October Half Term in London ...

I've been on the look out for some fun things to do with the kids this half term and have managed to come up my top five list (I'm hoping the kids think the same!) - some are specific events others are places we've not visited for quite a while.  I wonder how many I'll actually be able to do?  

Southbank Why Festival

In my opinion you can never go wrong visiting the Southbank (at any time of year) and this half term their WHY? festival looks like another fantastic week of events for kids. With rhyming, experimenting, protesting, singing there is something for all ages of children.  An amazing opportunity to learn about and celebrate young people's rights alongside artists, thinkers and social activists.

Story Stock at the Bush Theatre

A literary festival just for children - STORYSTOCK is a travelling circus which lands in unusual spaces to bring families stories.  Taking place over 3 days from 28-30th October this promises to have something for all primary school aged children - animation workshops, live-literature shows, author talks and storytelling sessions.

Horniman Museum

 An anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens in south east London, the Horniman has a traditional natural history gallery which is super child friendly.  My kids particularly love the aquarium.  This half term you can take part in the Horniman's Halloween costume parade, enjoy spooky storytelling as well as getting a chance to handle creepy creatures.

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Telling Centre

Lots of my choices seem to be based around children and stories but that is what they love to do.  The fabulous Roald Dahl museum is a short train ride out of London to Buckinghamshire ... a few hours can easily be spent in the museum itself (there are lots of craft activities on in half term) and there are some suggestions of countryside walks that can be done in the local area once you've finished.  For any BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Matilda lover out there it is special treat to see where they were created.  And, there's the great Cafe Twit with it's Dahl inspired food to enjoy afterwards!

and last but never least in our books is London zoo.

For half term there is always a heap of animal activities at their Boo at the Zoo events in both ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo. For the entire half term week visitors will be treated to a week of fiendish fun.  The zoo never fails to disappoint.


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