Five Fun Family Activities For October Half-Term in London 2019

Livvi Alderson-Tuck

Leaves are falling, nights are colder and pumpkins are cropping up on doorsteps; October has arrived which means half term is just around the corner. Here's the lowdown on the best activities to keep your family entertained.

London Zoo
While you might not spot any werewolves or basilisks lurking about, there are still a whole lot of spookily fun family activities to keep your little monsters occupied this half term at London Zoo. Head on down to embark on the Grim Keepers Tour, where zookeepers reveal some of the ghastlier sides to the animals at the zoo, learning some amazing facts whilst seeing Komodo dragons, tigers and more. Grim Keeper Tours run daily throughout half term between 11am-4pm, and if you book online, you can receive a 10% discount. 

19 October - 27 October
The Dinosaur Court at Crystal Palace Park
From real animals to beasts of the past, the Dinosaur Trail at Crystal Palace Park is a fantastic free activity in one of London’s plushest, greenest parks. Located in the south of the park, these dinosaur statues were the first of their kind in the world and were commissioned as part of The Great Exhibition in 1852. The autumnal park colours will delight parents as little ones race to find the next of fifteen dinosaur statues - a perfect day out for all the family.

Crystal Palace Park is open every day until 7pm
The Big Draw at National Gallery 
If you want to get your kids’ creative juices flowing, head on down to The Big Draw on 24th October at the National Portrait Gallery. These free drop-in workshops aim to get everyone involved in the world’s largest drawing festival, which includes activities like sculpting classes, designing your own dominoes and designing a new body for some very familiar faces from the Gallery’s collection. Activities run twice across the day, however spaces will be limited so make sure you check out all the information so to not disappoint your mini Monets. 

24 October
Fairy Tales Turntable Dance Workshop at Southbank Centre
If you want to tire out your tykes, there is no better way than this family dance workshop at Southbank Centre, led by high-energy theatre company Zoonation. Inspired by their magical fairytale productions such as Into the Woods and Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, this free workshop invites you to explore music and dance in a welcoming, fun environment. After the workshop, there is a free DJ set and MC set where you can show off the moves you've learned.

21 October
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Polish off your skates and head down to the Natural History Museum where the annual festive ice rink will be open from half term. Set in front of the backdrop of the beautiful museum exterior, choose from one of two ice rinks - a larger one for the more confident children, or the Penguin rink for Bambis in need of a little more practice. Lots of fun, adrenaline-filled and one of the most picturesque locations for autumn in London - what more could you want?

From 19 October

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