When half term rolls around it is sometimes difficult to know how to keep your kids amused. We've compiled a list of events and half term activities in Ealing, West London and across the capital for this February 2014 half term.
Embark on an orchid expedition with your little explorers this half-term with period costumes, survival skills and botanical drawing all forming part of the fun, from 11am – 3:30pm daily. Admission is free with ticket price to Kew Gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Where: Princess of Wales Conservatory Film Room, Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids/kids-activities/
How much does it cost? Free with admissions to Kew Gardens – £14.50 for adults and free for children under 16.
15 Feb MASQUERADE FREE MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Masquerade Theatre Arts offers classes in singing, drama and dance, Saturday's at Oaklands Primary School, Ealing. To celebrate the launch of their new afternoon classes for 7-11 year olds, commencing Sat 1st March Masquerade is offering children the opportunity to attend a very special musical theatre class completely free on Saturday 15th February 2.45pm-4.45pm! In the workshop the children will get a crash course in basic vocal technique, learn a fantastic musical theatre song, play drama games, recreate wonderful drama scenes and finally learn a fun and funky dance.
How much does it cost? Free
The Log Cabin can provide places for around 55 children and young people per day particularly for children with disabilities or additional needs, including some children who require 1:1 care. Children can participate in a wide range of activities (suitable to the age and needs of the children). The children can also enjoy trips to other local playgrounds, museums, parks, swimming etc. Transport to and from the Playground can be provided where necessary for children with additional needs and disabilities whose parents or carers are unable to bring them. We are unable to provide transport for children booked for the extended day. Children must be registered in order to attend the Playschemes. A normal day runs from 9.30am – 3.30pm and an extended day from 8.30am – 5.45pm.
Where: The Log Cabin, 259 Northfield Avenue, Ealing, London, W5 4UA www.logcabin.org.uk/
How much does it cost? For parents and carers of children with additional needs, funding may be available from Social Services. Please contact your Social Worker to find out if you are eligible for short breaks provided by the Log Cabin.*
* The Log Cabin is Northfields' nominated charity. If you'd like to donate directly to the Log Cabin, please use the Donate button on the sidebar of our blog to help this amazing Ealing children's charity continue to support children and their carers in our area.
Sports activities including basketball, badminton, indoor athletics, indoor football and many more activities form a part of this holiday play scheme to keep kids active and having fun. All day supervised programme for children aged from 8 years. The play scheme will run between 8am – 6pm, the week commencing the 17th of Febuary. Drop-in sessions are also available and run between 10am – 4pm (however, parents must remain with their children at drop-in sessions).
How much does it cost? £10.00 per day for the play scheme or £2.00 for drop-in sessions
Workshops for ages 4-8.The theme this half term is the story of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” with a performance at the end for family and friends.
Where: St Peter’s Hall, 59A Portobello Road, Notting Hill,W11 3DB www.perform.org.uk
How much does it cost? £95 (with a 25% discount for siblings and reductions for groups).
Environmental activities for children utilising the park and the wooded Wildlife Area. The programme for 5-10 year olds includes outdoor activities like shelter building and orienteering and animal themed craft sessions on animal tracks and birds.
How much does it cost? £5.20, £4.10 RBKC residents
Art workshops based on the exhibition currently running. "Just Glass." 10am-12noon for ages 5-7 and 2-4pm for ages 7-11. Experiment with projectors to create light filled environments and learn about different techniques used by glassmakers today. Call 020 8567 1227 to book.
Where: PM Gallery and House, Mattock Lane,W5 www.ealing.gov.uk/pmgalleryandhouse
Sports and physical activities for kids in Ealing that can help them to build confidence in a safe and secure environment.
How much does it cost? Starting at £16 per day
A day of Musical Theatre & Street Dance. Open to all children aged 5 – 10 years. Perform for your family and friends at the end of the day
Where: Innovation Dance Studios Ealing, 96 Pitshanger Lane, W5 1QX, Call 0208 998 2283 to book.
How much does it cost? £25
It can rain, it can shine, but it is always fun to play, sing and dance together! Join us for a musical playdate around the theme Weather! This event runs from 10-10:45am and is limited to 20 children (up to age 5yrs) and place is reserved based on first-come-first-served.
