Half Term Activities in London
Kids love an adventure by train. Even more so when there's something extra fun to look forward to at the end of it. If you're looking for affordable ways to keep the kids entertained and out of the house over the half term holidays then look no further. Here's our guide to the top Half Term Activities in London, all easily accessible by train.
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Natural History Museum’s Ice Rink
When? 25th October 2018 – 6th January 2019
How much? Adults from £12.65, children from £8.80, families from £39.60.
Get your ice skating practice in early by visiting London’s famous ice rink right outside South Kensington’s cluster of world-renowned free museums. This little corner in London’s city makes for the perfect half term family day out.
How to get there: c2c to Fenchurch Street, walk to Liverpool Street for District/Circle Line to South Kensington.
School of Rock – Gillian Lynne Theatre
When? Typically shows 5 days out of the week. Check for times and availability.
How much? Tickets from £18.45, prices may vary.
Celebrate the half term by rocking out with this loud, fun-filled class of rockstars that really know how to “stick it to the man!” This multi-award winning production is great for the whole family, and it’ll make the kids excited to go back to school too...
How to get there: c2c to Fenchurch Street, walk to Liverpool Street for Central Line to Holborn.
KidZania – Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush
When? Typically open 7 days a week, check website for availability.
How much? Adult (15+) from £15. Child (4-14) from £18. Early Years (1-3) £10.
This incredible indoor city is not just for kids, it’s also run by kids too! Have your little ones experience the life of an adult by choosing real-life jobs from Doctor to Dancer, Firefighter to Actor and Dentist to Police Officer. These entertaining activities are designed for kids to learn independence and responsibility in a safe and secure environment, no matter their age or personality.
How to get there: c2c to Stratford, Overground to Shepherd’s Bush.
V&A Museum of Childhood – Bethnal Green
When: Daily, from 10am – 5:45pm
How much? FREE
The world’s largest institute of its kind, this kingdom of child culture and memorabilia boasts a collection of toys, games, costumes and more spanning back to the 1800s. The newly refurbished museum has lots of hands-on stuff for the kids to enjoy too, including ‘Party like a Pirate’ performances and workshops from the 20th – 28th of October, making it a goldmine for that Half Term day out activity.
How to get there: c2c to Stratford or Fenchurch Street, Central Line to Bethnal Green.
Explore the Universe – Royal Observatory Greenwich
When? Daily, from 10am – 5pm
How much? Adult tickets £15.00 and child tickets £6.50.
Take a journey through space and time when you visit the world famous Royal Observatory. There’s so much to immerse yourself in; from awe inspiring Planetarium shows by expert astronomers, stand atop the Meridian Line where the east meets the west and you can also lay your hands on a 4.5 billion year old meteorite. There’s also a lot more to see and experience, giving you plenty of things to put on the day’s itinerary.
How to get there: c2c to West Ham, Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf, DLR to Greenwich.
Ride the Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit – Queen Elizabeth Park
When? Monday to Friday 11am – 5pm. Weekends and School Holidays 10am – 6pm, last entry at 5:30pm.
How much? Adult ticket from £16.50, child ticket from £10.50. There is also a Family of 4 ticket (2 adults and 2 children, aged between 8-16), for £52.00.
Take in the breathtaking views from atop the London Orbit, 80m above the ground, before zooming down on the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. There are also other things to enjoy here like descending down the 455 specially designed soundscape stairs to hear London echo around you. You can also abseil down the entire Orbit – if you’re brave enough!
How to get there: c2c to Stratford.
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