London is a fabulous place for a day out, but it can be very expensive, especially when you need to keep your kids entertained for a whole week. The good news is that there are many low cost or free things to do in London which are fun for all the family this February half term.
Southbank Imagine Children’s Festival
The Southbank Centre (nearest pier: Festival) is holding the Imagine Children’s Festival during this February half term and features Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq. Your kids can feed and interact with dinosaurs, celebrate the Harry Potter books and go on adventures with Pippi Longstocking. The Festival is on for 12 days and includes fantastic performances in music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation – there will be lots of free fun to go around!
Bank of England
It may not be the first place you think of when deciding where to take your kids, but the Bank of England (nearest pier: Bankside) is definitely worth considering. You can learn all about the California gold rush and listen to amazing stories, find out how someone once broke into the Bank’s gold vaults and you can also hold a real 13kg gold bar! Finally, you can make a money box in the shape of a gold bar to take home. This exciting activity is free for children and their families.
There are some interesting free tours at Somerset House (nearest pier: Embankment) which was once the home of three Catholic queens: Anne of Denmark, Henrietta Maria and Catherine of Braganza. You can take part in a free guided tour exploring the history of the site and a special highlight of the tour includes access to Strand Lane Baths. There is also the free historical highlights tour where you’ll discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainment.
The Sky Garden
While you’re in London, a free trip to The Sky Garden (nearest pier: Tower Bridge Quay) is most definitely worth doing. It is a unique public space that covers three storeys and offers fantastic views across the City of London. You can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and open-air terrace in London’s highest public garden.
Another place worth visiting this February half term is the Royal Observatory (nearest pier: Greenwich). Their excellent value-for-money event includes a planetarium show and access to the historic Royal Observatory in Greenwich. After the show, you can visit the historic Royal Observatory at your leisure where there are lots to explore including a drop-in station with one of their Observatory Explainers. These workshops are free and there are also demonstrations and activities.
The Globe Theatre
If you want to spend a little cash, then The Globe Theatre (nearest pier: Bankside) has a fabulous range of activities this February half term which celebrates magic, nature and the joy of storytelling.