Not able to make it to the slopes or the warmer climes this February? Weep not, stay in London and have a productive half-term helping your kids brush up on their swimming strokes, star in Peter Pan, make a their own Gondola, join in a clay workshop, or just enjoy a free Disney flick ….
Do check out all the free and affordable events and workshops on for families in London over the February half-term.
Half-term Workshops in London:
Love Swimming Fast Track Lessons and Coaching: Dolphin Square, Pimlico (just around the corner from Pimlico tube) Want to give your kids some strong technical coaching to augment their regular swim regime? Have you been thinking swim lessons are too big of a weekly commitment? Get over to Dolphin Square’s gorgeous and luxuriously warm pool, with complimentary towel service and get your kids into Fast Track lessons, an hour or half-hour 1:1 or 2:1 lesson for a very reasonable price. Bila, Rui, Anna and Musa are results-driven instructors; you will see an improvement by the end of the week.
Wallace Collection: Drop-in Family Workshop. Join artist Lucy Wheeler and create your own Venetian Gondola. Take inspiration from Canaletto’s paintings then create your very own 3D Gondola to take home. Free, drop-in, Tuesday 19th February; 10:30-12:15 and 2-3:45pm.
Wallace Collection Family Activity: A Piece of Cake. Come join artist Linda Hoetink and explore the extensive collection of formal service wear and make your own cake stand to take home. Ages 7+, accompanied by an adult. 10:30-12:30 and again at 2-4pm £7 per child, adults free. Booking essential on 020 7563 9527 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pippa’s Poppets Half-term Musical Theatre Workshop, St. Gabriel’s Church, Pimlico (just off Warwick Sq, half-way between Victoria and Pimlico stations). For ages 3-6, drop-off musical theatre workshop where children work with an award-winning composer to put on a production of Peter Pan. Monday 18th – Friday 22nd, 2-4pm, the final performance will be at 3pm on Friday, parents and family most welcome. £90 for the week, class limited to 16 places so book soon. email@example.com
Camden Arts Centre: Clay for Infants Workshop. From Tuesday 19th – Friday 22nd February, 2-4pm. Book into this exciting workshop where children ages 8-11 years old will be working with clay while exploring the themes of time, movement and repetition. Places still available, £140 for the week-long course.
National Gallery: Animation Workshop. As part of the Imaginary Worlds Family Festival, you can book children ages 7+ into this art workshop where children explore learning how to animate. £6 per adult and £6 per child. Sunday 17th February
National Gallery: Arthur’s Dreamboat. Join writer Polly Dunbar and artish Mark Woodhead to make your own idea hat to take home. Sunday 17th February 11am- noon and repeated 1-2pm, free, spaces allocated on arrive. Ages 3-7 years old.
Geffrye Museum is putting on a fun-filled week of workshops targeted at age s 7+, 5+ and all ages with fabulous activities including making plaster cast wall-hangings, a tudor town cut-out, cut silhouette portraits, make blend your own tea … honestly the workshops and activities are amazing.
V and A: Fancy Furniture: Bring your own piece of furniture and learn to decoupage. Children £5, adults free, but only 1 adult per child. Ages 5-12. Booking essential.
Half-term Events in London
National Gallery Imaginary Worlds Family Festival: Sunday 19th and Monday 20th February. There are so many varied events at this family festival: join in a pram tour of and talk, bring the under fives to a gallery talk, take the older kids to an art workshop, enjoy a screening of Fantasia, join in a puppet show. Do check out all the events at the festival
British Museum: Amazing China Half-term Activities. Monday 18th –Friday 22nd February, 11am-4pm daily. Come to the Great Court in the British Museum for a selection of activities including calligraphy, storytelling, and activities in the galleries.
V and A Half Term Events: See Walt Disney’s Beauty on the Beast, for free. Tickets allocated on the day. Enjoy a pop-up puppet show, Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed, Monday 18th– Friday 22nd, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Imagination Station is open all week long, with craft packets provided for kids to make their own furniture.
Bach to Baby Concerts: Treat yourself to a quality chamber concert one morning and bring the kids along for free. Tickets are £10 per adult, and concerts are being held in Hammersmith and Fulham, Wimbledon, Pimlico and Greenwhich. A great opportunity to hear highest quality classical music in a family-friendly setting.
Imagination Festival Southbank: loads of fascinating literary and artistic activities going on during half-term for all ages and tastes. Book soon for workshops, they do sell out.