Where: St Mary's Church, South Ealing Rd, email your name, your little ones' name & age, and your mobile number to [email protected]
How much does it cost? Free to all Kindermusik families* and £5 to new to Kindermusik families (payment need to be made in advance)
*Kindermusik family means a family which have participated in at least a 4-week programme.
An annual festival of music, comedy, performance, interaction and theatre taking place throughout half term, with appearances by children's writers and entertainers. Last year the two weeks were successfully curated by children from local schools – known collectively as the Festival Ideas Cloud – so they're at it again for 2014. The kids will even be helping run the place by assisting light technicians, programme sales and on the tannoy.
Where: Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX For further information and to purchase tickets call 0844 875 0073.
How much does it cost? Tickets prices for each event vary, and some events are free.
Take your kids on an expedition to see how animals and plants survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and constant darkness or with little oxygen in our new family friendly exhibition. See some of the animals that live in these environments, watch films that make you shiver, feel the air-conditioning inside an ostrich’s beak, try to keep up with the drinking speed of a camel or see how much fat you have compared with a seal. Extremes mixes hands-on experiences including games and experiments, with films and taxidermy animal specimens. This exhibition is in three languages – English, Spanish and French.
Where: Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ, www.horniman.ac.uk
How much does it cost? £3.30 Child, £6.60 Adult, £16.50 Family (prices include 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation), Horniman Members go free.
The evil Dr Iscove has a diabolical plan and time is running out to stop him. Designed for children aged 6+, this interactive family exhibition will put budding spies through their paces at an elite Secret Agent training academy. Master surveillance techniques, unlock codes, dodge laser beams, learn how to make yourself invisible and save the day. A free launch day celebration takes place on Saturday February 15 with a talk and signing by children's author and creator of Ruby Redfort, Lauren Child (2.30pm). Bring along a book to take part in the London Children's Book Swap (11am-5pm).
How much does it cost? (Admission includes entry to Discover), Full Day prices: Adult £7 (Conc. £6); Child £6.50 (Conc. £5.50), Family Ticket (four people) £24, additional child £5.50, Discover Annual Pass Holders: Child £3.50; Adult £4
The London Children's Book Swap takes place across the city and encourages children to bring in books they are ready to let go of and swap them for a new library of stories. Venues taking part include the Museum of London, Discover Children's Story Centre, artsdepot, Polka Theatre, Rich Mix, Shoreditch Trust, Southbank Centre, Unicorn Theatre, V&A Museum of Childhood and William Morris Gallery
Where: Venues as above, www.facebook.com/LondonChildrensBookswap
How much does it cost? Free
A big day out for all bike, sport, travel and outdoor enthusiasts with plenty of family-friendly have-a-go experiences. The world's longest indoor zip wire will be installed along with a free-drop experience (jump from a 5m platform into a huge airbag), climbing and adventure zones, a mobile playground (a high ropes course for under-10s) and Slacklining ropes.
How much does it cost? Adult ticket £20, children under 15 can go in for free but still require a ticket.
Hear the bestselling author and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Ambassador, Jacqueline Wilson discussing her books including her latest book Paws and Whiskers, an anthology of stories about dogs and cats from the world of children’s literature. You can also buy pre-signed copies of Paws and Whiskers from Waterstones at the theatre on the day.
How much does it cost? Tickets £10 adults, £6 Children, or a ticket including a signed copy of Paws and Whiskers £19
Spontaneous musical makers, the Showstoppers, will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall. The audience will provide suggestions which this team of improv storytellers will create into whimsical characters and locations and will even use props of your choosing if you bring something in. Recommended for children aged 6-10.
Where: Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, SW7 2AP, www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/fantastical-story-factory/
How much does it cost? Tickets £14.77 adults, £11.20 Children
Drop in to take part in this artist-led day of activities celebrating the Tate's collaborative work with local families, community groups and children's centres. All activities are centred around play, movement, making, looking, sound and music, with an emphasis on developing areas of language, interaction, imagination and creativity. The day is suitable for all ages and takes place throughout the gallery.
How much does it cost? Free
Please note: Northfields is in no way endorsing any of these activities. Some have been very helpfully recommended by local families that we speak to via Facebook and Twitter, others activities have just been compiled from listings of events from across the web. We hope you'll find this listing of half term activities for February 2014 helpful in deciding what is the best activity for your children.
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