Culture Diary — What to do this half term

February half term is here and the days are feeling brighter, making it the ideal time to start exploring the city. We share four exciting and inspiring places to visit with children this week.

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Brick Dinos
The Horniman Museum & Gardens
Until 29 October 2023

This family friendly exhibition features incredible Lego creations by artist Warren Elsmore and his team, and hands-on activities to keep children occupied.

The museum itself is well worth a visit, boasting an internationally known collection of taxidermy, unusual assortment of musical instruments, a calm aquarium and beautiful gardens that house a Butterfly House and Animal Walk.

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The Postal Museum

Interactive at its core, the Postal Museum invites visitors to experience a subterranean London with a ride on the 100-year old Mail Rail, that runs deep below Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant sorting office. For littler-ones there's Sorted! The Postal Play Space, an immersive mini town — complete with streets, buildings, mail vans and slides to keep younger visitors occupied.


Cecilia Vicuña: Brain Forest Quipu
Tate Modern
Until April 16 2023

The Tate Modern is the perfect gallery to visit as a family, with ample space to let small children roam and an engaging, interactive digital drawing space.

In collaboration with UNIQLO, Tate Modern have created Tate Play, a free programme of art, activities and play for families of all ages. This half term, they are inviting mini artists to get inspired by the works of fibre artists Cecilia Vicuña and Magdalena Abakanowicz, and experiment with weaving and knitting their own textile artworks.


Battersea Park Children's Zoo

Perfectly proportioned, Battersea Park Children's Zoo may be smaller than the more famous London Zoo but still has plenty to see and do without being overwhelming. The zoo is home to an interesting variety of creatures — from lemurs and birds to otters and meerkats, plus an impressive play area to keep young visitors busy.

The zoo is compact, so combine it with the rest of Battersea Park for a full day excursion. The park accommodates some excellent playgrounds, a boating lake and a Go Ape Treetop Challenge, for those feeling brave!