October Half Term in South Kensington

Half term in South Kensington is packed with plenty of great events, exhibitions, performances and films to keep the kids entertained - from the return of the Natural History Museum's ice rink, beatbox at the Royal Albert Hall, drop-in workshops and activities at the museums, the new Royal College of Music's Museum and so much more!

Classical for Kids - Travelling Trios

23rd Oct
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of classical music, Classical for Kids offers the opportunity for families to attend a chamber concert performed by the professional musicians from the Hall’s very own Albert s Band

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My Robot Mission AR

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Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems with the Science Museum’s new augmented reality app. Created in partnership with 42 Kids, this exciting new skills-building app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest AR technology to help you think like a scientist. Recommended for ages 10–12. Download for free.

Pattern Pod

Daily
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Pattern Pod is an amazing multi-sensory area for children under 8 years old. Fun, interactive exhibits encourage them to recognise and copy patterns.

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Discovery Day: Hair-Raising Halloween

Tues 26th-Thurs 28th October 2021
11am - 3pm
The Royal Parks
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Join the Royal Parks for another hair-raising Halloween this October half-term at The LookOut, Hyde Park. Drop-in any time between 11am and 3pm to take part in a host of FREE creepy-crawly Halloween-themed activities including wicked science projects, masquerading masks and potent potions.

Free

The Big Draw 2021 ‘Make The Change’

25 Oct - 27 Oct
11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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The Big Draw Festival #MakeTheChange follows on from last year's exploration into the relationship between people and our living environments. Take part in this year's drop-in workshop to create, draw and build a playful collaborative map as we think about what changes we could make to create a healthier and happier city..

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Wild Life Drawing: Owls

Friday 29 October 2021
11am - 1pm or 2pm - 4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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In tune with this year’s festival theme, Make the Change, the Royal Society of Sculptors be using drawing to understand owls and learning how we can help to protect the habitats these birds call home.

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V&A Secret Seekers

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V&A
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Set off on a treasure hunt to unlock the secrets of the museum hidden in its walls. Meet a cast of characters, collect gems and reveal the museum's secrets!

Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

On til 30th Jan 22
Tue - Sun, 10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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The first UK institutional show for legendary Haitian-French artist includes paintings, objects, collages and assemblages from late 1950s to present day. Télémaque’s practice, combining archival and contemporary pop cultural references, traces histories and contemporary impact of racism, imperialism and colonialism

Schlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

26th Oct
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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World record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo makes mad music with his mouth. Become one of this sonic superhero’s sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

Albert's Band: A Symphonic Safari

29th Oct
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Join the Royal Albert Hall s resident Engagement orchestra, Albert’s Band, on a journey into the wild world of music. Led by Kevin Hathway, the band present a fun and interactive introduction to some of the best pieces of classical music related to the animal kingdom!

Antarctica 3D (U)

Varies
Science Museum
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With never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques, this epic documentary transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals that what happens there affects every single one of us.

Sparks Explorers Course: One World and Carnival of the Animals

25th - 27th Oct
Royal College of Music
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This 3-day course will focus on the theme of One World and protecting our planet, using Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals as inspiration. Workshops will include storytelling, music-making, drama, and arts & crafts. Age 8-11

Imaginary Cities

27th -30th Oct
11am - 5pm
V&A
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Create your very own modular building as part of a growing community of cardboard houses, and explore what home means to you. The modular building activity was designed by Waugh Thistleton Architects. Suitable for ages 6+

Workshop: Samosa Packet Stories

31st Oct
12-4pm
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Join architect, artist, and activist Sofia Karim and storyteller Vanessa Woolf for a drop-in workshop, designed to bring young people together to share stories. (16 - 24-year-olds). Drop-in.

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Little Amal: I'm 10 Today

Sun 24 October 2021
11am to 3pm
V&A
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Little Amal is the giant puppet at the heart of The Walk, travelling 8,000km in support of refugees. Little Amal will celebrate her 10th birthday party at the V&A with young people from Play for Progress who will join her in a participatory performance. Party guests will enjoy a birthday cake made by Yotam Ottolenghi.

Typhoon Force

Daily
10.15am - 5pm
Science Museum
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Fuel your adrenaline and feel what it's like to fly a low level mission in the RAF's latest Typhoon jet. Our new simulator takes you on an action-packed flight, demonstrating the aircraft's manoeuvrability through the beautiful landscapes of North Wales and the Lake District.

3D Red Arrows

Daily
10.20am-5pm
Science Museum
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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.

