5 Best Family London Workshops For Half Term


V&A Museum (South Kensington)

Join the museum team as they celebrate the opening of the new Europe 1600 –1815 galleriesand be inspired by a painting of an incredible procession, The Ommegang from 1616. Read more about the museum on an earlier Bus Stop post here.

You can enjoy free family Pop-up Performances where you experience a riot of colour, noise and an interactive performance. These start on Sat 13 February 2016 – Sun 21 February 2016 Times : 11.00, 13.00 & 15.00.

Alan Villiers aboard the 'Grace Harwar' N61226_tile

Cutty Sark (Greenwich)

Between 15 – 19 February you can join their crew and write a letter to send home, inspired by the letter of a real Cutty Sark sailor. They’ll also be putting your origami skills to the test as you create mini ships. Don’t forget you can also explore the ship using the free family trails.


BFI (Southbank)

It’s Disney season at the BFI this half term. Choose from Winnie the Pooh (Thursday 18 February 2016 14:30), Frozen (Sunday 06 March 2016 14:30), Winnie the Pooh (Sunday 14 February 2016 14:00) The Princess and the Frog (Monday 15 February 2016 14:30), Tangled (Tuesday 16 February 2016 14:30) , Wreck-It Ralph (Wednesday 17 February 2016 14:30) , Abracadabra… Amphibian Adventures! (Monday 15 February 2016 10:00), It’s Hair-raising! (Tuesday 16 February 2016 10:00), Arcade Alive! (Wednesday 17 February 2016 10:00) and Winnie The Pooh Messy Time for the Very Young (Thursday 18 February 2016 12:30).

The Education team run day long workshops for kids from 8-14 years old (10-4pm) . The subjects are all film based, but they teach a range of skills. In the Abracadabra .. Amphibian Adventures workshop on Monday 15th Feb, the kids will learn to use stop frame technique we’ll be having fun creating spells that magically turn people into frogs… and back again! We’ll also be showing how to sprinkle a bit of magic into films created using brand new editing software and overlays. This workshop includes scripting, drama warm up, dressing up and make up techniques and children work together in age-related groups which are supervised by experienced tutors. Cost per ticket: £27.50 (includes workshop and screening), Siblings are £22.50 each, Take a packed lunch.


Geffrye Museum (Hackney)

Explore homes from a different century every day from the Tudors and Stuarts, Georgians, Victorians and finally the 20th century. Make candlesticks from clay, crafty clocks and more!

Workshops are running on Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 February, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2 – 4pm. All activities are free and are for individual children and families and are suitable for children aged 5-16 years old. All workshops are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the workshop begins. All children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult.


Museum of London (Barbican, London Wall)

There are heaps of events running during half term, starting on Saturday 13 until Sunday 21 February 2016. Choose from firefighters to matchgirls, pop stardom to politics, find out what makes a London hero with a week of fun, hands-on activities. They suggest activities are for ages 5+, but that will depend on how happy your kids are with scissors and glue. Most sessions happen at the following times daily 1-1.30pm, 2-2.30pm & 3-3.30pm. Some star at 12.30, best check online to see which day you are looking at.