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The best half-term activities in London

Keep the kids busy and entertained this October 2022 half-term with some fantastic activities around London

Rosie Hewitson
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Rosie Hewitson
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Alex Sims
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Guess what: it’s somehow half-term again. It might seem like mere days since the new school year began, but the kids are getting yet another holiday (Saturday October 22  Sunday October 30) which means that it’s only a matter of time before somebody complains that they’re bored and you’re racking your brains for something to do besides plonking them in front of the telly. 

Luckily, London has plenty of brilliant kid-friendly museums and galleries that really come into their own when school is out. And this is never more true than during the October half-term; not only do you have all the spooky fun of Halloween, there’s also plenty of family-friendly Diwali and Black History Month activities. 

Whether you’re after some rainy day fun, outdoor play or some budget-friendly free activities for families, London absolutely has you covered. Here’s our roundup of all the best things to do with your children this October half-term. 

  • Kids
  • Exhibitions
  • Forest Hill

You may not know the name David McKee, but you’ll certainly know the colourful characters he created from Elmer the multicoloured elephant, Bernard and Mr Benn. This major retrospective at the Horniman Museum celebrates David McKee’s striking illustrations and over 30 years of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. Visitors can walk through Elmer’s jungle, meeting characters and hearing stories along the way, and also see illustrations from other children’s classics ‘Not Now’, ‘Bernard’, an original storyboard of ‘King Rollo’ and the opportunity to visit the fancy dress costume shop featured in ‘Mr Benn’. 

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