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Half-term fun

Wondering how you are going to keep the children occupied this February half-term?
We’ve put together a list of things to do that will keep them entertained while they learn.

Imagine Children’s Festival 2013 at the Southbank Centre
This year’s Imagine Children’s Festival is all about the kids taking over! The Southbank Centre will be transformed BY children FOR children, as well as hosting the top names in children’s literature, dance, theatre and art. Enjoy free activities throughout the festival or just take in the atmosphere as children run the show!

Become a collector at the Natural History Museumlooking-in-drawers-180-118466-1
For half-term, young visitors are invited to join some unusual researchers who will try to gather everything there is to know about the museum. Accompanied kids should head to the Darwin Centre then take a trail through the building, stopping at the Collectors stations to record sights, sounds and secrets. The results will be added to jars, drawers and cabinets in a growing archive of knowledge.

The Family Victorian Experience at the Royal Albert Hall
Go back in time with a unique look at the Royal Albert Hall through the eyes of the Victorians! Join two Victorian characters for a fascinating journey through this impressive building, using its rich history to explore the Victorian age, and discover what it would have been like to see a show here or work in the hall when it first opened over 140 years ago.

William and Mary at Kensington Palace
Immerse yourself in the world of William III and Mary II in the late 17th century. Kensington Palace will be running craft shops where you can make blue and white china mosaic works of art, paper tulips and you can learn about the exotic goods such a chocolate, coffee and tea coming in from the Dutch and British empires.

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Journey to Space at the Children’s Story Centre
Children and their families are given a vital mission to find missing astronaut Major Tom. Take off in the giant rocket to explore red hot, icy blue and mysterious green planets. Along the way meet Robert the Robot and follow the trails to complete tasks and crack codes. Dare you venture into the mysterious black hole?

A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum
Constantly beetling away with new discoveries and inventions, we humans are a curious breed… or that’s how we might appear to the group of cockroaches recently spotted exploring the Science Museum’s galleries.
Find out what it’s like to be one of the planet’s true survivors. Having outlived the dinosaurs, what will they make of our obsessions with speed, time…and burning things?
Put yourself in their shells. Sign up with your friends and family for ‘A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum’ and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race.

Why the Lion Danced at the Polka TheatreWhy the lion danced
The Polka Theatre brings all the excitement, colour and sounds of the Chinese New Year in this marvellously inventive production.  On every thirteenth moon deep in the mountains of ancient China, the dreaded monster Nian pays a visit to the village. The villagers must protect themselves but which animal can save them? Come and help scare the monster away. Join young Tom and his family as they prepare for New Year’s Eve and discover the story behind the Lion Dance.

Picture: Science Museum

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