Half-Term Activities for Adventurous Kids

Half-term is almost upon us and with that comes a great opportunity to get out and about with the family. There are so many activities for your little ones, no matter what their interests are. In this piece, we’re going to look at some of the capital’s most popular attractions for parents and kids this October half-term.

Adventures for Animal Lovers

What: Beasts of London
Where: Museum of London
When: from now until January 2020

This interactive experience teaches children about the history of London’s many indigenous animals. From foxes to fleas, your kids can learn about the capital’s history through the animals that call it their home. It can help families understand the importance of helping even city-dwelling animals live happily alongside us. With animals being voiced by celebrities like Brian Blessed, this is a fun way to educate and entertain.

What: Pettitts Animal Adventure Park
Where: Reedham, Norwich
When: Until 3rd November

Up for a bit of animal magic this half-term? Pettitts Animal Adventure Park is home to all sorts of creatures, from alpacas and meerkats to owls and parrots. There’s a large petting area where your little ones can get up close and personal with their favourite animals, as well as rides for all ages including roller coasters and a mini safari ride.

What: Mudchute Park and Farm
Where: Isle of Dogs
When: All year round

The Mudchute Park and Farm sits on 32 acres, making it one of London’s biggest farms. With a fantastic equestrian centre, rare breeds to see and learn about, and seasonal activities for the whole family, it’s the perfect stop for city dwellers who want to get back to nature with their adventurous kids.

Spooky Family Events

What: Spooky Happenings
Where: Livingston, Edinburgh
When: Until 31st October

It’s time to start a quest into the darkness to discover all the mysterious creatures that lay within. Set off on the spooky trail and follow the clues through a word of magic. There are puzzles and games for all ages as well as a fun craft area where you and the children can flex your creative muscles. It’s the perfect event for anyone visiting Edinburgh this half-term.

What: Help the Sea Witch
Where: Brighton Aquarium
When: Until Sunday 3rd November

Brighton Aquarium becomes Brighton Ascarium this Halloween as you and your children take on the task of helping the Sea Witch gather the ingredients she needs for her magical potion. Follow the clues left around the aquarium and collect the necessary bits and bobs so she can continue her magic. A great day out with fun at the forefront and a good amount of education too.

What: Screamfest
Where: London Dungeons
When: Until 31st October

The London Dungeons has been a staple tourist attraction for years, but at Halloween things really get spooky! Although there are some jumpscares that might be a bit much for certain children, there are many laughs to be had as well as everything is very tongue in cheek. There are some new additions including a Jack the Ripper show it’s the perfect place to spend a ghoulish afternoon.

For Drama Kings & Queens

What: Curses & Crossbones
Where: Pirate’s Quest, Newquay
When: Until 1st November

Visitors will set sail on the creepy voyage with a live pirate guide who’ll transport them back 300 years to the Golden Age of Piracy. Kids will take a treasure map that leads them through the experience where they will search for clues to find a secret codeword. Guess the codeword and get yourself from very special loot on the way out!

What: School of Rock
Where: Gillian Lynne Theatre
When: All year round

Ready to rock? School of Rock was a massively successful film and the stage show just about tops it with some fantastic performances and unforgettable music. Featuring a loveable slacker who helps a class of kids embrace some classic rock n’ roll, it’s a comedy with some real heart. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, it has some real talent behind it so why not take centre stage this half-term?

What: Lowedner Peran – Celtic Festival
Where: The Hotel Bristol, Newquay
When: Wednesday 30th – Sunday 3rd November

If your littles ones love to perform, show them how the professionals do it at this fantastic Celtic festival. With a real injection of culture brought by over 300 performances, it’s a fantastic chance to learn more about many Celtic activities, from sing-a-longs and storytelling to Cornish wrestling and gin tasting for the mums and dads.