Things To Do this Half Term

Kids Cookery at 26 Grains

Alex Hely-Hutchinson, founder of 26 Grains,  will be running two interactive cooking workshops for ages 6-12 this half term. Learn how to make sweet and savoury porridge at their heavenly cafe in Neals Yard. 22 and 23 October 4.30-5.30pm, £5 per child, email to book.

Dilili in Paris at Ciné Lumière 

A new film for children but just as appealing for adults from award-winning Michel Ocelot. Dilili in Paris is the story of a little girl arriving in turn-of-the-century Paris from the South Pacific. Watch her explore the city of lights, meeting heroes along the way from Claude Monet to Marcel Proust whilst attempting to solve the mystery of the Master-Men, who have been kidnapping children and stealing jewels. 95 minutes, English with French subtitles, ages 8+. Saturday, 20 October at Ciné Lumière, 12.45pm.

Children’s Afternoon Tea with Daunt Books at The Langham Hotel










From 22nd October onwards in association with nearby Daunt Books, The Langham Hotel are offering a special Children’s Afternoon Tea.  On the launch day they have a special event with Emma Chichester Clark, author and illustrator of the Blue Kangaroo series who will be reading from these and her Three Little Monkeys book which she illustrated for author Quentin Blake. The tea itself is interactive: there are jigsaw puzzle sandwiches to un-piece and a cake to assemble into the shape of a dog.  After the tea, children are invited to choose a book from the specially curated mini-library which they are given in a Daunt tote bag. Ages 3-12. Price: £29 per child.  Teas available from midday to 5.30pm.  To book, visit or call 020 7636 1000.

Harvest Festival at The Garden Museum

Go out into the garden and dig something up in the vegetable patch, learning along the way about what’s growing in October. Tuesday 23rd October the theme is Roots, so work with beetroot, celeriac, jerusalem artichoke and carrots to make beetroot burgers, root veg bake and more. On Wednesday 23rd October it’s Brassicas – so use broccoli, kale and cabbage to make cauliflower cheese, cavalo nero crisps and kale and apple cake. And finally, on Thursday 25th October the focus is on Curcurbita – use butternut and other squashes to make courgette spaghetti with pesto and pumpkin muffins. 22-24 October, 11am – 1.30pm. Ages 6-10, tickets £3, book early

Make a Poppy at the National Army Museum

The recently-renovated National Army Museum is brilliant for kids. Visit on the 21 October and join a craft workshop and learn how to make a paper poppy and plant it in the Remembrance Garden to mark the centenary of WW1. 21 October, 10.30am – 1pm and 2 – 4.30pm, free

Theatre in the Temperate House at Kew Gardens

This October half term meet Siyanda, Protector of Plants and enjoy an immersive theatrical experience of live music, puppetry and performance in the newly opened Temperate House. In collaboration with award-winning Theatre Rites, Siyanda the guardian of the glasshouse will lead children on a journey through the space telling stories about the plants and where they come from. Price included in the cost of a ticket to Kew, 20 – 28 October, 11am, noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm drop-in. All ages

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Savoy 

A special children’s afternoon tea arrives at the Savoy this half term as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of Judith Kerr’s classic. The Savoy’s first ever children’s tea will include sandwiches, tiger striped scones and playful cakes inspired by the tea that Sophie and her mummy shared visiting the tiger. Ages 5 -12, £40 per child, Monday – Friday 8 October – 31 December 2018, To book call the Savoy on 020 7420 2111.

And a reminder that there’s Storystock, the circus of stories at Battersea Power Station from 22-24 October.

— Daisy Allsup
17th October 2018