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October half term ideas

Stephen Freer

Museums and attractions are making sure that youngsters will have plenty to keep them busy during the Autumn half term.

Many of the local museums are offering hands-on exhibits and spooky entertainment for the whole family.

Rather than stare at the tele all day, why not visit the Unicorn Theatre. The two plays on this half-term are Perseus and The Cat's Journey. Perseus is an exciting and physical tale from ancient Greece for young adults, and The Cat's Journey is the story of a young girl's amazing journey with her pet cat, for ages two and up. With its Frizzante Cafe, the Unicorn is a good option on a rainy day.

The learning doesn't have to stop just because school is out. Both the Florence Nightingale Museum and The Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret are fun and educational options. At the museum dedicated to the world's most famous nurse, handle medical objects and try on clothes from the Nightingale nurses and Crimean soldiers. Stop by on Saturday and Sunday for trails and prizes. Kids can also discover the medicine of the past at the Old Operating Theatre. Learn about disgusting cures in Hands On: Pills, Potions, Poisons, or gruesome operations in Victorian Surgery.

For a more spooky experience, try Nasty Navies onboard HMS Belfast and Creepy Cruises at the London Eye. Belfast will have spooky stories and family friendly drama. Check out the London Eye River Cruise experience for chilling facts and wicked tales of local history.

Check out our Family events section for many more ideas.

Friday 27 October
Waterloo Swimming Club's first swim together is on Friday at 10.15am. Meet in the cafe at the Oasis leisure centre, 32 Endell Street, LONDON, WC2H 9AG. Kids under 16 go for free from 10am-2pm during half term, with splash hour in the indoor pool from 10.30-11.30am. Adults cost 3.45. Everybody is welcome especially competent adult swimmers who can help supervise the kids. Information from Abigail Tripp, Waterloo Swimming Club, c/o Family Links, 99 Upper Ground SE1 9PP, [email protected] or 07792 471115.

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