If you are worried about the upcoming February half term, don’t! We have compiled a list of activities to keep the children entertained and you stress-free.

The Imagine Children’s Festival (9-22 Feb) lets children of all ages take over the Southbank Centre with shows and activities. Catch guest appearances and readings from authors such as Russell Brand, Judith Kerr, Lauren Child, Anthony Horowicz and Helen Skelton. There’s world-class orchestras and conductors star in classical concerts, including a child-friendly performance by 12 cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Also, celebrate 150 years of Alice in Wonderland including a dance adventure, dressing up day, interactive installations and a game of Flamingo Croquet.

The Royal Observatory Out of this World Activity Morning (16-17 Feb and 30-31 March). The activities include a planetarium show, three short workshops and entry to the historic North Site of the Royal Observatory (including Flamsteed House and the Meridian Line). Explore dwarf planets, asteroids and celebrate the impending arrival of NASA spacecraft DAWN.

Meet the animal actors from Harry Potter just outside London at the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studios (13-25 Feb). A menagerie of owls, cats and a toad show off their acting skills with a series of live demonstrations.

The Horniman, a family museum set in 16 acres of landscaped garden, has something for everyone including weekend workshops, aquarium, nature trail and a hands on base where children can touch museum objects. Or, try the Science Museum with seven floors of entertainment including the Apollo 10 command module and flight simulator.

A trip to the movies is always popular and this half term you can see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Book of Life, The Maze Runner and plenty more.

Muse of Fire (16-20 Feb) is a multi award-winning promenade performance for intrepid families around Shakespeare’s Globe. Discover an Elizabethan hermit living under the stage, learn from a master of magic in a secret forest and take tea with strange puppets that live in the abandoned library. Suitable for children aged 6-11, the performance features a special tour and ends in the Globe.

Kid’s Comedy (22 Feb) Head to artsdepot for a performance by Comedy Club 4 Kids (aged 6+). See the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit do their thing, without the rude bits, perfect for an audience of children and their families.

Chris Hodges

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