The half term break is nearly upon us, which means the little ones in your life are going to need some entertainment. Not to worry though, as your kids won’t be bogged down by boredom with London’s fantastic array of fun events on offer. From spooktacular special Halloween activities to fun days of culture and learning, the half term break will fly by faster than you can say Boo!
Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show
The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show is launching a dedicated kids corner, taking place on October 27th -30th. The show offers everything from ice-skating, face painting and magic shows to live stunts by pro skiers and snowboarders. The Ski and Snowboard Show is also proud to announce their partnership with KidZania, a role-play adventure experience that blends learning with reality and entertainment. KidZania’s activity-based fun will give kids their first taste of independence and will get them thinking about what they might want to be in the future. Who knows, you might have the next Team GB snowboarder in your family!
The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show is taking place between 27th-30th October at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. Book tickets online.
Costume-guided tours of 18 Stafford Terrace
In the late 1800s, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. The house is almost exactly as it was in the Victorian era and gives real insight into how the Sambourne family lived at that time. With beautiful interiors and a treasure trove of decorations from floor to ceiling, 18 Stafford House is one of London’s best-kept secrets. During the half-term break, families are invited to join a mesmerizing guided tour of the house, where they will be treated as guests of either Mrs. Sambourne or her parlour maid Mrs. Reffell, and led around the house by professional actors. The tours are based on Mrs Sambourne’s personal diaries, which provide a dramatic account of life at 18 Stafford Terrace. The tours are aimed at families and are suitable for children over 5 years old.
The costume-guided tour of 18 Stafford Terrace will take place on 24th October at 11am and 2pm. Book a place online.
London’s Folk Art Centre
London’s folk arts centre is offering children and young people the chance to learn about traditional folk arts in a series of courses during the October half term break. The English Folk Dance and Song Society will be running a one-day introductory course on folk music and dance for children aged 9 to 12 year olds on October 25th. There will also be a three-day course for young musicians aged 12 to 19 from October 26th to 28th, and two afternoons offering a fun and accessible introduction to folk music for disabled 12 to 24-year-olds, their siblings and friends on October 26th and 27th.
The folk arts centre’s events will be taking place between 25th-27th October at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London NW1 7AY. For more information and to book tickets visit Cecil Sharp House online.
Dinosaur Days at WWT London Wetland Centre
Join the Dinosaur Society at WWT London Wetland Centre to discover more about the wetland superstars that wandered the planet in prehistoric times. See real dinosaur bones, discover the link between birds and dinosaurs, and find fossils like a real archaeologist. Come along for your chance to meet the terrifying walking, roaring T Rex which will be making appearances throughout the day – don’t let him catch you! If you manage to escape the fearsome T Rex, join in on the various art workshops that will be taking place and bring along your own fossils for identification. The Dinosaur Society will also be holding walks and talks suitable for all ages on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October.
Dinosaur Days will run from 29th-30th October at WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT. For more information visit WWT London Wetland Centre online.
Halloween Sleepover at Museum of London
Children aged 7 – 11 are invited to don their scariest fancy dress and head down to the Museum of London after hours. They can look forward to trick-or-treating around the ghostly galleries by torchlight with a creepy activity trail, solving spooky crimes with the help of a mysterious character, and sneaking into the Fire! Fire! Exhibition after hours. Then it’s lights out in the museum at midnight, before waking up to an early breakfast and a family-friendly film in the morning,
The Halloween Sleepover will take place on 28th October starting at 6:45pm. Tickets are £60. To book a place, visit the Museum of London online.
Pumpkin Carving at Fortnum and Mason
This Halloween, bring your kids to Fortnum and Mason’s for a half-term pumpkin carving event at their Piccadilly store. Children will get to create their very own spooky-faced jack-o’-lantern under the watchful eye of the devilishly good carving experts, and stake a claim to win one of the Best Pumpkin prizes at each session. The classes welcome children aged 5 years and up, although kids aged 5-8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. After carving a spooktacular jack-o’-lantern, why not indulge in something wicked and devilishly delicious in the Parlour. You’ll be haunted by regret if you don’t…
Fortnum and Mason’s pumpkin carving will class will tale place from 25th-27th October at Fortnum and Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER. Tickets cost £20 and can be booked online.
La Fromagerie cookie and cupcake workshop
La Fromagerie in Marylebone is setting its cheese aside for cookies and cupcakes in their dessert-decorating workshop for 3 to 8 year olds. During this annual Halloween bake workshop, kids will get the chance to bake some delicious Halloween treats. Cookie-cutters at the ready! Children will also be able to design a face for one of La Fromagerie’s Halloween pumpkins with a prize for the best design. Refreshments will also be provided along with a box to take home their cookies & cupcakes. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged!
La Fromagerie's Halloween cookie and cupcake decorating workshop will take place on 29th October from 9:30am to 10:45am at their Marylebone shop, 2-6 Moxon St., London W1U 4EW. Tickets are £20, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 7935 0341 to book a place.
This July everyone’s favourite furry monster is roaring back into the West End in celebration of its 15th anniversary on stage. Tall Stories’ hugely popular production of The Gruffalo has returned to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and will run there until 8th January 2017. Based on the much loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories’ adaptation combines songs, laughter and storytelling theatre with just the right amount of scary fun. Set to a wonderfully catchy score with original music and lyrics, The Gruffalo continues to entertain audiences of all ages with its wonderful story.
The Gruffalo will run until 8th January 2017 at the Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, 29 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7ES. Book tickets online.