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Five Fun Family Activities For A Fabulous Half-Term

9 October 2018 Billie Manning

Half-term is almost upon us, and whether you've got little Picassos, junior Bolts, or tiny Adeles in the family, we've got you covered with our round-up of family activities for the week that will please even the pickiest of whippersnappers.

1. Fill your head with tales with Storystock
Storystock, the travelling circus which brings theatre, music and poetry to children across the UK, is landing at Battersea Power Station over half term with a huge selection of shows and workshops sure to please bookworms of all ages. Highlights for the littlest ones include an interactive musical celebration of Peter Rabbit and a bringing to life of Dr Seuss’ If I Ran The Circus. Older kids are sure to enjoy the Harry Potter Show (complete with Sorting Ceremony). For any youngsters who prefer to be on the stage rather than in front of it, there is also a Greatest Showman themed singing workshop, which culminates in an on-stage performance of the smash hit musical.
 
Image Credit: Storystock
 
See the Battersea Arts Centre website for details of all Storystock events.
The Village Hall at Battersea Power Station is located on Arches Lane, Circus West, London SW11 8AB.


2. Be beastly at Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace has joined up with children's book series Beast Quest to transform Henry VIII’s famous former home into a mythical world of beasts. Meet phoenixes, dragons, wizards, griffins and more in this interactive experience, which will see families pitted against a host of strange and magical beasts. Children and their families will be able to undertake a series of tasks around the palace until finally, it’s time to come face to face with book villain Malvel himself, and use the tools and knowledge collected along the way to defeat him once and for all!
 
Image Credit: Hampton Court Palace

Beast Quest is on 20-28 October at Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU.

 
3. Plant yourself in nature and theatre at Kew
For any little ones and their families with a proclivity for plants and performance, Kew Gardens is bringing the story of its Temperate House and its plants to life through theatre, live music and puppetry. In the rather exciting setting of the glasshouse, imparting her knowledge and wisdom of some of the temperate plants of Africa will be Siyanda, a larger-than-life puppet and the guardian of the glasshouse. She will be accompanied by three fellow ‘Plant Protectors’ who will help visitors on their adventure. Performances are several times per day and are included in the standard ticket price, so everyone is free to explore the rest of Kew’s many autumnal attractions before or after the show.
 
Image Credit: Kew Gardens via Facebook
 
Kew Gardens is located at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London TW9 3AE.

 
4. Find a rainbow of creative activities at The Horniman Museum
If you and the fam want to get your creative hats on, the Horniman Museum’s current exhibition, Colour: The Rainbow Revealed, is full of family-friendly displays and interactive games including an Art Machine for creating your own vibrant masterpiece and a Mood Room with multi-coloured lights. The museum will also be hosting free and fabulous craft activities inspired by autumn and the exhibition during the half-term week, including storytelling and short animated films on Wednesday.
 
Image Credit: The Horniman Museum via Facebook
 
The Horniman Museum is located at 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.
 
 
5. Get active in the Lee Valley
If you have any nippers needing to burn off some energy, Lee Valley is the place to be this half-term. There are a whole bunch of activities and classes on offer for kids and teens who like to be on their feet – or on a bike, or skates. Track Attack will offer 12-16 year olds the chance to ride the same velodrome track as Laura Kenny and Chris Hoy with qualified coaches over two hours. If they want to really get stuck into the sporty lifestyle, the Star Track athletics course will get 6-12 year olds expert tuition in hurdles, high jump, javelin and more. And if you don’t fancy leaving the kids alone around sharp edges, the half-term ice-skating lessons at Lee Valley Ice Centre provide a safe and fun way for adults and juniors to learn the basics of skating together.
 
Image Credit: Lee Valley
 
Track Attack takes place on at Lee Valley VeloPark, Abercrombie Road, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB.
Star Track is at Lee Valley Athletics Centre, Meridian Way, Edmonton, London, N9 0AR.
Ice skating is at Lee Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London E10 7QL.
 

For Hallowe'en-focused half term activities, keep an eye out for our spooktacular family guide to Hallowe'en, coming soon!
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