Half-term fun in London and the South East

It’s almost half-term time across much of London and the South East and there are lots of things to keep the kids entertained. Here’s some staycation inspiration.

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Vets in action. Photo credit: ZSL

Vets in Action at Whipsnade and London Zoo

When : Feb 11-29, 2017  (check websites for timings)

This is serious stuff, the kids must be prepped with vet gear, gloves, masks etc before entering the ‘surgery’. A cuddly toy needs their help. The kid vets get to help the zoo’s veterinary team examine the poorly toy, take a pretend ‘x-ray’ and carry out treatment. My six year old daughter, whose favourite topic at the moment is ‘can I have a pet ?’, will love this.

Recommended age group : 5-11

Price : Free with zoo ticket. Adults £23.69;  Children 3-15 £19.01 (see website for deals and concessions)

LONDON

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Family on London’s South Bank.  Photo credit: Simon Winnall / Visit Britain

The Fantastic World of Dr. Seuss

When : until Sep 3, 2017 (see website for timings)

Where: Discover Story Centre, Stratford (East London)

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny”…wise words from that oracle of truth “The Cat in the Hat” Stratford’s Story Centre’s newest immersive exhibition celebrates the wonderful wit and wisdom of Dr. Seuss. Your little monkeys can dress up as ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’ and the mysterious feline may make an appearance.

Prices : Adults and children over 2  £6.50

(See website for concessions and family deals)

FUN BEYOND THE M25 …..…..

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Bletchley Park Mansion. Photo Credit : Shaun Armstrong/Mubsta.com

Think, Make, Do…Cyber

When : Feb 13/15/17/18,  10:30-3pm

Where: Bletchley Park, near Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

Where modern history meets maths. This half-term kids can try their hand at codebreaking and learn how a brainy team of maths geeks ‘hacked’ the mysterious Enigma machine during World War Two.

Prices : Free with entrance ticket. Adults : £17.25, Kids under 12 are free (see website for deals and concessions)

Recommended age group:  5-14

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Bletchley Park code machine Photo Credit : Shaun Armstrong/Mubsta.com

Hands on half term at Beaulieu Motor Museum

When : Feb 11-26, 2017

Where : Beaulieu Motor Museum, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

Junior grease monkeys can try out historic motoring artifacts, honk horns and test driving googles. More seasoned engineers can create a balloon-powered car and learn how to build an arch at Beaulieu Abbey. If Dad gets lost you can likely find him in the ‘World of Top Gear’.

Prices at the door : Adults £24.75, children 5-17 £12.50  (see website for deals and concessions)

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Beaulieu Motor Museum. Photo credit : Visit Britain

Brighton Science Festival

When: Feb 11-25

“Science is brilliant” …my kid likes nothing more than messing around the kitchen doing ‘science’ aka making a mess….but hey she is learning that science  and learning is fun. The Brighton Science Festival is running a great child celebration of science this half-term with loads of hands-on workshops for children and teenagers. Except lots of slime, earthworms, cockroaches, microscopes and coding.

Recommended age group: 7-16

(check website for more details  of prices, timings and locations)

 For other staycation inspiration this half-term read this post…

EVENTS THAT HAVE NOW FINISHED..

Imagine Children’s Festival

When : Feb 9-19, 2017

Where : London’s Southbank Centre

A chance to meet cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, a family rave, an adventure in Moominland and screenings of  “The Gruffalo” and “Room on the Broom” set to orchestral music, are just some of the highlights of this annual festival. I can’t decide which of the many events we want to attend ! See the website for the full list.

Prices : some of the events are free, but most are ticketed, best to check website for details.

Recommended age group : 0-12

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Tower of London.  Photo credit : Visit Britain / Historic Royal Palaces

Tower of London – Conquest

When: Feb 11-19 2017 (12:00/ 13:30 and 15:30)

Where : Tower of London

Britain’s most iconic fortress is under attack and your kids must help the guards defend it from the evil Red Earl and a medieval mob. Talk about bringing history to life !

Prices : Free with entrance ticket. Adults £25 and children 5-15 years £12 (see website for deals and concessions)

Lords and Ladies Workshop

When : Feb 11-19, 2017  11am-3pm (see website for details)

Where: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS

If you have a little prince or princess at home…they will love this insight into life as an aristocrat, learning to make music with historic instruments and dress up as Lords and Ladies with gowns and wigs.

Prices : Free with entrance ticket

Adults : £24, children £5-16 £13.90 (see website for deals and concessions)

Recommended age group:  4-10

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Blenheim Palace. Photo credit Visit Britain

If you do try any of these activities this half-term, I would love to hear from you. I am looking forward to reading your stories and tips. Have fun !  

DISCLAIMER:  Please check prices and opening times with your chosen venue before setting out. See the website links provided. This guide is just for inspiration and dates and prices shown just for guidance. The prices were correct on the date on publication. The Staycationer accepts no responsibility for changes in prices or events. 

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