I feel like a one-woman listings magazine at the moment. I’ve spent the past few weeks working on content about February half-term 2019, from things to do with kids in London, to the best places to take the family to in the UK. It’s fair to say there are some very cool things going on if you’re not very good at staying in.
The irony is, our half-term is a different week to most of the UK (it’s this week, rather than February 18-24), so we can’t do the majority of the activities as the kids will be back at school. On the flip side, it means I’m sat in a much more affordable lodge at Center Parcs Whinfell (it’s been a while since we were last here), which would have been way out of our budget next week.
Anyway, seeing as I’ve written all this content, here’s a
brain dump digested read of all the best bits if you’re looking for things to do. I’ve linked to each of the articles and picked out my favourites – we’re going to try to do some of the more evergreen London ones at weekends in the next month or so.
1-16: The perfect half-term plan for techy teens was written for Time Out and covers loads of STEM-inspired activities in London, from workshops in LEGO robotics and coding, to the V&A’s videogames exhibition (which closes on the last day of half-term). It covers ages from about 7 to about 17, although there’s lots going on for younger siblings. The Family Fun day at the Royal Institution gets my vote, but I’m very tempted by the science-themed afternoon tea at the Ampersand Hotel, too – it’s next to the Science Museum, so you can do both in one hit.
17: Body Worlds London is running a Junior Doctors programme over half-term, where 8 to 12-year-olds (minus their parents) can tour the exhibition in a lab coat with a medic on-hand to answer all their questions. It sounds really cool and I didn’t get a chance to feature it in any of my articles, so take a look and book early – all these events are going to be popular.
18-26: The best half-term activities in London is another one for Time Out, this time covering all ages and activities. The Imagine Children’s Festival at the South Bank Centre sounds amazing – 180 events over two weeks – as does Kate Pankhurst’s Fantastically Great Women Who Worked Wonders workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe. There’s also a brand new LEGO exhibition opening at the Horniman Museum just as half-term kicks off, and the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens is bound to be drop-dead gorgeous – it runs until March 10, so it’s not just for half-term.
27-31: The top 5 things to do in February half term 2019 for megabus is last but not least, and covers – as the title suggests – the whole of the UK. I realised as I began writing it that the National Videogame Museum has moved from Nottingham to Sheffield, which was news to me. The Eden Project’s Passport to the World event is top of my wish-list if we weren’t so far away, but Knight School at the Tower of London is a very close second.
Have I missed any gems? Let me know if you’ve got any recommendations to add to the list…