All the best stuff to do for East End Kids and their crew!

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10 Great Activities to Enjoy this Half Term in East London

Check out our roundup to help you plan some fun they won’t forget this February half term in East London.

Whether you are keen to enjoy some theatre or explore an immersive art exhibition. We’ve got loads of ideas for all ages and plenty of free fun for a more affordable half term in East London. These days things can get booked up fairly far in advance so we recommend getting organised early.

1 Imagine Children’s Festival

The Imagine Children’s Festival, spanning 11 days during February half-term, offers a diverse blend of theatre, comedy, music, literature, poetry, and family fun for kids aged 0-11. With a focus on inspiring creativity and embracing diversity, early years activities feature The David Gibb Big Band, a free Wondergig, and Tom Fletcher’s interactive adventures. Highlights include Motionhouse’s Starchitects: A Cosmic Adventure, talks by Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho and Michael Rosen, YolanDa Brown’s new performance, CBeebies Ocean Adventure with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and various workshops and entertainment. We had so much fun last year! Check out our reel on Instagram.

Wed 7th – Sat 17th Feb 2024, various times

South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Some events are free, others ticketed

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2 Rebellious, revelling, rotten Romans 

Enjoy 5 days of FREE family-friendly Roman-themed activities at the British Museum inspired by the exhibition “Legion: Life in the Roman Army.” Dive into hands-on experiences, from contributing to the ‘Legion on the Lawn’ installation to time-traveling through Roman galleries. Explore artefacts, play Roman games, enjoy storytelling sessions, and meet Claudius Terattus in the exhibition to discover your fate as a Roman soldier. Book a free timed ticket to guarantee entry.

Mon 12th to Fri 16th February 2024 11 am – 4 pm

British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

FREE

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3 Around the Table: February Half Term Family Day

This February half-term at the Museum of the Home, families are invited to an experimental day of artist-led workshops across the Museum, including large-scale collective clay building with Cernamic co-founder Nam, placemat making with textile artist Kim Chin, and other family activities. Engage in open-ended, collaborative activities that encourage conversations and creativity in a relaxed environment. The sessions, designed as safe and welcoming spaces, are suitable for all ages.

Tues 13th February 2023 10.30 am – 4 pm

Museum of the Home, 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

FREE

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4 Young V&A Family Workshop: Japanese Story Scroll

Join Julia Josephson to craft your own emakimono, a traditional Japanese visual storytelling scroll, at the Young V&A. Using objects from the museum’s collection, you’ll weave a narrative and transform it into a captivating story scroll through collage and illustration. This family workshop requires adult participation alongside children, with a recommended ratio of at least one adult per three children. Ideal for ages 8 and up.

Wed 14th to Fri 16th February 2024 11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm- 4 p.

Young V&A, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA

Tickets £12

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Half term fun in East London at the Museum of London Docklands

5 A Migration Celebration!

Enjoy a variety of free activities, including Middle Eastern and North African cookery classes, global-themed toddler parties, Caribbean storytelling, and Eastern European-inspired music and folktales. Customize a multicultural blanket and explore object handling with artefacts from migrants and the museum’s collection. Immerse yourself in captivating folktales and klezmer music. Don’t miss the Fashion City exhibition, where every stitch tells a story. Share your family’s migration story and visit immersive sound art installations highlighting Chilean and Polish voices.

Mon 12th – Sun 18th February 2024 all day with workshops at various times

Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL.

FREE

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6 Escape from The Golden Hinde

Avast ye me hearties! Join a live interactive adventure on this historic vessel. This one is catering to adults but under 10s play for free so if your family loves an Escape Room why not take the day out together and explore this replica of the ship Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world in the 1570s? It’s haunted by ghosts, an unhappy mix of spirits with whom you’ll be locked aboard with just 60 minutes to escape! 5* reviews on trip advisor saying it’s great for families makes me want to find out what it’s all about!

10th,11th, 15th and 16th February 2024 various times available

The Golden Hinde, St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, London, SE1 9DE

Over 10s -£33 Under 10s free

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7 Chicken Shed Takeover Day

Chickenshed performances to children team are coming to Discover for a half term takeover day, with two of their popular shows, Planet Play (0-3) and Tales From the Shed (0-7 years). Both performances are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space. Planet Play has been specifically devised to encourage play and early communication development in young children. Can be booked together with Box Rocket exhibition.

14th Feb 2024 various times, see website for more details

Discover Children’s Story Centre,383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ

Free with your £9 session pass (Box Rocket is extra)

8 Valentines Family Barn Dance

All ages and abilities welcome for this whirly twirly giddying day of dancing and fun at Cut a Shine’s Family Barn Dance. They’ll teach you the moves from really simple dances for the smallest kids to a couple of proper ones for the grown ups, come and get your folk on with Cut A Shine! Suitable for children of all ages – They’ll mix up the sets with dances for really small kids and some for bigger kids and finish with a kid’s disco. Fully Stocked Bar, Coffee and Tea, Vegan chilli, cakes and healthy snacks. Buggy parking and a baby changing room along with soft play for crawlers. Kids can get their faces painted for £2.

Sat 17th February 2023 1 pm – 4 pm

The Round Chapel1D Glenarm RoadLondon, England, E5 0LY

Tickets £6 advance per human, under 1s are free (£7 on the door).

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9 The Great Big Dinosaur Show

Young dino fans will love this joyful blast of interactive live entertainment this February half term. Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko will delight audiences of all ages with a family show full of clever and funny poems, raps and songs all about all your favourite prehistoric protagonists (and some you haven’t heard of yet). We’ve got tickets to give away!

17th February 2024 11 am & 2 pm 50 mins, no interval     

The Halfmoon Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

Tickets £7

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10 Flip Out Canary Wharf

We’ve got a Flip Out in Tower Hamlets! Whoop whoop! With bumper cars, crazy carts, roller skating, interactive football, donut slide, gaming zones, ninja assault course and laser quest there’s enough to keep you entertained for hours in the warm and dry of this new epic indoor playground. There are no trampolines but there’s definitely enough to do.

Open every day

Former Car Park, Shopping Centre, 2 Cabot Square, London E14 4QS

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Looking for some childcare this half term in East London? We highly recommend The Strings Club.

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