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. Mon Oct 27 - Fri Oct 31
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  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Tue Oct 21 - 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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Fantastic Mr Fox

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

The popularity of Roald Dahl’s fox fantasy received a major boost with Wes Anderson’s wry 2009 animated flick. So it was only a matter of time before a new stage version emerged in Dahl-crazy London – and here it is, a delightful puppet adaptation from the Little Angel. The tiny Islington theatre has been converting productions into puppet masterpieces since 1961, and despite some troubles at the top – artistic director Adam Bennett recently departed after less than a

  1. Little Angel Theatre Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, N1 2DN
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Nov 9
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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. Wed Oct 22 - 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 22 - 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. Fri Oct 24 - Sun Nov 2
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Note: this is a review of the show's run at the Little Angel Theatre in 2013. In 2014, 'We're Going On a Bear Hunt' tours to Polka (24 Sep-12 Oct), Artsdepot (25 Oct - 2 Nov), Little Angel (12-16 Nov) and the Albany (10 Dec - 4 Jan) ‘We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared.’ Michael Rosen’s rhythmic tale about a family which goes looking for bears is addictively popular with tots. And it's very nicely adapted

  1. Albany Theatre Douglas Way, SE8 4AG
  2. Sat Oct 25 - Sun Jan 4
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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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