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, pop-up events, workshops, great exhibitions and so much more...

Royal Photographic Society’s Science Photographer of the Year

7th Oct - 5th Jan
Science Museum
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A series of striking photographs of science in action will go on display at the Science Museum as part of the Royal Photographic Society’s inaugural Science Photographer of the Year competition. The exhibition showcases extraordinary, breathtaking images of science in action.

Beazley Designs of the Year

On until 9th Feb 2020
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Discover the most innovative designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design from the past 12 months, as nominated by the public and design experts from around the world.

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Investigate for Families

Til 14th Feb 2020
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Natural History Museum
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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.

Albert Oehlen

2nd Oct - 12th Jan 2020
Serpentine Galleries
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Albert Oehlen is one of the most innovative and significant artists working today. He has been a key figure in contemporary art since the 1980s. Through expressionist brushwork and surrealist gestures, he engages with the history of painting, pushing its essential components to bold new extremes.

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Art Club

Thursdays
4pm
Institut français
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Explore art history and get your paint brushes ready with these hands-on workshops. We recommend booking the whole semester in advance to ensure participants can learn, enjoy and create in the best conditions.

Secrets Unravelled

12th Oct - 10th Nov
12.30pm & 3.30pm
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In this hands-on workshop, you’ll get to create your very own scytale cypher and put your codebreaking skills to the test.

Pop-Up Performance: Autumn 2019

Every Saturday til 23rd Nov
11am - 3.30pm
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Celebrate Diwali with lively storytelling. Step back in time to the workshop of the famous designer, William Morris. Dress up and dance 1980s style.

Drop-in Design: Autumn 2019

Every Sunday til 24th Nov
10.30am - 5pm
V&A
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On Sundays, pick up a design brief and bring your creative ideas to life with the Drop-in Design team.

Babies Corner 0-4

19th Oct, 6th & 16th Nov
11am
Institut français
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Read, play, sing, grow! Whether you love drawing, reading, clapping or dancing there will be something to enjoy on Wednesdays & Saturdays!

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

18th Oct 2018 - 31st May 2020
Natural History Museum
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The fifty-fifth Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will immerse you in the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behaviour and get to know extraordinary species, exhibited on 100 stunning lightbox displays.

October Half Term Events

19th Oct - 27th Oct
Kensington Palace
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Join Queen Victoria this half term and express yourself through photography, music and fashion. Meet Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise or follow Victoria's story trail.

The Spy -ence Show

19th Oct - 3rd Nov
1.30pm & 3pm
Science Museum
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Join in this interactive science show where you will explore the wonders of sending messages, breaking codes and keeping secrets. Suitable for 6+

Family Fun at Leighton House Museum

7th Sept, 19th Oct, 23rd Nov
2pm
Leighton House Museum
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Join our family programme and special events for children at Leighton House Museum, a unique and opulent Victorian palace of art. Including an embroidery workshop (Sept), calligraphy workshop (Oct) and a textiles map making workshop. Age 7-11.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

19th Oct - 12th Jan 2020
10am - 9pm
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. 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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Games Lab: Video Games & Apps 6-12

19th Oct, 9th & 30th Nov
2.30pm
Institut français
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Discover a series of playful, recreational & instructional digital sessions, where we explore the potential that video games and apps may hold. Expect new games and a new console!

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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.

Chill & Play Rug: October Half Term

20th - 25th Oct, 27th Oct
10.30am - 5pm
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Join the green rug area and play with shapes, patterns and textures or enjoy reading time with your family and friends. Recommended for families with younger children or those who need quiet time. Inspired by the Marry Quant exhibition.

The Imagination Station

20th - 25th Oct, 27th Oct
10.30am - 5pm
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Pick up a trail from The Imagination Station and hunt for shapes and patterns across the museum. Developed in collaboration with a visual designer Bethan Durie. Inspired by the Mary Quant exhibition.

The Big Draw Festival Pop-Up Tent

21st - 23rd Oct
10am - 4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Spot the fabulous pop-up creative space which will be appearing at different locations along Exhibition Road, as part of The 2019 Big Draw Festival. All ages are invited to join us and Art UK for fun drawing and sculpture activities!

The Big Draw Festiva - Drop-in drawing

21st - 25th Oct
11am - 5pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Drop-in during Big Draw week and create your own drawings inspired by their current exhibition, Inside/Out: Jiro Takamatsu and Keiji Uematsu in conversation. Make use of the materials provided to draw and sketch freely for as long as you want! All materials will be provided. Suitable for all ages.

Orbit: A Journey Around Earth in Real Time

21st Oct - 5 Jan 2020
Natural History Museum
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Embark on a journey around Earth as seen by astronauts on board the International Space Station, in a real-time Ultra High Definition video reconstructed from time-lapse photography sourced from NASA archives. Drop-in.

