Looking to find out what's on in London in October half term? There is lots to do in South Kensington from interactive workshops at the V&A, gaming events and maker stations at the Science Museum, a chance to take to the stage, exploring natural specimens at the Natural History Museum, a trip to the movies, music at the Royal Albert Hall and so much more.
From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big: Engineering Our World celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small.
This autumn there will be season of exhibitions and events dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India. The programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the country's rich culture and history of innovation.
Ciné Kids screenings cater to children aged 4 and over – and their families – so they can discover the best animated films. In English, French or French with subtitles. Including Despicable Me and Paddington.
This hands-on, fully interactive gaming event will feature the best video games and consoles from the past 40 years. From Pong to Pacman and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone—whether you’re a retro games fan, a serious gamer or just want to get competitive with your family.
The exhibition of 100 images records the beauty and drama of the natural world, from tiny insects to massive mammals. This year's competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 92 countries.
Take to the stage with props and costumes to create an experimental opera set. Activity designed by Metta Theatre set designer, William Reynolds.
Experience the magic of opera with making, performance and digital activities for all the family. Raphael Room
Come to the Little Lab of Horrors, where you’ll see some luminous liquids, help bust some ghosts, and have a hair-raising experience! Ages 7+
Explore staging operas and get creative with technology with help from the V&A experts. Held in the Raphael Gallery
Join in the action and explore the history of Kensington Palace as a showcase of scientific discovery - including taking part in Isaac Newton's light demonstration, create your own moving pictures, have a go at making your own thaumatrope toy inspired by the palace or pick up an activity bag.
Choose from a Glow Bot kit, a wearable light-up wristband or a Box Bot as your personalised moving vehicle. These kits include everything you need to build them, and our trained staff will assist you with the use of technical equipment. Ages 7+
Bend and twist neon pipe cleaners into geometric shapes to create striking hanging sculptures. Then pop into our UV photo booth to capture your sculpture in all its glowing glory. Edible neon jelly is also a must try! Hosted by Royal British Society of Sculptors.
A runaway hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, this brand new family fun quiz is unlike anything you have seen before. Hosted by one of the UK’s favourite stand-ups, Patrick Monahan, this quiz goes where no quiz has gone before.
Design and decorate your very own gaming controller in this interactive workshop. Then, connect your gamepad to a computer, get online and it's game on. Ages 7+
Play or sing alongside a team of fun and inspiring RCM students and Albert's Band to create a family orchestra, learn more about different instruments and even have a go at conducting. Then, experience a symphony orchestra live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in an interactive family concert.
Take part in a host of free and exciting Halloween themed activities including exploring ‘feely boxes’ in the witches den', exploring hair-raising nature trail, creating a magical potion using herbs and plants from the garden and making your very own bat mask or drawing your very own mini monster.
Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Enjoy skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air or soak up the atmosphere from the Café Bar and balcony.
The daytime hip hop party for kids and parents is back for a cinematic special as part of the Hall’s Festival of Film. Featuring a screen showing (clean!) video clips from famous hip hop videos and films alongside classic tracks from the movies.
As part of our Festival of Film, join the Royal Albert Hall’s resident Education & Outreach orchestra, Albert’s Band, as they perform a concert of music which celebrates some famous heroes and heroines from stage and screen.
Meet meerkats, hedgehogs, rabbits, and sugar gliders in a drawing class with a difference! You’ll learn about these lively animals and their habitats from their expert handlers before having a go at sketching them. Suitable 8+, held at Royal British Society of Sculptors.
The second comedy adventure of former super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, and the unpredictably hilarious Minions.
Enjoy activities for all the family and discover the stories of Kensington Palace. Time Explorers Station - activity bags for all ages from babies to 13 years & trails. Or Story Time - enjoy a well known story in the comfort of the palace and join in with themed toys. Aimed at 3 - 7 years olds,
Come and light up our gallery with vibrant neon colour at this free drop-in family event led by award winning sculptor Susie Olczak. All ages welcome. Hosted at the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Pay bar from 6pm selling neon vodka shots!
A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not at all what he had imagined…(In French)
Barry Sonnenfeld’s delightfully twisted comedy fantasy The Addams Family (1991) will enjoy its world premiere screening accompanied by live orchestra as part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film!
V&A Secret Seekers is a new mobile game for families, launched to coincide with the opening of the V&A's Exhibition Road Quarter. Let eight characters from the V&A's history guide you on an exciting treasure hunt to uncover some of the secrets of the Museum.
Get a feel for how scientists work by having a go yourself. Come and explore hundreds of real nature specimens that form the evidence Museum scientists use in their daily work.
With stunning high definition 3D vision and flight simulator motion technology, you can see and feel for yourself what it’s like in the cockpit of a Red Arrow.
Revealing the beauty of the science and maths that shape our everyday lives, this unmissable experience will ignite your curiosity, fuel your imagination and inspire you to see the world around you in new and exciting ways.
As the European Space Agency's first British astronaut, Tim Peake spent six incredible months aboard the International Space Station. Using VR technology, get a 360° look inside a Soyuz capsule and retrace Tim's 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS.