Plan Ahead: What to Do With The Kids During Half-Term in October

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The upcoming October half term is just around the corner, so it’s a great time to plan ahead and check out some of the top activities for all the family.

London is a great city to visit during October, offering an array of both indoor and outdoor experiences for all ages.  In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at a few of our favourites for having lots of family fun in the city.

Explore the natural world at SEA LIFE London

For children who are intrigued by all things to do with nature, a trip to the SEA LIFE London centre is sure to impress! This very special venue is situated on the banks of the Thames, close to some of the city’s best visitor attractions.

There’s lots to see and do here, as kids get acquainted with the underwater world through interactive exhibits.

Treat them to a trip to Kidzania

Specifically designed for children between the ages of 4-14, Kidzania is self-described as an ‘indoor city run by kids’, and features a chance for every young visitor to try out a real-life activity or profession.

The centre is designed to be both fun and educational, letting kids get to grips with new ideas and helping to boost their confidence. It might even help spark curiosity in a particular career field – so a trip here is sure to provide plenty of value!

There’s a special space where adults can relax while the kids have fun, and you can also buy annual passes if you plan on making return trips.

Visit the Queen’s home at Buckingham Palace

As the official London residence of the Queen, Buckingham Palace is one of the city’s top tourist spots. While the State Rooms are only open during the summer months, there’s still plenty of reasons to head for the palace, including the daily Changing of the Guard.

If your kids are interested in seeing a real palace up-close, then this is a fantastic way to spark their curiosity while staying at the Park Grand Paddington London.

Learn how London travels at the London Transport Museum

The city’s transport system is one of the most famous in the world, and with good reason. From the wonders of the London Underground to a recreation of an authentic London bus, this is a remarkable and child-friendly museum which uncovers the secret history of getting around in the city.

As you’ll probably be doing a lot of travelling around on London transport, there’s no better way to help younger travellers understand what powers their trip during their stay at the Park Grand Paddington London.

Discover the city’s history at the Tower of London

London has a pretty grizzly history, and the Tower of London documents and showcases some of the most gruesome parts. With interactive exhibits and guides to help walk you through past events, this is a wonderful way to discover a side to the city which is sometimes overlooked.

The Tower of London was first built by the Normans, and has since served as everything from a Royal residence to a prison and even a zoo!

By visiting, you’ll be able to discover more about all of these incarnations while making the most of London hotels special offers.

Meet the rich and famous at Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of London’s foremost tourist attractions, and on your own visit you’ll discover exactly why. The venue hosts a wide array of fantastic and lifelike exhibits featuring recreations of famous figures throughout history, right up to the present day.

This is a great way for kids to learn something new, as well as providing the ideal backdrop for some fantastic souvenir photos with all the family.

Take a spin on the London Eye

For fans of great local scenery, the London Eye provides the ideal way to see the city from a unique vantage point. Each spin takes around 30 minutes, and you could even rent out an entire viewing pod for the family to enjoy the views in privacy.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to take some photos and talk to the kids about some of the key buildings in the city skyline, whilst also cutting down the time it’d take to visit each one in person.

Visit the London Wetland Centre

With 105 acres to explore, this is the perfect space for nature lovers of all ages. The autumn provides the ideal backdrop for seeing the centre in a new way, and there’s also lots of indoor space for you to experience.

There’s even the opportunity for kids to try their hand as a wildlife presenter, as well as a great observatory for viewing wild birds, butterflies and bats.

Head for ZSL London Zoo

This wonderful zoo is home to a wide variety of animals, and includes some great experiences for young children’s – including the chance to try being a zookeeper for the day. For older kids, there’s also lots to keep them entertained, from meeting the animal residents to simply finding out more about the animal kingdom.

As a tried and tested family day out, it’s hard to beat a trip to the zoo – and ZSL is not only one of the very best, but also helps support vital conservation work around the world.

Check out Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

Alternatively, you could pay a visit to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, which is purposefully designed for children to enjoy. There’s lots of great wildlife here including otters, monkeys, meerkats and otters, as well as birds and farmyard animals.

There’s a range of activities to take part in, including a play area and animal encounters, as well as a brilliant gift shop to pick up a few mementos of your trip.

See a show at the Puppet Theatre Barge

With quirky new shows designed especially for children, the Puppet Theatre Barge is a unique way to see a theatre show in the city. The barge is a permanent fixture on the Thames, and can usually be found in either Richmond or Little Venice.