What’s On: February half-term highlights

This is not an easy time of year to keep the kids entertained and thinking up child-friendly activities for the February half-term can feel particularly tough. The festive season has depleted wallets, new year motivation has gone and the weather makes us want to hunker down under blankets. But do not fear, here are some ideas to inspire you to get up and explore with the kids next week.

Be one of the first to visit Lee Valley Park Farms this year 

Tractor at Lee Valley Park Farms

This weekend, Lee Valley Park Farms opens its gates for another year. And to celebrate there are lots of activities planned for the opening weekend including the unveiling of the brand new meerkat enclosure. There’s plenty of animals including giant rabbits, rare breed pigs, llamas and pygmy goats. There are indoor and outdoor play areas although some of these may be closed while some improvement works are ongoing, but to compensate they are offering reduced entry fees until the end of March.

Lee Valley Farms Opening Weekend, 14th & 15th February 2015.

Where: Lee Valley Farms, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF

Lee Vally Farms website

Get creative at Valentine’s Mansion

Children painting ceramics at Valentine's House and Mansion

On Wednesday 18th February, kids can take part in a Creative Crockery class taking design inspiration from the house and gardens. It is open to children aged 4 to 11 years and costs £9, pre-booking essential.

Where: Valentine’s Mansion & Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA,UK

Valentine’s Mansion website

Spark their imaginations at the Southbank Centre

Children at Imagine Festival Southbank Centre

Take the tube into town for the inspiring Imagine Festival which will be running until Sunday 22nd February. There’s loads of great stuff going on so you’re sure to find something that appeals to your little ones (or you). There’s reading and appearances from children’s authors including Lauren Child and Anthony Horowitz, live theatre performances from the likes of Charlie and Lola and world class orchestras as well as a series of programmes for under 5s.

Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Imagine Festival website

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