What’s on this half term

Half term is just around the corner. Book now for these top treats for children:

Meet Vincent Van Gogh on the Southbank

The award-winning immersive Van Gogh exhibition has arrived in London – having toured Beijing, Barcelona and Seoul – to some rather patchy reviews. Housed in an enormous marquee behind the South Bank (that nearly blew away in Storm Ciara), the show feels somewhat touristy and crude especially when compared to the wonderful Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam who are the team behind it. But really it’s an exhibition for younger children only, for whom there’s so much to do. Enter a Parisian studio and have a go at drawing using a perspective frame, climb real hay bales in a simulated South of France, clamber into his yellow bed, run your fingers across the impasto surface of a re-pro Sunflowers canvas, paint your own self-portrait in front of the mirror and feel the wind blowing through the wheat fields near St Remy. Approachable and fun for children, don’t come expecting to see the great masterpieces but rather for an interactive whistle-stop tour through a brilliant life. 7 February – 21 May 2020, tickets £20 adults, £16 children, ticketmaster.co.uk

Imagine Children’s Festival

The Imagine Children’s Festival is back at the South Bank this February half term with plenty of drop-in events and activities from face painting to storytelling. Our highlights include Michael Rosen on his new novel, The Missing, a true story about Rosen’s search for his relatives who ‘went missing’ during the Holocaust in the Second World War (ages 10+ tickets here). Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell will also host Creating Magical Ideas, a talk about how to grow your own magical ideas for ages 8-10 (tickets here). And for younger children (aged 0-5) the brilliant Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will be on stage with over 75 colourful puppets. Find the full program here12-23 February 2020, southbankcentre.co.uk

Family Studio: Paper Pushers at the RA

We loved Picasso’s sets and costumes for the Ballet that are on display at the RA’s latest exhibition. Use them as inspiration as you join this free drop-in workshop where you can create a mini stage set using cut-out and collage techniques. Visit the exhibition before to stir up some ideas for your own inventions. 21 February 2020, 11am-3pm, free, all ages royalacademy.org.uk

Be More Chill at The Other Palace Theatre

Photo: Maria Baranova

Find out what happens when an anxious teenager takes a pill to become more popular in this thumping musical that’s just about to open in London after a succsesful stint on Broadway. Get tickets for the tween/teen in your life and the chances are they’ll already have listened to the soundtrack – which has racked up 318 million streams on Youtube. 12 February – 3 May 2020, tickets £35-£69.50 at lwtheatres.co.uk

Family Baking Heart Biscuit workshop at Bread Ahead

We’re great fans of Bread Ahead’s baking workshops. This half term make beautiful heart shaped shortbread biscuits and decorate them with boiled sweets to make edible stained glass treats. At their Wembley site only, book ahead. 22 February 2020, 10-11.30am and 2-3.30pm, £25 per person (one adult goes free with each child), tickets here

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What's on this half term
— Daisy Allsup
12th February 2020