From rebuilding the city with LEGO bricks to half-term Halloween raves, here are the best ways to spend the October holiday with your children.
LEGO Rebuilder workshops at London’s Southbank Centre
Get down to the Southbank Centre this half-term to take part in the LEGO Rebuilder Workshops. LEGO is challenging children to help come up with the solutions to three real-life challenges to make the world a better place. Get your thinking cap on and starting thinking about 1) how London can be greener and more welcoming to wildlife; 2) how travel could be better in the city; 3) how London could be a healthier place. It’s a free workshop but places must be reserved.
Find out more Universe.com
Halloween Family Rave at Fire and Lightbox in Vauxhall
Family ravers Big Fish Little Fish are hosting a Halloween rave with DnB legend Jumping Jack Frost and Hard House don Rob Tissera. Expect balloons, bubbles, a snow machine, the famous parachute dance, arts and crafts and, of course, a live bar. The event takes place at the Fire and Lightbox complex on Sat 26 Oct.
Find out more on EventBrite.co.uk
Crime Season at The Postal Museum
Packed with half-term events, The Postal Museum’s Crime Season is a fantastic one to visit this holiday because the museum is celebrating the opening of their Great Train Robbery: The Crime & The Post exhibition with crime investigation events that everyone can get involved with. The programme is filled with activities including storytelling sessions, arts & crafts workshops and a unique mini detective trail around the museum.
Find out more on PostalMuseum.org
Exhibitions at the Science Museum
There’s something for everyone at the Science Museum. Starting by exploring the interactive exhibition on driverless cars – who is in control? Next move through to the Top Secret exhibition that delves into the world of codebreaking and secret communication. Don’t miss the Wonderlab with over 50 spectacular exhibits, shows and demonstrations to enjoy.
Find out more on ScienceMuseum.org.uk
Playing Up at the Tate Britain
Get hands-on at the Tate Britain with an introduction to live art, using props and materials, this activity will let your kids’ imaginations run wild, build their confidence and help them get creative in the gallery. Taking place on selected dates over the October break.
Find out more on Tate.org.uk
Firework Spectacular at Ascot Racecourse
Experience a firework display of epic proportions at Ascot this October half-term on 2 November. Enjoy a day at the races followed by a 20,000 shot firework display. This includes free fairground rides until 4pm and £1 afterwards. Don’t miss laser tag, a climbing wall and loads of activities for the little ones.
Find out more on Ascot.co.uk
Shows on the Puppet Barge
The Puppet Barge returns to Little Venice for October half-term with a jam-packed schedule. Until 27 Oct, you can become immersed in the wonderful world of The Insect Circus then from 2 Nov to 1 Dec, My Shadow and Me, a show performed with reflected lights and shadows will be taking centre stage. See full listings on the website.
Find out more PuppetBarge.com
Peppa Pig World does Halloween
Frightful and friendly? That’s what you get when you cross Peppa Pig’s Halloween at Paulton’s Park in Romsey, the home of Peppa Pig World. As part of the spooky celebrations, taking place between 5 Oct – 4 Nov, the park will feature over 10,000 pumpkins, a Freaky Fancy Dress competition, a Little Monsters’ Ball and much more.
Find out more on PaultonsPark.co.uk
Bambini Sundys with Sharky & George at Fucina
Enjoy a traditional Italian feast at award-winning restaurant Fucina in Marylebone, while Sharky & George will entertain the children. Sessions suited to 4 to 10 year olds will be taking place each Sunday at 1pm with themed activities including chocolate making, slime making, Halloween and firework night themed crafts.
Find out more on Fucina.co.uk
The Big Draw at Old Royal Naval College
Join the Old Royal Naval College for The Big Draw! A drawing workshop hosted by illustrator Nick Ellwood. The workshops are inspired by the kings, queens, gods and mythological creatures on the ceilings. There is also an arts and crafts workshop on 23rd Oct inspired by the long maritime history of the Old Royal Naval College.
Find out more on ORNC.org