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Half term is fast approaching (w/c 12th February for most schools), and to help with those days where we have absolutely nothing planned, don’t want to go too far and have lost inspiration – see our handy little guide to what’s on in and around the area.  Have a good one!


The Lexi Cinema is showing animated adventure comedy film ‘Early Man‘ (PG) throughout most of half term week (9th – 15th February).  This pre-historic adventure stars Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Timothy Spall to name just a few from its all-star cast .  See website for film times.

Address: 194b Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3JU

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Early Man – Lexi Cinema

Further local cinemas (see individual listings for what’s on):
Vue, Westfield
Vue, Finchley Road 02
Odeon Swiss Cottage
JW3, Finchley Road
Electric Cinema, Portobello Road
The Gate, Notting Hill


The Lyric Theatre is showing an award-winning adaptation of the well-loved story Hare & Tortoise (13th – 17th February) – now who will run the race?

For ages 3-7 / Running time 50 minutes.

Address: Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL

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Hare & Tortoise, Lyric Theatre

Further theatre options nearby:
Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn
JW3, Finchley Road


The Sherriff Centre in West Hampstead has the Hullabaloo soft play arena, which is a lovely way to allow the kids to let off a little steam whilst you enjoy the delights of their Sanctuary Cafe. There is a smaller area for kids under 2 years and a bigger enclosure for 2-10 year olds. Hour long sessions run Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm (it is advisable to check if parties are taking place before attending).

Address: St. James Church, Sherriff Road, London, NW6 2AP


Sherriff Centre

Further soft play options nearby:
Bramleys Big Adventure, W10
Topsy Turvey World, NW4


Oxygen Freejumping trampoline park allows children of all ages to jump and flip until their hearts content.  Free jumping is permitted for all over the age of 3 and Little O’s for the under 5’s run in the mornings.  Sessions run for 1 hour.

Address: Unit 15, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, London, W3 0AF

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Oxygen Freejumping

Another trampolining option nearby is:
Flip Out, Brent Cross


The Maqam Centre in Queen’s Park offers family swim times over half term in its beautiful fifteen metre warm swimming pool.  An Other Cup coffee shop is also now open for pre or post swim food and drink.

Family Swim times during half term are Monday 12.30 – 13.30 / Wednesday 13.00 – 15.00 / Thursday 12.00-16.00

Address: Tiverton Road, London, NW10 3HJ

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Pool at Maqam Centre

Further swimming pools nearby:
Jubilee Sports Centre, W10
Kensington Leisure Centre, W10
Willesden Sports Centre, NW10


Queen’s Park sounds like an obvious choice but we can’t ignore the fact that we have a beautiful and very well equipped playground on our very doorstep.  You can find a large enclosed sandpit area for the under 5’s, multiple climbing frames, tyre swings and a very cool zip wire.

A petting zoo is also a great feature of Queen’s Park, and is on the East side of the park, closest to Salusbury Road.

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Queen’s Park Playground

Further playgrounds nearby:
Kensington Memorial Park, W10
Golders Hill Park, Hampstead Heath, W11
Diana Memorial Playground, W2


This half term, London Zoo is putting on a week of interactive family events – inviting children to take part in a role play experience to become vets at the zoo’s animal hospital. Throughout the week, London Zoo will also be putting on a number of talks and activities relating to the behind the scenes world of the zoo.

Address: Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY

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London Zoo Animal Hospital


Art4Fun on West End Lane gives both adults and children a chance to get creative in its inviting art based cafe. There are a whole host of creative options – from pottery painting (cups / bowls / plates etc) to painting of wood, glass and t-shirts. No artistic skills or experience necessary and you get to keep a fabulous piece of handmade artwork for yourself or as a gift.  Refreshments available.

Booking not necessary but strongly advised over half term (Open 10am – 6pm Mon – Sat).

Address: 172 West End Lane, London, NW6 1SD

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Further creative option nearby:
Arty Club – Maida Vale, W9


Join London’s official Chinese New Year celebrations, the largest outside Asia, with colourful parades, performances and displays in and around Chinatown and London’s West End.

Sunday 18th February

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Further options nearby:

Westfield London is holding free kids Chinese New Year workshop sessions which involve making a range of customary art pieces including traditional red envelope & fortune cookie decorating, to tea making and money tree seed planting.

15th – 18th February, with the kids activities taking place between 12 – 3pm  (first floor outside Lulu Lemon).  Sign up not necessary – first come, first served basis.

Address: Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7GF

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Westfield Workshop


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