October Half Term in London

Oct 22, 2015 by

The Abbey Community Centre, Pimlico Toy Library: Wednesday, 28th October, Pimlico Toy Library 30th anniversary celebration. Music, singing, hat making, cake decorating, magic and refreshment.  For children under 11, enter from 1:30p, entry just £1.  Also, the Pimlico Toy Library will be putting on numerous activities over the half-term.  (please share, this fabulous charity needs as many new members as we can direct to them)


Love Swimming, Fast-Track Half-Term:  These sessions are worth their weight in gold, my kids are taking fast-track lessons this week.  I had a magical swimming moment with my 6 year old after his lesson yesterday.  The ball he was playing with landed in the middle of the pool, much farther than I would have previously let him swim on his own.  I was fully dressed and told him to come back and not swim for it.  He looked me in the eye and said “trust me mommy, I can do this”.  He did it!!!  He has improved so much in just three days with Musa.   My 10 year old is learning a secret technique in backstroke and looking more like a dolphin than a girl working on her butterfly.  Love swimming has a few remaining places for this half-term, and keep them in mind for lessons or the next school holiday.  Read more about London’s best swim school. 


And lastly, I am getting so many compliments on my haircut and colour from Gwenelda, London’s home beauty services.  The quality and the price are outstanding; my readers who have used them are equally impressed.  If you struggle to get out to the salon for your nails, colour, haircut; if you want to get your kids hair cut at home; special nights out … I cannot recommend London’s Home Beauty Service Gwenelda more highly.

Theatre and Film 

Globe theatre

The Globe, Shakespeare Untold: come and see a retelling of Midsummer Night’s Dream or Othello over the half-term.  These productions are for children 6+ and last about 50 minutes.  £15 for 1 adult and 1 child, £8 for additional children.

national theatre family day

National Theatre, Family Workshop: take part in a pre-show workshop Saturday 24th and Tuesday 27th (11am-1pm, ages 8+) or Slapstick and Clowning workshop Saturday 24th and Tuesday 27th – Saturday 31st (1:30pm, ages 8+).  All workshops £5 adult and £3 children.



The Quick Brown Fox, Film Making Workshop in Battersea: Kids will explore film production behind and in front of the camera – director, camera, production/assistant, acting and editing.  October 26th-28th, £35 per day or £105 for the three sessions.  Ages 8-12 years, 2-5pm.


BFI: head over and watch Whisper of the Heart or Cinderella over the half-term, also workshops The Sound of Cinderella, Magic Wand Animation Time and Cartoon Network.

Little Angel: The Journey Home, enchanting puppetry telling the tale of Polar Beat.  ages 4-11, tickets £11 all week, £5 on Fridays.

Half Moon: Where Caterpillars Go, Saturday 24th, ages 2-5, 11am, 1:30 and 3pm.  Snow Child, Saturday 31st, ages 3-7, 11am and 2pm.  All tickets £6.

Polka Theatre: This fabulous children’s theatre (complete with play area) has two productions on over the half term, Beasty Baby for ages 3-6 (£12 adults and children) and The Bear for ages 4-8 (£13.50 adults and children)

Chelsea Theatre: The Magic Word, a classical ballet set in an enchanted forest.  Thursday 29th and Friday 30th, tickets £10 adults, £8 children.

Science and Nature 


Chelsea Physic Gardens, Family Activity Days: take the kids to the gorgeous Chelsea Physic Gardens (ages 8+) on Tuesday 27th for a workshop on mushrooms, Thursday 29th take part on the Art Safari (ages 5+) and Friday 30th Creepy Crawling (ages 4+).


Royal Institution, Family Fun Day: Our Amazing Planet: head over to the RI Saturday 24th 11am-4pm for a day of hands-on activities, exploring earthquakes, volcanoes, clouds and the earths various systems.  Ages 6+, £12 adults, £6 for children, under 3s free.


Isis Education Centre: take the kids to The Lookout in Hyde Park for Nature Explorers Wild Photography (Thursday 27th October, 10am, £15) or come for free and drop-in Halloween events on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th from 11am.



Bank of England, The Big Draw: pop into the Bank of England over half term and design your own boat (the metaphor being the economy is a boat and the bank steers it). Monday 26th- Friday 30th, free, all ages, drop-in.



British Museum: there are two really interesting events taking place at the museum. The World of Celts will take place from 11-5pm Monday – Friday.  On Saturday 31st and Sunday 1st November, there will be the Day of Dead festival.  All free, drop-in, all ages.

national Gallery

National Gallery: lots of workshops for under 5s, 5-12 year olds, and for all ages.  Various dates and time throughout the holidays.

Geffrye Museum February 2013 London half term workshops

Geffrye Museum: bring the kids to paint mugs for hot chocolate, print cushion covers, make candles and more.  Tuesday 27th-Friday 30th.  Workshops run throughout the day, some activities for ages 5+, free, drop-in (but spaces limited).

Wallace Collection Half-term Family Events and Workshops in London

Wallace Collection: there are a variety of events taking place over the half term including a Big Draw event, armour handling, still life painting for 9-12 year olds and mask making workshops.

National Portrait Gallery Family Art Workshop Clay Creations 19th january

National Portrait Gallery: bring the kids to make wire sculpture, clay heads, Monday 26th- Friday 30th, various times, some activities age 3+ and others 5+.  Free, drop-in

Museum of London: head over to The City and take part in a variety of events that focus on the Second World War including singing, card braiding, making peg dolls and more.  Ages 5+, free, drop-in.


V and A: Take the kids over to South Ken for a variety of events, storytelling, print making, dance workshops and more.

Serpentine Gallery, Family Day, Assembled Identities: Work with Larry Archiampong to explore and construct a new identity using an assemblage of unexpected parts and pieces.  Free, drop-in and all ages.



Royal Albert Hall: there are so many events on for families over the half term including A Pocketfull of Grimms (Tuesday 27th 11am and 2pm, ages 5+) Ratatouille screening with live orchestra (Wednesday 28th, ages 5+, £25 for 1 adult and 1 child) .  On Tuesday 27th and Friday 30th Discover the History of Film Workshops for ages 5-11, £3.50.


Classical Babies Pimlico: Monday 2nd November, 11am.  Bring the little ones to hear Caroline Kennedy perform autumnal baroque arias at St. James the Less.  There will by a “come and try” session with mini violins and keyboards.  £10 at the door, £8 online 24 hours in advance.


Southbank, Pram Jam Singing Workshop: Wednesday 28th, 10:30am.  Take part in a day of singing for you and your kids led by Naomi Hammerton of Choir Baby.  For children 5 and under, £5 adults (includes admission of children two children under 5).


King’s Place, Hubbub – A Musical Adventure: Saturday 31st, 10:30am. Come along on a magical, music journey as 5 friends follow the trail of the mysterious blue beetle in the quest for a lost voice.  Ages 4+, £7.50 adults, £5.50 children.

Crash, Bang, Wallop Codagon Hall March 24th

Cadogan Hall, Crash Bang Wallop Family Concert: Join the City of London Sinfonia and celebrate Claire’s birthday with Strauss, Handel and Haydn.  £10 adults, £8 children, £30 for family of 4.

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