October Half Term

October half term in South Kensington has lots of great events for all the family from pop-up performances, drop-in workshops, ice skating, musical workshops, the Big Draw Festival, Halloween themed activities in Hyde Park, a family festival, great exhibitions and so much more...

Investigate for Families

Until 6 Jan 2019
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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.

The Sun: Living with our Star

6th Oct - 6th May 2019
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The awesome power, beauty and dark side of the sun is revealed in a major new exhibition this Autumn. Spectacular interactive experiences, unique artefacts, and stunning imagery shed fresh light on our evolving relationship with our closest star.

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Autumn Pop-up Performances

Every Saturday from 25 Oct
11am; 1pm; 3pm
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A wonderful interactive performance by Sadler's Wells Youth Dance Company Alumni and Company of Elders. Celebrate Diwali through playful, light-hearted, theatrical tales and jump on a magical carpet and be enchanted by stories from the Middle East.

Harry Potter and the Prison of Azkaban

23rd & 24th Oct
1pm, 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter in Concert. Based on the third instalment of J.K. Rowling’s classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

25th Oct - 6th Jan
10am - 9pm (times vary)
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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. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine in the air.

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Hands-on Discovery Areas

Until 31 March 2019
All day
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Dance with a Venetian Harlequin in the ballrooms of Europe, draw and decorate your own silver trophy, try on a medieval gauntlet or fabulous corset, or challenge yourself to become a master of your craft.

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Family Games

25 Sept - 31 March 2019
10am-5:45pm
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Play the Museum with our digital games. Go online to seek out the V&A’s secrets, get creative and take the apprentice challenge.

Information Age

Daily
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The Information Age gallery celebrates more than 200 years of innovation in information and communication technologies. Relive some remarkable moments of history.

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
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Have you ever wanted to fly your own jet? Come and take the controls on Fly 360°, the hands-on flight simulator. Get your adrenaline flowing by performing your very own aerobatic displays, barrel rolls and loop-the-loops, all as if you were really flying!

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Drop-in Design Autumn 2018

7th October-25th November
10:30-5pm
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Learn about the medium of photography and the newly opened Photography Wing in Project Photo, celebrate Diwali by making sensory lamps and discover stories from our collection in Weaving Stories, devised by the Jameel Prize 5 artist, Hala Kaiksow.

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Digital Kids October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
10:30-5pm
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Be inspired by self-portraiture and create your own digital portrait in this drop-in workshop. Recommended for ages 5+

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Big Draw Festival 2018-Sticky-Note Sculptures

27th October
12-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Fold, stick and balance to create an expanding sculpture in the gallery using only the magic of post-its.

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Big Draw Festival 2018 - Drawing in Three Dimensions

25th October
7-9pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Join designer Grace du Prez and learn how to use a 3D printing pen to draw sculptures in mid-air! Suitable for 16+

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Backpacks

Until 31st March 2019
10am - 5pm
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Available to borrow from Level 1, Sackler Centre, the V&A's award-winning backpacks are recommended for 5-12 years, whilst under 5s can explore sounds and textures with the Agent Animal bag. Discover curious ceramic objects, architectural inventions and incredible interiors.

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Big Draw 2018 - Wildlife Drawing

24th October
11am-1pm & 2am-4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Meet playful creatures such as hedgehogs, opossums, rabbits and prairie dogs and sketch them as they exhibit play in different ways. Suitable for ages 8+.

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Big Draw 2018 - Feel the Force

22nd & 23rd October
11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm on both days
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Build, balance and create your own colourful sculptures using magnets and cardboard in this free family workshop.

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Festive Play Session for Under Fives: December 2018

5th December-21st December
11:30-12:00; 12:30-1pm
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ake part in a multi-sensory play session especially for the under 5s and their families, inspired by The 12 Days of Christmas. These sessions are led by our very own Visitor Experience Gallery Assistants.

Lauren Child in Conversation

10th November
2pm-3:45pm
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Bestselling writer, artist and current Children’s Laureate Lauren Child talks about her newest works and a life in books. From Charlie and Lola to Clarice Bean, Lauren Child has created some of children’s books’ best-loved characters. This event sees Lauren introducing her two latest creations; Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent - the star of a hilarious new series - and Mary Poppins, back to charm a whole new generation in a retelling of this much-loved classic.

In search of Forgotten Colours

Until 27 January 2019
10am-5:30pm
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The workshop uses only plants and other natural materials to produce a wide range of extremely beautiful colours. Yoshioka has been especially active in reviving ‘forgotten’ colours like those found on textiles preserved in the 8th-century Shosoin Imperial Repository in Nara.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Opens 19th Oct
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See the world through a new lens. Now in its fifty-fourth year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases extraordinary animal behaviour and the breathtaking diversity of life on Earth. Explore the world's best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.

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Pop-up Performances October Half Term

22nd October-26th October
11.00am; 1pm; 3pm
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Join us for a bi-lingual, fully inclusive signed performance for families that will take you on a playful and interactive journey through the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Chickenshed, Handprint Theatre Company and Sophie Sparham come together in a multi dimension collaboration inspired by the lifetime and work of Frida Kahlo.

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The Imagination Station: October Half-Term 2018

22nd October-26th October
10am-5:30pm
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Learn about the story of Frida Kahlo and explore your own identity through fashion and portraiture. Create symbolic and colourful flowers and add them to the Mexican garden setting in the gallery. Draw your own portrait or on your body lying down and display your work inside our own blue house.

