These offers are in place for half term and school holidays, so check with the venue to see if the freebie is still in place before you make your plans.
1. ArcelorMittal Orbit, Kids go free with every paying adults (£10 advance booking or £12 on the day) taking a ride to the top of the UK’s tallest sculpture. So why not head over to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and see the new slide being built close up (scheduled to open this Spring).
2. The View From The Shard allows Kids to go free too, this half term from Monday 15th – Sunday 21st February. Get your free tickets here and don’t forget to check the times of sunrise and sunset to make the most of the stunning views of the Capital.
3. It’s free fun for Chinese New Year this Sunday where everyone will be ready to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. The celebrations start at 10 am with a parade along Charing Cross Rd and Shaftesbury Avenue. There’ll be the iconic Chinese lion dances, martial arts and stage performances as well as the popular parade of floats plus music, dance and acrobatics.
Trafalgar Square’s programme will kick off with the Chen Brothers Flying Lion Dance, plus a host of visiting artists from China. There will be fun activities across central London, including Charing Cross Road, Leicester Square and Chinatown plus craft stalls, Chinese food stands and activities. Don’t miss the grand finale as pyrotechnics illuminate Nelson’s Column (scheduled for 5.20pm) to round off the celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
4. London Childrens Book Swap on Saturday 13th Feb, has gathered a selection of kid friendly venues to take part in this mass book swap. Some of the venues are also hosting craft sessions and activities. At the William Morris Gallery the kids can also join artist Sba Shaikh and make and decorate a fabric book bag to store their favourite book in. The Geffrye Museum also has sessions where the kids can also use inspiration from the museum’s collection and the museum’s favourite book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, for some fun tea-themed activities. Also the Polka Theatre (showing Not Now, Bernard until 21st Feb), will be playing along.
Venues joining in; Discover Children’s Story Centre, artsdepot, ArtHouse Crouch End, Barbican Children’s Library, Barking Library, Chisenhale Art Place, Hoxton Hall, Dagenham Library, Jacksons Lane, Polka Theatre, Rich Mix, Shoreditch Trust, Southbank Centre, Unicorn Theatre, V&A Museum of Childhood and the William Morris Gallery.
5. On Saturday, Feb 21, The National Gallery will host a full day of Chinese New Year, related family-friendly activities. They will include interactive demonstrations of Chinese instruments and Chinese storytelling sessions, alongside puppet-making classes and play sessions for toddlers. Admission is free but advance booking is recommended.