Whether you’ve got one or two weeks to fill, the October half term is a great time to head to the capital and explore what’s on offer
- Halloween in the Park
Visit the Education Centre in Hyde Park on Wednesday 26 or 27 October for a Discovery Day with a spooky twist. Between 11 and 3pm kids of all ages can join in a range of free Halloween inspired activities including hair-raising nature trails, creating a magical potion using herbs and plants from the garden, making bat masks or drawing a mini monster. You can even build your very own bat box to take home (£15). There’s no need to book, you can just turn up and enjoy! supporttheroyalparks.org
- Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers
Continue the centenary celebrations of this fabulous children’s author by taking the kids to an interactive adventure through Roald Dahl’s best-loved stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and The Twits. Hosted at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith 7-10 year olds can discover Dahl’s magical world through performance, games and creative play. Children will love getting immersed in Dahl’s imaginative world. imagination-seekers.co.uk
Let your children’s imaginations run wild at Kidzania. Inside the Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush, children aged 4-14 can explore more than 60 exciting professions through role-play activities in a 75,000sq ft child-size city! If your daughter has always wanted to be a pilot and your son a fire fighter then they can try out these jobs in a role-play situation. During half term KidZania has added a special Halloween twist with the help of Cadburys with a treasure trail around the City, ghost tour, face painting and much more. Great fun! http://london.kidzania.com/en-uk/
- Get outdoors
If the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than getting outdoors during half term to let the kids burn off some energy. The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is an ideal place to visit with children of all ages. The beautiful huge wooden pirate ship, inspired by J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan has plenty of ladders to climb and look-outs to spy from. There’s also a sensory trail, tepees to hide in, a beach to build sandcastles and play sculptures to climb. There is also an area where less able and able-bodied children can play together and plenty of park benches to rest and enjoy the view. www.royalparks.org.uk
- Museum of Childhood
If the weather isn’t up to much and you’ve done all the usual museums in London, a trip to the V&A Museum of Childhood is something a bit different. From the library of board games you can borrow to play at the museum to fascinating collections of toys from days gone by it makes a great day out for kids of all ages. Adults will love it too trying to spot the toys they used to play with when they were children and reliving their own childhoods. www.vam.ac.uk/moc
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Love, Katie from team ParentVille
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