Half term is just around the corner, and as many parents will know, keeping the kids busy over the week break can be hard work.
Whether you want to do something suitably spooky or not, then don’t fear, we’ve found some suggestions the whole family will love, from pumpkin picking, spooky walks and even circus skills. No matter where you are across the UK, you’ll be sure to find one of these seasonal activities to keep the kids busy – without breaking the bank.
There’s plenty of fun things to do, bound to give them something to look forward to and to tire them out – so you can relax too!
Top things to do this October half term
1. Why not try Pumpkin Picking?
A perfect activity for October, Pumpkin picking is a great seasonal way to spend a day – and you can carve them after!
2. Try a spooky walk
A ghost tour is another seasonal way to past the time, and Holiday Extras has put together a list of some of the best ghost tours across the UK.
Not for the easily spooked, it’s a great way for the kids to learn about the history of your city. Make sure to book yours now .
3. Celebrate 250 years of the Circus
The Museum of London is celebrating 250 years of the circus and to help they’ve put on a number of workshops for kids this half term to teach kids about the science and history about it. It runs from the 20 – 28 October.
If you’re close to the city it’s a great free activity to fill an afternoon. Book here .
4. Check out ‘Day Out With The Kids’
This marvellous website has plenty of ideas for most of the UK’s top destinations. Split up by location, it’s easy to find something close to home or further afield. Check it out here .
They’ve even split it up by category such as Family Favourites, Great Savings, Spooks and Sparks and much more .
5. Cheap cinema tickets
A number of cinemas offer cheap kids tickets to popular family films at weekends and during the summer holidays.
Cineworld has discounted tickets for its Movies for Juniors screenings with prices from £1.75, and Odeon Kids programme offers tickets for £2.50 during half term, and Vue offer tickets from £1.99 on selected half term screenings.
Pass us the popcorn!
6. Get some exercise at your local leisure centre
Whether it’s swimming, playing some tennis or just getting out and about, it’s a great idea to get the blood pumping.
Plus it’ll tire out the kids. Find your closest leisure centre here .
7. Grab some history
Find out the history behind the ghost stories and get out there and learn some history. It’s worth looking into National Trust sites across the UK to see what you could learn.
If that wasn’t enough, TripAdviser’s list of best museums is also worth checking out. Featuring The Roman Baths, National Railway Museum and more – there’s something or everyone no matter where you live.
8. Make a Halloween Costume
This is a great one for the more creative amongst you, but is a great way to keep the kids busy and get them ready for All Hallows Eve.
9. Try your hand at ice skating
It’s never to early to get festive, and spending the day ice skating is a great way to start. You can find your closest ice rink here , but many cities will have a rink in picturesque locations that are perfect for a festive day out.
10 . City dweller? Why not try an exhibition
If you live in a city then it’s worth checking out the exhibitions taking place near you. Those in London should consider checking out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the National History Museum , or Michael Jackson: On the Wall at the National Portrait Gallery .
If you live closer to Bristol, then why not try out ‘Master of Japanese Prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes ‘.