Half-term: what’s on for kids at The National Gallery?

There are lots of activities for kids and their families at The National Gallery this half-term.

Next week is half-term (15-19th February) and parents on call for the duration would be wise to have some fun activities lined up to release (deep breath) that pent-up energy. One of our favourite family hang-outs, The National Gallery has some excellent events on for children and their families, worth remembering if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Art activities for children aged 2-5 years

Messy Mondays: Exploring the studio

Monday 15 February, 10.30am–12pm, 12.30 – 3pm
Pigott Education Centre Entrance
Admission free
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Drop-in session for children under 5 and their adults

Drop in and become a mini artist by exploring materials and mark making in a tactile environment inspired by a National Gallery painting.

Talking Tuesdays: Investigating paintings

Tuesday 16 February, 10.30am–12pm
Pigott Education Centre Entrance
Admission free

Drop in and explore a creative environment inspired by a National Gallery painting to develop language and communication through paintings and play.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Drop-in session for children under 5 and their adults

Art activities for children aged 5-11 years

Artist apprentice workshop: The Architect’s Apprentice

Half-term holiday workshop
16, 17, 18 February, 11am–3.30pm
Pigott Education Centre Entrance
Tickets: £10 per adult and £10 per child.

Build your own model National Gallery! Create replica marble columns, domes, and patterned floors and fill your Gallery with your favourite miniature paintings or family photographs.
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Fun for all the family

Inside out sculpture making

Drop-in workshop
Monday 15 February, 11am–1pm, 2-4pm
Tuesday 16 February, 11am–1pm, 2-4pm
Wednesday 17 February, 11am–1pm, 2-4pm
Thursday 18 February, 11am–1pm, 2-4pm
Room 31
Admission free.

Taking your lead from the work currently on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’, create your own small-scale sculpture, inspired by the Gallery’s marvellous horses. This activity session is aimed at over-2sPlaces for this activity are limited and you may be asked to wait during busy periods. Please meet in the room advertised. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more

For some top tips and information on National Gallery family events and activities, please visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk/families or telephone 020 7747 2894/2885. You can also sign up to the Gallery’s monthly e-newsletter and receive emails about family activities. Visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk to subscribe.

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