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Half Term

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Half term is finally here and  so it’s definitely time for a well earned break. But what to do? Don’t worry, as ever here at KidRated we have you covered.


Top Picks in London

Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank Centre

Imagine Children's Festival Half term in London February as chosen by KidRated

Imagine Children’s Festival, an official K-Rated attraction © Southbank Centre

The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Children’s Festival at the Southbank is dedicated to families enjoying all kinds of art and culture together.

Featuring Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq it runs from 12-23 Feb.

Highlights include interactive dinosaurs, the Harry Potter books, Peppa pig, The Hungry Caterpillar and Pippi Longstocking.

Book now and get ready for 12 days of the best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their grown-ups.

12th – 23rd February

Team up with Sonic at the Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium for half term in Kidrated's London line up

Sonic is at Sea Life this half-term

From the 15th to the 28th February, families will be invited to team up with Sonic to complete five tasks around the attraction and help him defeat his nemesis, Dr. Eggman, and save all the creatures at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. 


Once families have completed the mission, they can take home a well-deserved reward certificate from Sonic and the gang. 

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15th-28th February

Activities and Storytime at the Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood has lots of free fun things to do for all ages - Kidrated reviews and chooses it's favourites

Museum of Childhood, an official K-Rated attraction © Jan von Holleben

There are a whole host of activities taking place at the museum this half-term including:

Night-time Lantern Making Workshop
Monday 17 & Friday 21 February, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
£7 per child, ages 4+


Shadow Puppet Theatre Workshop
Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 February, 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Mulberry Room
£7 per child, ages 4+


Pop-up Performance: The Object Project
Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00 (30min)
FREE, sign up on the day, all ages


Exploring the museum: an activity with ASYMBAL
Saturday 22 February, 13.00-16.00
FREE, drop-in, all ages

Check website for further info, times and prices



Explore Madame Tussauds

KidRated and Madame Tussauds

The Two AJs -Pritchard and Joshua. Hard to tell but the one on the right isn’t real !

A favourite for kids and adults alike. Make sure you take a camera and take as many selfies as you can.

We love the interactive Star Wars Experience and also recommend swinging by the music zone to hang out with everyone from The Beatles to Taylor Swift.



In a tenuous bit of publicity based solely on initials Strictly Come Dancing’s AJ Pritchard will be unveiling a brand new waxwork of Anthony AJ Joshua and he should be there looking, wait for it, wait for it….knockout!

This is a great one for older kids and teenagers as you can let them wander round by themselves!


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Lightopia at Chiswick House

Lightopia-Festival-London - Kidrated Teenagers and Kids

The new winter light trail – Lightopia!

Chiswick House and Gardens has a brand new winter light trail event for 2020 at Chiswick House and Gardens, Lightopia!


Explore the18th century heritage estate after dark through and beautiful magical light trail suitable for the whole family!


Lightopia aims to transport the audience into a different world of expression with an impressive collection of handmade Chinese lanterns, extraordinary projection mapping and interactive pieces.


And good news for foodies – at the end of the trail there is a selection of street food available. Plus a Chinese artisan market, acrobat displays and funfair rides to enjoy!


The event is on until 1st March. Entry from 17:00 – 20:30.

Everyday from 5pm
Book in advance

 The London Dungeon

London Dungeon Boudica Wicked Women London KidRated Teenagers and older fearless kids should head to the London Dungeon where they can get the poo scared out of them and then probably shown to them later by one of the horribly brilliant guides who take you around.

The Tavern and Jack the Ripper are particularly terrifying.

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All Half Term

Discover Children’s Story Centre, Stratford

Discover Story Children's Centre Fairy tales KidratedAn immersive world of play and storytelling designed by Discover with illustrator David Litchfield and author Ross Montgomery. Kids get to hear a tall tale about the magical characters who have stayed in the Three Bears’ guest house. Then a chance to step into the fairy tale town and through into the woods to discover a world of giants, palaces, gingerbread houses and treasure caves. £2 in addition to your Discover Day Pass.


