OK, it’s not even February yet, but I think most of us can’t wait to see the end of January. So, with that in mind let’s have a wee look at what’s going on over half term for toddlers, schoolkids and beyond.
The biggest event in the children’s calendar for February is the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Festival. There are loads of events going on, although some are sold out already. I like the look of the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”-inspired “Grandpa Joe’s Giant Storytelling Bed” but there are things going on constantly, with drama, music and craft. On Sunday 19th February there’s a concert for 2-5-year-olds by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Of course, you can just go down and hang out like we did last year. There’s always a buzzy atmosphere during Imagine and kids everywhere, so a good place for rowdy toddlers to find other rowdy toddlers.
Tate Britain are also running one of their “Big and Small” family days on Friday 21st February. I’ve never actually made it to one, but they sound like fun, with family crafts in the arty atmosphere of the Tate. No booking required.
The Horniman are also running family events over half term, with an “Extremely Adventurous” tea party in the pavilion on Monday 17th February. More details are coming soon but it’s best to book in advance, as Horniman events sell out very quickly.
Oh, and Nimble Arts are running a half-term workshop too, for 5-11 year-olds. There’s everything from Magical Monday to Folky Friday – book one day or all five at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Dish and the Spoon are running half term cookery workshops too, in association with Crafty Cooks South London. The sessions are at 9:30 and 11 on Thursday 20th February.
Then there’s some more Big Fish Little Fish events – there’s a party at the Effra Social in Brixton on 15th February, with Mark Force and Joe Muggs and Earl Haig Hall. Then a week later there’s another party in Crouch End with Jonny Trunk and Miss JT (22nd February).Click here to buy tickets!
As if that’s not enough, there’s a chance to see Captain Barnacles and Kwazii of the Octonauts at Brent Cross on 22nd February. And for more Beebies-related goodness, there are special Tree Fu Tom live events at Westfields Stratford and White City. There will be activities, a Tree Fu adventure and free goodies. The events are on at the following times: Westfield London: Thursday 20th February – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3p. Westfield Stratford City: Friday 21st February – 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm
I’ll be updating this post with more events as I hear of them, so if I’ve missed anything give me a shout!