Half Term activities

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Sport Wanstead Flats Sports Camp This half term, children can take part in various sporting activities and games. The activity course will be held each day of half term, and is open to children aged between seven and 11 years of age.

l February 18 from 9.30am until 3pm, at Wanstead Flats Sports Camp, Wanstead Flats, Harrow Road, Walthamstow.

Details: 020 8532 5307 or wanstead_flats@cityoflondon.gov.uk Nature Suntrap Build a Bird Nest Box Day See the best nature has to offer, by building your very own nest box for your garden. The family drop-in activity will be held at Suntrap Forest Education Centre on February 19. As well as being able to build your own bird box, there will be some bird-related outdoor activities held in Epping Forest.

l Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, on February 19, from noon to 3pm. Details: www.webfronter.com or 020 8508 0611 Slugs and Snails If slugs and snails are up your street, pop over to Chingford to discover the fascinating lives of these slippery creatures. Visitors will be able to take part in a quiz, as well as race snails at the event.

l The View, Rangers Road, Chingford, on February 20, from noon to 3pm. Details: 020 7332 1911 www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest Arts and crafts Comic Lab Ever wondered what it would be like to create your very own comic strip?

Kids head down to Walthamstow Library and Leytonstone Library to find out. Professional cartoonist Steve Marchant will help you create your own character and turn it into a cartoon – Golly Gosh Batman, and you’ll be the envy of all of your friends.

l Comic Lab will take place at Walthamstow Library, High Street, Walthamstow on February 23, from 11am to 1pm, and Leytonstone Library, Church Lane, Leytonstone on February 23, from 2.30pm until 4.30pm. Details: 020 8496 3000 art:FORMS Consider storytelling through drama, movement and art at an inspirational arts workshop. Children aged eight to 12 years old are invited to art:FORMS: A Picture of Health at Hale End Library, Castle Avenue, Highams Park on February 22, from 2pm to 4pm.

l Details: 020 8496 3000 Family Art Get the whole family involved in creating art at a family art event at Leyton Library.

The fun, two-week short course will show visitors how to create various art projects and master techniques.

l Family Art will be held at Leyton Library, High Road, Leyton, from February 26, 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Details: 020 8496 3000 Family Crafts If you’re more suited to crafts, head to Wood Street Library for a Family Crafts event. Participants will be able to learn a variety of simple craft techniques and ideas on the two-week course.

l Family Crafts will be held at Wood Street Library, Forest Road, Walthamstow from Tuesday, February 26, 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Details: 020 8496 3000 THEATRE James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl’s very first children’s book and one of his most popular stories, James and the Giant Peach, is set to come to Chelmsford Civic Theatre. The classic book tells the story of James, a lonely young boy who lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting aunts in England.

The Birmingham Stage Company will retell this firm favourite, which is sure to entertain and thrill both children and adults alike.

With fruitfilled fun and wizzpopping wonder, this larger than life stage production is a great introduction to theatre for children aged four years and over.

l James and the Giant Peach will come to Chelmsford Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford from Tuesday, February 19 to Saturday, February 23. Details: ww.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or 01245 606505 HERITAGE ATTRACTION Royal Gunpowder Mills Kids can enjoy making mayhem and mess this half term at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Observe science as you’ve never seen it before with a fun-packed week of activities exploring the gross and grisly side of science.

Younger visitors will be able to enjoy a lively programme of explosive experiments and gruesome activities in the Mad-Lab. Join Professor Nitrate from Saturday, February 16 until Sunday, February 24, to discover some repulsive and revolting science from the past. Meet the professor’s lab rats and get involved as they create all sorts of mess and mayhem in the Mad Lab.

Get stuck in with really revolting experiments and activities, from snot making to fart machines. Turn yourself into a living science experiment with gruesome face painting to hat-making.

The professor is always on the look-out for willing volunteers to test his latest theories so visitors will need to be prepared for fun-filled and, occasionally, smoke-filled adventures.

There will also be rocket making and firing and don't miss the Rocket Vault where you can see some of the rockets worked on when Royal Gunpowder Mills was a top secret government research facility.

l Half Term Horrors will be held at Secret Island Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, from Saturday, February 16 until Sunday, February 24, 10am until 5pm, last entry 3.30pm. Details: 01992 707370, www.royalgunpowdermills.com

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