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What's on this February half term? Find out here....


It's amazing how quickly half term holidays come around. The February one is just around the corner and luckily there's lots to do. We round up the best.


Theatre

Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate is showing Red Riding Hood.  Performances at 12pm and 4pm. For children 4+. A new adaptation of the classic tale with music and songs from Julian Butler (Charlie and Lola), Red Riding Hood promises to be a magical treat for children and their families this half term. We are excited to be running a competition to win a family ticket to a performance of red Riding Hood. For more details click here.



The Arts Depot in North Finchley is showing The Secret Garden for children 6+ on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 February. the cassic story, presented by Angel Exit, blends  storytelling with performance, beautiful puppets, live singing and an original soundtrack. From Thursday 16- Sunday 19 February the Arts depot is also presenting The Snail and the Whale, for children 4-10. This is the latest collaboration by the creators of The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo stage shows with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a huge humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes.


Little Angel Theatre  in Islington is also showing Little Red Riding Hood for children 4+. Follow our eponymous heroine into the woods and expect a rich mix of puppetry, music, song, inventive staging and witty dialogue. 

Museums and Attractions


The Southbank Centre is hosting the Imagine Children's festival which runs until Sunday 19 February.  There are a host of fabulous activities planned, including the Imagine Children's Funfair and Imagine Craft Pavilion where children (5-12 years) can drop- in and get creative as different publishers introduce you to their favourite children's characters and stories. Wear clothes to get messy in!

Museum Of Childhood has Fairytale Fiends,  a fiendish week of storytelling, arts & crafts and treasure hunts. Enjoy an active re-telling of Rumplestiltskin (11 and 12), make a goblin hand puppet 2-4pm) and embark on a trail to find fairytale mischief makers hiding in the museu. Free to drop in for all ages.

The RAF Museum, Hendon, is hosting Helicopter Half Term where you can learn more about the history of the museum's Helicopter Collection through a series of interactive workshops. There will be an opportunity to see inside Whirlwind and Royal Wessex Helicopters. Session times are 11.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 16.00

Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL has family activities all week 1-5pm - themed Nature's Best Inventions.  Get your hands on some of the Museum’s most amazing specimens as we investigate the incredible structures that animals have evolved. Discover trident-shaped teeth, hammer-shaped heads and needle-shaped gnashers. Admission is free and there is no need to book. Suitable for all ages.


British Library has Stop Frame Animation Workshops for the family from 10.30- 4pm Tuesday- Thursday. Check website for session times.


Cartoon Museum (near Tottenham Court Road) has lots of great half term activities for older children including learn to draw manga cartoons and learn to draw like the Beano! Full details here.

Holland Park is offering a daily programme of activities for children, including shelter building and scavenger hunts in the Ecology Centre's wooded wildlife area, plus animal-themed arts and crafts. Ages 5-10. Booking essential.

Hampton Court Palace is offering Valentine themed family friendly activities for half term.

Sir John Soane's Museum has some really good half term activities too including a workshop where children can help update and improve the museum. 

Bruce Castle Museum, Haringey has a week of activities with the theme Weird and Wonderful Creatures. Be inspired by our visiting Merman exhibition and discover other creatures around the museum.

British Museum has Book of the Dead holiday activites 11am-4pm. Come to the Museum and travel through the netherworld – a wide range of free hands-on activities relating to the Book of the Dead. Find out more. Free and drop in.


Courses and Camps


The very lovely Tea Party in Finchley has Princess School running all week 10.30-12. There will be storytelling, face painting, a chance to learn princess etiquette and more. For ages 3-6. Don't forget your tiaras!

The Arts Depot, North Finchley, has The Snail and the Whale craft workshops Thursday- Saturday for children aged 4+ to enjoy before attending the show.

Camden Arts Centre has a selection of half term courses including Fab Lab  for 8-11s (10.30- 1pm) and 5-7 yrs (2-4.30pm),  offering children the chance to design the Camden Arts Centre Garden. 10.30- 1pm, Tues- Friday. There is also a clay for infants course for children 5-7 in the mornings, (although this looks sold out) and children 8-11 in the afternoons.

Islington Arts Factory has two courses running all week - dance and drama. Full details here.

Poolside Manor in Finchley has a multi activity day camp running all week. You don't need to attend all week.

Crafty Chefs Barnet has a Cooking Workshop on Tuesday 14 February at Baskervilles Tea Shop Palmers Green. 

