Half-term in London
Stuck for things to do with the kids this half-term? Panic over, we've got plenty to keep them sweet
- Ten great half-term activities
- Halloween in London for kids
- The best half-term theatre
- Top 10 museums in London for kids
- Tiger Territory at London Zoo
As it coincides with Halloween this year, you're inevitably going to spend at least part of your half-term smeared with face paint and rationing fun size chocolate bars. But there are heaps of great activities to broaden the minds and tire out the legs of your little ones this Monday October 28-Friday November 1.
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Alfred Waterhouse's stunning Natural History Museum once again provides the backdrop for London's most enchanting ice-rink: a 1,000-metre-square outdoor affair with a Christmas tree at its centre and a smaller rink for children. Returning this year is a rinkside fairground carousel, and spectators can take in the scene with a hot chocolate or mulled wine from the balcony café bar overlooking the ice.
Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. Families with younger children will get a kick out of the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium downstairs in the Palm House and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area for accompanied three to nine year olds (sessions, bookable on arrival, last 20 mins).
- Kew Rd, TW9 3AB
Despite the exhausting crowds and long climbs up stairways, this is one of Britain's finest historical attractions. There's easily enough to do here to fill a whole day, and it's worth joining one of the highly recommended and entertaining free tours led by the Yeoman Warders (or Beefeaters).
- Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB
This London 2012 Olympic Games venue is open to the public for adrenalin-fuelled white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking sessions – riding the rapids that challenged the world's best makes for an action-packed experience. All rafters must be aged 14+.
- Station Rd, EN9 1AB