If you’re in London over half term, make sure you head over to the Southbank Centre where the brilliant Imagine Children’s Festival (9–19 February 2017) promises a fun-packed week of art, music, performance, storytelling, workshops and events. More than half the events are free and, for those who prefer a spontaneous approach to holiday entertainment, there are plenty that don’t even need tickets. More of a planner? We’ve picked out a few (mostly free) favourites below. Check out the rest at: southbankcentre.co.uk
Get up close and personal with a giant sequoia tree through this virtual reality art installation experience. Gaze up at the topmost branches or look down for vertigo and make sure you get some serious hugging done. Free but time restricted (suitable for age 6 and up).
9–19 February; 12pm; free
Lego Build the Change: Meet the Master Builders
What little Lego fan wouldn’t want to know how to turn their passion into a career? Here they can find out and take part in the creation of a Nordic-inspired mosaic. Although this event is free, it is ticketed (available first-come, first-served on the day; suitable for age 5 and up).
11 February; various times; free
Nordic Top Trumps
Trolls, elves, dwarves and giants compete over who is the scariest as four storytellers share folklore tales from the Nordic region.
14 February; 11.30am & 1pm; free
The Little Mermaid presented by Electric Pedals
Slip your cycling shorts on under your mermaid costume and come prepared to spin. This special screening of The Little Mermaid is run entirely on pedal-power. There are prizes for the best underwater themed costumes, too.
16 February; 12pm; free
Adventures in Moominland
Officially part of the Southbank’s Winter Festival but unmissable for fans of Tove Jansson’s eccentric, oddly-shaped characters. Discover the magic of Moominland with an interactive journey through the forests, caves and high seas of Moominvalley. It’s very popular so make sure you book ahead to get the day and time you want (recommended for age 7 and up). Note: Also running during half term is an interactive, storytelling workshop for children aged 4-7 called Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley (11-19 February; £8).
Until 23 April; various times; £13.50-£16.50