Albert's Band Presents: Our 10th Birthday Party

21st Oct
12pm, 2.30pm
Royal Albert Hall
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To celebrate a decade of Albert’s Band running family concerts at the Hall, join our colourful troupe of musicians for a relaxed family-friendly birthday party in the Elgar Room. The orchestra will be playing all of their favourite interactive tunes and having a jolly good time.

Pop-up Performance: October Half Term

21st - 25th Oct
11am - 3.30pm
V&A
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Enter the wonderful world of Wendy and the Wallpaper Cat, with playful puppets and marvellous music. Created and performed by Lisa O’Hanlon and Dan Willis & inspired by the V&A book.

Make-it: October Half Term

21st-25th Oct
10.30-4.30pm
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Monday to Wednesday, work with textile designer Yemi Awosile and learn about patterns and printmaking. Thursday to Friday, join visual designer Bethan Durie and create your own illustrated textile panel.

Discovery Day - Hair-Raising Halloween

23rd Oct
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in and take part in a host of free creepy crawly Halloween themed activities including Dare to investigate ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches' Den, explore hair-raising nature trail, discovering fascinating facts along the way, create a potion using herbs and plants from the garden, build a bat box to take home

Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids

23rd Oct
11am & 2pm
Royal Albert Hall
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SK Shlomo is a world record-breaking beatboxer who makes all kinds of music using just his mouth and a mic. Join this sonic superhero and become one of his sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music, whether you’re aged 1 or 101!

Tibet: Sacred Landscapes

23rd - 30th Oct
10am - 5pm
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
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A photographic exhibition leads the visitor through the magnificent landscape of Tibet into the heart of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, where the monks will be making a Sand Mandala.

The Big Draw Festival - Experimental drop-in drawing workshops

24th-25th Oct
11am - 1pm & 2 - 4pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Have a go at a variety of experimental drawing styles and techniques. This is a family-friendly drop-in workshop suitable for all ages. No booking required and all materials provided.

Discovery Day - Hair-Raising Halloween 2

24th Oct
11am - 3pm
Hyde Park
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Drop in and take part in a host of free creepy crawly Halloween themed activities including Dare to investigate ‘feely boxes’ in the Witches' Den, explore hair-raising nature trail, discovering fascinating facts along the way, create a potion using herbs and plants from the garden, build a bat box to take home

Designing Hey Duggee

25th - 28th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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Dive into the design process behind this colourful CBeebies animated series through a friendly and accessible display .Explore the eye-catching graphics, bright colours, composition and typography.

Classical for Kids -Heroic Horn

26th 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 Albert’s Band.

The Big Draw - Digital Graffiti Wall

26th Oct
12-8pm
The Royal Society of Sculptors
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Unleash your inner street artist with an interactive digital graffiti wall! Experiment with a number of engaging and interactive artistic features such as stencils, different paint effects, animated images and creative shapes to produce unique and exciting pieces of artwork.. Suitable for all ages. Drop-in event,

Fly 360°

Open Daily
10am - 5pm
Science Museum
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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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery

Daily
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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.

Typhoon Force

Daily
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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.

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.

The Case of the Missing Parrot

12th Oct - 3rd Nov
11.15am
Science Museum
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Solve clues as you travel across the lands and sail the seas in this fun, interactive, storytelling. Help bring Penny the Parrot back to safety! Ages 6 and under.

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Sound in Mind: Yuri Suzuki

Daily
10am-5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Sound artist, Yuri Suzuki, showcases past works and new interactive pieces that demonstrate his creative practice, exploring how we navigate and connect to the surrounding world through sound, and how new technologies can be made more relatable through novel implementations of sound design.

RCM Sparks Family Concert: Elgar's Variation

26th Oct
2pm
Royal College of Music
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Join presenter Rachel Leach and the RCM Philharmonic as they perform Elgar's Enigma Variations. Meet Elgar's friends, explore instruments, themes and engaging musical extracts with guaranteed audience participation. Can you solve the Enigma? Age 4+

Family Create

26th Oct
11.30am
Royal College of Music
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Suitable for all the family. Drop-in events will take place one hour before the concert, including arts and crafts, try-out-an-instrument sessions, compose your own musical portrait, take a selfie with Elgar's bust from the RCM Museum, and even meet Elgar himself!

Ignite and Explore Workshop: Elgar Enigma Variations

21st Oct
9.30am
Royal College of Music
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Kick off half-term with a fun, practical workshop exploring Elgar’s famous Enigma Variations. With plenty of opportunities to play instruments, sing and get creative, this is a great opportunity to get familiar with the music before the RCM Sparks Family Concert on 26 October. Ages 7-11

Sparks Fly Circus and Science Festival

22nd - 27th Oct
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RBKC are presenting science engagement activities & circus shows outside on Kensington Town Square. Includes shows, workshops and circus skills. Free, drop-in and for all ages.