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Half-term events you should borrow a friend’s kids for

Posted at 12:15 pm, February 15, 2014 in Fun London
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It’s not unusual to long for the simpler times of childhood. Days when your only sources of stress were fretting over how many Panini stickers your pocket money would get if you also bought a Curly Wurly and which of your best friends you’d get to sit with at lunchtime. No wonder the half-term activities coming up in London seem as exciting as Prince’s secret gigs and the cat café combined. Big Foot! Spies! MICROPIGS! If you don’t have a child either make one FAST or offer to babysit, because these things sound FUN. Ashleigh Arnott

outbreakTry to avoid catching the plague at The London Dungeon’s Outbreak! – survivors win a prize (though you’d think not having the plague would be reward enough). Feb 17-23

Learn how to help stop poachers and wildlife-smugglers at London Zoo’s Nothing to Declare, where you’ll play Customs and Excise and hunt for illegal activity in some very dodgy suitcases. Feb 15-23

Children reading, 1954 by Henry Grant © Museum of LondonTrade your way to a new set of stories to love forever (or rediscover some forgotten ones) at The London Children’s Book Swap. It’s Pokémon for little intellectuals. Feb 15

Always thought Big Foot seemed more troubled soul than troublesome soles? Explore a world of mythical creatures and create one of your very own at Stepney City Farm’s Crypto Kids. Feb 17-21

Buzz LightyearGet space cadet training and design your own spacecraft at the V&A Museum of Childhood’s It Came From Outer Space. Feb 17-21

Create collage artworks to rival (well, inspired by) Hannah Höch at the Whitechapel Gallery’s Cut Up! Feb 15

Micropig © lwpkommunikacioMeet the Micropigs! Feed them! Groom them! Chat to them! They may not chat back. Feb 18

Gain all the skills you need to become a top spy at the Discover Children’s Centre’s Secret Agents, including how to make yourself invisible, which is likely to come in handy even if you don’t grow up to be a spy. Feb 15-Jun 13

Hampton Court Palace chocolate kitchenTalk about chocolate all day long at Hampton Court Palace’s Chocolate Kitchens. Feb 15-23

Let the Horniman Museum educate you on animal Extremes as you try to drink as fast as a camel can and compare your fat to a seal’s, which is always going to end well. Feb 15-Nov 2

For even more half-term silliness, see our top ten February half-term activities

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