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3rd September 2018

Get out and about

The amazing outdoor ice rink at the Natural History Museum re-opens during the latter end of half term on 25 October. Glide around the Christmas tree in the centre of the rink with the impressive backdrop of the museum behind.

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Pay a visit to Hyde Park this half term for a series of family-friendly adventures. On 23 October, children have the opportunity to make their own wildlife documentary at Nature Filmmakers: Wild Filmmakers. On 24 and 25 October, it’s time to get spooky at Discovery Day – Hair-Raising Halloween, where children can create potions, make bat masks and listen to scary stories. Also on 24 October is Mission Invertebrate, with the chance to learn more about fascinating creatures found in the park, from dragonflies to grasshoppers.

Try your hand at a new musical instrument as a family this half term too. The Southbank Centre is hosting family gamelan taster sessions throughout the week for those curious about Javanese gamelan percussion orchestra.

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Special museum events

The Science Museum is hosting the free We Are Engineers Family Festival during half term week. This is a chance to get hands-on with activities such as welding edible chocolate creations and controlling muscles using electric currents. While you’re at the museum, be sure to check out the Space Descent virtual reality experience too, guided by astronaut Tim Peake, who recently spent six months aboard the International Space Station.

For families who love art and design, head over to the V&A Museum for half term workshops inspired by artist Frida Kahlo. With sessions led by the photographer Javier Hirschfeld, families will be encouraged to explore the idea of identity to create their own family portraits.

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For children who love getting stuck into artistic endeavours, go to The National Gallery for A Renaissance Family Business workshops during half term. These free drop-in sessions give children the opportunity to try traditional techniques in art.

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Just a few minutes’ walk from The Athenaeum, be sure pay a visit to the impressive Apsley House on 26 or 27 October. The property will be hosting a special Museums at Night event for families to hear tales of the house’s fascinating history after dark.

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Catch a show

Make the most of all the West End and London theatre has to offer this half term, with a selection of family-friendly shows to choose from.

Check out Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre or Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre. Other shows perfect for families include the theatrical spectacle of Rumpelstiltskin at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Tap Dogs at The Peacock.

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