Historic Royal Palaces. Rufus Murly-Gotto, 3, and Ruby McMenamy, 9, get training at Knight School at the Tower of London, January 9 2018. Knight School is an immersive, hands-on live interpretation offer running over February HT designed to appeal to domestic family visitors, both for first time and repeat visits.

February Events for Kids

This February is jam packed with some amazing events for kids throughout the month including some brilliant days out during half term. The days are getting longer and daffodils are poking their heads out of the ground. Time to come out of hibernation and explore what our great city has to offer. For most of these events you won’t even need to leave the East End although we definitely recommend venturing out to the Imagine Festival, 12 days of family fun on the South Bank.

1 Museum of Childhood

We have more Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend at the MOC. Join the fun and celebrate Chinese New Year with traditional Lion dancing, martial arts performances, calligraphy and craft stalls along with a Chinese children’s art exhibition.

Visit during half term for loads of swashbuckling fun with pirate themed story telling, arts and crafts and workshops. It’s a Pirate’s Life for Tower Hamlets Mums!

When: Chinese New Year, Saturday 9th February 2019, 11 – 16.30

Half term 16th -24th February 10:30-16:30 various times

Where: Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA

W: https://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/chinese-new-year-3/

https://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/february-half-term-2/

2 National Maritime Museum

Chinese New Year is happening over the Thames this weekend too! Head to the Great Map to see traditional lion dances by Step Out Arts and song and dance from the Shanghai Theatre Academy to truly celebrate the Year of the Pig.  Character tours, traditional music and storytelling and craft workshops make for a hands on immersive cultural experience your children are unlikely to forget.

The 16th -24th of February is Rainbow Week at the National Maritime Museum. Follow a character and enjoy a tour bringing the museum exhibitions to life or Join Ahoy Mate! and discover what life was like aboard a pirate ship. A week to celebrate individuality, self expression and the LGBTQ community. Help to create a rainbow flag made up of tiny origami boats.

When:

Chinese New Year 9 February 11am – 4pm

Rainbow week 16th-24th February various times

Where: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

W: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events

W: https://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/exhibitions-events/february-half-term-rainbow-week

Chinese theatre Academy

3 Discover Children’s Story Centre

Just in time for half term, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is the next installment of the Discover Centre’s story world. An immersive exhibition of the world of Judith Kerr’s creatures. Saturday 16th of February, join The Tiger for tea and hear the tale of his surprise visit to Sophie and her mummy. Crawl through a giant cat flap and find Mog’s family house. Look for the hidden eggs for her breakfast. Explore her garden in the day and night – but watch out for the mousedogbird!

Featuring 14 Judith Kerr books, with myriad worlds to explore, this 3D immersive exhibition will also include engaging facts about Judith Kerr’s life.

Visit during half term and enjoy a brilliant variety of events for kids from children’s book authors of such titles such as The Clever Camel, Danny McGee Drinks the Sea, My Puppy Poet & Me, Perfectly Norman and Romany story telling!

When: Tiger Who Came to Tea starts opens 16th February 2019

Where: Discover, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

W: http://www.discover.org.uk/all-events/

4. Halfmoon Theatre

The Halfmoon theatre has a great line up of family performances this February. Children aged 3 and under will love Circles in the Sand with a post performance free play session. And for ages 5 and up there is Mole and the Gecko : The Show, an interactive rap musical the audience helps to create. And finally, If All The World Were Paper will delight ages 3-6 years all about the ups and downs of true friendship told with plenty of humour.

Mole and Gecko: The Show Date: Sat 16 Feb

If All the World Were Paper Date: Sat 23 Feb

Circles in the Sand Date: Fri 8 – Sat 9 Feb

Where: Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

W: https://www.halfmoon.org.uk/whats-on/whats-on-at-half-moon/

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5. Museum of London Docklands Half Term

Come and enjoy an unforgettable day out in London’s famous East End, with workshops, storytelling sessions and events especially for Under 5s taking place daily. Find out why Cockney Rhyming Slang is now ‘brown bread’ and learn a few Dicky Birds yourself. Or get crafty and create a little costume and become a Pearly King or Queen!

With a kids eat free offer in their award-winning restaurant, the Museum of London Docklands will make a great day out for your family this half term.  Don’t forget to book your slot at Mudlarks before you go!

When: February 16th & 24th from 10:30 am

Where: Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL

W: https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/february-half-term

6. Half Term at the Tower of London

Knight School! Get ready for a swashbuckling February half term as the ever-popular Knight School returns to the Tower of London. Throughout the holidays families can immerse themselves in a very different education and find out what it takes to become a knight!

Join the Tower’s own team of medieval tutors as they teach you the ‘knightly’ ropes. Train as a page then a squire, until at last you are worthy to become a knight and join the garrison to defend the Tower. You’ll learn all the skills required: from manners, etiquette and entertainment, to martial skills of combat and fitness. Training will culminate in a knighting ceremony, enlisting new recruits to defend the Tower, keeping the ancient fortress safe from marauding medieval invaders.

When: 16th-24th February 2019 11am-4pm

Where: Tower of London, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB

W: https://www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/explore/knight-school/#gs.M6Tfl5eT

Imagine festival

7. Imagine Festival -South Bank

Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival returns in 2019 for 12 jam-packed days of fun events for kids.

Dive into the best children’s theatre, literature and music, with plenty of workshops and free events for everyone. See Peppa Pig in concert or create a giant collaborative chalk masterpiece. FUN DMC will get your body movin to the hip hop beats or if that’s not your scene you can make music with an orchestra.

Draw, write, read, play, sing, dance and create your way through most of February on the Southbank. With over 50% of the programme free and loads to do for ages 0 – 12 this is an event for families not to be missed.

When: 13th– 24th February 2019 various times

Where: All over the Southbank

W: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/imagine-childrens-festival?page=1#events

8. Get Your Skates On

Join Tower Hamlets Sport and Parks teams for a winter celebration at Bethnal Green Gardens. Activities will include ice skating, climbing, cycling, fairground rides, basketball, tennis, athletics, football, boccia, coconut shy, arts and crafts and much more! A Tower Hamlet’s Council sponsored half term event, free to enjoy for the whole family!

When: Wednesday 20th February 2019 (11:00-15:00)

Where: Bethnal Green Gardens, 10 Witan St, London E2 6FG

W: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/News_events/Events/2019/February_2019/Get_Your_Skates_On.aspx

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9. My Little Playground

Join the fun in Columbia rd with the coolest play group around. Creative Bees for ages 3-5 years is a 90 minute workshop especially designed for creative little hipsters with arts & crafts, story time, music and dancing! Little ones love coming here and their excellent workshop leaders definitely bring out their expressive nature.

When: Friday, February 22nd 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Where: Stretch Yoga Studio, 59 Columbia Road, E2 7RG London

W: https://mylittleplayground.co.uk/

10. ArelorMittal Orbit

Calling all LEGO lovers! Bricks in the Sky returns this February half term and you’re invited! Artist Warren Elsmore will be bringing the London Skyline to life as you’ve never seen it before, with famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament, 10 Downing Street door, Beatles Abbey Road and the Crown Jewels all made from LEGO bricks.

There will also be LEGO bricks free play so you can get stuck in and build whatever your imagination can conjure up!

Families can enjoy the fantastic skyline views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, the O2 and get a bird’s eye view of the Stadium. If you’re brave enough and they’re old enough make sure to book a hair raising slide ride!

When: 18th-24th February 2019

Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 5 Thornton Street, London E20 2AD

W: https://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2019/02/bricks-in-the-sky-at-the-arcelormittal-orbit

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