With a week off on the horizon, make every moment fun with our day-by-day guide to the best school’s-out activities.
October half term is all about balance. It may be tempting to fill little ones’ calendars with non-stop activities, but it’s also important for them to relax and recharge their batteries in preparation for a brand new school term (and the imminent arrival of Santa, of course).
Make their break the perfect mix of action-packed, fun-filled outings and plenty of downtime. From beginning to end, here’s our boredom-proof agenda for this half term.
Monday 24th October: The great outdoors
Make the most of Autumn’s last golden days by getting outside at every opportunity, weather proofing with ponchos, parkas and wellies. Head to Buckland Abbey in Devon for a Naturemake workshop, where little ones can create beautiful fairy houses, woodland dens, masks and more, using only bountiful natural produce.
Alternatively, your local woodland, park, or even back garden are the ideal place to make a nature trail. Conkers, acorns and colourful leaves are all abundant at this time of year – little ones will love preserving their findings in a half term scrapbook.
Tuesday 25th October : Get crafty
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, falls on 30th October. Celebrate with a vibrant, drop-in arts and crafts bonanza at Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square, where little ones will love getting messy, creating beautiful Diwali lamps, tealights, and vibrant candle holders. With Halloween and Bonfire Night imminent, too, little ones won’t be short of inspiration for creative projects at home – the perfect activity for lazy afternoons, while you enjoy a few moments of peace.
Wednesday 26th October – Musical magic
It’s never too early to introduce little ones to the joys of live music. Featuring classical child-friendly favourites from the likes of Tchaikovsky, John Williams and many more, My Great Orchestral Adventure at The Royal Albert Hall is an interactive introduction to a symphony orchestra – complete with plenty of singing, dancing and a cast of enchanting characters.
Image: The Royal Albert Hall
Thursday 27th October – A spooky safari
With Halloween creeping closer, even the animals at London Zoo are getting into the spooky spirit. From arts and crafts to animal talks and demonstrations, the zoo’s myriad activities have all been given a ghostly makeover in the run up to Halloween – don’t miss the spectacular animal-shaped pumpkin carving.
Pictured: Hide & Seek Safari Jersey Sleepsuit, £22
Friday 28th October – Pumpkin fun
Halloween is only three days away, so celebrate early with a spot of pumpkin picking. Little ones will love getting stuck into the abundant pumpkin fields at Beluncle Farm, Kent, where a huge variety of the versatile squash are grown. Once you’ve picked your prime pumpkins, it’s time to head home and get creative. After you’ve made a suitably spooky display, use the leftover flesh to create delicious soups (like the recipe Raymond Blanc gave us), stews, and pies in our Porto range (look out for our pumpkin cooking and carving guide, too, coming to the blog next week).
Naturemake ‘Autumn Delights and Mysteries’ workshop, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, 12-4pm, £4-8
Colourful Festivals arts & crafts workshop, Leeds City Museum, 10.30am-12.00pm and 1.00-2.30pm, free
My Great Orchestral Adventure, The Royal Albert Hall, recommended for little ones age 3+
Boo at the Zoo, ZSL London Zoo, 22nd – 30th October
Pumpkin-picking, Beluncle Farm, Kent, all half-term week from 10am-4pm
After all those activities, little ones are guaranteed a dreamy night’s sleep. Find the perfect nightwear here.