The kids may have only recently gone back to school but another half-term is looming on the horizon. February half term 2022 runs from Saturday February 12 to Sunday February 20 for most London schools.
If you’re visiting London for February half term then there are lots of fun things on that the whole family enjoy. We will be continually updating this guide on family-friendly events and things to do in London during half term week but in the meantime, do take a look at some of our evergreen posts including the best free things to do in London with kids.
What to do in London during February half-term
Family Workshops at the Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum, founded by Philanthropist Thomas Coram in 1739, are hosting a choice of half-term workshops for kids. These change daily and include designing your own modern version of a naval outfit and creating 3D seascape models.
Website: The Foundling Museum
Get crafty at M.Y.O Crafting Studio
The Central London crafting studio M.Y.O. (Make Your Own) is hosting family-friendly air-drying clay workshops in February half term 2022. They provide all the equipment and teach the techniques needed to make some clay creations which can be taken home and painted once fully dry. They will also give free tea and coffee to get the parents through the half term madness!
The workshops are suitable for children aged 7+ yrs and cost £15 per guest. The 1.5hr workshops will be held on Wednesday 16 February at 11am and 1.30pm.
Imagine Children’s Festival
One of the best children’s festivals in town is the annual Imagine held at the Southbank Centre. Showcasing the best in children’s literature, theatre and music, this year’s festival promises to be as good as ever. There are over 160 events jam-packed into 12 days and over 50% of the festival is completely free.
Enjoy the very best children’s theatre, comedy, music, literature, dance and, most importantly, full-on fun for children and their grown-ups this February half-term.
February 9 – 20, 2022
Chinese New Year
It’s the Year of the Tiger this year and Chinese New Year celebrations take place in February this year. Unfortunately, the Chinese New Year celebrations that traditionally take place in London including parades and family-friendly entertainment have been cancelled for 2022 and will be taking place on social media instead. Follow #CNYLondon across all channels for updates.
The Lunar New Year at The Museum of Home
The Museum of the Home is hosting a day of free activities to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Listen to a live storytelling session, make your own hand spinning drum and more!
February 5, 11am – 5pm, Free
Willow Lantern Workshop at the Sir John Soanes Museum
Create a light filled lantern inspired by the play of light and shadow to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Sir John Soanes Museum. Suitable for children aged 4+years.
February 12, 11am – 3pm, Free to attend
Chinese New Year at the Museum of Docklands
The Museum of London Docklands are celebration Lunar New Year at the weekend with free activities for the family. Enjoy free performances, drop in activities and a Lion Dance, which kicks off at 4.15pm.
February 5 & 6, 11am – 4pm, available with general admission tickets.
Bubbles! at the London Museum of Water and Steam
Did you know that if you look under a microscope a bubble looks like a water and soap sandwich? Discover this and more at the Wet and Bubbly Science Show at the London Museum of Water and Steam.
Weekdays at 11am and 2pm during February half term.
Family activities on board HMS Belfast
Free family activities are taking place at HMS Belfast every weekend and during the February half term.
Sea Legs is an interactive family activity that invites young shipmates to compete fun tasks around the ship including working out how to feed 950 men on board with limited rations and solving nautical puzzles. You can also hop on the balance board to test how stead you’ll be on choppy seas.
Family Mission: D-Day Edition. It’s 1944 and the most important day of the war so far is looming. You and your family are needed as the latest naval recruits. Learn about the biggest innovations in history as you explore HMS Belfast.
Weekends until 27 February and through half term. 10 am to 3pm drop in. Free event with general admission.
Beatrix Potter at the V&A Museum
Opening on February 12th is the family-friendly exhibition Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the V&A. The exhibition, which has been created in collaboration with the National Trust, takes visitors on a journey through Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist and features drawings, illustrations and paintings by the author.
Live Minibeast Drawing at the V&A Museum
The V&A museum is also running a series of workshops for kids including Live Minibeast Drawing on February 12 and Bio-Designer workshops to encourage families to get inspired by the natural world to create new exciting designs that could save the planet!
Half term events at the London Wetland Centre
There are lots of fun events taking place over half term at the London Wetland Centre including a mud kitchen for creating culinary concoctions (free, drop-in from 10am to 4pm). Learn to build a den, safely light a fire and roast marshmallows during a 1.5-hour Adventure Workshop (£5 per child, pre-booking essential).
Other activities include tracking freshly-made animal footprints and exploring the nocturnal habits of the wetlands’ mammal life (free, limited capacity, held at 10.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm). There’s also a free self-guided Map Challenge where you can hone your map reading skills – pick up your map at admissions desk.
Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Peek behind the scenes into Mary Tudor’s rocky realm this half-term at Hampton Court Palace and find out if she really deserved her gory reputation or not. Three tales take place at various times throughout the day exploring Mary Tudor’s five-year reign. Events takes place from 12 February – 20 February between 10.30am and 4pm. Events are included in palace admission and are suitable for all ages.
The Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace reopens for half term and will be welcoming guests daily from 12 February to 20 February (it then closes again until 30 March).
Come face to face with mysterious mythical beasts, storm the battlements, besiege the towers and explore the secret grotto in this magical children’s playground.
Entry is included in your admission ticket. Entry will be timed and time spent enjoying the garden will be limited to 90 minutes.
Family Valentine’s Bouquet Making Workshop
Take part in a special Bouquet Workshop for children and their adults at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Children will get to choose their flowers and learn the technique for tying a beautiful little bouquet to give to a loved one.
