What’s on in London over the February half term

Light Festival 2022 (Battersea Power Station)
Until 27 February
This fabulous free festival features six stunning installations including the interactive Picto Sender Machine by Felipe Prado which records your movements.

Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules (Somerset House)
Until 6 March
Beano: The Art of Breaking the Rules is a major exhibition curated by artist and lifelong Beano fan Andy Holden. He has drawn a group of creative ground-breakers together who, through their artistic field, have created their own interpretations of rule-breaking. These thought-provoking concepts are displayed alongside a stupendous collection from the Beano archives. Do go along and be inspired by this no holds barred art.

Imagine Children’s Festival (Southbank Centre)
9 – 20 February
Now in its 20th year, the inspirational Imagine Children’s Festival has an amazing line up for 2022 with 160 events on offer. Focussing on creativity and wellbeing, activities include cosmic kids yoga, a musical show with bestselling author Julia Donaldson, a fascinating tour of the human body with doctor and author Adam Kay, Jacqueline Wilson talking about her latest books, a paper flower garland-making workshop, ‘Garland of Ragas’, celebrating the music of Ravi Shankar, a comic book-making workshop, a family concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and so much more! See their website for full details and to book.

Vets in Action (London Zoo)
12 – 20 February
These workshops offer children a fabulous insight into the care of both pets and zoo animals; participants will help vets examine, diagnose and treat soft toy animals, developing a greater understand of the essential work carried out to keep animals in the best of health. Further to this, the zoo is also offering demonstrations, explaining how the 20,000 residents are looked after.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature (V&A Museum)
12 February 2022 – 8 January 2023
The retrospective has been organised in collaboration with the National Trust, whom Potter entrusted with her 4000 acres of land (including 15 farms and her home, Hill Top) when she died in 1943. Highlights of the exhibition include personal photographs, letters and a multitude of exquisite illustrations. A fabulous show for Potter fans of all ages! Prior to visiting, you may be interested in an online workshop the V&A is running on 25 January, where you can learn to illustrate animal characters (for 13 – 17 year olds).

Theatre (West End)
Various dates
Why not catch a theatre production whilst in the capital? Shows booking over the half term period include Frozen, Dear Evan Hansen, Wicked, Cinderella, & Juliet, The Lion King and Matilda.

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