Give a Gnome a Home

Squire's Garden Centres have found some gnomes that need a home. Bring your children to Squire's during half term and they can paint a gnome, name it, and take it home with them. There's no need to book, simply turn up on the day.
Squires Garden Centre, Common Road, Stanmore, February 15-19, 10am-4pm. Details: 0208 9544628

Half-term Arts and Crafts

Children can enjoy a range of creative, fun and messy events at the Harrow Arts Centre this half-term. From Making your own dragon and monsters to pottery workshops, there is something for every child.
Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, February 15-19. Details: 020 8416 8989,

Films at Harrow Arts Centre

Let your children relax in front of the big screen and enjoy one of two films - or even both. The centre will be screening How to Train Your Dragon (PG), a tale about a misfit Viking teenager forced into the world of dragon fighting at school, who whilst endeavouring to prove himself, he befriends an injured dragon and changes history by becoming the first to ride the infamous creature.

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Also being screening is Monsters Inc (U), where in the world of monsters, when a little girl, Boo, follows one of the scariest monsters, Scully, back to his world, it is the monster who soon find themselves being scared.
Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, February 17 and 18. Details: 020 8416 8989,

Here be Monsters

Ahoy young sailors. Prepare for a sea-faring adventure with villainous Captain Cut-Throat and a fearsome crew in this action packed musical. This brand new stage adaptation of the hit children's book Here be Monsters,is full of catchy songs, interactive fun and exciting surprises. Join the Captain and set sail through a monster-infested water to search for a mysterious island. 
Harrow Arts Centre, Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, February 19, 12pm. Details: 020 8416 8989,

Saving Castle Duckula

The TV classic is coming to the stage for the first time. Vampire-turned-vegetarian Count Duckula is struggling to pay his bills when he discovers an old treasure map. Follow Duckula, Nanny and Igor as they overcome challenges to find 'The Jewels of Duckula' before the bailiffs come knocking, with singing and games along the way.
Millfield Theatre, Silver Street, Edmonton, Saturday, 2pm. Details: 02088 076680,

The Cat in the Hat

The inimitable maestro of mischief is coming to North Finchley in this show based on the bestselling book by Dr Seuss. From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, everybody knows this is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure.
artsdepot, Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, Saturday to Wednesday, 11am and 2pm. Details: 02083 695454,

Jacksons Lane

The Highgate venue has not failed to meet expectations for half term. Snow Child (Feb 14) by Tutti Frutti tells a magical story about family, love and the power of dreams, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Feb 15 to 19) is exactly the fun you think it is, with added puppetry, music and mischief to make it a stand-out production of the old favourite tale.
Jacksons Lane, Archway Road, Highgate, February 14 to 19. Details: 02083 414421,

Wild Art and Mini Beasts

If you go down to the woods this half term, be sure to dress up warm as you could be going on a mini beast hunt in Cassiobury Park (February 17). Meet at Gade Avenue car park.

Children in Watford will also be able to take a walk on the wild side of Whippendell Woods (February 18). Taking inspirations from the creatures that live in the woods artist Alex Baranovski will create a number of timber and steel sculptures and children will have the chance to paint some fabric banners that will be hung from Alex's creations. A gazebo will be just behind Grove Mill Lane car park.