Half Term: Winter Activities in London 2013
The Lion King
Venue: Lyceum Theatre 21 Wellington St, London, WC2E 7RQ
School age (4-12), Teenagers (13-18), All ages, Family-friendly
Date: Booking to Jun 30 2013
For a global blockbuster, 'The Lion King's absolute theatricality is astonishing. Techniques from all over the world – African masks, Japanese Kabuki costumes, Malaysian shadow puppetry – are smashed together in an explosion of spectacle. It's perfect for a musical, allowing both distinct flavours and an eclectic carnival spirit.
Pollock’s Toy Museum
Venue: 1 Scala Street,London W1T 2HL
Price: £5, £4 students, £2 children, under-threes free
Pollock’s Toy Museum, a quirky museum of old plaything,s is housed in a pair of wonderfully creaky, unrestored Georgian town houses. Pollock's is named after Benjamin Pollock, the last of the Victorian toy theatre printers. The Pollock’s Toy Museum collection includes board games, marbles, money-boxes, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and wonderful, intricately detailed model shops, as well as the world’s oldest surviving teddy and a 4,000 year-old mouse made from Nile clay. By turns beguiling and creepy, it's fascinating for adults but less so for children, for whom the displays may seem a bit static – describing a pile of painted woodblocks stuffed in a cardboard box as a 'Build a skyscraper' kit may only make them feel lucky to be going home to a PlayStation.
The Wind in the Willows at the Polka Theatre
Venue: The Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1SB
Price: £11.00 to £16.00 per ticket
Date: From 23 November 2012 to 16 February 2013
Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s story of friendship and bravery is brought to life with music and song at the Polka Theatre.
Aimed at five to 11-year-olds, this delightful adaptation of The Wind in the Willows sees Mole abandon his spring-cleaning to have fun on the riverbank. With Toad’s obsession for all things fast causing chaos, it falls upon his friends Ratty, Mole and wise old Badger to save him even though that means coming face-to-face with the ferrets and weasels of the Wild Wood.
There will be an autism friendly performance on Saturday 5 January during which sound will be at a lower volume and the lights will be dimmed rather than completely dark.
Half Term at Museum of London
Venue: Museum of London
School age 5+
Date: 16 Feb -24 Feb 2013
Kids can take part in a series of events for half term at the Museum of London, where they can explore the museum and get hands-on with a range of activities. Highlights include hero inspired art workshops and storytelling sessions about London's history, as well as a few strolls through the parks and gardens in preparation for spring.
For full listings of the half term events at the Museum of London please click on the link below.
Museum of London Official Site
London Wetland Centre
Venue: London Wetland Centre
School age: All
Price: Admission £10.55 adults
£5.85 for kids aged 4-16
Date: 16 Feb -24 Feb 2013
The animal demonstrations take place from Saturday 16th February - Monday 18th February 2012. Admission to the centre costs £10.55 for adults, £5.85 for children aged 4 -16, and is free to children under 4. For more information about the activities and events taking place for half term at London Wetland Centre, call 020 8409 4400.
Imagine Childrens Festival
Venue: Southbank Centre
School age: N/A
Date: 11th Feb - 24th Feb 2013
Highlights of the Imagine Childrens Festival include a the Dinosaur Petting Zoo at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Where's Wally hunt that children can dress up for and win prizes. Meanwhile, kids aged 6 - 10 can take part in some interactive theatre at the Beastie show, while all ages can join Timberlina and Hey Baylen for bingo rounds and dancing at the free Big Bingo Show.
The Imagine Childrens Literature Festival takes place at the Southbank Centre from Monday 11th February - Sunday 24th February 2013. Tickets prices for each event vary, and some events are free. For further information and to purchase tickets call 0844 875 0073.