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
The View from The Shard: Kids Go Free
Fancy taking the kids to see the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace for free, all at the same time? During half-term week each paying adult can bring two children for free to see the whole capital from its highest point at The View from The Shard.
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.
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.