half term activities

Free Virtual Activities – February Half Term 2021

Here’s a list of fun, free things to keep your little one engaged and stimulated during half term week. If you know of any other activities or sessions that our other Mamas would want to know about, please leave them in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!

MONDAY 15 FEB

13:00 – 13:40: CRAFTY SINGALONG
Join artist, Laura Connolly, for songs, musical games and a simple craft activity where you will be making a homemade percussion to play in our Valentines band
Best for: Little ones aged 3+

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TUESDAY 16 FEB

10:00 – 10:30: KIDS SEWING WORKSHOP: MAKE YOUR OWN FELT MASKS
Join MakeryKate and her mini Makers for this fun 30 minute mask-making craft workshop using the fun kits from Make Arcade.
Best for: Little ones aged 6+

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14:30 – 15:30: GOING ON A STORY HUNT
Join storyteller John Kirk on a storytelling scavenger hunt!
Best for: Little ones ages 3+
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WEDNESDAY 17 FEB

11:00-11:45: NOT THE BUTLER ONLINE MYSTERY
“Not The Butler” creates interactive, educational and fun games for kids. With our games children can play with their friends and develop social skills while they have a blast!
Best for: Little ones aged 5+

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12:00 – 12:45: MUM & KIDS YOGA
A 30 minute online yoga class for mums and their under 4s with Izzy from On The Clouds Kids Yoga
Best for: Mamas with little ones under 4

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14:00-14:30: RELAX KIDS
Free online trial class teaching mindfulness and relaxation skills to children
Best for: Little ones aged 4+
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THURSDAY 18 FEB

14:00-14:45: RUSS BROWN’S MAGIC WORKSHOP
Top magician Russ Brown pulls back the green curtain to reveal some magic tricks to amaze and amuse your entire family!
Best for: Little ones aged 5+

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FRIDAY 19 FEB

10:00-10:15: PACHAMAMA’S 15 MINUTE MEDITATION FOR LITTLE ONES WITH THE HEALTHY LIVING STORE
Join our 15 minute calming meditation for your little one that focuses on mindful breathing and body relaxation.
Best for: Little ones aged 2+

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10:00-10:30: KIDS ARTS & CRAFTS WORKSHOP WITH LIONHEART
This 30 minute fun workshop will allow children to explore their creativity with a range of exciting markers and will start to learn letter formation, shapes and pattern creation, ideal for developing key motor skills.
Best for: Little ones aged 3-6 years

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14:00-15:00: CHILDREN’S CREATIVE WRITING
Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. They can immerse themselves in the words and become friends with the characters they create. Children will release their imagination giving them a voice, confidence and enjoyment throughout the process.
Best for: Little ones aged 5+

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SATURDAY 20 FEB

10:30-11:00: TRASH (MUSIC MAKING)
Make music from minimal means! Absolute beginners and rhythmical masters – all welcome! Let’s get together and make some music using whatever we can find lying around.
Best for: Little ones aged 5+
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12:00-13:00: POLAR EVOLUTION FOR KIDS
Ever wondered how animals survive at the poles? Join the UK Polar Network for an informative session on adaptation and then create your own polar organism
Best for: Doesn’t specify
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SUNDAY 21 FEB

11:00 – 14:00: CHINESE NEW YEAR ONLINE CELEBRATION
A day full of online activities that you can join live to celebrate the year of the Ox
Best for: The whole family
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ON-GOING OR ON-DEMAND

#PoWNATURECHALLENGE
The Prince of Wales is encouraging children to look closer at nature this February Half Term by setting a series of nature-based challenges, in conjunction with his charities and Patronages
Best for: Doesn’t specify
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AROUND THE WORLD IN 5 RAINFORESTS WITH CHESTER ZOO
As you travel around the world, you’ll encounter different rainforests and species to gain an understanding of what it’s like to work in the rainforest as well as a few useful life skills to use at home
Best for: Little ones aged 4+
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THE MIGHTY MEGA FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
During Mighty Mega children can take part in storytelling, music, dance, arts, crafts and multi-sensory play
Best for: Little ones aged 5+
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ANANSI & THE FARMER: STORYTELLING FOR CHILDREN
Join Discover Story Builder Valentine for a lively retelling of the African folktale “Anansi and the Farmer
Best for: Little ones aged 0-5 years
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OLDILOCKS & THE 3 BEARS – PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP
The Garlic Theatre shows you how to make your very own teddy bear head bands and puppets in this exclusive on demand workshop video!
Best for: Doesn’t specify
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ROAL DAHL’S THE TWITS THEATRICAL READING
A theatrical reading of a children’s classic
Best for: Little ones aged 6+
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15-17 FEB: VALENTINA’S GALAXY
A fascinating, funny and moving experience created especially for young space cadets. This immersive performance will captivate children and adults alike with a combustible concoction of experiments, rocket launches and star gazing
Best for: Little ones aged 2-6
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Baby-Friendly Cinemas in London

Feel like you’re missing out on the Oscar-winning movies at the mo? Fear not, we’ve pulled together a list of baby-friendly cinemas in the capital that offer screenings for parents, carers and their babies under one year old:

1. Electric Scream!

WHEN? Monday mornings (except on bank holidays) at the Electric Portobello, and Tuesday mornings at the Electric White City

2. Carers & Babies

WHEN? Monday mornings at 11am in Kensal Rise

3. Parent and Baby Screenings at the Barbican

WHEN? Every Monday and Saturday morning at 11.15am in Barbican

4. Rio’s Parent and Baby Club at Rio Cinema

WHEN? every Thursday morning at approximately 11:30am in Dalston

5. Big Scream at Picture House

WHEN? Various times at selected cinemas

6. ODEON Newbies

WHEN? Various times at selected cinemas

7. Baby Club at Everyman

WHEN? Various times at selected cinemas

Do you know of any others? Let me know in the comments below.