Free Holiday Activities February 2015

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Find out about free half term activities below:

Free Holiday Programmes

  1. Dalston Eastern Curve Garden: will be holding free afternoon workshops inspired by the plants and wildlife in the Garden. For children aged 5 – 11 . Find out more here. *
  2. Albion Kids Show Half term program for Hackney is full of fun. *
  3. The Access to Sports Project deliver a wide range of Sporting Activities for Children and Young People in Hackney, our programme is supported by local community organisations, schools and the London Borough of Hackney. Check out their programme here.
  4. Hackney libraries offer a range of free activities for families. Find out more about their free activities here*
  5. The Geffrye Museum  has a week of free exciting half-term activities from Tuesday to Friday. *

* Accessible activities.

London Children’s Book Swap

On Saturday 14 February 2015, the London-wide Children’s Bookswap returns to cultural venues across the capital, including;

Free Events During Half Term

1. Made of Money: The Made of Money team have developed a fun pack for children to learn about money alongside you! Go along to their super workshop where you can have fun learning about money, take part in a real life supermarket taste test and test your knowledge with their money quiz!

Where – The Idea Store Whitechapel     WhenTuesday 17th of February, 10:30am – 12:30 or 1: 30pm- 3:30pm

To book a place ring  Made of Money on 020 8983 5043 or e-mail

2. Roller skating: A free day of roller skating and skating workshops in Gillett Square on Thursday 19th February, 2015.   Learn to skate, improve your skills, learn tricks, and see a performance by the pros. Free workshops: 12pm, 1pm & 2pm, performance: 3pm and Tricks Workshop: 3.30pm. Roller skates provided. 

3. “Looking at Claudia Jones” film screening at 8 Paletine Road , London N16 8SX. Film Starts: 7.30pm on Friday 20th February 2015. Light refreshments included, bring your own beverages. Spaces limited, to book in advance call 0207 241 1646.

Things to do after half term: 

1. Family Fun Day on Saturday 28th February at Young Hackney Forest Road, 29 Forest Road, E8 3BY, 12 .00pm to 3.00pm. There will be a host of activities on offer for children and young people, including free play, sports, drama workshops, face painting and free refreshments. Download a flyer for the Family Fun Day Forest Road.

2. Expressions music school and guests Spring Celebration on Saturday 28th February 2015 at 8 Palatine Road, N16 8SX from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. £5 admission (under 5’s free).

3. Discover the arts at Dalston CLR James and Hackney Central Libraries every Saturday afternoon 2pm-4pm from  10 January-28 March.

Afterschool arts awards clubs will also run every Monday from 4pm-6pm at Hackney Central Library, Wednesday from 4pm-6pm at Dalston CLR James Library, Fridays from 4.30pm-5.30pm at Clapton Library and, starting 10 January, every other Saturday an arts club will take place at Shoreditch Library from 2pm-3.30pm.

You will work with artists and library staff to discover different arts forms and create your own artwork and your activities will be accredited through the arts award.

Contact your local library or email Find out more below or see the Discover the arts in Hackney timetable (PDF, 2MB).

Activities For Young People

Discover Young Hackney aims to encourage creativity and help young people to discover pathways into training and careers in the arts through an exciting programme of events:

1. As part of the Discover Young Hackney Festival 2015, Immediate Theatre are running a 3 day theatre project in partnership with Graeae Theatre and The Huddleston Centre. They are recruiting  people aged 12-25 to take part in the project that will give young people a taste of the different roles within a theatre; performance, set & costume design, marketing, front of house and stage management. Find out more here.

2. As part of the 2015 Discover Young Hackney Festival, Arcola is giving 15 young people aged 13-17 years the chance to work with the Arcola Theatre creative team to programme a day of events, music and performance. The project will run across Febuary Half Term. This will culminate in an open day where young people from across Hackney and their families and friends will be invited to come and experience the event has been created.

Workshops – Monday 16 – Saturday 21 February, 10am-4pm Arcola Theatre Takeover – Sunday 22 February, 12-6pm

Please note: You need to be available for the whole project. To register- click here and complete the simple online form.

 Places of interest

  1. Adventure Playgrounds: Adventure playgrounds offer children the opportunity to play in a unique environment that enables them to take risks. These are vital for children’s healthy development. Find out where local adventure playgrounds are here.
  2. City Farms: City Farms provide a great link with the country that many city children benefit from. They enable children to experience and understand how to look after animals, to plant and harvest and collect and sell produce. Find your nearest city farm here
  3. MuseumsMuseum’s encourage children to learn and grow and are places where families can play and learn alongside other families. Find out about Free London Museums here.
  4. Play Areas: Find out how you can make the most of the summer sun this holiday by visiting play areas here.
  5. Youth Clubs: Each of these is home to a team of workers who run activities for children and young people aged 8 years and over. This summer there will be an exciting range of activities happening at each of these clubs.