Keeping children occupied this half term (Monday October 26th to Friday October 30th 2015) is challenging enough, amidst parents needing a break from kids crying out “are we there yet?” as if we could fly and get anywhere in seconds! But don’t despair because there are cheap and cheerful activities for them to do. So does the half term need to be nightmare? Consider these activities to keep them occupied:
Visit the Toy museum/Shop in Central London. Quite traditional! A place to visit if you need to revisit your childhood. The traditional collection of toys are amazing and you could easily spend hours there. But I’m not sure how children will react when they see the toys their parents played with compared to theirs.
Take them out for a meal in a restaurant near you or in town.
October is Black history month which is a celebration of the African and Caribbean community. We celebrate the history and achievements of many and learn about black heritage. Dulwich and Peckham libraries in South London have put on a number of activities to engage both adults and children. Families will have a chance to engage with Sandra Agard, the acclaimed storyteller, who will be present at Dulwich library to tell you stories that’ll make you laugh and have a good time.
Visit the Imperial War museum in North Lambeth to learn about Black Poppies from Stephen Bourne as he’ll be exploring the wartime experiences of Black Britain.
Sweeten you teeth at Hardy’s Original Sweet shop in Charing Cross Road.
Visit a swimming pool at a sports Centre near you. Some provide half term activities.
Visit a library and get children to read. Just because it’s half term doesn’t mean that reading stops. Reading stretches their minds!
Take them for an autumn stroll and cycling in London Parks. St James’s Park has some stunning views.
Get creative and take them them to view some street art in London’s West End and East End.
Take a trip to the cinema and watch a film or to the theatre and watch one of the many West End shows.
Let me know how your half term break has been. Has it been a nightmare or as good as it can get? London has many activities. As always, leave a comment.