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Saturday Craft Activities at Guildhall Art Gallery. © Cecelina Tornberg

Five Fun And Totally Free Activities For Families This February Half Term In London

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City Children’s Trail
What? From gladiators and breathtaking views to Diagon Alley and buildings named after food, there’s a lot to take in and enjoy on this trail of the City. Grab a free map and follow Draco the Dragon through streets where ancient Romans once walked. The trail offers activities and fun facts along the way, complete with stickers to mark special spots.
Where? Pick up a free illustrated map at the City Information Centre next to Saint Paul’s Cathedral
When? Whenever!

Enjoying the City Children’s Trail © Yasmine Camilla
Gateway to the World
What? When it was first built, Tower Bridge was known as the ‘gateway to the world’. Families will discover why this during these free family activities, and can then create their own collage picture to take home. Plus, all participating families will receive a Family Activities Pass, entitling you to free entry on any Family Activities Day in the next six months.
Where? Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP
When? Saturday 15 February and Tuesday 18 February 10am-4pm


Monster Soup Puppets
What? The Thames was once so foul and full of yucky bacteria that an artist called William Heath named the water ‘monster soup’! Join Moth Physical Theatre to make your own bacteria-inspired monster soup puppet. Then discover tricks and tips to perform with it. 
Where? Museum of London, EC2Y 5HN
When? 16 – 17 February. Stop by anytime 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-1.30pm.
 
Striking Gold
What? Listen to fascinating stories about the California gold rush and how someone once found a way into the Bank of England’s gold vaults. Storytelling sessions will begin at 45 minutes past each hour, and last around 20 minutes. You can also pick up a real 13kg gold bar and make a gold bar shaped money box to take home.
Where? Bank of England Museum, EC2R 8AH
When? 17 – 21 February, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Poet, painter, art movement maker
What? Bring along your young artists and rebels to learn the story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of painters, poets and critics who changed the art establishment forever. Create your own vibrant artworks, poetry and possibly a new art movement along the way.
Where? Guildhall Art Gallery, EC2V 5AE
When? 19 February, 11am-4pm
 
Somebody call the police!
What? Pop in to the museum to play and get your hands on police communication devices from the Victorian times to modern day. You can even try making your own noise-maker to grab people's attention!
Where? City of London Police Museum, EC2V 7HH
When? 20 February, 11am-4pm

© Cecelina Tornberg
Wear Roman for London Fashion Week
What? Enjoy an exciting family event at London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE and discover who lived in Roman London. Be inspired by the culture, jobs and Roman clothing and find out what was on-trend in the Roman era! You'll learn about Roman society and create your very own hand puppet. Choose any Roman character, from the noble emperor or fearless gladiator to the hard-working servant. Design and create their clothes, then take them to the secret temple of Mithras to be initiated. Bring your enthusiasm and Roman thinking caps – all other materials will be provided.
Where? London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, 12 Walbrook EC4N 8AA
When? 21 February. 12 noon until 4pm.

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