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Half Term Family Activities

children and parent at London's Roman Amphitheatre

​This February Half Term Holiday, get out and about in the City of London. Enjoy fun, educational and inspiring events and activities to suit all ages. All events are free, unless marked otherwise.

 

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  1. Illustration of a friendly dragon City of London Children's Trail
    Anytime | From gladiators and breathtaking views to Diagon Alley and buildings named after food, there’s a lot to take in and enjoy on this trail of the City. Grab a free map and follow Draco the Dragon through streets where ancient Romans once walked. The trail offers activities and fun facts along the way, complete with stickers to mark special spots. Pick up a free illustrated map at the City Information Centre next to St Paul’s Cathedral to get started!
  2. outdoor sculpture near the Barbican Centre Culture Mile Walking Trail: Around the Corner
    Anytime | Cameras at the ready! Around the Corner is a series of 12 installations between Millennium Bridge and Barbican Station that acts a walking tour through Culture Mile. The route incorporates several major attractions including the Millennium Bridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Museum of London and the Barbican Centre and consists of giant golden words that spell out Virginia Woolf’s famous quote “what you are you going to meet if you turn this corner?”
  3. Family standing on the glass floor at Tower Bridge Gateway to the World - Tower Bridge
    15 & 18 February, 10am-4pm | When it was first built, Tower Bridge was known as the ‘gateway to the world’. Families will discover why this during these free family activities, and can then create their own collage picture to take home. Plus, all participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months. Activities are included within the normal admission price.
  4. children and adult doing craft activities Monster Soup Puppets - Museum of London
    16 & 17 February, see website for timings | The Thames was once so foul and full of yucky bacteria that an artist called William Heath named the water ‘monster soup’! Join Moth Physical Theatre to make your own bacteria-inspired monster soup puppet. Then discover tricks and tips to perform with it.
  5. Girl doing craft activities at Guildhall Art Gallery Poet, Painter, Art Movement Maker - Guildhall Art Gallery & London's Roman Amphitheatre
    19 February, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm | In 1848 three young artists founded the most influential and rebellious movement of the Victorian era – The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This group of painters, poets and critics changed the art establishment forever. Bring along your young artists and rebels to learn their story. Create your own vibrant artworks, poetry and possibly a new art movement along the way.
  6. people wearing City attractions on their heads Put yourself in the City of London!
    Ever wanted to see yourself as St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge or a Roman Gladiator? Now’s your chance! Try City attractions on for size with these brand new filters - fun for all ages.
  7. Boy wearing police hat Somebody Call the Police! - City of London Police Museum
    20 February, 11am - 4pm | Pop in to the museum to play and get your hands on police communication devices from the Victorian times to modern day. You can even try making your own noise-maker to grab people's attention! 11am - 4pm
  8. man holding a bottle containing gold Striking Gold - Bank of England Museum
    17 - 21 February, 10-5pm | Listen to fascinating stories about the California gold rush and how someone once found a way into the Bank of England's gold vaults. Storytelling sessions will begin at 45 minutes past each hour, and will last aroudn 20 minutes. Collect a free ticket from the information desk when you arrive. You can also pick up a real 13kg gold bar and make a gold bar-spahed money box to take home.
  9. boy dressed up in Roman clothing Wear Roman for London Fashion Week - London Mithraeum
    21 February, 12noon-4pm | Enjoy an exciting family event at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE and discover who lived in Roman London. Be inspired by the culture, jobs and Roman clothing and find out what was on-trend in the Roman era! You will learn about Roman society and create your very own hand puppet. Choose any Roman character, from the noble emperor or fearless gladiator to hard-working servant. Design and create their clothes, then take them to the secret temple of Mithras to be initiated. Bring your enthusiasm and Roman thinking caps – all other materials will be provided.
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