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Half-term in London

Stuck for things to do with the kids this half-term in London? Panic over, we've got loads to keep them sweet

Pavillion Cafe, Victoria Park © Alys Tomlinson

This October half-term (Monday October 24 – Friday October 28 2016), London has enough fun lined up to have you and your gang raring to go. Whether you fancy a kid-friendly event at one of London's many museums or, if the weather's nice, want to explore some of outdoor London, we've got all your family-fun covered. And don't forget, Halloween is just around the corner – and what better time to spend carving pumpkins and perfecting your trick or treat ensemble than a week off school? Check out our collection of half-term ideas below, with a few spooky events thrown in too. 

October half-term in London ideas

Top ten October half-term activities
Kids

Top ten October half-term activities

A half-term spent hunched on the sofa is one wholly wasted

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The best half-term theatre shows
Theatre

The best half-term theatre shows

Our top ten theatre outings from puppet shows to musicals

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Halloween in London for kids
Kids

Halloween in London for kids

Let little ones join the fun at these freaky, family-friendly events

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Free things to do with the kids
Kids

Free things to do with the kids

Keep them entertained without spending a penny

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A few half-term in London highlights

Pick Your Own Pumpkin
Things to do

Pick Your Own Pumpkin

Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin trailer with your kids this half term at The Strawberry Farm just a mile from Upminster Station. From £1.

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How To Hide A Lion
Theatre

How To Hide A Lion

Iris has a brand new friend, but she knows her family and friends won't love him quite as much as she does. This story of a girl trying to hide a lion in all sorts of devious ways is adapted by Peter Glanville from Helen Stephen's children's story, and will feature songs by singer-songwriter Barb Jungr. There are two versions: one for todders ages 1-2, and another for kids ages 3-6. 

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Jazz For Kids: New Orleans Jazz
Music

Jazz For Kids: New Orleans Jazz

Introducing little ears to the world of jazz music; these Jazz for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy.

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Discovery Day: Hair-Raising Halloween
Things to do

Discovery Day: Hair-Raising Halloween

A family-friendly open day with a spooky twist for Halloween. Little ones can explore the witches den, make their way through a nature trail and create potions using herbs and plants from the garden. There will also be bat mask making and the chance to make a bat box to take home (£15 with limited availability). 

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More half-term inspiration for little ones

101 things to do in London with kids
Kids

101 things to do in London with kids

There need never be a dull moment in this city

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The 100 best children's books
Kids

The 100 best children's books

Don't judge a book by its cover, inspire your budding readers and rummage through our selection

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London's child-friendly museums

V&A Museum of Childhood
Museums

V&A Museum of Childhood

Home to one of the world's finest collections of children's toys, dolls' houses, games and costumes, the V&A Museum of Childhood shines bighter than ever after extensive refurbishment, which has given it an impressive entrance. Part of the V&A museum, the museum has been amassing childhood-related objects since 1872 and continues to do so, with 'Incredibles' figures complementing bonkers 1970s puppets, Barbie Dolls and Victorian praxinoscopes. There are regular exhibitions upstairs and the V&A Museum of Childhood has plenty of hands-on activities for kids and special events at weekends and during school holidays, while the café helps to revive flagging grown-ups.

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London Transport Museum
Museums

London Transport Museum

Among the vehicles on display at the London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train, which had no windows because there was nothing to see underground. The trouble was that no one could tell which stop they were at, a glitch resolved by employing an athletic announcer who ran to each carriage at every station, shouting out the stops. Dating from 1890, this is one of several museum exhibits you can board. The design gallery is a tribute to Frank Pick, the man responsible for rolling out the London Underground brand and giving each line its own character. For children, the London Transport Museum has an under-fives play area decorated with Steven Appleby illustrations and the chance to sit in the driver's cab of a red bus and guide a Northern Line simulator through tunnels and up to platforms – (truth be told, it's fun for adults, too).

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Natural History Museum
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Natural History Museum

The handsome Alfred Waterhouse building houses a collection that contains some 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens. The Natural History Museum’s Life Galleries are devoted to displays on animal life, from creepy crawlies to the plaster cast of a Diplodocus that lords it over the Central Hall. The Earth Galleries explore the natural forces that shape our planet, the treasures we take from it, the effect we have on it and its place in the universe. The museum's wildlife garden attracts urban wildlife such as dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights inner-city wildlife conservation.

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Museum of London
Museums

Museum of London

The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs. Check the website before your visit as a packed programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, walks and children's events is central to the life of the Museum of London.

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