Half-term in London
Stuck for things to do with the kids this October half-term? Panic over, we've got plenty to keep them sweet
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Wintery weather needn't mean that the kids be stuck in front of the telly all week. This year's October half-term falls on Mon Oct 27 – Fri Oct 31 2014, and luckily London has enough fun lined up to have the family begging to leave the house.
- Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
- Fri Oct 24 - Tue Mar 31
- Kenwood House Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR
- Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
- Rated as: 4/5
Disclaimer: I was once a child, and I read children’s books. So, like millions of other kids, a major part of the way I learned to enjoy literature and imagery was via Quentin Blake’s pen. Most often, of course, this was twinned with Roald Dahl’s madcap tales, but not exclusively – we were as captivated by Mister Magnolia’s flamboyant grin and the dastardly antics of the Wild Washerwomen as we were by Pelly et al and the gloriously gruesome Twits. Did I say ‘were’?
Roald Dahl's classic kids book about a naughty fox and his family outwitting a couple of idiotic farmers is made into a puppet show by north London's puppet theatre the Little Angel. Ages 4-11.
The Horniman’s major exhibition for 2014 looks at how plants and animals survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and darkness. The answer? By adapting – and they develop some downright wacky traits. Feel the air-conditioning inside an ostrich’s beak, try to drink as fast as a camel and see how fat you are compared to a seal. This family-friendly exhibition is in three languages – English, French and Spanish – and features loads of games and hands-on experiences.
The push and pull of friendship is explored in this piece by Stewart Melton. You need two to seesaw, just like you need more than one friendship. Free play time in the sandpit follows. Ages 2-plus.
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