Half-term and Halloween Hacks for all the Family
The October half-term break usually offers up a wealth of fun and informative family-friendly places to visit. From museum exhibitions to pumpkin hunts, it can be a whirlwind of events. This year, we know it’s all a little bit different due to the many and varied restrictions across the UK. Some children are already back at school and others may not be able to travel, so the Learntinue team have come up with some alternative activities in the lead-up to the Halloween weekend.
1. Museum Visits
Learntinue loves the Horniman Museum in south London, which not only celebrates global culture and diversity, but is big on welcoming younger visitors. The gardens and crazy golf course offer hours of outdoor enjoyment, while this week’s ‘Where’s Wally?’ event will get everyone exploring the galleries and exhibitions. If you are planning on going, make sure you check out the free, and socially distanced Mary Seacole storytelling sessions. This family-friendly music and poetry tribute to the British-Jamaican nurse of the 1800’s is part of Black History Month and will be held in the gardens.
2. Online Museum Tours and Activities
Can’t get to a museum, gallery, or historic building? Then get involved online. Many museums have really stepped up their digital game and many of the supporting resource kits are free to download.
The Natural History Museum has gone out of its way to provide a satisfying and creative online experience. The word ‘boring!’ will never be heard while they’re making an origami T-rex, creating a mini-volcano, or exploring the online gallery for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020.
The other great thing about online visits is that the virtual world is at your disposal. From the Boston Children’s Museum to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, you can roam the halls and stare at portraits for as long as you like, all without getting tired legs or having to keep two metres apart.
3. Outdoors Activities
Fed up with being indoors? Before the weather gets really cold, there’s loads to do all over the UK without breaking current regulations. The best of the bunch of paid-for activities include some spooky Halloween fun at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, ice skating at Cornwall’s Eden Project and the one for all budding actors and directors, the Midsummer Night’s Dream Family workshop, at the Globe Theatre.
4. Autumn Trails
If you and the family are keen to spend time outside but without spending too much money, there are plenty of nature trails to check out. Rather than just sticking your wellies and anorak on and hoping for the best, planning a seasonal scavenger hunt for pine cones, conkers and leaves adds some interest, or how about taking a sketch pad and camera to capture those autumnal colours and animals before they go into hibernation? The fun doesn’t stop there. Once nature’s treasures are back home, there’s pebbles to be painted, leaves to be dried and collages to be mounted.
5. Do not forget the Pumpkin
Here at Learntinue, we couldn’t talk about outdoor activities in the October half-term without mentioning pumpkin picking. There are plenty of places (and patches) the length and breadth of Britain for both adults and kids to find the perfect Halloween vegetable. Check out this ultimate guide for venues, picking prices and details of extra activities to make the day and pre-Halloween week frighteningly good fun.
Coming soon… while door-to-door trick or treating is probably off the Halloween fun menu for 2020, we’re not letting that get us down. Come back to Learntinue on Friday for some unmissable ideas on alternative Halloween activities. We’ll also be sharing some ideas on what to do with your pumpkins and how to make sure none of it goes to waste once the witches and ghoulies have left the haunted building.