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A Fun Filled February Half-Term in South Bank

January 23rd, 2020 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

A Fun Filled February Half-Term in South Bank

It may seem like just the other day that you sent the kids back to school after the Christmas holidays, so February half-term may seem like an eternity away to some. However, without wanting to cause parents a mild panic attack, it's worth warning that it's closer than you think. So if you're looking for a range of amazing fun things to do then look no further than South Bank. Think afternoon teas, board game cafes, the Imagine Children's Festival, an exhibition on Mars and of course classic family walks down by the river. As well as the usual attractions, there's also some cracking free events on offer, which means you can have a fantastic half-term trip that's cost effective too!

  • Family Tours at National Theatre

    Treat your family to a backstage pass with one of our specially tailored family tours. Visit unseen and backstage areas of the theatre, discover props from past National Theatre productions and try on a costume! 

    If you fancy something more spontaneous, then on the upper floor of The National Theatre is a free costume exhibition invites you into the world of their costume department, featuring real costumes from former productions.

    National Theatre's family tours running 20 & 21 February only.

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    National Theatre
  • Skate Skool

    Back to school already? Join House of Vans for their weekend Skate Skool! From kick-push to landing their first back-flip, your little ones can learn the tricks of the trade courtesy of House of Vans amazing team of expert instructors. From 5+ for beginners to advanced skaters. Lessons last one hour, with two each on Saturday (10.00am and 11.00am) and Sunday 11.00am and Midday). And remember, like all other House of Vans skating events, it is completely FREE!

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    House Of Vans
  • Imagine Children's Festival

    Where can you see The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Pippi Longstocking, Harry Potter and dinosaurs? At Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival of course! This February half-term, Southbank Centre presents the 19th Imagine Children’s Festival also featuring the likes of Michael Rosen, Dermot O’Leary, Cressida Cowell and Konnie Huq.

    The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Children’s Festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together. Get ready for 12 days of the best international performance, music, literature, comedy, creativity, parties, participation and free fun for children aged 0 – 11 and their grown-ups.

    As well as these fantastic headline shows, there are plenty of free things to see and do too. With so much going on the best thing to do is check out the full What's On list by clicking the link below.

    12 - 23 February

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    Southbank Centre
  • Draughts!

    Sometimes there's nothing better than a board game to keep the kids entertained, but if your supply of games is becoming a little exhausted at home, then why not head to Draughts Waterloo in Leake Street where there are over 800 to choose from. Children are welcome up to 9.00pm so that allows for some extra long board game sessions. The staff at Draughts are trained to be able to recommend games depending on the type of mood your in or the genre of game that you prefer, meaning that you'll be sure to discover some great new games that otherwise you might not get the chance to play.

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    Draughts Waterloo

    Who doesn't love an afternoon tea? At Oxo Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie, the head chef has devised one especially for under kids, which has been given the seal of approval by his harshest critics (his two sons!). Served every afternoon, this is a delicious alternative for under 12's. Starting with a banana milkshake shot and a selection of finger sandwiches on white farmhouse bread, our youngest guests can then enjoy our chef’s homemade pita and avocado trees and caramel and sea salt popcorn. To finish, there’s a selection of sweet treats from mini scones to fudge brownie squares. It may be a bit of a treat for them, but what are half-terms for?

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    OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie
  • Mars & Beyond

    A vast immersive experience is taking place over South Bank’s iconic Bargehouse, with all five floors exploring the human race now and in the future. Examining the science of our planet and presenting imaginative alternative futures, ‘Mars & Beyond’ will be an unforgettable experience, aiming to educate, caution, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages.

    Set at the close of the 21 st century, ‘Mars & Beyond’ looks back in time to the year 2020. Creating a perspective through the artistic lens from which to consider solutions for the current state of our planet. As we look for solutions and try to predict our future, things may not seem optimistic or sustainable… but we believe art can play an important role in our survival!

    20 February - 15 March

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    Oxo Tower Wharf
  • Story Seekers at IWM

    Adventurers wanted. Positions available immediately. Imperial War Museums is packed full of stories but they need your wits and imagination to explore their collections and find connections.

    Your family can get hands-on with real artefacts and find moving and surprising stories from people who braved shark-infested waters to ingenious nurses and those who built machines of conflict. A wonderful way for families to learn together about the global impact of conflict from the First World War and Second World War to today.

    Remember, IWM London is completely free, with a vast range of different exhibitions and permanent displays to discover, it's the perfect place to spend a day during half-term!

    Story Seekers takes place on 15th, 17th, 19th & 22nd February

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    IWM London

Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - House Of Vans

    Main entrance
    Arches 228 – 232
    Station Approach Road
    SE1 8SW 

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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - Draughts Waterloo

    Waterloo: Arch 16, Leake St,  London SE1 7NN 

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  • 5 - OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie

     Oxo Tower, Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

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  • 6 - Oxo Tower Wharf

    The Oxo Tower
    Bargehouse Street
    South Bank
    London SE1 9PH 

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  • 7 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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