Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Spirit Collection
Visit the Natural History Museum for a look at an unusual selection of creatures not normally on display. This exhibition looks at the museum’s preserved zoology collection, including a squid that is more than eight metres long! These tours are running throughout half term.
Half term this year coincides with Halloween for children at some schools, meaning there are some extra spooky activities going on for the school holiday. Harry Potter fans should get their hands on tickets for the Dark Arts experience at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. While the Great Hall will be decorated with 100 floating pumpkins, visitors will also get insights into some of the amazing special effects from the films.
London Literature Festival
Taking place in the Southbank Centre from 17 to 27 October, there are plenty of family friendly activities throughout the festival, from fairy tales to events with much-loved children’s writers. There are also writing courses and music workshops for children of all ages.
Discovery Day – Hair-raising Halloween
Head over to Hyde Park on 23 and 24 October for a range of free half term activities with a Halloween twist. Featuring an array of creepy crawlies, create herb potions, construct a bat box and discover ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches Den.
Returning to London just in time for half term, Mary Poppins will be playing at the Prince Edward Theatre in the West End from 23 October 2019. It’s going to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Book tickets for the BFI Imax over half term. The largest cinema screen in Great Britain – at 20 metres high by more than 26 metres wide – watch the latest blockbusters on a massive scale. The cinema will also be showing a range of much-loved musicals from October 2019 until the end of the year.
The Ghost Bus
Embrace the spookiest time of year in London by embarking on The Ghost Bus tour. Hear haunting tales and experience a side of London you wouldn’t normally see…
Running until 27 October, this production at the Unicorn Theatre for children is suitable for children aged between nine and 13. Bringing the novel by Sally Gardner to life, this is a gripping show for young adults and their parents.
The Big Draw
This global festival is going on throughout October and celebrates everything to do with art and drawing. In London, there are various family friendly events going on throughout the month, such as a family drawing session in the National Portrait Gallery on 24 October.
Starting at the end of half term on 2 November, this exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery marks the 100th anniversary since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. A fascinating way to blend art with Egyptian history for the whole family, take a closer look at the life of the Golden Pharaoh.