If you’ve got more than one child to entertain this half-term, or didn’t get around to booking holiday activities, don’t panic! These fantastic options should keep kids big and small entertained.

(On the other hand, if you’re the organised-type and here early, see our guide to local half-term activities, many of which require pre-booking)

British Museum – Teeth, Scales & Tales

15 – 19 Feb. 11am – 4pm. Free, just drop in. A week of activities inspired by the Mummy of the Crocodile God display,  including animal-god inspired crafts and storytelling.

Half-term crafts at Kenwood House

16 and 17 Feb, 12-4pm. £1. Drop in sessions for 5-15 year olds.

Imagine Children’s Festival at Southbank

10 – 21 Feb. Every day from 10:30 – 4pm enjoy the best theatre, literature and music, with workshops and free activities for a wide range of ages. Activities include meet the author events,  theatre and activities celebrating all things Roald Dahl, and dance and music sessions for little ones


10am -8pm Mon-Fri & Sun, 10am – 9pm Sat. Not the cheapest option, but a great way to entertain a wide range of ages, with dedicated areas for 4-14 year olds and under 4s, as well as a lounge for parents. 4-14 year olds: £29.50, 1-3 year olds £10, adults £16.50, under 1s free.

Magical Lantern Festival at Chiswick House

3 Feb – 6 March, from 5pm every evening. The UK Premier of the world famous Magical Lantern Festival comes to Chiswick House & Gardens; a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes.

Palace Fun & Games at Kensington Palace

Daily, 11 – 4pm. Free drop-in activities throughout the day, including games and crafts, with storytelling sessions on selected days.

Storystock at Bush Theatre

Weds 17 – Fri 19, 9:30 – 6pm. Billed as the ‘travelling story circus for 2-11 year olds’, Storystock is a fantastic festival which includes storytelling,  parties, creative workshops and story treasure hunt. Pre-booking required for most activities.