Seems like the new academic year has just begun; now, the lil tikes will be on half-term break in October.  Are you ready? I can hardly wait! We have been having rainy spells. So, whatever you plan consider having a few indoor alternatives. The break comes in the run up to Halloween. If you celebrate, spending that time off to prepare for the big day is an option. We don’t celebrate as such but if the kids have an opportunity to carve a pumpkin then I allow them to.  I’m not sure what we’ll get up to yet but I’ve created a list which I thought I’d share with you. Top picks for October half-term 2019.

Naturewatch

Come October half-term, autumn will be in full swing. It’s a wonderful opportunity for little ones to get outdoors to observe the changes in nature.  Nature watching allows children to have sensory and imaginative play outdoors.  Believe it or not, there are places in London to observe the seasonal change such as the London Wetlands Centre . In the burbs, Sutton’s Ecology Centre will be hosting Dream Jars & Giants Halloween Trail. Further afield,  at Hever Castle, former home of young Anne Boylene, there’s also Halloween themed fun.

Not all schools go on half-term at the same time. If you’re half-term starts week starts last week in October why not visit Claremont Landscape Garden in Epsom. You may remember that my family and I visited during Heritage Open Day. It was a sensational day out. During half-term, kids in fancy dress get into the garden for free! Their scheduled activities include Pumpkin Carving, Potion Making Trail and more.

Civil Engineering

I enjoy showing the kids how things in their world work.  Civil engineering is particularly fascinating. Seeing how humankind harnessed materials and the elements for the advancement for civilisation is mind-blowing. Ever since I found out you go inside Tower Bridge, it has been on my list of places to visit. Coming up later this month is the Big Draw in October! Perfect little lovers of art and drawing. The view is sure to be amazing. Another treasure is the Thames Water Sewage Treatment Plant in Abbey Wood. They will hosting a Family Open Day which gives an opportunity to see the buildings and engines. On this occasion you will see Prince Consort, in steam

October his not just about Halloween, it’s also Black History Month in the UK. The Museum on Docklands is running events to mark the occasion. Additionally, there’s the exhibition entitled Secret Rivers. Last term Ang’s topic was transportation; although this term is The Abyss I thought this exhibition might be interesting to view to view to tie the pieces together as it were.

 

Storytime

Stories can come from the written word or arts or crafts. If I give my children only one gift I want to be the lesson of the power of words. Stories allow children’s imagination to soar and see themselves doing amazing things. You never know, that imagination and those dreams  could feed into their future selves.

Some years ago, the kids and I visited the Discover Story Centre in Stratford, East London. It’s was a magical experience and I’m been planning to return ever since. During half-term upcoming events for 4+years include Storytelling with Rashmi Sirdeshpande. Meanwhile at family activities at the Dulwich Picture Gallery will include shadowy portraits and telling stories with light.

Entry fees may apply for some of the events. Refer to their websites for further details.

What have you got planned? Feel free to share in the comment box below.

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