Tree-Mendous

Dates Vary
11am
Science Museum
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Get your adventure gear ready, look closer and investigate trees with our Explainer team in this interactive storytelling session. Ages 3-7

Future Explorers

9-10th, 24-29th Oct
12-4pm
Science Museum
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You'll meet future experts and find out their predictions for 2050 though games, interactive exhibits, and demos. You’ll find out what the experts think and make your own forecasts for how our lives will change in the future. Drop-in, Ages 7+

Carbon Cart

Dates Vary
2pm
Science Museum
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Want to know more about carbon and the future of our planet? Are you interested in new technologies and how they can help our world? Join our Explainers at Our Future Planet to explore ways we can help reduce carbon dioxide in our air. Age 7+

Behind the Scenes Tour: Spirits Collection

Daily
11am, 3pm
Natural History Museum
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Go behind the scenes withthe science educators for a look at the Museum's fascinating zoology collection preserved in spirit. Explore some of the Darwin Centre's 27 kilometres of shelves, you'll encounter numerous treasures hidden among the 22 million animal specimens housed here.

Royal Style in the Making

Until Sun 2 January 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
Kensington Palace
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Explore the relationship between fashion designer and royal client. Featuring items from the archives of some of the most celebrated royal couturiers of the 20th century, alongside the glittering gowns and stylish tailoring created for three generations of royal women, the exhibition also includes the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Bags! Inside Out

19 May
Wed-Sun 10am-5:45pm
V&A
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From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags! will explore the style, function, design and craftsmanship of the ultimate accessory.

Waste Age: What can design do?

Sat 23 October 2021
9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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We all know waste is a big problem. So how are we going to fix it? New design ideas are redefining the things we use every day. From fashion to food, electronics to construction, even packaging itself – transforming our trash into treasure could provide our path out of the Waste Age.

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Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow

Thurs 5 Aug - Sun 7 Nov 2021
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 12noon-6pm
Japan House London
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The Tokyo 1962 Olympic games, is often seen as a turning point for Japan. This exhibition explores the pioneering design of a group of young Japanese designers and architects who harnessed the opportunity to reframe the country’s profile and tell a fresh story to the world.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Until Friday, 31 December 2021
Wed-Sun 11am-7pm
V&A
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Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive and theatrical show charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages.

Adventure Babies

Every Tuesday 7 Sept to 14 Dec
Times vary for baby-pre crawlers/Toddlers/Little ones
Natural History Museum
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Delight the little one with a sensory storytelling class designed to boost their development and nurture a love for books. And afterwards, don't miss the chance to explore the rest of the Museum with a ready-written self-guided tour.

Dippy's Naturenauts

Natural History Museum
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Welcome, naturenauts! Are you ready for an adventure? Grab your phone or tablet to explore the nature on your doorstep.

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

Dates & Times vary
Science Museum
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Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature

17 May - 3 January
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm
Natural History Museum
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Discover where the real and wizarding worlds intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. 

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Go back in time with My Dino Mission AR

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My Dino Mission AR is aimed at 7-10 year olds and enables budding young palaeontologists to help a stranded dinosaur get back to its own time period many millions of years ago. Combining the latest augmented reality technology with STEM skills, children can recognise a dinosaurs’ species, what it eats, likes and needs to survive. Young explorers can care for and capture fun photos of themselves interacting with their new dinosaur friend in the backdrop of their home or back garden

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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022 Closed 25 December
11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)
Natural History Museum
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Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or you skate more like Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season.

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Our Broken Planet

Until 18 April 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet. The display opens in three stages. From 21 May The Food We Eat, 23 July The Products we Use and from 20 September The Energy we Consume.

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Our Future Planet

From 19 May 2021 - 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Mon-Sun
10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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Explore the natural world in all its fragility and diversity at the annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where 100 powerful photographs tell the story of a planet under pressure. Book your free ticket in advance.

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RCM Museum: Musical Portraits in Bohemian London (1870-1930)

5 October – 9 January
Tue-Fri 10:15am-5:45pm; Sat-Sun 11am-6pm; closed Mon
Royal College of Music
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Take a trip to Bohemian London with the inaugural exhibition from the RCM Museum, following a major redevelopment. With artworks and manuscripts from artists and musicians such as Edward Burne-Jones, John Singer Sargeant and Jan Paderewski, it brings to life a time when Kensington was home to a lively social circle of famous local luminaries.

Book your Free Entrance Ticket to the Design Museum

Design Museum Kensington
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Don't forget to pre-book for your free entrance ticket to access both free displays and paid exhibitions.

Waste Age Family Day

23rd & 27th Oct
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join two days of creating, making and learning at the Design Museum for families and young children to inspire a waste free future. Suitable for families with younger children.

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South Ken Kids Festival 2021

Mon 15-Sun 21 November 2021
Times vary
Institut français
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Brilliantly bilingual throughout, the South Ken Kids Festival is an occasion to highlight children’s writing, illustration, translation, and children’s books in all their glory. It includes workshops with illustrators, talks with authors, film screenings, as well as performance, translation, film-making and virtual reality labs.