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February Semester: 5 Things to Do in North and East London

6:21 PM February 9, 2022

With half term approaching again, you might be looking for things to do with the kids next week.

Fortunately, there are a variety of activities and events on offer for children and families in North and East London during the school holidays.

From creative workshops and celebrating Vietnamese culture, to seeing a rare tiger cub and learning a few dance moves, there’s something for all ages, interests and budgets.

Learn to build worlds at a creative writing workshop

Or: St. Marguerite House, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL
When: Wednesday February 16: 10-11 a.m. | Saturday February 19: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free (online registration)

Award-winning writer and creator of the Benlunar podcast, Simon Maeder, leads these creative writing workshops, suitable for children aged 8-11.

During the one-hour session, they can learn the basics of creating their own fantasy world from scratch and start telling stories that take place there.

Parents do not need to stay for the workshop. Visit for more information.

Celebrate Vietnamese culture and creators

Or: House Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, Hoxton E2 8EA
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 11am-4pm
Cost: Free (just pass)

This family activity program, Welcome Home Friend, will explore how we feel at home and how others feel at home and also celebrate Vietnamese culture and creators.

The theme is inspired by a book called The Doll by Nhung N. Tran-Davies, which reminds us of the importance of being kind to those who move into our community.

There will be storytelling sessions, poetry and drawing workshops, and artist-led doll-making and origami classes.

Visit for more information and a full schedule.

See a rare Sumatran tiger cub

Check out Sumatran tiger cub Loki at ZSL London Zoo this semester
– Credit: ZSL/George Cuevas

Or: ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
When: Every day of the semester: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Cost: Tickets start from £26 per adult and £16 per child

Explore the jungle without leaving the UK at ZSL London Zoo.

You might even spot the zoo’s newest member of the family, Loki – a critically endangered Sumatran tiger cub, born in December.

See a range of animals, including lions, tigers and penguins, as you stroll through the colorful walkways.

Visit for tickets and information.

Do arts and crafts while you shop

Or: Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd, Stratford E20 1EJ
When: Thursday to Saturday February 17-19: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily
Cost: Free (no reservation required)

The Westfield Shopping Center in Stratford will be offering free arts and crafts workshops for three days during half term.

Drop-in sessions for children ages 3-13 and their parents will take place on the first floor near John Lewis.

Sessions are especially great for kids who love coloring and will have a “scary creatures” theme.

Visit for details.

Learn a few moves in free dance lessons for young people

Or: The Talent House, 3 Sugar House Lane, Stratford E15 2QS
When: Thursday February 17: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday February 18: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free (Limited places – online registration)

This semester, East London Dance (ELD) is hosting dance workshops, live performances, building tours, a pizza night and more over two days at its new home, The Talent House.

Participants aged seven to 17 can learn hip hop, Bollywood and street dance styles – led by teachers Josh Franklin, Kendra Horsburgh and Krupa Chavda – and get a taste of On The Move dance lessons from ELD.

The program, which was co-designed by young people aged 9-19 from ELD’s City Leaders program, is open to young people of all dance levels and aims to build resilience, confidence and dance skills. .

Visit for more information and to register.