Half term in London: Great activities for all the family

Take the children to see The Many Whoops of Whoops Town at the Lyric Hammersmith this half term. Take the children to see The Many Whoops of Whoops Town at the Lyric Hammersmith this half term.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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There is plenty to do in London over half term. Here’s our pick of some of the best for all the family.

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Head to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

A year on from the London 2012 Games, the north of the Olympic Park has reopened, and is holding events for children and families this half term.

The Timber Lodge will host a range of exciting activities and events to keep everyone entertained, from an African mini market where visitors are invited to take part in a free African drumming workshop to thrilling Halloween-themed children’s arts and crafts and drama workshops.

Children of all ages and abilities are also invited to take part in exhilarating sporting activities and challenges at the Copper Box Arena. Young ones will be kept entertained and active while trying out the variety of sports on offer including basketball, tennis, indoor athletics and football. Visitors have the option of either attending drop-in sessions or spending a full fun-filled day at the Arena.

Activities take place from Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Whoop and holler

The Lyric Hammersmith is hosting award-winning company Look Left Look Right’s new show, The Many Whoops of Whoops Town.

The show is part of the Family Arts Festival, from the Family Arts Campaign, a large-scale, collaborative initiative which aims to increase the amount and quality of arts experiences available to families.

The Many Whoops of Whoops Town is on from October 29 to November 2.

Explore the River Thames

City Cruises is offering families a special deal on its River Red Rover tickets this half term.

Up to three children (normally priced at £8.50) can travel for free when a River Red Rover family ticket is booked. The ticket is a hop-on-hop-off ticket which enables families to make the most of the river throughout the day.

City Cruises is also introducing Guy Fox Explorer’s Maps on board throughout half-term. Packed with colour, pictures and fun facts, these maps bring the Thames to life, with many answers available from City Cruises’ own lively commentary.

The River Red Rover sightseeing cruise takes in the best of London’s skyline, including the London Eye, Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. The shortest trips last between 20-30 minutes, while the full experience takes guests on a three-hour round trip from Westminster to Greenwich, and back again.

A family River Red Rover ticket is £34.00 for two adults and up to three children aged between five and 16, with children under give going free.

Go to the symphony

Not something solely for grown-ups, the symphony is opening its doors to children this half term.

LSO Discovery, the London Symphony Orchestra’s award-winning community and music education programme, presents a number of events as part of the inaugural Family Arts Festival at the Barbican and LSO St Luke’s.

Highlights include the LSO Discovery Family Concert Witches, on Sunday, October 27, which invites families with seven to 12-year-olds to join Rachel Leach in exploring a Halloween-themed programme, including excerpts from Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre and John Williams’ Harry Potter, conducted by Timothy Redmond. Pre-concert workshops in the foyers allow children to compose their own music with LSO musicians and create themed props.

Events continue into November.

Make shadow puppets

Head to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich to create a shadow puppet inspired by tea clipper’s journeys to India and see it come to life in your very own puppet show.

The drop-in workshop takes place on October 31 at 11.30am and 2pm and is suitable for all ages.

Admission charges apply, but activities are free on entry.

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