Now that the month of January is nearly behind us (after the famous Blue Monday that is), it is time to get out and let your kids discover what London has to offer in terms of activities, interesting art exhibitions or great theatrical shows.
In this article, I will cover 10 great things to do in London with your children in February. There is a bit of everything for everyone. So just pick and choose what you feel like doing when you have some spare time over the weekend or during February half term holiday.
1. Frozen the Musical
Location: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Date: shows until 18 June 2023
The Disney animated film needs no introduction and you’ve probably heard the songs a million times. So it was obvious that one day the movie will turn into a successful musical just like Lion King.
Frozen the Musical is played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane not too far from Covent Garden. It has already won 7 Whatsonstage Awards including best direction and best costume design.
Don’t wait until the Winter is over to appreciate a truly magical family show.
2. KURIOS by Cirque du Soleil
Location: Royal Albert Hall
Date: until 5 March 2023
Every year around the same time, Royal Albert Hall welcomes the famous Canadian entertainers Cirque du Soleil. After OVO in 2018, TOTEM in 2019 and LUZIA in 2022, it is time to discover their show KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities.
This year, you will be enchanted by a parallel word where eccentric and imaginative ideas come into play. Expect to see a lot of crazy stunts, contortion tricks and lots of action happening on stage.
So if you and your children are ready to have you eyes wide open and see jaw dropping acrobats and different kind of performances, go and see this incredible 2 hours show in London before the end of the February.
3. Bring Your Own Baby and listen to a Nature Talk
Location: Natural History Museum
Date: 15 February 2023
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington organises an adult talk around the natural world on the 15th February. The good news is that this talk is for parents and guardians who have children under 1 where they are free to move around.
On the February session, you will learn about the Super Sharks and how they have lived in our world for more than 400 million years.
So if you are keen to learn about what nature is offering us and bring your baby with you, book your entry ticket to this conference which is only £15 per adults+1 baby or £13.50 is you are a member of NHM.
4. Back in Time Exhibition London: A Tribute to Back to the Future
Location: Camden Market Hawley Wharf
Date: until 26 February 2023
If your children have already seen Back to the Future and the series of movies that made famous Michael J. Fox, you and your kids will certainly enjoy the exhibition Back in Time.
The expo is full of memorabilia and items used in the trilogy movies such as the Nike sneakers, the orange jacket and so much more.
I would say this attraction is only interesting if your family is a big fan of the movie and wants to learn more about it. And yes you will be able to see the time machine DMC DelLorean car and take home some pictures with you!
5. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
Location: Commercial 106
Date: until 27 February 2023
I know that bringing children to an art gallery is not necessarily the most exciting thing to do for everyone. However, there is a good chance that this special exhibition might interest even the most difficult child on Earth.
Van Gogh The Immersive Experience is an incredible attraction in London where you will be surrounded by the colourful paintings from the famous Dutch painter. I bet your child will know about Van Gogh and its missing ear.
This 360° exhibition has been celebrated all around the world since 2017 and brought more than 5 million visitors. So now it is the turn of London to welcome this immersive 90 minutes activity that is suitable for every family.
6. Learn the Korean Calligraphy
For Children 7+
Location: V&A South Kensington
Date: 13 and 14 February 2023
V&A South Kensington is a huge free museum dedicated to decoration, arts and design. I hugely visit it with my daughter and dedicate no more than 90 minutes to a specific section we agree together.
The museum also organises family friendly workshops all year round and February sees an interesting one around Korean calligraphy.
Your children will learn how to make the perfect brushstrokes and write Korean alphabet on a bookmark they will b able to bring back home as a souvenir.
This 2 hours workshop needs to be booked in advance and is happening on 13 and 14 February 2023. Children must be aged 7 years old minimum.
7. Design Baby: Music and Mindfulness
Tickets go on sale at 1200 on 20 January 2023
Location: V&A South Kensington
Date: 1 February 2023
V&A South Kensington also thinks of younger children and sets up a baby play session on the 1st February where your little ones will play on different mats and interact with different objects with some music background.
Again, you need to pre-book this session to avoid disappointment. Tickets will be on sale this Friday 20th January. Don’t miss it!
8. Imagine Children’s Festival
Location: Southbank Centre
Date: between 8 and 18 February 2023
If you have been a Londoner with children for a while, you might already know about Imagine Children’s Festival.
Every year in February, Southbank Centre is putting the focus on children and has over 100 events happening during 10 days.
2023 is the 21st edition and has a lot of exciting things to see around music, theatre, art, poetry and so much more across all Southbank Centre venues like Royal Festival Hall or Queen Elizabeth Hall.
This year, the festival opens up on 8 February and closes on the 18 with lots of activities and shows that are totally free.
For instance you can bring your children to Royal Festival Hall and enjoy electronic music for 2 hours with the Guinness World Record youngest club DJ Archie who is 7 years old this year.
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Here are 3 events that I thought could be interesting to see during Imagine Children’s Festival:
- Magic and Dragons with Cressida Cowell at Queen Elizabeth Hall (part of Imagine Children’s Festival on Sunday 12 Feb 11am
If your kids love dragons and has already read the book series How to train your dragon, they will love to hear from the author Cressida Cowell. The writer will share some tips about how she writes her books and also her drawing talents. This paid 1 hour event needs to be booked for sure.
- One and Everything Family Trail at Royal Festival Hall between 8 and 17 February 2023
Your family will learn about different corners of the world and the different languages. The trail is also an introduction to different alphabets where your young children will follow at his/her own exploratory pace.
- Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes at Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 12 Feb 3pm
If you have missed the beautiful animation movie Revolting Rhymes released in 2016, here is the chance to see it on the big screen with a live Philhamornia Orchestra to make the experience even more special. This movie is a fantastic way to enjoy alternative takes on famous stories and nursery rhymes. Plus your children might see for the first time a full orchestra playing in front of them.
9. Pick and choose a tea time with your children
Why not spoil yourself with the kids for a relaxed afternoon tea at one of London top hotels and take the best photos of your little ones tasting all different cakes and savouries.
10. Cirque Berserk!
Location: Riverside Studios
Date: between 9 February and 11 March 2023
After a successful series of shows at the last Edinburgh Fringe festival, Cirque Berserk! is coming to London for 5 weeks at the fully renovated Riverside Studios in Hammersmith.
For this 2023 edition, you will see for the first time some amazing artists coming from all around the world performing different stunts. The highlight of the show is the famous motorbike performance called Globe of Death.
There are lots of opportunities to see this show in February including multiple sessions during Half Term February. Perfect to keep the kids busy if you don’t go on a ski holiday this year.
There you have it. I hope you have found enough things to do in London in February with the kids. There are of course a lot of more events happening in London next month. Just make sure to share with your children what’s going on during half term and plan ahead shows and activities they want to avoid being glued to the TV screen at home. And if you are looking for more activities, have a look at our selection of the best things to do in London with kids all year around.
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