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.
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A few half-term in London highlights
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.
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.
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.
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).