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Things to do with Kids in London – October Half Term 2019

by Kim (follow)
What's on in London for Kids. October Half Term Edition

The Half Term break has come around quickly, and whether you’re a working mum or not, sometimes you need a helping hand to keep everyone entertained and inspired! That’s where a day trip, show, workshop or class can be perfect.

Here’s what’s on this October Half Term in the Greater London area. There’s something for everyone, so no one will miss out!
Brick Wonders at Horniman Museum

If you have a Lego lover in your home, they can get a first look at the Horniman Museum’s Brick Wonders exhibition, which kicks off on the first day of half-term.

Image: horniman.ac.uk

There are about 50 Lego models on display, covering everything from ancient pyramids to the International Space Station. There are also interactive play areas and a mini-cinema showing LEGO animation shorts.

When: Sunday 20 October - Sunday 27 October.
Where: Horniman Museum. 100 London Rd, London.
Age Group: All Ages
Cost: Family ticket £18
More Info: Visit the Horniman Museum website for more info.

Halloween Night Safari around the London Wetland Centre

If you've ever wondered what creatures lurk around the London Wetland Centre after dark, join WWT for a spooky night time adventure, searching for the wildlife that comes out at night.

Build a den to hide from Halloween monsters and make a fire to keep you snug, and the evening toasting marshmallows on the campfire, telling scary Halloween stories.

Image: wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/london/whats-on/halloween-night-safari

When: Tuesday 31 October. 4pm- 7pm. Gates open at 3.30pm.
Where: WWT London, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London
Age Group: Suitable for ages 8
Cost: £25.50 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult, free of charge.
More Info: Visit the WWT website for more info.

Beasts of London at Museum of London

Come face-to-face with the beasts who once roamed the city in the Museum of London’s new interactive digital installation. 'Beasts of London' takes visitors on a journey through London’s past via a cast of animal narrators.

Image: museumoflondon.org.uk

When: Daily from 11.15am - 4.15pm.
Where: 150 London Wall, Barbican.
Age Group: All ages.
Cost: Children (5-16) £7.50 and Adults £13.50.
More Info: Visit the Museum of London website for more info.

Sylvanian Families Pop-up Shop at Soho

Brace yourself for a cuteness overload because the beloved 80s toy Sylvanian Families will be opening a pop-up store in Soho. Launching on October half term until early next year, you’ll be able to get your paws on miniature animal figures and the brand-new limited edition new Sylvanian Families character, Guardian Bear. As well as, a London-themed selfie corner, never-seen-before products and a performance area for the Sylvanian characters, who will be popping in for a regular meet and greets throughout.

Image: sylvanianfamilies.co.uk

When: October 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Mon - Sat 10am – 8pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm
Where: 52 Brewer Street, Soho.
Age Group: All ages.
More Info: Visit the Sylvanian Families Website for more info.

London Transport Museum at Covent Garden

The history of our world-famous transport system is traced in an interactive museum that is fun for vehicle enthusiasts of all ages. The first floor of the London Transport Museum holds perhaps the most exciting displays, including the first underground engine (steam-powered) and a wooden Metropolitan Railway coach (converted to electricity in 1901); one of several exhibits you can board.

Image: ltmuseum.co.uk

For the littlies, there are is a family play zone, All Aboard, which features a fleet of mini vehicles to climb into and play on. Kids can repair a little tube train, sail the 'Thames Nipper', play in the lost property office and try musical instruments on busking spots.

When: Daily from 11.15am - 4.15pm.
Where: London Transport Museum. Covent Garden Piazza.
Age Group: All ages.
Cost: Adults £16. Children under 18 are FREE.
More Info: Visit the London Transport Museum website for more info.

Catch a show at Southbank's London Literature Festival

The Southbank Centre is always an inspiring half term destination, and this October, there's something for every age group. Be sure to check out the modern take on Russian folktale Baba Yaga (the witch who lives in a hut that stands on three chicken legs), as well as YA Lit Day, which features Kiran Millwood Hargrave discussing her Gothic, queer take on Dracula, The Deathless Girls, and Louise O’Neill chatting about The Surface Breaks, her feminist reworking of The Little Mermaid.

Image: southbankcentre.co.uk

When: Until Sunday 27 October.
Where: Southbank Centre. Belvedere Road, London.
Age Group: All ages.
Cost: Ticket prices vary. See website for more details.
More Info: Visit the Southbank Centre Website for more info.

See The Gruffalo Stage Show

Oh help, oh no, it's a Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's beloved fictional creature comes to life on stage, using songs to tell the story of Mouse, Fox, Owl and the Gruffalo himself.

If you haven't already taken the kids to see it, the songs, laughs and monstrous fun is a sure hit this half term (for grown-ups too!)

Image: artsdepot.co.uk

When: Tuesday 22 October - Sunday 27 October. Shows are daily at 11am & 2pm.
Where: Pentland Theatre.
Age Group: Ages 3 & up.
Cost: Ticket prices range from £9 - £20.
More Info: Visit the Arts Depot Website to purchase tickets.

Attend The Spider at the Unicorn Theatre

In celebration of Black History Month, classic West African and Caribbean tales about the spider hoaxster are brought vividly to life in 'The Spider' in Artistic Director Justin Audibert’s newest production for the Unicorn.

Image: unicorntheatre.com

This show is an immersive experience, and instead of conventional seating, children and adults will sit together on the floor in the world of Anansi. There will be some seating for people who need it.

When: Tuesday 22 October - Sunday 27 October. Shows are daily at 11am & 2.30pm.
Where: Unicorn Theatre. 147 Tooley St, London.
Age Group: Ages 3 & up.
Cost: Ticket prices range from £10 - £20.
More Info: Visit the Unicorn Theatre Website to purchase tickets.

Looking for other activities this October half term?
Learn about the voyages the Cutty Sark took in its seafaring days. All week, the tea clipper hosts music and dance performances, workshops, craft activities and more based on its ports of call. Cutty Sark (Greenwich), included in admission, just turn up, 21-26 October.
As part of London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre has created a free fairytale trail for families to follow at their own pace. Solve puzzles and take part in games and creative activities using the trail kit — we've heard a rumour of a reward for anyone who completes it. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, 21-27 October.
Ahoy mateys! Get thee to Pirate School to learn the ups and downs of the high seas. Parents and carers are very much involved too, as their children transform into seafaring pirates — all while remaining on dry land. Ages 3-9. ArtsDepot (North Finchley), from £9, book ahead, 22-26 October.
The Natural History Museum ice rink has announced that it will reopen on 19 October.
Bored of trudging round the same old museums and parks? Try one of these seven alternative family days out in London, featuring caves, windmills and more.
Finding somewhere to eat out with kids can be tricky, but these child-friendly restaurants in London offer more options than just pizza and chips.
You may think art galleries and theatres are a no-go when you’ve got little ones in tow, but these London theatres are great for kids' shows, and these family-friendly art galleries will keep children happy — and have plenty for mum and dad too.
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