Half-term diary

Half-term is here, so plan some fun for all the family - with craft and design thrown in
Make a crown, or cut out a classic silhouette portrait, at Kensington Palace
Make a crown, or cut out a classic silhouette portrait, at Kensington Palace
16-24 February: Weather Permitting is a new display at the Museum of London that takes a fun look at 2,000 years of London's climate. Listen to wild weather stories, celebrate a "frost fair", make a sun-catcher or a windmill - or just venture in from the rain.
Museum of London, London Wall, EC2 (0870 444 3850; www.museumoflondon.org.uk).

16-24 February: Make a crown, or cut out a classic silhouette portrait, at Kensington Palace; or listen to stories or follow a fashion trail. Up to four children get in free with one paying adult (£12). And one adult's meal earns a free children's one in the Orangery Restaurant.
Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 (0844 482 7777; www.hrp.org.uk).

16-23 February: celebrate Chinese New Year at the Museum in Docklands. Workshops include mask-making, calligraphy and china-painting. Hear the Willow Pattern story, and enjoy live performances of dance, music and acrobatics, with a big party on Sunday (17 February).
Museum in Docklands, West India Quay, E14 (0870 444 3856; www.museumindocklands.org.uk).

Half-term recycling workshops at the Geffrye Museum, London
© Geffrye Museum, London
Half-term recycling workshops at the Geffrye Museum, London
16-22: Kew Bridge Steam Museum offers free entry for children under 16. Have fun with interactive machines, and enjoy the Explore the Sea Floor exhibition (on until 2 March). Delve for shells and create sealife pictures.
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex (020 8568 4757; www.kbsm.org).

16-29 February: Railways and Telephones - take a trip out of London to Blenheim Palace to see this half-term exhibition of Victorian technology. Admission: adults, £16.50; concessions, £13.50; children, £10; family, £24.50.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (0870 060 2080; www.blenheimpalace.com).

17 February: Love an Animal Day is free at Spitalfields City Farm, featuring animal therapies that include a loving session of "rabbit massage". Plus live music, games, animal mask-making, face-painting, food and drinks.
Spitalfields City farm, Buxton Street, E1 (020 7247 8762; www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org).

Photography workshops for children take place at the PM Gallery in Ealing
© Geremy Butler
Photography workshops for children take place at the PM Gallery in Ealing
18-20 February: graphic design course at the Design Museum for 12- to 16-year-olds. Taking place from 10.30am to 3.30pm each day, the course costs £95. Learn from professional tutors and practising graphic designers - and create an end-of-show exhibition for family and friends. Places are limited and booking is essential (call 020 7940 8782).
Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 (020 7940 9783; www.designmuseum.org).

19-22 February: Get eco-aware at the Geffrye Museum, which has a full programme of recycling events for children of all ages. Most spectacular will be the building of a giant House of Newspapers, supervised by artist Sumer Erek (afternoons of 20-22 February). This will go on display in Hackney's Gillet Square from 3 to 9 March.
Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, E2 (020 7739 9893; www.geffrye-museum.org.uk).

19 and 21 February: photography workshops for children are at the PM Gallery in Ealing, linked to the What Happens Next? photography show. Tickets cost £4.
PM Gallery and House, Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 (020 8567 1227; www.ealing.gov.uk/pmgalleryandhouse).


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