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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

The best films for kids this half-term

Discover children's classics and modern movie madness with our guide to half-term film screenings in London

By Time Out Film

While Netflix might be brimming with children's films and loveable characters, there's nothing more wonderful for a half-term treat than a trip to the cinema. The autumn half-term (Mon Oct 22-Fri Oct 26) comes bundled with the excitement of Halloween, too, which means there are some (every so slightly) scary screenings to delight your little ones. So, when you've exhausted your list of half-term activities for kids, why not head to your local cinema to see one of the brilliant family-friendly films now playing this half-term.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to half-term in London for more ideas

The best kids' movies for half-term


Film Animation

Nothing says half-term like a new animated adventure and this star-studded musical about a yeti called Migo who discovers humans for the first time is no different. There are some nice messages here about seeking out the truth and engaging with curiosity, but mostly it's just heaps of fun. 

Various locations. Showing now. 

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Daniel McFadden

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Film Family and kids

Slappy is back to wreak more havoc this Halloween in a brand-new comedy adventure based on R.L. Stine's 400-million-selling series of books. It's the perfect answer for little ones too young for the horror of Halloween.

Various locations. From Oct 19.  

Johnny English Volta a Atacar
2018 Universal Studios and Studiocanal

Johnny English Strikes Again

Film Comedy

When a cyber-attack reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, the country's only hope is called out of retirement. Thus, Rowan Atkinson returns as the much-loved accidental secret agent to find and thwart the mastermind hacker. A man with few skills and analogue methods, English must overcome the challenges of modern technology - or his newest mission will become the Secret Service's last.

Various locations. Showing now. 

ET the Extra-Terrestrial at the Regent Street Cinema

Film Fantasy

If your youngsters haven’t seen Steven Spielberg’s magical sci-fi adventure before, here’s a perfect chance to put that right. Take your under-15s for a half-term treat then bore them afterwards talking about the first time you saw it back in the ’80s for no extra charge.

Regent Street Cinema. Oxford Circus. Oct 27. £5, £3 child. Book tickets.


Science Fair

Film Documentaries

Slightly older kids may just fall in love with this much-praised doc about nine school-age students from around the world competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair in South Dakota. The competitors turn up with ideas for everything from climate change to combatting the zika virus.

Various locations. From Oct 19. 

Be More Childish Cineworld

Family fun at Cineworld Greenwich O2

If half term wasn't exciting enough, Cineworld are attempting to bring some child-like magic to parents, too. Not only do adults pay kids prices when buying family ticket packages, but for one week the Cineworld at the O2 in Greenwich will turn into a giant playground with interactive games and activities, including the world’s largest floor piano. Denise Van Outen will be at the opening event on Saturday, Oct 20 to unveil a colouring in wall inspired by her favourite films. Now is your chance to be more childish, too. 

O Mistério da Casa do Relógio

The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Film Drama

This is your classic boy finds himself orphaned, moves to Michigan to live with his uncle, discovers that said uncle is actually a warlock, accidentally raises an evil wizard from the dead and then tries to prevent the end of the world kinda story. 

Various locations. Showing now. 

The Hate U Give
Erika Doss

The Hate U Give

Film Drama

Based on the critically acclaimed YA novel by Angie Thomas, this teen drama is probably more appropriate for, well, teenagers. It touches on topics like race relations in America, specifically police brutality and the repeated deaths of black men at the police's hands.  

 Various locations. From Oct 22. 

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101 things to do in London with kids, A child dressed as Spiderman peers over a wall on the South Bank, London.
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