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Let’s just face it – living in London with children can be difficult at times.  One of those times is during the dreary winter months.  With one’s children itching to get outside and play and the weather not cooperating finding ways to entertain them without going mad oneself is a perpetual challenge.  Thankfully, there are many child-centered activities beyond a day at the movie theater for keeping one’s youngsters entertained and engaged.  They might even learn something too!

Imagine Children’s Festival, now through February 26, 2012 – This premier children’s festival will be at the Southbank Centre for all to enjoy.  Celebrating children’s literature and fine arts the festival aims to entertain and educate children of all ages.  With a nice mixture of free and for-fee events families on every type of budget can enjoy a day out.

Magic Worlds at Museum of Children, now through March 4, 2012 – This free exhibition takes a look at the roles of magic and illusion in children’s literature, art and folklore.  Many hands on exhibits will be available as well as magical artifacts on display will be available for children and adults visiting.

Shark Reef Encounter, opening February 2012 – The newest permanent exhibit at the Aquarium is the shark reef encounter, a spell-bounding and sometimes frightening exploration of the misunderstood shark.  The exhibit is included in admission to the aquarium and takes visitors up close and personal with sharks up to ten feet long.

Chilean Rescue Capsule – February 2012 through May 2012 – Children and adults can see firsthand the rescue capsule designed to save 33 minors in the San Jose mining accident and daring rescue of 2010 at Science Museum.  Alongside the capsule is a robot designed to help find and rescue the trapped minors.  Admission is free.

With so many museums and centers around with children and their families in mind finding a way to spend a day or two or three during the winter should be no problem at all.  One of the many joys of moving to another country is learning about the culture and history.  Rather than go crazy while living in London during the winter families should take advantage of the rich heritage of the British people and explore!