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October Halfterm Family Friendly Activity Ideas 2021

October Halfterm Family Friendly Activity Ideas 2021

October halfterm is upon us and the heady mix of covid anxiety, turbulent weather and the days darkening earlier can be tricky to mentally navigate as a parent. We’ve put together a list of things to try with your kids this halfterm in and around London to help when you need inspiration. Wellies on, snacks packed, let’s go…

Illuminature at London Wetland Centre

This autumn, discover a unique illuminated light trail set amongst wetland nature. Giant light sculptures of wetland wildlife, interspersed with magical, playful installations, such as light tunnels and responsive lily pads will be set amongst the reed beds, lagoons and grazing marsh of the WWT centre. While you explore take in the sights and sounds of night-time nature playing out in the background.

More info HERE

Explore Art Galleries with the Kids

Artist and mum of 3 Georgina Wedderburn loves to have art-filled days in London with her family. She shared an itinerary of a recent day out (you certainly don’t have to do all this in one day!) on her Insta account that is very inspiring. Check it out HERE


Royal Docks Originals Festival

Throughout October, the carnival of creativity will showcase some of the incredible new cultural activities being developed in this vibrant part of east London. Look out for exciting new world premieres, free family activities, exceptional diverse artworks, unforgettable theatre, enlightening workshops, and music from some of the most exciting artists on the circuit.

More info HERE

Explore One of London’s Best Family Friendly Museums

We asked family culture blogger Museum Mum to talk us through her top 5 family-friendly London museum picks, check out her choices HERE

She also has a cracking guide to family-friendly activities in London this October HERE

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – Dinosaurs, Massive Playground and More

This half term is your last chance to get up close and personal with life-like animatronic dinosaurs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Explore the brand-new Halloween trail and learn about repulsive dinosaur feeding habits – Zoorassic Park event runs until 31 October. We visited recently and our kids were amazed by how real these dinos look and sound!

Whipsnade is great for a full day out, you’ll be at their new-ish massive playground for at least an hour, especially if you book a slot in the adjacent softplay space. The playground is great for a range of ages and there are picnic tables in the playground and just outside it as well so it’s a perfect spot for lunch break.

More info HERE

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Family travel blogger Piccolo Explorer has put together a great guide to Pumpkin Patches Near London, check it out HERE

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