October’s half term may not look quite the same as normal, but we’ve found some plenty of things on offer in London to keep them all amused.
Whether you’re looking for all day camps, online or in person, or simply some days out, here’s the City Kids guide to things to do this half term.
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Will to Win
Junior camps operate in Greenwich, Chiswick, Lammas Park, Pitshanger Park, Regents Park and Hyde Park.
19th – 23rd & 26th – 30th October
4-7yrs and 7-16yrs
The Little Gym
Gymnastics based camps for all abilities in Chiswick, Hampton and Hampstead.
From 19th – check schedules with individual gyms.
Creative coding courses in Ealing, Dulwich, Wandsworth, Fulham and Notting Hill. Also courses online.
In person camps operating across tennis, golf, ski and multi-sport. Half-day or full day with lunch included.
To book: 020 8994 3314
Mother Nature Science
Kingston, Richmond, Sutton, Harrow, Southgate, St John’s Wood, Hampstead, Kensington, Herne Hill
Book a day or a full week at these camps designed to have fun with science. Themed days include Rocket Launch, Powerful Air, Starry Light and Outer Space.
Venues in Chiswick, Barnes, Bishop’s Park and Hurlingham Park, Rocks Lane offers football, multi-sport, tennis and netball camps for kids from the age of three (shorter hours).
Chelsea Young Writers
Online only creative writing courses delivered by authors and tutors. Also exam booster course.
Having conquered online teaching in lockdown, Role Models return with in-person Brilliant Me and My Mind courses. Online courses also available.
THINGS TO DO
With fewer tourists in the capital, now is as good a time as any to get out and about and support the capital’s economy while doing so. Here’s some things to do which are worth the cycle or tube ride in.
Design Your Own T-shirt
In-person workshops from Bootleg T-shirts to Scary Skeleton Face Masks as well as online activities for all the family.
From 27th October.
Listen to the wonderful adventures of Mary Seacole, the 1800s British-Jamaican war nurse, who will tell you her amazing story.
As well as Wonderlab, a new exhibition, Brass, Steel and Fire opens on 22nd October. This is free but all visits must be booked in advance.
Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Black Park, Chessington and Cockfosters are all open for tree top adventures
All ages, min 1m height.
Where’s Wally Spooky Search
Can you find Wally in the People’s History Museum?
All ages. Drop-in (closed on Mondays).
Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre
Pre-book a tour in bubbles of six and enjoy a VIP experience tailored to your favourite books and characters.
All ages. 26-30 October.
London Transport Museum
Track down Billy Brown of London Town at both the Museum in Covent Garden and the Museum Depot in Acton Town. Along the way they will discover who Billy was, a popular character from the 1940s, and how he used his playful rhymes to encourage passengers to be on their best behaviour on public transport.
17th October – 1 November.
Lee Valley Regional Park
An array of activities available this half term break to keep the kids active and entertained. From Ice Skating and White Water Rafting to BMX riding and Tennis lessons, there is something for all ages and interests.
Club PVK MTB and BMX
Thursday 29 October 12:45
Family Rafting (£200 per raft)
Sunday 1 November
Rafting Unleashed (£50pp)
28 October – 1 November14:00 and 16:00
Gruffalo Adventures at Kew Gardens
Families can play the ‘little brown mouse’ and follow a trail to track down the Gruffalo as well as take in the Autumnal scenes.
IWM Duxford & Captain Tom Foundation
A brand new Captain Sir Tom at 100 display and a host of other activities, kicking off with the chance to join Duxford’s very own spy school, with codes to crack and missions to complete in Spies & Disguise.
24 October – 1 November.