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Find over 20 great ideas for February 2013’s half term in and around the Richmond Borough. For more details and even more activity ideas go to www.forsanityssake.com.

  • Head to London on the train and visit
    • The largest ever ‘Dinosaur Petting Zoo’ at the Southbank (www.forsanityssake.com/profiles/blogs/let-your-children-get-up-close-and-personal-with-dinosaurs-this-h)
    • London Aquarium close to Waterloo station
    • The Royal Festival Hall for 1pm lunchtime concerts and take the glass lift up and down 5 levels…it sings the levels – ‘Level 1, Level 2…’ etc (surprisingly fun!)
    • Get involved with the Science Museum’s interactive exhibitions for the under 5s (www.forsanityssake.com/profiles/blogs/the-science-museum)
    • Visit the natural History Museum for some enormous exhibitions, including a Diplodocus or just look at their website as there’s lots of interactive stuff for kids www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/index.html
    • Enjoy the Imaginary Worlds Family Festival on Sunday 17th Feb or Monday 18th Feb, including film screenings, puppet shows, pop-up concerts, animation workshops and lots of art-making (free but you need to book ahead). Suitable for all ages, babies upwards.
  • Paint pottery for gifts or fun at Happy Potter in Teddington, East Twickenham Pottery Cafe, Wendy’s Workshop in Ham or Kew Ceramics Cafe
  • See the animals at London Zoo, Battersea petting zoo, Bocketts Farm or the pets at Squires Garden Centre in Hampton
  • Soft play at Piglets in Hersham, Snakes and Ladders at Syon Park, Ham YMCA or Eddie Catz in Putney / Wimbledon or Jigsaw in Sunbury
  • Kids Cafes at Krafty Kidz in Twickenaham, Greenacres in Hampton or Teeny Weenies in Teddington
  • Run wild and see the snowdrops at Kew Gardens or Wisley RHS Gardens
  • Look out Discovery at Bracknell – www.forsanityssake.com/profiles/blogs/bracknell-forest-discovery-centre-the-look-out
  • Visit Barnes Wetland Centre or feed the ducks on Barnes Common / Ham Common / Twickenham riverside / Teddington Lock / Kew Riverside
  • Find out what’s growing in Ham House vegetable Gardens or at Garsons Farm where you can pick your own vegetables (both have cafes & more gardens there too)
  • Hear stories and see performances at Hampton Court (www.forsanityssake.com/profiles/blogs/hampton-court-at-half-term)
  • Walk in the woods close to the windmill on Wimbledon Common and drink hot chocolate at the cafe under the windmill
  • Bookswap at the Polka Theatre on 16th February (www.forsanityssake.com/profiles/blogs/polka-theatre-official-venue-for-london-children-s-bookswap-on-fe) or explore books at Story Explorers in Richmond (see the FSS calendar for age appropriate classes)
  • Book a show at the theatre – Rose Theatre in Kingston, Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, Watermans in Brentford, Richmond Theatre or Orange Tree in Richmond
  • Go for a swim with your kids at Richmond Pools on the Park, Teddington Pools, Hampton Open Air Pool or Putney Leisure Centre
  • Walking and seeing the deer in Bushy Park (lunch/tea at the Pheasantry) or Richmond Park (lunch/tea at Pembroke Lodge)
  • Kick a ball or fly a kite in Marble Hill Park (lunch/tea at The Coach House), Twickenham Green, Richmond Green, Kew Green