If you’re still on the hunt for half term ideas, let us take the stress out of school holidays. Our half term guide is jam packed with child-friendly foodie finds across the capital and a heap of tasty activities to keep your brood busy across the week…
Design Workshop with Hey Duggee & Dishoom Dinners
If you’ve not yet made it down to the Design Museum’s Designing Duggee exhibition be quick as it comes to an end on 23rd February. Across half term, the museum is running a special design workshop with Hey Duggee in which little ones can hone their design skills and earn their very own Design Badge. The workshop consists of four key areas for children to explore their creativity – In the Creation Station you will learn how to design new characters in 2D and 3D by making a new squirrel as a spoon and a new animal character in collage; the Design Research Unit is ideal for under 2s with shape and texture play. Bring characters alive on The Stage and The Rainbow Gallery is your chance to share your story boards and get your very own design badge. Wrap up a day of fun with Duggee with an early dinner at Dishoom in Kensington. Their Chote Dishoom-Wallas menu serves up one plate meals for mini munchers served with Bombay potatoes, Dishoom slaw and a glass of fruit juice. Choose from the tender chicken Murgh Malai or Paneer Tikka.
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington
HICCE Half Term Junior Chefs
Taking residency at Coal Drop Yard’s Wolf & Badger, hicce, is a must-visit for mamas looking to explore the world of cookery with their kids this half term. Serving up lunch with a twist this half term, be sure to join the hicce team between 18th – 20th and 25-27th February for hicce’s Junior Chefs event. Pip Lacey and Gordy McIntyre will opening up the doors of the kitchen between 11am and midday to allow kids (5-14 years old) to create their own healthy and nutritious lunch from a myriad of the restaurants ingredients. Plus, in support of Fizz Free February, go-getting mini gastronomes to concoct their very own homemade sugar-free soft drink to sip and enjoy with their hand-crafted lunch. £15 per child, bookings required.
Hicce, 102 Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4DQ
Nearest Tube: Kings Cross / St Pancras International
Imagine Children’s Festival & Burgers for the Brood
The Imagine Children’s Festival is back! The 19th edition of the festival at the Southbank Centre features Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq. This twelve day long festival is the largest festival of its kind in the UK and brings together the best best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their grown-ups. Whether you wonder in a world of multi-sensory treats for tiny ones in the Nest, munch your way through The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, get glam with face painting with The Glitterbox or delve into the world of dinosaurs, this is just the tip of the festival fun. Treat your brood to burgers at Honest Burgers, go small with petite patties and rosemary fries and for bigg’uns you won’t want to miss February’s special – the Fondue! A lip-smacking beef patty, five-cheese fondue, crispy pancettas, white wine onions and of course, plenty of pickles – need we say more?
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Embankment
Play Well, Eat Well
It’s playtime at the Wellcome Collection. From history to having a good ol’ giggle with our pals, Play Well explores the history of play through toys, games and artwork from the mid-1800s to the present day. Whether it be LEGO or larp (live-action role play), digital games or delights of the playground, this fascinating exhibition is well worth a visit this half term. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February, you’ve got Permission to Play with a weekend of games and workshops exploring who gets to play, who is represented in play and why play is so important for us all. The Wellcome Kitchen dishes up an affordable kids menu at just £6.00 for a main and drink. Get playful with Spaghetti doughnuts, feast on beef meatballs with lashings of tomato sauce and mashed or sail the seven seas with the good ol’ fish fingers and veggies. Fruity puds include a seasonal fruit salad bowl or blackberry & apple cake with blackberry coulis.
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Nearest Tube: Euston
Kids Eat Free at Pho
Nippy February days call for a warming treat when out and about with your smalls. Did you know between 15th – 23rd February, kids eat free at Pho*. With a corker of a kids menu, all of their mini mains can be tailored to satisfy the pickiest of eaters. From wok-fried noodles or Vietnamese chicken curry, mini Pho soup and homemade pork meatballs served with rice and raw veggies, there’s even a baby bun for under 2s which is an ingenious picking plates of plain round rice noodles, sliced chicken breast, cucumber and tomatoes. *Children (age 12 and under) eat free all day, eat-in only, with a paying adult. Offer available at Pho Portsmouth, Exeter, Leicester, Brighton, Wimbledon, Kingston and Leeds only.
Alma Kids Half Term Camp
Our friends at Alma Kids have the whole brood covered this half term with their brilliant baby, toddler and kids camps running between 17th – 20th Feb. For babes 12-24 months, keep mornings calm and relaxed with baby yoga, soothing singing bowls and mantras. Toddlers (16 months – 4 years old) and can get green fingered with gardening sessions, whip up plant-based bites with mini cookery lessons and explore the crystal lab. With lunch included over the 9.30am – 1pm camps, your littl’uns will love the educational and fun packed schedule. 4-9 year olds have the chance to tap into their spiritual warrior, let it flow with yoga and get crafty with musical art classes – vegan lunch included. For more information about each class and to book your spots visit Alma Deli’s website.
