Top Ten October Half-Term Activities for the Kids in and around Islington

With the October half-term fast approaching we thought we would do some detective work and see what interesting (and of course educational) things were happening around us so you don’t miss out. And as excepted, London has some exceptionally unique and interesting events and experiences for children and families lined up.

Here, we share TTN’s top ten activities for next week.

1.  Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery At The Science Museum, South Kensington

We are super excited that the long-anticipated Wonderlab is now open! Described as a place which reveals “the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.” Children and adults alike will marvel at this interactive gallery! There’s also a spectacular selection of science shows which will have your mind spinning with amazement even more!



2. Dinosaurs: Monster Families, Forest Hill

An interactive exhibition for all the family. Immerse yourself into the world of these jaw-droppingly amazing prehistoric creatures, learn about how they cared for their young and touch real dinosaur bones! There is also an annual Halloween Fair running on the 29th and 30th October with animal handling and face painting. Scary costumes encouraged!




3. The Charles Dickens Museum, Holborn

Take a journey of discovery through No. 48 Doughty Street, where Dickens once lived with his family, writing some of his renowned novels such as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. Learn about Victorian life in the basement kitchen, dress up in the attic and perform a play in the toy theatre. And if you are really lucky you might meet the resident hedgehog, Bill Spikes!



4. The Big Draw, Kings Cross

For something a bit different why not pop into the House of Illustration who are hosting the Big Draw, a drop-in workshop for all ages where you join their resident illustrators to create your own piece of art! This workshop is free with gallery entry and they currently have an exhibition of ‘The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,’ where you can see Quentin Blake’s original drawings for the newly re-discovered story by Beatrix Potter.



5. Harry Potter Bus Tour, Temple Tube Station

Let literature come to life and take the children on a magical bus journey to see the real-life world of Harry Potter! Visiting numerous locations all over London from all the films you can test your knowledge of the stories as well as tour around the city! A perfect combination of fiction and facts and wizards and witches!



6. The Shard, London Bridge

Learn about London from the Clouds! Get a 360°, giants view of London, stretching over 40 miles and point out the historical treasures and famous landmarks of the City’s landscape, whilst completing a ‘spot the sights’ activity sheet. And as extra incentive The Shard has a fantastic ‘Kids go free’ offer this half-term. Every paying adult will be entitled to 2 free child tickets for those aged 4–15 years.



7. Create A Giant Human Knot!, Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre

Event company Antidote is inviting everyone to join the largest Giant Human Knot game ever and twist yourself up like a pretzel while we make a maze of humans on the South Bank.” Why not join in with this extraordinary task?! After all it’s free!



8. Board Game Collage Workshop, Bethnal Green

In celebration of a new exhibition, the V&A Museum of Childhood is having a week of board game themed activities. Children can book on to sessions where they can have fun creating their own game pieces and board games and even upcycle old games pieces into wearable items.



9. Stratford Library Takeover, Stratford

The people responsible for the wonderfully wacky Discovery Centre are running some external reading events at Stratford library this half term. Meet children’s authors, enjoy interactive shows, stories, live drawing, games and book signings.



10. Italian Islington Family Art Day, Islington

For those aged 5yrs and older head down to the Islington Museum and join the Estorick Collection of Italian Modern Art for a family arts and craft day where you will learn about Italian culture, make masks and optical tricks inspired by Grimaldi, Islington’s famous clown, and craft your own everlasting ice cream!




*Please note booking is required for most of the above activities so please check beforehand to avoid disappointment!