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Our picks for Half Term October 2017

Posted by on Saturday, 21 October, 2017 in News

Our picks for Half Term October 2017

Wow – that half term really flew by didn’t it? Seems like only yesterday we were sunning ourselves on a beach and now we’re crunching through leaves. Don’t worry if the holiday has crept up on you. We’ve got it covered with our best picks of what’s on in London for little people from 21 t0 29 October 2017.

Museums and Galleries

Enjoy some Roman-themed Half Term Activities at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Follow a free Roman Family Trail, or pick up an Art Detective Kit to become a Guildhall Gallery explorer. Drop in on Wednesday 25 October to meet an archaeologist, handle real Roman artefacts and make a mosaic greeting card. Free.

Check out Discover Children’s Story Centre‘s new exhibition A World Inside a Book: Gruffalos, Dragons & Other Creatures inspired by the works of storytelling luminaries Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We got to have a sneaky peek and it’s a-ma-zing! Admission to Discover costs £6.50 per person, plus £1.50 for this exhibition (under 2’s free).

Robot Zoo

Meet Paddington at the Museum of London on Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 October 2017 at 11am. The little marmalade-loving bear will be out and about around the Museum – see if you can find him for a cuddle! There are other Paddington-related events throughout the week too. Free.

It’s the last week to catch Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. They’ve also got storytelling by Dotted Line Theatre on 23 and 24 October (child £5, adult £1) and their annual Halloween Fair on 28 and 29 October.

The National Maritime Museum is hosting its annual family Halloween party from 11am to 4pm on Friday 27 October 2017. Tickets cost £8 and include storytelling, arts and crafts, a musical story parade, trick or treating and, a costume competition.


It’s hard to choose between all the great children’s theatre on offer this week. Here are a few that grabbed our attention:

  • Zeraffa Giraffa at Little Angel Theatre follows the travels of a young giraffe who’s sent as a gift from Egypt to the King of France. For ages 4 to 10. Adult £14, child £12;
  • My Brother, My Sister & Me at the Polka Theatre explores sibling relationships in a new show for children aged 2 to 5. Tickets cost £12.50, concessions £9;
  • Laika at the Unicorn Theatre tells the story of the first space dog and the courage to change things for a better future. For ages 6 to 12. Adult £10-18, child £10-12.

Parks and Recreation

Oxygen Freejumping

Burn off energy on the wettest of days at Oxygen Freejumping trampoline parks in Acton or Croydon. There’ll be a Halloween theme at all their sessions this week. Take little ones to the Under 5’s sessions to avoid the half term crowds.

Why not visit your local city farm this week? Kentish Town City Farm‘s half term activities include pony rides and pumpkin carving, culminating with their brilliant annual Apple Day fair on 29 October 2017.

At the London Wetland Centre half term activities include wildlife Guess Who?, pond dipping, and building bug hotels.

Whatever you get up to this week – enjoy! For info about tons of amazing London venues check out our list of reviews

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