We’ve teamed up with the family days out app people, Hoop, to bring you 10 top activities taking place this half-term…
1. Autumn Stars and Planets
Join an astronomer to learn about the autumn sky. Use telescopes to look at sights including the great Andromeda Galaxy or if it’s cloudy, join a walk around the reserve and look for night-time wildlife instead.
Occombe Farm, Paignton in Devon
Saturday 21st October, 8pm
£9.50 per ticket
Science for 5 years and above
2. Hungry Hungry Herbivores
Join this half-term session to investigate huge herbivores and marvellous munchers, take part in fun, specimen-based activities and discover which animal is the hungriest herbivore.
Grant Museum of Zoology, Bloomsbury in London
Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th October; 12pm to 5:30pm
Animals & Nature for 3yrs+
3. Sing-a-long-a Frozen
Warm up your singing voices for an interactive screening of the classic kids’ film, Frozen. A live host will guide you through the experience and teach your little ones dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses!
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool
Sunday 22nd October; 2pm
£12 per child, £15 per adult
Film screening for all ages
4. Explore Fantasia
Join RCM musicians and members of Albert’s Band – the Royal Albert Hall’s resident ensemble – for a fun and creative workshop composing music to Disney’s Fantasia. Afterwards, experience the thrill of the film accompanied by a live orchestra on stage at the Royal Albert Hall.
Royal College of Music, London
Monday 23rd October; 10am
£25 per child
Music & Singing for 6 to 12 years
5. Spooky Stop Motion
Make spine-tingling films with a selection of spooky props and add eerie music to create your animated thriller.
Signals, Colchester in Essex
Thursday 26th October; 10am
£35 per child
Filmmaking for 9 years and above
6. The Dark Side of the Moon
Experiment with different techniques including bleeding tissue paper, marbling and scraperboard in a creative workshop that explores the solar system, planets and the moon.
The Conservatoire, Blackheath in London
Monday 23rd October; 1:30pm
£20 per ticket
Arts & Crafts for 3 to 5 years
7. Mexican Day Of The Dead: Shadow Puppetry With Tallulah Swirls
Join puppeteer Tallulah Swirls for a magical performance exploring the Mexican festival Day of the Dead.
The American Museum in Britain, Bath
Friday 27th October; 11am
£4.50 per child, £7 per adult
Performances for 5 to 10 years
8. Baby Loves Disco’s Big Halloween Bash
Dance the day away in London’s West End and enjoy everything from spooky DJs, balloons and scary facepainting to Halloween craft activities, bubbles and dress-up.
Carnaby Zebrano, London
Sunday 29th October; 1pm & 3:30pm
£9 per ticket
Halloween Activities for 2 years and over
9. London Philharmonic Orchestra: FUNharmonics Family Concert
See The Gruffalo’s Child on the big screen, with live music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, Southwark
Sunday 22nd October; 12pm
From £12 per ticket
Concert for 3 years and over
10. Spooktacular Social
Bring your Adams Family for a ghoulish afternoon of frightful delights! Guaranteed fun for all the family with everything from Vinyl DJs and a Silent Disco to arts & crafts and dress up!
Sale Masonic Hall, Manchester
Sunday 29th October; 2:00pm
£7.50 per ticket, pre-walkers free
Disco for Up to 8 years
Packed with inspiring ideas, Hoop is a free, easy-to-use app that lists over 60,000 events and activities for kids nationwide each month, from puppet shows and movie-making classes, to astronomy lessons and sing-a-long cinema screenings. Established in 2015 by a group of dads who wanted an easier way to find things to do with their kids in their local area, one in five activities listed on Hoop are completely free.