Ripley’s London will be transformed into The Emerald City. Inside will be a Wicked exhibit of costumes and props worn and used by some of the biggest names from the hit musical, labelled with fun facts about these unique items. Throughout Ripley’s Wicked Week, face painters will be on hand to turn little ones into characters from the show, such as the iconic Elphaba and Glinda. There will be balloon broomsticks, witch’s hats and other Wicked themed items for the kids to take home. And no doubt, some pick ‘n’ mix treats too!
WHEN: Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
VENUE: The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA
AGES: All ages
On Sunday 23rd, Clapham’s Omnibus theatre will perform a Brother Grimm spectacular for an hour-long fairy-tale mini-marathon, for ages four and up. Petrolheads can create and drive their own cars at the Ready Steady Go! immersive experience running throughout the half-term at Stratford’s Discover Centre, while inspiring builders aged two plus get a lesson in wolf-proof house construction with Jackson’s Lane’s puppet-packed 3 Little Pigs. Hackney’s Arcola delivers theatre fun with an eco-friendly undercurrent as Honeypot Homes, bee detective, leads an investigation into the Peculiar Case of the Disappearing Wildflowers. In Wimbledon, Polka Theatre’s new musical version of How To Hide A Lion begins on Monday for a four-month run; and in Battersea, first-time theatregoers get a visual treat in White, a playful evocation of colour and wonder, on 27–29 October.
WHEN: Various dates, see event for details.
VENUE: Multiple venues, see event for details.
AGES: 6 and under
Saturday 22nd is Family Fun Day at The British Library, with an all-ages storytelling trail through its archives and illustration workshops. On Sunday, The Guardian’s Children’s Book Festival brings the likes of Lauren Child, Andy Stanton and Andy Riley to the Unicorn Theatre for meet-the-author talks and workshops. It’s Storystock at the Lyric in Hammersmith on 27–28 October, heralding two days of storytelling sessions, illustration shows, writer talks and workshops in everything from Lego Minecraft to comic book-writing. The release of Jacqueline Wilson’s new novel Clover Moon inspires two days of child-friendly Victoriana at the East End’s Ragged School Museum. Visit the Globe Shakespearian Storytelling, workshops and author talks; and the Stratford Library Takeover on the 24th and 25th lures in kid-lit luminaries, readings, games, songs and signings.
WHEN: Saturday 22nd October
VENUE: Various venues, see event.
AGES: Ages vary
The amazing Trunkaroo are holding a free interactive workshop for the whole family on the 25th of October. Parents and kids will get to delve into the worlds of science and art and enjoy a fun family afternoon.
WHEN: Tuesday October 25th, 10am-11am
VENUE: 8-10 Winchester Road, London NW3 3NT
AGES: Ages 3-6
Sharky and George are heading back to their usual spot in Hyde Park for fun activities! Every day will be a new adventure with boat races, nerf gun battles, science madness and so much more!
WHEN: 24th – 28th October
VENUE: 5 South Carriage Drive, Hyde Park, SW7 1LR
AGES: 5-10 years
Join the Kensington and Chelsea Wild Life Centre in celebrating National Apple Day. This will be a chance to learn about the importance and diversity of this special fruit. There will be apple pressing and apple tasting plus games and craft for the whole family to enjoy.
WHEN: Saturday 22nd October
VENUE: Holland Park Ecology Centre, Ilchester Place, W8 6LU
AGES: All ges
Get out of town: Boo At The Zoo
Visit Marwell Zoo in Winchester this October half term! Take part in the zoo’s pumpkin carving competition for a chance to win a terrific tiger adoption. Join the spooky sisters for some creepy storytelling in their enchanted cave, explore their pumpkin trail and learn how to fly at our broom flying lessons.
WHEN: 22nd October- 30th October
VENUE: Marwell Zoo, Thompsons Lane, Winchester, SO21 1JY
AGES: All ages
Let your little ones explore Putney Lower Common. With heathland, wooded copses, a brook (with multiple bridges and a ‘beach’ for launching and retrieving rafts) there are endless things to do and ways to get muddy and happy!
WHEN: Friday 21st October
VENUE: All Saints Putney, Putney Common, London, SW15 1HL
AGES: 5-12 years
Heads up: Independent Schools Show 2016
Its all about choosing the right school. The Independant Schoold Show is an accessible showcase for parents contemplating private education. Its a real celebration of the sector especially as this is their 10th show!
WHEN: Saturday 12th November & Sunday 13th November
VENUE: Battersea Evolution – London, SW11 4NJ
AGES: On for the parents
Restaurant of the week: Ed’s Easy Diners
An ultimate classic. Ed’s Easy Diners are always a family favourite, with typical american diner food and a fun friendly atmosphere, you can’t go wrong with good old Ed’s! Why not try out one of their famous shakes or their delicious all-american hot dogs?!
WHERE: various locations in and around London.