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Things to do in London this weekend with kids: 8-9 February

Things to do in London this weekend with kids: 8-9 February

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There’s a touch of Spring in the air in London lately, even though the temperature keeps wildly fluctuating between seasons. We’ve got family friendly ideas for London fun this weekend, to cover indoor and outdoor needs so you’re inspired no matter the weather. Enjoy!


Chinese New Year Family Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Rat at this fun-filled family festival located just a stone’s throw away from London’s original Chinatown in Limehouse. Listen to classic Chinese folktales, enjoy performances, martial arts demonstrations and create beautiful artworks to take home.  The event will also include three workshops which are only available to book online in advance, aimed at children aged 5+ teaching martial arts, ribbon dance and language and movement.

When: 8-9 Feb
Where: Museum of London Docklands, No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, E14 4AL
Age guidance: varies by activity
Cost: most free; some ticketed
More info: website

Boh Boh’s New Friends

 A brand new interactive adventure presented by Little Bean Theatre as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 2020 that allows families to explore the galaxy together with our friend Boh Boh the alien. Performed in English and Mandarin or Cantonese (check website for languages of performance).

When: 8 and 9 Feb; 11:30am and 2.30pm
Where: Little Angel Theatre Studios, Sebbon Street Community Centre, Sebbon Street, N1 2EH
Age guidance: ages 3 – 6
Cost: £13.50 Full-price Adults / £11.50 Children (age 1 – 15) and Concessions
More info: website

Stepping into Stories: Herne Hill Kids’ Lit Fest

An exciting array of kid-friendly poetry, performance,  storytelling, illustration and creative writing, followed by evening talks, workshops and an open mic night where participants can share their work.

When: Until 9 Feb; see full timetable online
Where: Station Hall, Herne Hill, SE24 0JW
Age guidance: varies by event
Cost: varies by event
More info: website


‘Cars: Accelerating into the Future’ at the V&A Museum

Showcasing 15 cars and 250 objects across three main sections, the exhibition examines how the car changed our relationship to speed, how it changed the way we make and sell, and how it altered the landscape around us, from countryside to cityscape.



Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens

The orchid festival is back, celebrating the magnificent biodiversity of Indonesia, the land of 17,000 islands. The whole family can escape winter and immerse themselves in the colourful tropics. Rainforests and volcanoes are brought to life inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory through an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays.

When: 8 Feb – 8 March 2020
Where: Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
Age guidance: all
Cost: Child £4.50; Adult £16.50; family of 4 is £40
More info: website



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