The Top 10 Things To Do In London This Winter – A Child’s Guide
This autumn, experience the history, adventure and all the enchanting events that London has to offer as we move through the fall into the Christmas season. Whether it’s a sleep over in the Natural History Museum among the Dinosaurs or a warming and deliciously gourmet cup of hot chocolate as you admire London’s famous fireworks, we have shortlisted our 10 favourite awesome autumn pastimes bound to capture all the family’s imagination.
- Night at the Museum – Sleep in History
Parents and children have the unique and rare opportunity to spend the night inside the world famous Natural History Museum. Arrive and be immediately absorbed by fascinating lectures about giant squid, octopus and other spineless wonders to then be led onto a bespoke T-shirt making workshop before finally a thrilling clue hunt around the dinosaur galleries before bed.
Web link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/dino-snores-for-kids.html
- Alexandra Palace – Fireworks Festival
Set against unrivaled panoramic views of London the fireworks display will illuminate the evening sky for an unforgettable experience. Bigger, brighter and including an epic laser show – this is the capital’s hottest bonfire night ticket for a reason. With an ice rink, family festival tent, fun fair, bonfire, live music and delicious food and drink this will be the best bonfire night yet.
Web link: http://www.fireworks.london/
- The Old Vic – A Christmas Carol
On a bitter Christmas Eve night, a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself.
Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late? Re-live the magic of Christmas through this uplifting story for families aged 11+, this essential festive treat is vividly brought to the stage in a big-hearted production full of music and cheer and headlined by Rhys Ifans.
- London Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
Visitors can enjoy Halloween themed activities, animal demonstrations and hands-on crafts, in addition to special Halloween versions of the zoo’s most popular animal talks, feeds and demonstrations. Enrol little devils in the Zoo’s Ghoul School, where they can dress up as their favourite Halloween character, learn how to ‘cast a spell’ and even try their hand at mummy-wrapping, before showing off their devilish disco moves at the Pumpkin Party. Creative critters can head to the Bat Cave to make mysterious masks or carve out creepy pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch.
Brave souls can listen to terrifying tales told by Spooky Story tellers, or get to grips with gruesome artefacts in the Grimm Curiosity Shop.
- The National Theatre – Pinocchio
On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean. This spectacular new production is brought to the stage by an extraordinary team including the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the writer of Matilda the Musical.
Featuring unforgettable music and songs from the Walt Disney film including I’ve Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish upon a Star in dazzling new arrangements, Pinocchio comes to life as never before.
- Imperial War Museum – HMS Belfast
Explore HMS Belfast and see what life was like aboard this floating city. Take the helm in the Captain’s chair and help recover a downed plane in an interactive game based on a real-life exercise. Keep a lookout up on the flag deck where you can get amazing 360-degree views of London, and delve deeper into the boiler and engine rooms 15ft below sea level.
HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, with a history that extends to the Arctic convoys, D-Day, the Cold War, Korea and beyond, travelling all over the world and battling extreme weather conditions.
During your visit, engage in a simulation of the Battle of North Cape in the Gun Turret Experience and then learn more about this battle along with HMS Belfast’s other major engagements in the War and Peace exhibition. Take a shot at running the ship through the Pony Express exercise in the interactive Operations Room, the nerve centre and brain of HMS Belfast.
Web link: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast
7. Warner Brothers Studios – Harry Potter
Discover the secrets behind enchanted floating pumpkins and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. From Sunday 1st October – Sunday 12th November, fans of Death Eaters, daring duels and Hallowe’en feasts are invited to delve deeper than ever before into the Dark Arts as we host a special feature dedicated to the darker side of the Harry Potter film series.
New for 2017, the iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Created by Head Propmaker on all the Harry Potter films, Pierre Bohanna, the pumpkins are modelled on those found in Hagrid’s pumpkin patch in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are hand-carved by the Prop Making Department so no two are alike.
The Great Hall tables will also be laden with a Hallowe’en feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. After learning wand combat moves in an interactive experience with Wand Choreographer, Paul Harris, you are invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot. Demonstrating how a crowd scene like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, you will test out your newly learned wand techniques as you are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge.
As part of the feature, the original Death Eater costumes from the film series will be on display allowing you to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks. During production, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s followers each wore a unique mask, handmade by the Prop Making Department that was designed to reflect their personality.
Web link: https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/home
- Hampton Court Palace – The Great Palace Quest
The Great Palace Quest is a fun interactive activity trail map that takes families on a time-travelling voyage of discovery exploring Hampton Court Palace searching for the Palace Quest code word! The quest will involve participating in fun puzzles, games, crafts and meeting characters from the past.
Collect your trail map on arrival at the palace to begin your own palace quest mission. This October half term in the Great Palace Quest we will be: making our own scented pomanders, trying on Tudor costumes, meeting characters from the past and completing palace puzzles.
- Hampstead Heath – All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk and Show
You might need to trick and/or treat your dog to get them into a Halloween costume, but those whose pups don’t mind fancy dress may be well rewarded following this charity walk in aid of All Dogs Matter – there are prizes for the best dressed dogs.
And if they’re having none of it? There are prizes for owners, too. A raffle and the prize-giving will follow at The Spaniards Inn. Entrants must arrive by 11.00am, the walk starts at 12pm, and all proceeds go to the All Dogs Matter charity.
A brand new day time, mash-up of festival fun for the whole family. It’s the ultimate event for kids with a line-up of big names, top DJs, a soft play room, The Disco Ball Games, live stage performances, hosts, confetti mayhem, neon craft, Glow Chill Room, PlayGlow toys, UV tattoo station and the chance for little ones and their adults to take to the dance floor with Rave-A-Roo resident artists Go!Go!Go! Electro as seen on Nick Jr.
Web link: http://www.rave-a-roo.com/