Top 10 half-term activities in London

Spend the week with the kids doing some of the coolest and quirkiest activities London has to offer this October half-term

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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 even more this half-term (Monday October 27 – Friday October 31 2014). Batteries not included – or necessary.

Paddington: Illustrated & Animated

In his 50-odd-year existence, Paddington Bear has been interpreted by an impressive array of artists and animators. As Michael Bond's Peruvian bear gets his big screen debut, voiced by Ben Whishaw, on November 28, this exhibition looks back at artwork, drawings and clips of Paddington which will be familiar to fans old and new. The robotic head from the film will also be on show.

  1. House of Illustration 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Jan 4
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It's My Party

  • Free

Wilfred is a shy boy. He lives at the Museum of Childhood and it's his birthday, except he doesn't want to celebrate. At least he didn't think so until he saw all the ways there are to enjoy your birthday – with close friends, with a huge party or even on your own. The MOC have pulled together a variety of birthday experiences for their new exhibition, 'It's My Party', including interviews with children and their parents about what have been their preferred ways to celebrate. There's also a special 'Wilfred's Party' installation to show the unique surprises he received from his friends – all of whom have been conjured via artists' interpretations of characters in the MOC's collections.

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Jul 5
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lilibartley
lilibartley

Thanks ThomasCrock, I am going to take you up on the Lincoln thing! My daughter is weirdly obsessed with him so that will definitely wile away a few hours...

ThomasCrock
ThomasCrock

great selection. thank you, has been invaluable. Did also go to the new Tiger space at London Zoo, unfortunately was a very rainy day and the tigers (as with most of the animals) were in hiding. Have also been using www.lincolnfingerpuppet.com as a companion to keep the kids amused!

Daniela Dellacqua
Daniela Dellacqua

hello i am very impressed with your choices of children half term activities only i would like to suggest to include a few for the under 5 years old many thanks

Anne Bradley
Anne Bradley

Half term for some parents outside of London started on the 11 February 2013. London should take into account this.

Maureen
Maureen

I do feel sorry for more than 2 kids in family as I feel they do miss out I know my 4 grand children do I want to take them to places but just cant afford places of interest as 4 comes so expensive.