Top ten half-term activities
Spend the week with the kids doing some of the coolest and quirkiest activities London has to offer
As much as we love telly and video games, we have to admit: a half-term spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted. With that in mind, here’s our round-up of London’s best events, activities and more this half-term (October 28 - November 1). Batteries not included – or necessary.
Ten things to do with the kids in London this half-term
Discover is a magical world where children up to age 11 can embark on an indoor story trail, aided and abetted by fantastic characters whose role is to help kids invent their own stories.
- 383-387 High St, E15 4QZ
In the meerkats’ enclosure children can make their way down a tunnel to pop out on a level with the creatures. Battersea Park Children's Zoo also has indoor and outdoor play areas, picnic tables, a coffee shop and nappy-changing facilities.
- Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
Regular events include 'animals in action' displays, feeding sessions, keeper talks and the glorious sight of birds in flight on the display lawn. 'Rainforest Life' recreates a tropical forest where you'll find red titi monkeys, marmosets, tamarins and sloths. This leads down to 'Night Life', filled with nocturnal creatures including scorpions and the slender loris (a small primate). At 'Gorilla Kingdom' you can get surprisingly close to the zoo's colony of western lowland gorillas.
- Outer Circle, Regent's Park, NW1 4RY
The Horniman Museum provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a hands-on base where children can touch museum objects. The gardens offer spectacular views over London.
- 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.
- Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
- Critics choice
The Earth Galleries explore the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we take from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe. The museum's wildlife garden attracts urban wildlife such as dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights inner-city wildlife conservation.
- Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
Downstairs the artists' names are immediately recognisable; upstairs – where comic strip art from 2000AD, the Dandy and the Beano is displayed – is much more about the characters portrayed: Rupert the Bear, Dan Dare, Judge Dredd et al. The excellent shop is recommended. Children's animation workshops are held during school holidays.
- 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
In addition to the hundreds of varieties of fish and sea life from all over the world, including stingrays, sharks, piranhas and sea scorpions, the aquarium's Shark Walk allows visitors to walk over a floating glass platform with sharks swimming just below their feet.
- County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Rd, SE1 7PB
- Critics choice
The Science Museum features seven floors of educational and entertaining exhibits, including the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator. Launch Pad is a popular hands-on gallery where children can explore basic scientific principles.
- Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
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