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Kensington Mums guide to February half term in London

Kensington Mums guide to February half term includes lots of special events and activities for kids in London. Please go ahead and add a comment with your own suggestions!

Family fun activities at Kensington Palace. Sat 16 – Sun 24 February 2013 from 11.00 – 16.00. The theme for the February half-term activities will be the world of William III and Mary II in the late 17th century at Kensington Palace. Come along to make blue and white china mosaic works of art, paper tulips and learning about the exotic goods such a chocolate, coffee and tea coming in from the Dutch and British empires. This activity is included in admission to the palace. Kids Go Free

Valentino Exhibition Pop Up Shop at Somerset House. This is for the Mums and ladies out there who absolutely love fashion, new trends and most of all Valentino. Somerset House in conjunction with the Valentino company have created a pop up exhibition shop featuring designer accessories and vintage books. Click here for more information.

February half term at the Museum of London. London’s parks are just one of the things that make the capital a special city. Discover the archaeology hidden underneath some of our parks, hear the stories that create magic around them, make a statue fit for a London park or visit our splendid 18th century Pleasure Gardens and meet one of its famous entertainers. Click here for full list of activities.

Head to Kensington Central Library this half term for their new story and craft events, starting 16th February, also available at North Kensington library starting 14th February 2013. Please click here for more information. Also don’t miss their exciting Pattern and Play children’s art workshops with See ‘n’ Make, hand Sewing Workshop (for older kids) and Half-term storytelling with Diana. Click here for more information on dates and times.

Kensington central library

Ricardo Garcia’s Flamenco Flow for Kids at the Royal Albert Hall. Wednesday 20th February. Starting at 12noon and 2.30pm, Elgar Room. Stamp your feet, clap your hands and experience a taste of the Spanish sunshine on a chilly London day with Ricardo Garcia’s Flamenco Flow for Kids, who are inviting children to the Royal Albert Hall to get involved in their unique flamenco music classes. With costumes provided and dress up encouraged, this is the perfect opportunity for children to demonstrate their dance finesse and learn about the history of this popular dance whilst truly experiencing a taste of Spain. For more information, please click here.

A visit to Holland Park and playing in the Adventure playgroup makes a great family day out, and a lovely walk in Kyoto Garden.

Have you ever wanted to be a published author? Then this workshop is for you: Creative Writing Workshop, starting Thursday 21 February 2013 at Kensington Central Library. FREE. Booking required. Please click here for more information.

Big and Small family day at Tate Britain. Friday 22 February 2013, 10.00 – 15.00. FREE. Come and get creative with artist-led activities all around the gallery. No booking necessary, free drop. Suitable for families with under 5s and siblings. Click here for more information.

Victoria and Albert Museum is holding a range of activities taking place this half term. The Imagination Station. Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February, 10.30 – 17.00. Create mini furniture and add it to a fantasy room! Click here for more information. Also don’t miss V&A Screen: Beauty and the Beast (U)Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February, 12.00 & 14.00. Free tickets available on a first come, first served basis. If that’s not enough there is also Gallery Play: The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne. Saturdays & Sundays, 16, 17, 23 & 24 February, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00. Free, drop-in. Make-it: Fancy Furniture, booking required.

Design Through the Decades at the Geffrye Museum. Tuesday 19th February- Friday 22nd February (various times). FREE. Explore homes from a different century every day from the Tudors and Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and finally the 20th century. Make wacky wigs, stylish silhouettes and funky fifties artworks. Suitable for ages 5-16. Click here for more information.

Start planning for half term with plenty of ways to save at Vue. Kids AM every day during the school holidays for just £1.75. Check their website for more information.

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. Half term activities including pig day and birds mask making day. Click here for more information.

Story time and make and take at the London Transport Museum from Saturday 16 – Sunday 24 February. Click here for more information.

London Transport Museum

Imaginary Worlds Family Festival at the National Gallery. Sunday 17 and Monday 18 February 2013. Loads of hands on activities in store, including pram tours, stay and play as well as puppet shows. Click here for more information.

Half-term activity, Amazing China at the British Museum. Come to the Museum for a week of activities celebrating the history and culture of China. Starting 18-22 February 2013. Free, just drop in. Click here for more information.

New Wave Kids at the V&A Museum of Childhood.  Monday 18 – Friday 22 February, 10.30-16.00. FREE, drop-ins. Join Story Spinner for a creative re-telling of Shirley Hughes’s popular children’s book, “Alfie Gets in First”. Design an iconic Pac-Man Badge or a Care Bear greeting card. Have a go at a Rubik’s Cube and complete the Where’s Wally trail for your chance to win a prize. Suitable for all ages. Click here for more information.

What’s going on here? at Tate Modern. Every weekend, 11.00 – 15.00, and Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February 2013 during half term. Drop in to the Welcome Room to pick up free new activities, display your own creation, build a plinth for a very small sculpture. Click here for more information.

Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk in Kensington Gardens and a visit to Diana Memorial Playground. Little ones can play in ‘Peter Pan’ themed playground with a huge wooden pirate ship and teepees to explore and for the kids to run around and let some steam off!

La Boutique des Pandas at the Institut  français. Saturday 16 February at 2pm Sunday 17 February 2013 at 11am. Discover some of the best Chinese animated films with this selection of three elegant and tasteful shorts. From the squirrel who likes unusual hairstyles to a shop owned by pandas, these original stories will enchant children of all ages. Suitable for ages 3+. Please note movie lasts 30min and is showing in French. Please click here for more information.