Monday February 14, Tickets are £20 per person and includes entry to the Garden. Workshops are held at 11am – 12pm or 2pm – 3pm.
Storytelling at the Discover Story Centre
There are some lovely storytelling sessions taking place over the February half term at the Discover Story Centre. These include Grow for children aged 0 – 3 years; Storytelling with author Ian Eagleton as he reads his book Nen and the Lonely Fisherman for ages 3 – 7; and All Aboard! a storytelling performance for kids aged 7+years.
Club Curling in Coal Drops Yard
The winter Olympics are underway so why not try your hand at curling? Club Curlin takes place in Coal Drops Yard and teams of up to four can play across six synthetic ice rinks.
Club Curling is open 7 days a week with slots lasting 1 hour starting from 12pm. Tickets are £5 and children under 12 play for free.
The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station
The Light Festival at Battersea Power Station is not a dedicated half-term event, rather the bright lights are bringing some much needed cheer to the dark nights between January 13th and February 27th. Plus, it’s a completely free thing to do in London!
There are six brilliant installations on display, curated in partnership with the Light Art Collection. These include Run Beyond by Angelo Bonello, Digital Origami Tigers by LAVA, Antenna Sud by Michela Bonzi, Greenhouse by Victor Engbers and Pico Sender Machine by Felipe Prado and Eternal Sundown by Mads Vegas.
In addition to the bright lights there will be hot drinks, sweet treats, Spanish tapas, pizzas, seafood and much more.
Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’ at the Royal Albert Hall
This dazzling production by the Cirque du Soleil runs at the Royal Albert Hall until February 27. ‘Luzia’ celebrates the colour and culture of Mexico with mind-boggling aerial acrobatics and song. It’s an incredible show that includes everything from an impressive display of keepy uppy and some incredible trapeze work to gravity-defying flips and tricks. Don’t miss it. Buy tickets here.
Vets in Action at ZSL London Zoo
Become a zoo vet this February half-term at the ZSL London Zoo. The Vets in Action is an award-winning role-playing experience for budding veterinarians and will run from Saturday 12 February to Sunday 20 February.
After arriving for work at the Zoo’s specially-recreated zoo vet centre, junior vets will be prepped with hairnets and masks before helping experts examine, diagnose and carry out treatments on soft toys, experiencing first-hand the huge variety of work carried out by the Zoo’s vets, vet nurses and zookeepers – from microchipping meerkats to ultrasounding pregnant sloths.
Vets in Action is included in the entry price; tickets must be booked in advance.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back at the Natural History Museum with 100 photographs showcasing some of the world’s best wildlife photographers. My favourite winning photograph is still this one from 2019. You can book tickets here.
Frozen the Musical
Although not new for February half-term 2022, it’s still worth mentioning the magic that is Frozen the Musical. Watching the story of Anna and Elsa on stage is the perfect way to spend a day over half term. Don’t forget to enjoy the rest of Covent Garden with the kids while there.
Cats and Dogs at the Horniman Museum
The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill opens its new exhibition, Cats and Dogs, just in time for half term. The interactive, family-friendly exhibition explores the scientific, social and cultural role that dogs and cats play in our world and asks the question, ‘how well do we know our pets?’.
The exhibition runs from February 12 to October 20. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Sweet Making Workshop at the Horniman Museum
Another event taking place at the Horniman Museum is this sweet making workshop run by the award-winning outfit, Einstein’s Entertainers. Get ready for sherbet concocting, candy spine making and maybe even a strawberry lace race. The workshops will be held daily from February 14 – 18 (except Wednesday) and tickets cost £7.50 per child (accompanying adults are free). The workshops are aimed at children aged 5+yrs. Book tickets here.
Rainbow Week at the National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum will hosts a series of family events and workshops between February 13 – 20 to mark LGBT+ History Month. Events during Rainbow Week How to make a disability Pride flag, how to make protest posters and badge-making with artist Ling.
Dear Zoo at the Arts Depot
The Arts Depot in Finchley, North London, brings Rod Campbell’s brilliant book Dear Zoo to stage for half term. Watch as Ben and Sally try and find their perfect pet in a charming show aimed at children 18 months to 6 years. February 12 – 17. You can book tickets here.
The Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens
Celebrate the richness of Costa Rica with Kew Gardens’ annual orchid festival. The gardens’ stunning horticultural displays bring to life the incredible biodiversity of Central America through the culture and colours of a country home to 6% of the world’s flora and fauna species.
February 5 to March 6. Included with entry to the gardens.
Sense-ational Trees at Morden Hall Park
Morden Hall Park in Morden, South London, are running a sense-ational family travel all about trees this February half term. Children will use their senses – including touch, sight, sound and play – to interact with the trees in the park.
Aimed at children aged 4 – 11 years old the trail runs from Friday 11 February to Sunday 27 March. Cost £3.00 per trail.
Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce
The London Transport Museum’s new exhibition opens on February 11, just in time for half term. The exhibition celebrates the generations of Caribbean people that have helped to shape London transport’s history and culture.
New activities inspired by the exhibition will be held daily and include poster design and storytelling sessions. Kids can explore the content of the exhibition through a fun flag exhibit.
Family sketching salon at the National Gallery
Artist Marc Woodhead is leading drop in sketching sessions over February half term. The sessions will be held between 11am and 4pm and is available on a first come, first served basis. Sketch together as a family as capture paintings and places in the gallery.