Fine Art 4 Kids has a holiday workshop running in Crouch End. Visit website for details and booking. 


Creative Wizz Kidz has an unnacompanied holiday camp for 3-9 year olds in Golders Green that allows children to get creative in a fun environment.

Creative Movements has drama workshops in Primrose Hill. Full timetable here.

Perform has a half term drama course for 4-8s with the theme Alice in Wonderland. Venues include Hampstead, Highgate, St Johns Wood. 


Free playscheme! There is a free spring craft and wildlife activities for over 8s with the London Wildlife Trust to celebrate the arrival of spring. Places must be booked (and consent forms signed on the day) first come, first served, but it is free to attend. Please contact chickey@wildlondon.org.uk to book. Age group: 8-12. East Reservoir Community Garden, 1 Newnton Close, London, N4 2RH. 

Newington Dance is running an action packed holiday workshop (indoor and outdoor, depending on the weather) for young people between the ages of 5 and 11. A great chance to develop their skills in either drama, dance, film and crafts or in all of them! . Age group: 5-11 years. 231 Stoke Newington Church Street, 1a Unit 6 Shelford Place, London, N16 9HP.  Email: info@newingtondancespace.com Telephone: 020 72414193.


Cecil Sharp House has a fantastic opportunity for 11-18s to play and learn folk music - Get Your Folk On! 10.30am - 4pm (5.30pm on Friday) Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, NW1 7AY. The entire week costs £35 and is for all levels of musical experience from absolute beginners to advanced players.

Powerleague in Barnet has a football coaching camp - 10am-3pm, £12 for the day or £55 for the week.

Holiday Academy runs a day camp in Camden with a programme of arts, drama, sports, team games and music. For ages 3-12. 

One-Off Events

Monday

Oak Studio in Hampstead has a workshop to design and decorate a tote bag. Get your creative juices flowing and design then decorate a fabric tote bag using a selection of buttons, braid and bright fabrics. Choose your design then translate it onto your bag to take home and wear with pride, practise your hand sewing skills and make something unique.3-4.30pm, £18.



Tuesday

 

Islington Museum has Great Granny's Kitchen - Have fun with playdough and use
it to create plates of food for our 1940s kitchen. You can also decorate plates and placemats.
We will read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. 1.30-3.30pm.  This event is free but booking is required - please call 020 7527 2837 or email islington.museum@islington.gov.uk

Highgate Library has a free event to make a Valentines Day Card. How romantic. 2.30-3.30pm. 

Wednesday

Fringe Crafts in Muswell Hill has learn to knit for children 2-3.30pm.  

Keats House, Hampstead has a family activity 11-1pm to celebrate Edward Lear's centenary - Create your own fantasy animal inspired by Edward Lear's nonsense poems. Write a poem about them and have a go at bringing your creature to life with crafts! A fun, half-term activity for all the family. Free but you must book in advance.

Thursday

Oak Studio in Hampstead has a workshop to make raggy dolls - make a gorgeous rag doll using fabrics, braid and buttons you will practise your hand sewing techniques in this project for older children of 8 years and above, younger children can bring an adult to help them. You will make the base of your doll then, time permitting, make some simple clothes. You can always add to the wardrobe at home! 10.30-2.30pm and bring a packed lunch, £44.

Fringe Crafts in Muswell Hill has Make A Felt Friend - Come along for a fun crafty session and make your own felt stuffed friend. Design your own creature and make it come to life with a little sewing and a lot of imagination. No sewing experience is needed.10.30-12 and Felt and Button Bunting 1-2.30pm.

Friday

Storytelling Adventures at Izzy Jones Boutique in Queens Park truly bring stories to life. As well as being a lot of fun, the interactive, drama based workshops immerse the children in the world of the book which deepens their understanding of the subject matter and enhances their literacy skills.
10am -10.45am will be two Peppa Pig Stories for 2 - 5year olds (Drop in class £8 per child / £7 each for siblings)
11am - 12.30pm will be Where the Wild Things Are for 5-8 year olds (Drop in class £15 per child / £12.50 each for siblings)
Oak Studio in Hampstead has a workshop to make a sock monkey. Join experienced teacher Jennie and make a cheeky sock monkey to take home and enjoy. We provide all the materials and guidance and you will have a go at simple hand sewing to create these fun friends! This is a sociable and creative class for ages 6 and up. Adults are very welcome to stay to lend a helping hand. 3-5pm, £24.

If you  know of anything else going on that you think other North London parents would like to know about, do let us know and we will add it in!

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