Imagine Family Workshops at Southbank Centre. Monday 11 February 2013 – Sunday 24 February 2013. This year’s Imagine Children’s Festival is all about the kids taking over! Southbank Centre will be transformed BY children FOR children, as well as hosting the top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities throughout the festival or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show! Click here for more information.

The musical park at the Museum of London. Wednesday 20th February 2013 (various times).Come and play in our musical park! If you listen carefully, who knows what you will find… A musical session for under 5s and their carers – older siblings welcome. Click here for more information.

Kids’ Zone at the National Army Museum. Kids Zone is great for children aged 0-8 with forest and arctic themed climbing frames for kids to scale, slide and run through. There is also a soft play area for babies, toys, and arts and crafts. It is open daily from 10.10am to 5.15pm. For only £2.50 per child this is a great way for little ones to let off some steam. Tickets for all day sessions tend to sell out before 11.00am during school holidays, so it is always best to book online to avoid disappointment. Adults go FREE.

National Army Museum

Discover Circus at the Royal Albert Hall. Tuesday 19th February. Starting at  10.30am and 1pm, Education RoomCome and join the circus for a day for a hands-on experience exploring the history of circus at the venue. From clowns to tightrope walkers this will take the whole family on a fascinating journey through 140 years of performance history and a collection of images and artefacts from the Hall’s archives will be showcased to bring the experience alive! Children will also get the chance to get creative as they design their very own retro circus poster and create their own photographic collage for their very own circus. Suitable for children aged 5-11. For more information, please click here.

Rain Room at the Barbican (until 3rd March 2013). FREE. Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering The Curve the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air before discovering the thousands of falling droplets that respond to their presence and movement. Sounds interesting! Click here for more information.

Rain room at the Barbican

Curious Collectors at the Natural History Museum. FREE. From 18 – 22 February, in the school half-term holidays, some unusual researchers will try to gather everything there is to know about the Museum, in just 5 days! Come and help them at our fun interactive event as you become Curious Collectors. Click here for more information.

The View from The Shard. London’s newest and most eagerly awaited attraction opened to the public on 1st February 2013. The Shard is an iconic, landmark building on the London skyline, designed by Master Architect Renzo Piano. At a height of 1,016ft (310m), the tallest building in Western Europe, the Shard redefines London’s skyline and will be a dynamic symbol of London, recognisable throughout the world. Sounds like the perfect date night. Click here for more information, booking required.

Ladybird Storytelling at Southbank Centre. Friday 22 February 2013 at 2pm. Enjoy the excitement of a much-loved, interactive, classic story, which parents will love as much as their children! The performance lasts 30 minutes. Suitable for ages 3 – 7. Click here for more information.

Family Ignite: Albert’s Band- The Animal Kingdom. Tuesday 19th February. Starting at  12noon and 2.30pm. The Hall’s resident band Albert’s Band, will be doing a special show this half-term, The Animal Kingdom. The 15-piece orchestra will take children on a musical safari concentrating on the theme of the animal kingdom, producing music that is both exhilarating and exciting, as well as answering questions and revealing interesting facts to stimulate interest for the whole family. For more family events at the Royal Albert Hall, please click here.

Family ignite at Royal Albert Hall
Picture Source: with permission from The Royal Albert Hall

3D Printing Workshop at the Design MuseumSunday 17 February.
11am – 12.15pm and 2pm – 3.15pm. £5 per child. Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
Discover innovative 3D printing techniques with in this workshop led by Black Country Atelier. Participants will be able to design and print their own badge or brooch to wear home. Click here for more information.

Plan a culture day out this Half term break. Manet Family Workshop at the Royal Academy of Arts. Tuesday 19 February 2013. Starting at 10.15am–1pm. Explore the art of portraiture, as seen in the Manet: Portraying Life exhibition, in a workshop comprising an interactive slide talk, a visit to the exhibition and a practical hands-on session. Suitable for ages 6+. Pre-booking essential. Price £3 per person plus exhibition entry. Click here for more information.

February Half Term Holiday Activity Programme 2013 at Holland Park Ecology Centre. Monday 18 to Friday 22 February 2013. Sessions for 5 to 10 year olds. Time: 10am to 12 noon and 2 to 4pm. £4 per session for RBKC residents; £5 non-residents. These are great for little and big ones. Click here for more information.

Holland Park Ecology Centre

Wordburst: The Paper Bag Princess. Monday 18 – Friday 22 February. Starting at 11.00-15.00.Step inside the world of the Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch – she’s no ordinary damsel in distress! Create costumes and a set for a fiery performance at the end of the day. This four hour family drama, art and literacy workshop is led by Artburst. At 14.30, family and friends are invited to watch the group performance. Dress for mess! Bring a packed lunch. Free/ Age 5-11 (with a parent/carer) / Bookings taken from Monday 4 February. Please call 020 8983 5205. For more information, please click here.

Family Workshops at the Saatchi Gallery this Half term.  Saturday 16 and 23rd February 2013. Time: 1-2.30pm. Come along for a series of workshops exploring the current exhibition of Russian art. We will explore the work of a different artist each week. Sessions will involve an interactive tour of the exhibition followed by a fun, creative workshop in response to the artist of the week. Booking required. Click here for more information.

Launchpad Science Shows at the Science Museum. FREE. Find out more about the exciting principles of science in these interactive, Explainer-led Science Shows. Be a volunteer on stage, answer questions and find out more about the world of Explosions, Rockets, Bubbles or Forces. Available throughout half term (various times). Please click here for more information.

Family Studio: Head in the Clouds at the Royal Academy of ArtsThursday 17 February 2013. Get inspired by John Constable’s beautiful cloud studies and capture the London sky on paper. From 11am–2pm. Free; no booking required. Click here for more information.

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Written by Janis P.


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