11 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX
Nearest Tube: Victoria
Studio Play and Breakfast Plates at National Gallery
If you have a mini Monet in the making why not take a trip to The National Gallery this February. Their complimentary studio play sessions are designed for under 5s and through free-play little ones can explore sensory materials and investigate installations. With sessions inspired by paintings, exhibitions and artists across the Gallery, this half-term your babes can transform the studio through line and colour. Power up before the 11am session with family breakfast at The National Cafe. Little culture vultures will love the healthy array of picks on the kids menu from pancake stacks and scrambled eggs to filling bowls of porridge set to make even Goldilocks green with envy.
Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square / Charing Cross
Mini Detectives at The Postal Museum
Inspired by The Postal Museum’s temporary exhibition ‘The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post’, this half term get your sleuth on between 17th and 23rd February for there’s everything from crime-fighting gadgets to secret messages for kids to crack. This week long roster of activities includes a mini detective training trail, the chance to create an identity card and props to become a fully equipped detective of The Post Office Investigation Branch and storytelling sessions unearthing art masterpieces hidden in the Mail Rail tunnels during WW1. If all that postie play has built up an appetite, kids can create their own lunchbox at Benugo’s Counter Cafe. From Cheddar cheese and honey roast ham rolls to sweet treats or miniature raisin boxes, grab one of their five a day with crunchy carrot batons, juicy grapes and juice. Kids can also choo-choo-choose a train pasta with tomato sauce and parmesan.
15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA
Nearest Tube: Farringdon
Pitzhanger Manor Holiday Club & Soane’s Kitchen
If you’re kids can’t get enough of park life, this half term Pitzhanger Manor open their doors for a two day kids holiday club in the heart of Walpole Park. Running between 20th and 21st February (10am – 2.30pm), mini ones aged 6 to 12 can get crafty making bird feeders, beeswax candles and curiosity boxes using natural treasures, embark on a natural history treasure hunt in Walpole Park and there’s even exotic bird sketching. For bites nearby over the half term hols, skip next door to Soane’s Kitchen who are serving up a tasty kids eat free offer and free babyccinos across half term.
Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, Mattock Ln, Ealing, London W5 5EQ
Nearest Tube: Ealing Broadway
Chocolate Tuesday at Chelsea Physic Gardens
During his voyage to Jamaica, Chelsea Physic Garden‘s benefactor, Sir Hans Sloane, observed the use of chocolate mixed with milk as a remedy. He licensed the recipe to Mr Nicholas Sanders of Soho, and so the popular drink ‘Sloane’s Milk Chocolate’ came about. Heat up the chilly winter days overhalf term with Chocolate Tuesday on 18th February. This sweet-treat of a day includes craft activities, a Garden tour, a lip-smacking chocolate tasting and the chance to create your own mixtures to take away.
66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
FIVE FEBRUARY HALF TERM FREEBIES – KIDS EAT FREE OFFERS
Galvin at The Athenaeum
How does a Galvin Burger Deluxe sound? Children under 12 dine for free this February half term at Galvin at The Athenaeum. Boasting a super kids menu, head out for an a la carte lunch or dinner from Sunday 16 – Sunday 23 February 2020 and the children will dine for free. (One adult per child dining free, with a maximum of six adults. Adults are required to order a minimum of two courses each from the a la carte menu).
We all know that the school holidays can be expensive but dining at Hixter Bankside is the ideal spot for an early dinner after a day in London this half term. Children under 8 can choose a complimentary main course from the kids menu when accompanied by a dining adult. 4-6pm Monday to Friday, 12 – 6pm Saturday and Sunday
The Glasshouse at The Grove Hotel
This half term, enjoy a family lunch at The Grove’s The Glasshouse where kids under 12 eat for free. Explore the fast-action food stations and feast on an endless buffet with the whole family. Kids will especially enjoy indulging in sweet treats from our impressive dessert station
Give yourself one less thing to worry about this school holiday…YO! Sushi will feed your little ones for free! They can grab a starter, main & drink from our Mini Ninja kids menu and we’ll take it off your bill! And if your little ones have a sweet tooth, you can add a dessert for just £1.50!
For each grown up ordering a main meal from the Las Iguanas la carte menu, you can claim a free niños meal which includes a munch-worthy main, two sides and dessert complete from the natty Iggy & Friends kids menu. If mealtime freeness isn’t enough, Las Iguanas ingenious Iggy & Friends menu comes complete with a free book with every kids meal. For the tinies, Las Iguanas have free organic baby food and they can help to reheat baby bottles.