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Top 10 half-term activities in London

Impress the kids with some of the 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 (Mon Oct 26 - Fri Oct 30 2015) 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. Batteries not included – or necessary. 

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Top 10 half-term activities for kids


Spooky Secret Island

Have a truly spooky Halloween this October half-term with a visit to Royal Gunpowder Mills, which will be providing science shows, experiments and gruesome activities.

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Royal Gunpowder Mills , London Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Giant Brick Animal Trail

The London Wetland Centre has been invaded by giant animals! Follow a trail around the site and you'll find nine 1.5-metre creations made from Lego bricks. Hour-long workshops are available at weekends (£8.50, book in advance) in which you'll build your own Lego pumpkin to take home.

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London Wetland Centre , Barnes Until Sunday November 8 2015

The Journey Home

The ice caps are melting, so Polar Bear sets off to find a new home. This puppet show from Little Angel Theatre company has Polar Bear find some friends along his journey. Based on the book from Frann Preston Gannon. Ages 4-11.

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Little Angel Theatre , Islington Until Wednesday October 28 2015

Night of the Buzz Zone

A spooky sleepover at Beckenham leisure centre for kids aged five to 16. Children will be put into teams and allocated a team captain before embarking on a horror tour across the building.

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The Spa at Beckenham , Beckenham Saturday October 31 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015

Hackney Playbus

Look out for this bright yellow bus pulling up in parks across east London, where little people under five can take part in activities including that include messy play, dress-up sessions, den building and storytelling.

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Various , London Tuesday October 6 2015 - Tuesday November 3 2015

Pop Lock-In

A monthly afternoon clubbing experience for kids (aged 4-11), featuring real club DJs spinning the latest chart tunes, with lessons in street dance and jewellery making. 

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DNA , Clapham Junction Saturday October 31 2015

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Half-term in London

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By: Time Out London Things To Do



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...


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.


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.