It may not seem like that long since the kids were off for the summer, but the next school holiday is just around the corner. If you used up all your good ideas to entertain them in the six-week break, then why not plan a trip to London for October half term?
The capital has plenty of activities and events to keep them entertained. You can keep the cost down by hiring a coach and travelling with other families you know so that you don’t have to stay overnight.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
While it may seem like a festive activity, ice skating is fun any time of the year and in the run-up to Christmas there isn’t always time to head to London. Make the most of the Natural History Museum’s rink when it opens on October 25th. You could even combine it with a visit inside to see the exhibits and impressive whale skeleton in Hintze Hall.
Celebrating the Circus at the Museum of London
The history of the modern circus can be traced back 250 years to London, making it a fascinating topic to explore. The Museum of London is doing just that this month, as it takes visitors on an adventure through time, with tricks, props and costumes to bring the whole thing alive. There will be four shows a day, with the first three only open to pre-booked ticket holders and the fourth one exclusively for walk-ins.
Mwalimu Express at Rich Mix
Head along to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a celebration of African culture. Mwalimu Express is a free monthly festival that incorporates live music, workshops and food stalls, which is held on the third Sunday of each month. This happily coincides with the October half term, making it particularly convenient for families. There will be live performances on the oud, horns and pipes.
Guess How Much I Love You at ArtsDepot
The story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare has been enchanting readers since it was published in the 90s. Now, you can share it with the little ones in the form of a stage play at ArtsDepot in North Finchley. With stunning costumes, adorable puppets and live music not to mention audience participation, it’s one the whole family will love.
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