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Half Term: Entertaining the kids in and around London

And just like that, half term is just around the corner, has it really been that long since the summer break? Time, as they say, really is flying by!​

If like us you have found that the half term has unexpectedly crept upon you and you’re wondering how to spend the week off with your children, thankfully we have gathered some useful ideas on things to do in and around London, all at relatively low cost and little planning time:

Indoor Fun on a Rainy Day
As we all know, the British weather can be fairly unpredictable, but what we can predict is that there is more than likely going to be a spot of rain.

Thankfully there are plenty of indoor spaces for your children to enjoy.  Many of theses play areas will be included within your local museum; the Science Museum in London has a variety of areas suitable for different age ranges.

The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden also has a great new family play zone - a great way of continuing your child’s education while also having some fun!

Stay Active
Providing the weather holds up, you can plan a day at your local park playing your families favourite sport, take a picnic along and create some friendly competition amongst the family.

The FA are also hosting free Holiday Football Coaching across skills centres across England, a perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the sport or develop their skills further. 

Your local leisure centres will also be hosting half term themed events, with additional classes and workshops for children during the week. Some centres will also be offering free swimming programmes; it may be worth checking your local leisure centre to see if this will apply to your area.

Another great way of staying active is the Kingston walking tour, where you can discover the fascinating history and amazing artwork. You can join in with group walks and talks by visiting the Kingston Tour Guides website.

Get Baking
Thankfully there are a host of websites online with easy to follow recipe ideas for children, you could also make some Halloween themed treats ready for the celebrations.

While we are on the subject of food, you may fancy eating out during the half term, many restaurants will have promotions specifically for families so be sure to shop around before booking your table.

Let’s not forget that Halloween is always a big part of the autumn half term, again if it’s rainy, or cold outside, why not visit your local craft store and get creative with your costumes in preparation. Many department stores are also running workshops, including demonstrations with dry ice, bubble bombs and slime making. You could also get into the spirit of things and attend a local ghost hunt, if you’re brave enough!

One of the biggest inner city farms in London, Mudchute Farm, Tower Hamlets has a special Halloween themed event on Thursday 29th of October.

If you are planning on visiting one of the hundreds of attractions we have across the UK, why not visit their website to see if you can pre book. Many of these attractions will over discounted rates if you book in advance online.

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