Keep the kids entertained this February with fun half-term activities including drama, art, and outdoor fun in Hyde Park and Holland Park
1 Gather green-fingered helpers for a week of environment-themed activities at the Ecology Centre. The fun hands-on programme aimed at 5-10 year olds (under eights must be accompanied by an adult) includes fun and educational tasks such as shelter building, creepy crawly searches, tree-troll making and other animal-themed craft sessions. Morning and afternoon activities are available and places are limited. Tickets start from £4.10 per activity, see website for booking information.
Holland Park Ecology Centre, Ilchester Place W8 6LU; rbkc.gov.uk
2 Local theatre Chickenshed is running a five day workshop, £130 inclusive, during half-term for little stars in the making. Offering kids aged 5-12 yrs activities in dance, drama, singing and story-making, it runs 10am-4pm from 16-20 February, culminating in a performance for parents at the end. And for tiny tots, why not take them to one of the theatre’s vibrant Tales from the Shed shows, full of colourful puppets and silly performances. Half-term dates: 19 Feb 10am and 11.30am, 20 Feb 10am. ages 0-6. Tickets £6, babies under six months go free.
3 Inspire young minds with the painting of Baroque painter Rubens in a Rubens Family workshop at the Royal Academy, which comprises an interactive tour and a practical hands-on session. Suitable for children aged 6+. 10.15am-1pm on 19 February, £15 adults, £5 friends, £3 children. Booking essential.
4 Enjoy some family time during half-term with Hyde Park’s Discovery Day – Brilliant Birds on 18-19 February. Kids’ activities include how to make a bird feeder, the chance to follow a discovery trail and a creative arts and crafts session to create a brand new bird species. No booking required. Drop-in at any time at Isis Education Centre between 11am-3pm to take part, day suitable for the whole family.
5 Show kids the hidden treasures of the Natural History Museum with special behind-the-scenes tours that reveal amazing sights, such as the giant squid or specimens collected by Charles Darwin in the Darwin Centre Spirit Collection tour. Explore 27 kilometres of shelves, 22 million specimens, and cutting-edge scientific research in the Darwin Centre’s Zoology spirit building – it’s sure to broaden their minds and give them something to tell their friends about. Suitable for children aged 8 and over. There are numerous time slots available during the day, see website for full list of times and dates.