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by Sandra Lawson (subscribe)
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Your kids won't get a chance to be bored this Half Term
What parent doesn't dread the sound of their child whingeing about being bored? With half term looming there are places where you can take your offspring to keep them entertained and content. And if they are content I can assure you that you will be a much happier mummy or daddy.

At the Horniman Museum, Mr Horniman will be on hand to lead guided tours of the institution that bears his name. There will also be opportunities for all ages to join in with nature trail workshops and storytelling sessions and to try on costumes and use their imaginations with puppets. The museum is open from 10.30 – 5.30 daily and admission is free.

It's never too early to introduce children to art, so why not visit Tate Modern? There is a programme of half term events aimed at children, running from 16 to 23 February between 10am and 4pm. Activity packs and art sessions can be found in the Welcome Room, and there are more activities available in the Clore Learning Centre.

Paints (Image Courtesy of Tate Modern)

What could be more apt for children than the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green? Between 18 and 22 February there will be New Wave '80s themed sessions between 10.30 and 4pm and Paper Bag Princess Workshops will also be running between 11am and 3pm.

New Wave Kids
New Wave Kids (Image Courtesy of the Museum of Childhood)

London Zoo is a good choice for animal lovers. Plan the day to visit the Penguin Beach at 11.30, then on to Animals in Action at 12pm, or spend the morning as a young zoo keeper. There is a host of information on the website to help you plan your day at the zoo.

The Science Museum in South Kensington has always been a place where you can keep your kids busy, and tire them out. Many of the galleries offer hands on experiences where your children will be able to learn more about the history that led to our modern world, and about what makes us human.

The Museum of London Docklands is running half term events for your little ones from 16 to 24 February. They can be passive and listen to stories, or take a more active part and build a skyscraper from newspaper or create a Pearly Queen scarf.

Pearly Queen
Pearly Queen (Image Courtesy of the Museum of London Docklands)

And with our crazy English climate we might even have a spell of fine weather so they could play in the garden, or you could pack them off to the park.
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Why? To keep your kids amused, and keep yourself happy, over the February half term
When: February half term
Where: Venues everywhere
Cost: Some are free, check all the relevant websites
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