If you’re not one of the lucky bast*rds hitting the slopes or the beach this half term fear not.
There is heaps to do in London this half term from amazing theatre performances to knight training, cycling courses, exhibitions and cooking classes.
Here are the ones that caught our eye.
The River Runner
Join Glimmer Theatre at Streatham Space for the River Runner, a new family show for those aged 7+ with ice skating, magic and adventure brought to life with live music and beautiful imagery.
The River Runner tells the tale of Annabelle Howgego, a Victorian fen skater who uses her skating skills to set her village free and solve the mystery of what lurks beneath the ice.
The show is also touring Britain. For tickets click here.
Join Knight School at the Tower of London this half term and learn the art of the sword, charge at a quintain, handle armour, dress up and design your own flag.
Lasts 30 minutes; there are 130 places for each sessions which will be filled on a first come first serve basis. The sessions runs outdoors and will not take place in bad weather. For more info click here.
Become a spy at Hampton Court Palace this half term. Join Elizabeth I and her spymasters with clues to solve, evidence to uncover and treasonous conspiracies to stop.
Collect your Spy Masters card with details of your mission from the information centre. Click here for more information.
Learn to ride a bike
We totally recommend Pop Cycle Training for getting your child cycling independently. There are courses in Hampstead Heath, Battersea Park and Wandsworth Common.
The courses provide high quality cycle education and develop confident riding with 100 per cent success rate guaranteed. Popcycletraining.com
The RIBA isn’t the first place you’d think of going with the kids in half term but it’s a hub of creativity for building-mad youngsters with big builds, digital workshops, drawing and performance.
There are workshops and courses for all ages, six and overs can be dropped off. Workshops are led by architects and explore a range of contemporary architectural themes. Architecture.com
My older children (five and seven) loved this as much as I did. The story of Tutankhamun’s discovery is as breath taking as the exquisite treasures on display. It really is mind boggling.
We went all out and hired audio guides for them, which they found really easy to use as you just punch in the number of the exhibit to hear the description. Totally recommend. Tutankhamun-london.com
Paper pushers – Picasso and Paper
The Royal Academy is a great place to take children; little ones are handed an art detectives pack as they enter, which immediately inspires them to start engaging with the surroundings.
The new Picasso and Paper exhibition brings together studies for Guernica, collages and more than 300 other works on paper – Picasso didn’t just draw on paper, he tore it, burnt it and made it three-dimensional. There’s a family studio on the Friday of half term (11am to 3pm): push paper to the limit by creating your own pop-up book. Royalacademy.org.uk
Cook up a feast
The Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth still has some spots left on its Young Holiday Cooking Classes.
Classes are for children aged eight to 16 years, although if a six or seven-year-old is already comfortable in the kitchen they are welcome to join. For more information and menus see Theavenuecookeryschool.com