Life in the Dark

Until 6 Jan 2019
All day
Natural History Museum
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Meet creatures that thrive at night, in the total darkness of caves and deep in the ocean. Get up-close to specimens with fascinating adaptations and find out how they navigate their environment, hunt, mate and evade predators. Discover nocturnal animals through sight, sound, touch and smell.

October Half-Term Make-it: Portraits

22nd October-26th October
10:30am-12:30pm; 2:30pm-4:30pm
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Led by photographer Javier Hirschfeld, work with your family to explore identity and create your own portraits. Bring your favourite family portrait or piece of clothing to inspire you in this workshop. For 5-12 year olds.

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The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution

21st Sept - 24th March
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Explore the extraordinary lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and go behind the scenes to uncover the science behind one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.

Under the sea 3D (U)

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Narrated by Jim Carrey and using incredible 3D technology, Under the Sea will leap off the screen and take you on a fascinating journey to discover the mysteries of the ocean floor.

Albert's Band Presents Showtime

26th Oct
12pm , 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Perfect for the whole family, this fun-packed hour will feature famous tunes from some of the world’s greatest big-screen musicals including West Side Story, The Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz. Buggies, babies and budding musicians all welcome!

A Beautiful Planet 3D (U)

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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.

Ghost Busters

29th October
Doors 6:30pm Film 7pm
Natural History Museum
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Three former parapsychology professors set up a unique ghost removal service in an old firehouse building in New York City, where they are called upon to rid the city of paranormal phenomenon at everyone's whim.... for a price.

Jazz for Kids

27th Oct
11am, 1.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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Introducing little ears to the world of jazz music these Jazz for Kids concerts are aimed at children of all ages and their families to enjoy. As part of our Festival of Film, join the jazziest members of Albert’s Band as they explore the amazing array of jazz music that has featured on the big screen!

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Half Term Events at the Royal Albert Hall

22nd October-27th October
Royal Albert Hall
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Discover our wide range of events to bring the family to during school half terms.

Space Descent with Tim Peake

From 24th March 2017
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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.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt

8th Sep - 24th Feb 2019
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This exhibition will explore the design and culture of videogames since the mid-2000s, investigating ground-breaking contemporary design work, creative and rebellious player communities and the political conversations that define this movement.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

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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.

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Thrills, Chills and Trills: Family Concert

27th October
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Join us at the Royal College of Music for a fun family concert exploring Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. Introduce your family to the full sound of an orchestra as dynamic presenter Fraser Trainer and the RCM Philharmonic take audiences on a spooky musical journey involving a love story, a spinning ballroom, a day in the countryside, a nightmare and a Witches' Sabbath.Suitable for ages 4+

We are Engineers Family Festival

20-28 October
11am-5pm
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Join us for a free family festival celebrating the exciting and diverse ways in which engineers change the world. Engineering is about more than just bridges and railway tracks. From buildings to body armour, engineers create amazing inventions to solve puzzling problems.

Up, Up and Away Storytelling

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Hot air balloons, gliders and flying suits will be brought to life in this fun, interactive storytelling session. Join us on a high-flying adventure through the clouds—then build your own beautiful flying machine.

Catapult Challenge Workshop

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Ever wanted to launch things across the museum? This is your chance! See how far you can launch your pompom in our catapult challenge. Put your skills to the test and you’ll be invading castles in no time!

Typhoon Force

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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
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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.

Discovery Motion Theatre: Legend of Apollo

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Based on the Apollo lunar landings, this film's exceptional 3D computer animation will fly you to the moon, where you can experience the sights and sounds of an Apollo expedition.

Fashioned from Nature

On til 27th Jan 2019
10am-5:30pm
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This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

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Create and Make

Last Sunday of every month
11-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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A drop-in workshop for families inspired by the museum and the exhibitions. Free but bookable, these informal sessions focus on design and making activities for children aged 5–11. Last Sunday of every month.

Get into Design Young People’s 3 Day Course Book now Young People’s Design Studio

22-24 October
10:30am-3:30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Design your own range of products inspired by the Beazley Designs of the Year exhibition; you’ll learn to work in a professional way by creating your own design studio and responding to an industry brief. Suitable for young people aged 12 to 19 years.

Footwear Design with Beatrix Ong MBE

25th October
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Learn basic principles of footwear design and create your own slippers with designer Beatrix Ong. This family activity requires a parent/guardian to attend with their child. Suitable for children aged 8-11 years.

Making Virtual Reality

28th October
1pm-4pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Get an exciting introduction to virtual reality and 3D experiences in this 3-hour hands-on making workshop for families. This family activity requires a parent/guardian to attend with their child. Suitable for children aged 8-11 years

October Half Term - Palace Princesses

21st - 26th Oct
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Kensington Palace
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Come and explore the home of famous princesses and see an exhibition of beautiful tiaras and and find out what it is like to be a princess by taking part in these fabulous family activities including storytelling and make your own royal headdress.

Family Festival: Explorers and Discoveries

23rd - 25th Oct
11 - 4.40pm
Natural History Museum
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Join a free family festival to make your own incredible discoveries. Make your way around the Orange Zone and drop-in on games, shows and events that inspire and entertain. Kids can build giant skeletons, get hands-on with real ocean specimens or become wildlife detectives.