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


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.

  1. Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
  2. Fri Oct 24 - Tue Mar 31
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  1. Kenwood House Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Sun Nov 2
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  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Fri Oct 17 - Sun Apr 12
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  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Nov 2
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Quentin Blake - Inside Stories

  • 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’?

  1. House of Illustration 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Nov 2
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Fantastic Mr Fox

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.

  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Nov 9
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Extremes

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.

  1. Horniman Museum London Rd, SE23 3PQ
  2. Thu Sep 18 - Sun Nov 2
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Seesaw

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.

  1. Unicorn Theatre Tooley Street, SE1 2HZ
  2. Sat Oct 18 - Sun Nov 2
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The Big Draw

  • Critics choice

The month-long, annual festival designed to provide opportunities for people of all ages to discover, or return to, the pleasure of drawing features hundreds of events, many of which are free to attend at venues countrywide. This year's theme is 'It's Our World', with events designed to encourage participants to consider the environment and its sustainability, including reportage sketching workshops, 3D 'drawings' of the city and exploring science through art. The festival kicks

  1. Various Venues
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Nov 2
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  1. Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA
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  1. Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB
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  1. Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD
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  1. 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
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  1. Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
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  1. Horse Guards, Whitehall, SW1A 2AX
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  1. 35 Little Russell St, WC1A 2HH
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  1. Rockefeller Building, University College London, WC1E 6DE
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