Top Tip: Buy a day pass to get all-day access to the immersive Story Worlds, Story gardens and Cafe.

Ages 0-11
All Half Term
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Coding Camps at Cypher Coders

KidRated picks Cypher Coders

Get coding with Cypher

Coding is the future so why not give your kids a kick start by booking them onto a coding camp this half term.


Cypher teaches children from 5 to 12+ years old how to code through exciting creative themes encouraging curiosity, sparking their imagination and building an ability to think and communicate ideas.


RHYTHM & STYLE CAMPS: Students will learn to code while designing games, flying drones, programming bots, creating patterns and recording beats

Ages 5-12+
17th Feb – 21st Feb
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 Geffrye Museum

Geffrye MuseumAt the Geffrye Museum you can walk through time and although it’s currently closed for a massive refurbishment it’s one of ourt favourite family destinations. So, we’ve mentioned it so it’s on your radar when it re-opnes in 2020.

 Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric SquareThe Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith is great for kids’ theatre and not only does it have a special Saturday club for kids – the Little Lyric there is always a bespoke programme on at half-term.


This time  the play is Star in A Jar – a warm-hearted story, that perfectly captures the friendship between two siblings.


18th Feb – 22nd Feb
Book online or by phone
Ages 3-8

Out of this World: Moon Mission – Planetarium, Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory Greenwich London kidrated reviews family days out

Family fun at the Planetarium shows

The moon is quite literally out of this world and at the Planetarium this half term, kids can learn all about it.

Join the Royal Observatory Astronomers for a fun space-themed morning for older children that includes a planetarium show, an interactive workshop and a chance to talk to their astronomers.

17th, 18th & 19th Feb
 10am – 11:45am
Ages 7+

Puddle Jumping Championship at the WWT London Wetland Centre

WWT London Wetland Centre - KidRated

The annual puddle jumping compeition is back!

Do you have what it takes to be a  Puddle Jumping Champion? Prizes go for enthusiasm, style, creativity and the biggest splash so there’s every chance you’ll go home a winner. Just don’t forget the wellies!

Saturday 15th – Sunday 23rd February
Competition entry FREE with admission

The Hard Rock Cafe

ripley's believe it or not hard rock cafeThis half term, Ripley’s and the Hard Rock Cafe are teaming up to create an awesome pop-up. There will be one of a kind items on display from Lady Gaga, Elvis, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and loads more to celebrate the Hard Rock Cafe’s 45th birthday.

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Zippos Circus

Zippos Circus London There’s no half term show for Zippos at the moment but tWe love them and wanted to tell you thet they’re getting ready for an Easter extravaganza in April with shows in Blackheath, East Ham, Mitcham and Wallington.


Plus if you book before the 29th Feb you’ll get a whopping 40% off the ticket price. With an international cast of over 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerialists (with no safety harness!), and death defying stuntmen, families are guaranteed unique, edge-of-the seat theatre!

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40% until 29th Feb


 London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum KidRated reviews family offers

London Transport Museum, an official K-Rated attraction © Diane Auckland Fotohaus

LTM are introducing Museum Mission for half term which sound a lot of fun. The first one in February is designed to help kids discover more about London’s favourite signs and symbols.

London’s transport system is one of the most recognisable in the world. Your mission is to find out why signs and symbols are so important to London.

Drop in during half term and pick up a Museum Mission from the Family Desk. Explore the Museum and look out for the activities you and your family can take part in

.Don’t forget to also check out the fab All Aboard play zone. Plus party games throughout the day in the Transportorium.

Museum Mission: 3 – 12 but all ages welcome


8 comments on “Half Term” | Add a comment

  1. Rachel Canter

    You have given me some good inspiration for the bank hol weekend and half term. We’re going to check out the maritime museum in Greenwich – Rachel, Welwyn, Herts

    1. Simon London

      That’s great news Rachel. We’re so glad we’ve been some help. Hope you continue to use us and don’t forget to tell your friends or even try uploading a review with the kids.

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