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Keep the kids occupied this half term

Date Posted: 22/10/14

Keep the kids occupied this half term

Half term in England starts next week, and one question will undoubtedly be dominating the minds of parents: How am I going to keep the little munchkins entertained for a whole nine days? There's no need to panic, however - SuperBreak is here to solve the problem with a list of fantastic ideas for attractions that are taking place next week in London that are both family friendly and great fun to enjoy. Take a look below and see if you're inspired.

See the animals at London Zoo

London's spectacular zoo is a world-famous institution and it will be hosting a whole week of fantastic goings-on during the half-term holiday. Starting from October 25th, there will be a range of spooky events for Halloween, with opportunities to learn about some of the deadliest and scariest animals on our planet. Meet bats and rats - both staples of the classic horror film formula - and enter the Black Widow's lair.

The Zoological Society London is also participating in The Big Draw festival for half term, with visitors encouraged to try their hand at sketching when they visit certain areas such as the aquarium or the bug house.

Enjoy a show on the West End

The West End is currently bursting to the brim with family friendly shows. From long-standing favourites such as The Phantom of the Opera to Roald Dahl tales Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda retold live on the stage, the choice available is quite astounding.

If you're looking for something suitable for Halloween, Wicked is the obvious choice, with its witch-led re-telling of The Wizard of Oz, colourful sets and catchy numbers such as Defying Gravity. Otherwise, go down the Disney road and take them to see the Lion King, which recently celebrated 15 years on London's dynamic theatre scene.

Families with very young children don't need to feel excluded - consider puppetry wonders including The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Cindermouse, taking place at the Puppet Theatre Barge and the Little Angel Theatre respectively.

Witness the impact of World War I

Join London in commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, with plenty of experiences that are both educational for children and fascinating for adults. Whether you're observing the sea of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London (there will be one for every life taken once they've finished being planted) or getting a close-up view of unique war artefacts at the Imperial War Museum, there is plenty of opportunity to experience the impact of one of the largest upheavals in world history.

Escape the rain in London's museums

The capital's rich cultural scene includes a plethora of museums, many of which not only welcome children but have specific exhibitions geared towards them. A visit to the Science Museum, for example, guarantees plenty of interactivity for participants both young and old. And the Natural History Museum includes a number of individual exhibits - such as the famous giant T-Rex skeleton - that the kids will remember for years to come. The Cartoon Museum and the Museum of London, which is currently advertising a special event based entirely around children's favourite Paddington Bear, are also good bets for families.

Posted by Vikki Stathers

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