Keep the kids entertained this October half-term with our pick of London’s best family events over the school holidays.
Plan your October half-term holidays with our guide to fun exhibitions, family events, Halloween-themed activities and exciting children’s shows. Book a room at a family-friendly hotel in one of these strategic London areas, and find out more about friendly restaurants your children will love.
Many more events will be announced closer to the date, so check back later for more London half-term ideas.
October half-term activities in London
- Create your own storybook inspired by the Poster Girls exhibition at the London Transport Museum, or join in fun storytelling sessions for all ages. 21-29 Oct
- Discover the origins of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library. 20 Oct-28 Feb
- Look out for other school holiday activities at London’s children's museums and attractions during the half-term break.
Family-friendly Halloween activities
- Make the most of Museums at Night, and take the family on an after-dark narrowboat cruise through the Islington Tunnel with the London Canal Museum. 28-29 Oct
- Trick-or-treat your way around the Museum of London’s galleries with the London’s Night Owls Halloween Sleepover. 27 Oct
- Enter the menacing world of the Dark Arts and look out for the Death Eaters as the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter is given a Halloween makeover. 1 Oct-12 Nov
- Look out for other spooky children's activities as Halloween approaches.
Free half-term family activities in London
- Join in free Paddington-themed activities at the Museum of London. 21-29 Oct
- Retrace the history of your favourite toys and games at the V&A Museum of Childhood.
- Find more free museums and activities for kids in London for a budget-friendly half-term.
October children's theatre shows
- Follow the adventures of Annie in 1930s New York with this family-favourite at Piccadilly Theatre.
- Treat the children to a smash-hit West End musical, from The Lion King to Wicked and the irresistible School of Rock.
- Find more kids' shows in London.