Looking to entertain the little ones? We’ve rounded up the best family days out and things to do in half term below.
There are two words that tend to spark fear into lives of busy parents: half term. A week of no school, excitable children and pressure to cram as many activities and play dates into a week as humanly possible. To help you come up with some creative ideas to keep you and your little ones occupied this half term, we round up the best family days out and things to do in London.
Here’s what to look out for…
GoBoat Immersive Pirate-Themed Treasure Hunt
Eco-friendly self-drive boat company Go Boat are putting on a pirate-themed treasure hunt along Regent’s Canal during half term week, with actors in costume and character that are sure to delight the little ones. Guests will receive a treasure map, tasks, clues and there will even be prizes for best fancy dress!
When: 25th October to 31st October 2021
Where: Merchant Square, Paddington
Putt Club Crazy Golf
Crazy golf is a guaranteed fun family day out, and Putt Club are now offering an indoor crazy golf course with motorsport-themed holes at their new Edmonton branch. Designed in collaboration with one of the UK’s top theatrical set designers, expect a a unique and immersive experience for all the family, with pizzas, cocktails and slushies for post-golf fuel.
When: Open from 18 September 2021
Where: Putt Club Crazy Golf London Edmonton
Samsung KX Halloween Hub
Samsung KX is running an epic Halloween event over the October half term in Coal Drops Yard, with a wide range of free events for children aged 3-11. There’s everything from spooky stories narrated by a local storyteller to designing your own pumpkin bucket and even swapping Halloween costumes ready for trick or treating on the 31st.
When: 27th to 31st October 2021
Where: Samsung KX, Coal Drops Yard, London
UV Cricket at Sixes
Just in time for Halloween, Sixes – the social sporting venue – has launched the world’s first UV Cricket activity, taking the immersive cricket simulator to a whole new level of glow-in-the-dark fun. Budding cricketers, big and small, can show off their batting skills in Sixes’ specially designed nets under pioneering UV lights. Andy Waugh, Co-Founded of Sixes, says: “Launching in time for Halloween, we’re taking Sixes Social Cricket to the next level with UV Cricket.”
Glow in the dark cricket alongside knockout cocktails, for the mums and dads of course, means the party atmosphere is sticking around. You can still book into the nets for a regular session and, while you’re there, be sure to tuck into the venue’s delicious foodie offerings, including the signature Sixes meat volcano.
When: UV Cricket sessions are running from 22nd October
Where: Fulham and Fitzrovia, London
Half Term at Hamleys
Famed for their fun-tastic demos and workshops, the Hamleys entertainment team are back and there’s non-stop fun at Hamleys to be had this half term. With a bunch of pop-ups and regular activities planned throughout the week, a trip to the flagship store will keep you and your kids busy for hours. Across the week Hamleys will play host to a number of special pop-ups and experiences over the iconic toy store’s seven floors. Showcasing a huge range of family favourites from a Frozen Castle to Power Rangers Meet and Greet across half term week, there are plenty of opportunities to take home a slice of Hamleys magic.
When: 18th to 31st October 2021
Where: Hamleys, Regent Street, London
For a full timetable of activities head to hamleys.com/what-s-on-at-hamleys.
Kids Yoga at FLEX Chelsea
For something a little different, why not try out a Kids Yoga class at FLEX Chelsea over half term week? The 45-minute sessions are designed for children aged 7-11 years and have many benefits, from building positive body image to helping with mindfulness techniques and increasing feel-good chemicals in their brains.
When: 31st October and 2nd November
Where: FLEX Chelsea
Halloween Movie Party
One of the best ways to entertain the kids this half term has got to be watching a Halloween film. And, one of our favourite ideas is celebrating Halloween with Disney+’s GroupWatch, a feature which allows families to watch films with six other family members or friends, all from your own homes. There’s everything from LEGO Star Wars: Terrifying Tales to classics like Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas, viewed via the web, mobile or TVs.
Stay Overnight at Port Lympne Wildlife Reserve
Full of Halloween fun for the whole family, your little ones can marvel at some of the world’s most endangered animals and Kent’s largest wildlife park. Come face to face with the ‘King of the Beasts’ – the Lion – or howl alongside the three resident European Grey Wolves, before finishing your staycation off with a relaxing stay at the luxurious Port Lympne hotel.
When: Open and available to book now
Where: Port Lympne Reserve, near Ashford in Kent
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