What’s On this Half Term

Make the most of being in London this half term with these 5 fun things to do with your children:

1. Storystock Fairytale Day at Kings Place

We’re great fans of Storystock, the travelling circus of stories that pops up at festivals and various London locations during half terms and school holidays. Catch their magical Fairytale Day on 19th October  at Kings Place in Kings Cross. There’s Arabian Nights at 11.30am and 1.30pm for ages 5+ and Goldilocks at 10am and 11.15am for ages 6 months – 3 years. Plus lots of wonderful dressing up and stories. Book ahead, storystock.co.uk

2. Leonardo da Vinci: Masterpieces of Motion at Windsor Castle

Bring the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to life with this immersive show for young people. Masterpieces of Motion will combine curation, dramatisation and dance set against the backdrop of Windsor Palace’s State Apartments. Six dancers (choreographed by Edwin Ray, one of Matthew Borne’s leads) and actors will respond to the world of Leonardo through movement, storytelling and poetry. Plus the chance to see six original drawings that inspired the performance up-close. Ages 7+, 25 October – 3 November 7pm-8.30pm. rct.uk

3. Beasts of London at the Museum of London

Fleas, rats, lions and pigeons…explore the history of London from Roman times up to the present day through the animals that live here. An immersive experience for all ages, the animals’ voices might sound a little familiar – Kate Moss, Brian Blessed, Angelica Bell and Stephen Mangan are just some of the Londoners involved in the show. Open until 5 January, museumoflondon.org.uk

4. Fairytale Trail at the Southbank’s Literature Festival 

Catch lots of free events at the Southbank as part of London Literature Festival this October. We love the sound of Anasi Rhythms, a Ghanaian drumming workshop inspired by a cheeky spiderman, plus Baba Yaga, a new take on the Russian folklore. There will be lunchtime storytelling sessions, dance, play and music and the Fairytale Trail runs all week. 21-27 October southbankcentre.co.uk

5. Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson (b.1967), Your uncertain shadow (colour), 2010, HMI lamps (green, orange, blue, magenta), glass, aluminium, transformers, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Photo: María del Pilar García Ayensa/ Studio Olafur Eliasson, © 2010 Olafur Eliasson

Our top pick of London’s current exhibitions for a family outing. There’s so much that will appeal to children – an enormous moss-covered wall, a rainbow cloud of drizzle, a long fog-filled corridor and even tiny ones will appreciate the sensory elements. The whole show is immersive: play with your shadows on the wall and with your reflection as you pass through a fractured mirror-tunnel. Get there as soon as it opens and book a timed ticket ahead – under 12’s go free. Until 5 Jan 2010 tate.org.uk

— Daisy Allsup
9th October 2019