Another school holiday is upon us, seemingly minutes after the new school year began! The autumn half term can be a tricky one for keeping kids entertained. The weather is becoming unpredictable and we need options of both indoor and outdoor activities to hand! If you’re in my part of the world you’re probably thinking about how to keep your kids occupied, and wondering about things to do during half term in North London.
The easy, top of mind option is to throw money at keeping busy. London is awash with things to do and there really is something for everyone, whatever your requirements.
A popular afternoon filler is taking the kids to the cinema. That can be an enjoyable experience (apart from the endless trips to the loo, wondering why you didn’t watch it on Netflix), but it’s 2 hours sitting in the dark with no interaction.
While that may be blessed relief for some, I’m reminded often that time rushes on and it’ll be just moments before they’re old enough to see we’re just not that cool!
So, why not do something more hands on and really make the most of the quality time with our cherubs? Yes, that includes the constant bickering, whining, fickleness, overtired tears and all.
And if we’re not careful, some of those tears will be ours! So many attractions are just so expensive!
With that in mind, there are some lovely places to explore without spending anything at all, at least in terms of entrance fees. Having said that, some venues are simply worth the admission fees several times over.
If you’re looking for things to do, here are just a few of my favourites:
A thoroughly charming outdoor space with a lovely blend of traditional and more recent play facilities and activities.
Kentish Town City Farm
A kids-focused animal experience where one might least expect it! Animals, vegetables and the outdoor life right here on our doorstep. This is one of several City Farms, each worth a visit across the numerous school holidays.
V&A Museum of Childhood
An amazing collection that may just be more fun for adults than for their children. So much to see and the cause of much reminiscence! Last time I checked, this was free admission also.
Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury
Considered by many to be one of the most child-friendly spaces in London, this one has to be checked out by those with children under 16. I’m not going to spoil it for you. You can find out more online before visiting.
A local favourite, there’s something for a wide variety of ages. A playground with great slides and climbing equipment, it’s simply a lovely outdoor space loved by the locals. This park is a hidden jewel. Just don’t tell anyone!
Still a fantastic place to visit for all the family. Many say this is one of the best museums in London. Under 18’s free with regular ticket prices of £18 with concessions available.
There are many more things to do during the half-term of course, and an honourable mention must go to both the Science Museum and Natural History Museum.
We then have a seemingly endless array of parks and open spaces to explore. With so much on the doorstep in London, it really is worth getting out and exploring everything we have on offer.