February Family Festival

Two boys playing with Lego in a plastic box

Event Information

Come and spend your February half term with us. We’ve got a whole host of exciting activities and events, from LEGO builds to animal encounters.

10-18 February 

Across the museum

For free events book general admission tickets

For paid events book tickets below 

Discover something new by spending your February half term with us.

Each day enjoy talks, tours, events and workshops. We’ve got so much for you to get involved in – we can’t wait to welcome you.

Tickets need to be booked beforehand online or by visiting our information desks in Hintze Hall and the Red Zone.

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What's on?

Daily events

Family Discovery Zone

Come and explore the variety of homes and habitats that exist on our planet as well as the impact we have on them. Discover the extreme and surprising places life finds a home through our fun creative activities and science shows.

10-18 February 

11.00-16.00

Free

Suitable for all ages. Children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Jerwood Gallery in the Blue Zone.

Spirit Collection Tour

Take a peek behind the scenes and marvel at our fascinating collection of zoology specimens preserved in spirit. Our Darwin Centre has 27 kilometres of shelves packed with 22 million specimens – we can’t wait to show you all the treasures hidden there.

10 and 11 February
11.00-11.45, 13.00-13.45

12-18 February
11.00-11.45, 13.00-13.45 and 15.00-15.45

Adult non-member £25
Child non-member £25
Adult Member £22.50
Child Member £22.50

Suitable for ages 8+ only.

Meet by the Turbinaria coral in Hintze Hall.

Tours and events 

Museum Highlights Tour

Discover the most iconic specimens we care for, from the world’s most complete fossil stegosaur to an infamous gorilla. Don’t miss your chance to get to know our best of the best. 

10, 15, 16 and 17 February

Various times available 

Adult non-member £15
Child non-member £12
Adult Member £12
Child Member £9.60

Meet outside our Human Evolution Gallery in the Red Zone.

Secrets of the Natural History Museum Tour

Join us for a look at the fascinating stories hidden within the architecture of our iconic building, including a monkey with a human face that looks a lot like Charles Darwin. Starting our story in the late 1800s, we’ll delve into detailed drawings and plans for the building, before exploring our twenty-first-century additions. 

Monday 12 February
11.00-12.00 and 14.00-15.00

Sunday 18 February
13.30-14.30

Adult non-member £15
Child non-member £12
Adult Member £12
Child Member £9.60

Meet outside our entrance on Exhibition Road.

LEGO® Build the Change: Nature-Friendly Neighbourhood Build

Welcoming all builders of the future! Help build a neighbourhood from LEGO bricks that birds and people can all call home together.

12-16 February

11.00-16.00

Entry every 30 minutes.

Free

First-come, first-served. You may have to queue.

Suitable for ages 6+. Children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Investigate Centre in the Green Zone on the Lower Ground Floor.

Jurassic Encounters

Delve into the Jurassic era and meet the modern-day relatives of the animals that lived alongside dinosaurs in this fantastic animal handling show.

Wednesday 14 February

11.00-11.45, 12.00-12.45 and 13.00-13.45

Adult non-member £8
Child non-member £8
Adult Member £7.20
Child Member £7.20

Strictly for ages 8+

The Flett Events Theatre in the Red Zone.

T. Rex show with Teach Rex

Calling all dinosaur fans! Join us at our T. Rex show with Teach Rex. The show delves into the jaws of this iconic animal, taking you on an interactive, prehistoric journey.

15 and 16 February 

10.45-12.15, 13.15-14.45 and 15.45-17.15

Adult non-member £12
Child non-member £12
Adult Member £10.80
Child Member £10.80

The Flett Events Theatre in the Red Zone.

Science of the Natural History Museum Tour

Nothing is more important to us than protecting the planet and encouraging others to do the same. Join us on this tour to discover the work we do, from advocacy and outreach to identifying new species and protecting the collections we care for. 

17 and 18 February

15.00-16.00

Adult non-member £20
Child non-member £16
Adult Member £16
Child Member £12.80

Meet outside our Human Evolution Gallery in the Red Zone.