term, the children can train as a page then a squire, and then join the garrison to defend the tower. They will try on medieval fashions and handle replica armour. Cool, huh?

The Little Art Club


Can’t bear the mess of arts and crafts in your own kitchen? Outsource this to Miss Cecily who runs regular Half-Term and school holiday art workshops for children aged 4-11 years at The Hut in Chelsea. Not only does The Little Art Club offer drawing, painting, printing and sculpture, they also pump up the tunes for a ‘dancing while we draw’ session. Miss Cecily also privately tutors aspiring young artists and offers children’s tours of current exhibitions in London.

Cirque Éloize


Book tickets to watch the Canadian contemporary circus crew Cirque Éloize perform their new mind-blowing show Hotel. Perfect for a Half-term Treat, the show is on from 20 February to 9 March 2019. It features 12 acrobats and musicians and has that splendid combination of circs and drama.

Biscuiteers


Brace yourself. It’s time for a sugar high. We all know and love the Biscuiteers biccies; now is your chance to create your own. If you’ve ever taken the kids to a pottery painting session, think of this as your edible version! Take the kids, and yourself, to the Biscuiteers School of Icing at their Icing Café in Notting Hill or the Northcote Road branch. Get creative by choosing from the daily selection of biscuit designs, icing colours and decorations. Ice your biscuit and away you go.

Make It: Fantasy Worlds Workshop at the V&A Museum


Just in time for the February 2019 Half-Term, the V&A is hosting a family workshop inspired by the Videogames: Design/ Play/Disrupt exhibition. Tickets cost £8 and you must book in advance. Children (5-12 year olds) can design a 3D sensory world for your own imaginary video game with artist Gayle Chong Kwan.

Puddle Jumping Championships at the London Wetland Centre


Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for. What little child doesn’t love splashing in puddles? Enter your child into the free WWT Puddle Jumping Championships at the London Wetland Centre in South West London. Aimed at children aged 0-8, the contest, which runs 10-18 February, will award points for enthusiasm, creativity, jumping style and splash size. Tempted?

Science Afternoon Tea at the Ampersand Hotel


Treat the little ones to a high tea with a difference. After taking the sprogs around the Science Museum in South Kensington, pop to the nearby Ampersand Hotel for a high tea inspired by the Museum. Physics, chemistry and gastronomy meet creating a mix of curious dishes from chocolate spacemen and dinosaur biscuits to jams served in petri dishes.

January 2019