Things to do in London this half term

We’ve rounded up some of the things to do in London this half term, to keep the kids entertained this half term

With Halloween round the corner there are plenty of ghoulish fun to be had, but if that’s not your thing, then there’s lots more to do in and out of the city.

  1. ROALD DAHL MUSEUM
    After a flood in May, the Museum is re-opening for October half term, offering a week brimful of  Twits’ Tricks and Matilda Magic, including Twizzling Tricks for Budding Illustrators, Wonka’s Wondercrump Contraptions, Twits’ Disgusterous Dinner Plates, Wigglish Witches’ Masks, and Crodswoggling Clay Critters. There are also guided walks which give an insight into Dahl’s life and daily routine in Great Missenden.
    Aimed at 5-12 year olds.
    22 to 28 October
    www.roalddahl.com/museum
  2. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK
    If this is usually a Christmas activity for you and the family, then it will have come a bit early. But from 25th you can skate outside one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
    www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/ice-rink.html
  3. A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR ME
    This is the V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates in popular culture including Captain Pugwash and Captain Cook. Visitors have the chance to walk the plank, discover a treasure island as well as a large scale pirate ship. Dressing up and singing sea shanties is positively encouraged.
    www.vam.ac.uk
  4. THE TOWN MOUSE AND THE COUNTRY MOUSE
    Head to The Puppet Barge in Little Venice for these unique performances. The story’s told using rod puppets, music and sing-alongs.
    20-28 October
    www.puppetbarge.com
  5. MEET SIYANDA, PROTECTOR OF PLANTS
    Kew teams up with Theatre-Rites to bring the story of the Temperate House and plants to life through a theatrical experience using live music, puppetry and performance.
    20 to 28 October
    www.kew.org
  6. CYPHER CODERS CAMP
    Creatively themed coding camps run all week at various locations, with pick-ups in some areas.
    22 to 26 October
    www.cyphercoders.com
  7. THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN
    This visually stunning adaptation from French company, Compagnie Animotion, for 3 to 10 years and their families, tells the tale of four animals put to pasture; a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog.
    24 to 26 October
    www.watermans.org.uk
  8. LITTLE GRAND TOUR
    Learn about Pre-Raphaelite art and their imaginary & inspiring world from Knights of the Round Table to Sleeping Beauty at Tate Britain.
    25 & 26 October
    www.thelittlegrandtour.co.uk
  9. MUSIC HOUSE FOR CHILDREN
    Featuring activities for children as young as 1, this hidden gem in Shepherds Bush will be putting on a Gingerbread Man Storytale, an all-day workshop recreating the musical Wicked!, and hosting a Music and Movement Extravaganza for under threes.
    22 to 27 October
    www.musichouseforchildren.com
  10. KINGSTON CHILDREN’S LITERARY FESTIVAL
    Over three days, kids are invited to attend readings of some of their favourite books, read by some of the authors themselves. Opening the event series is Adam Hargreaves, best known for writing and illustrating the Mr Men and Little Miss books, since taking over from his father and Mr Men creator, Roger Hargreaves.
    www.inkingston.co.uk/kidslitfest
    25 to 27 October
  11. DIVERTIMENTI PARENT & TEEN CLASSES
    You and your teen can learn a complete menu, and some cookery skills for life, with a spooky touch during a class led by farmer, chef and food campaigner Rachel Green.
    31 October
    www.divertimenti.co.uk/cookery-school
  12. TELEGRAPH SKI AND SNOWBOARD FESTIVAL
    As well as the obvious reference to winter sports, children can enjoy the Kids Arts, Crafts & Entertainment zone in the Neilson’s Lodge where they’ll be joined by Tootles & Nibs for winter sports themed games and activities, a winter selfie station, arts & crafts and face painting. If that’s not enough there’s a climbing wall and Dog sledding. And if you’re sans kids, there’s apres ski fun. Battersea’s where it’s at.
    25 to 28 October
    skiandsnowboard.co.uk
  13. GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN!
    This long-awaited exhibition finally opens at Somerset House celebrating Snoopy and his friends. It brings together work by Charles M. Schulz and artists who have been influenced by this famous comic strip over the years.
    From 25 October
    www.somersethouse.org.uk(c) Peanuts
  14. HALLOWEEN AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
    Dress up and get down to the Horniman for a day of frightening fun and games. Little ones can meet creepy crawlies in the Wild Fangs cave, while adult witches and wizards browse arts and craft markets and try devilishly delicious food and drink from a variety of stalls.
    27 & 28 October
    www.horniman.ac.uk
  15. FIT FOR SPORT
    With camps all over London this half-term, why not use our 10% discount and get the kids active this half term.
    Use CKOHT2018.
    www.fitforsport.co.uk
  16. OXYGEN FREEJUMPING
    Instead of the kids bouncing off the walls, take them trampolining to burn off some of that excess energy. Using the code CITYKIDS10 will give you 10% off jumping too! Win, win.
    oxygenfreejumping.co.uk
  17. NIGHT OWLS HALLOWEEN SLEEPOVER
    In celebration of all things spooky, the Museum of London Docklands is opening its doors after dark for Halloween for all families brave enough to spend a night at the museum. Grab a flashlight and tiptoe your way through the museum, before nestling down for the night in the galleries. If you survive, there’ll be a film and some breakfast in the morning.
    26 October
    www.museumoflondon.org.uk
  18. THE HALLOWEEN FOOD MARKET CHISWICK
    Free for everyone, the market will be putting on arts and crafts throughout the day for young children.
    28 October
    www.thefoodmarketchiswick.com
  19. WIZARDS & WITCHES WEEK
    At Bocketts Farm enjoy a spooktacular day out with animal encounters, a reptile roadshow, heated play barn and loads of other seasonal fun.
    20 to 28 October
    www.bockettsfarm.co.uk
  20. HALLOWEEN JUNIOR SOCIAL TOURNAMENT
    Make no mistake, this is a tennis tournament for different age groups, but dressing up is encouraged and there will be prizes, food and plenty of fun. This event is in addition to the half-term camps running on a daily basis for kids aged four and over.
    28 October
    www.willtowin.co.uk/chiswick-house-gardens