Fun things to do with the family this Halloween & October half-term

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Wow! October half-term is already here!

I really can’t believe how quickly time flies. It’s also been a little while since I last posted on here and it’s simply because it’s been really busy at home. I currently have two part-time jobs which is making everything a little hard to juggle at home. It’s been so long since I last cooked a decent meal (the kids aren’t complaining – they are loving the amount of chicken nuggets and chips they can consume weekly.)

So between the two jobs, looking after the kids, lesson planning for kids yoga and self-studying yin yoga and keeping up with my own practice, I’ve found time to sit on the computer and type up this post. Simply because there’s SO many great things to do this October half-term and leading up to Halloween I wanted to share my favourite event with you guys. We will be attending most of these events – you can find a more comprehensive list on things to do on Time Out and Babes About Town so be sure to check them out too. I love reading the posts on Babes About Town because it’s very family-orientated.

So without further ado, here’s my list of fun things to do with the family this Halloween & half-term break:

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Painting on a Pumpkin workshop

Where: V&A Childhood Museum
Dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 October

Times: 10.40, 12.30 & 14.40 (80 mins)
Price: £7 per child
Use an unusual canvas to paint on… a pumpkin! Inspired by the Big Draw Festival’s theme, “Drawn to Life”, create a painting on a pumpkin with help from artist, Amy Brown to take home. Suitable for children aged 4+

For more details or to book visit their Eventbrite listing: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/painting-on-a-pumpkin-workshop-tickets-73580883403

Here’s a few photos of our pumpkin paintings from when we attended the event:

 


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Paint your own Halloween Pottery workshop

Where: ARTFIX Cafe, Shewsbury House
Date: Tuesday 22 October
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Price: £12.50
Come along for some half term fun!! There will be a choice of Halloween themed pottery pieces including pumpkins, monsters, or I can help turn your handprints on a plate into Dracula, a Witch, a Spider, the list is endless.

The workshop costs £12.50 and will include one pottery piece each, all paints etc and Daniella on hand for help. Booking is essential by email or DM. A £5 deposit will be requested.

To book or for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/artfix-cafe-at-shrewsbury-house/halloween-pottery-painting-at-artfix-cafe-shrewsbury-house/523826351720522/


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Pick Your Own Pumpkin on a pumpkin patch

Where: Stanhill Farm, Dartford
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: See website for more details
Price: free entry, for the maize maze it’s £6 per person (free for under 4s)
Forget BYOB, it’s all about PYOP (pick your own pumpkin!) Grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the patch where you will find a huge array of pumpkins in various different sizes. It is also a great chance for a photo opportunity, surrounded by a sea of autumnal, orange colour! There are two maize mazes – the main one which takes around 1.5hrs to complete or a mini-maze that takes around 20-30mins to complete.

For more details: https://www.stanhillfarm.co.uk/pumpkin-patch

Here are a few photos of our day out to the pumpkin patch:


Where: Foxes Farm – Basildon or Colchester
Dates: Tuesday 22 – Thursday 31 October

Times: 10am til 5pm
Price: free entry, optional £3pp for entry to the corn maze
Head down to one of the two pumpkin patches owned by Foxes Farm – you can choose from Basildon or Colchester. Both patches have an 8-acre corn maze and loads of pumpkins to choose from. No need to book either, you simply just turn up! They accept both cash and card but do check their website for farm closures due to the weather. Be aware, they do not allow dogs onto their farms.

For more details visit: https://www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/pumpkin-patch/


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Enjoy a frightfully fun Halloween Party

Where: The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula
Date: Thursday 24 October
Time: 12-4pm
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out!

Come dressed in your Halloween best for witchy crafts and ghoulish games on Greenwich Peninsula. Get involved in some autumnal arts and crafts then head along The Tide in search of tricks or treats. Head back to the Jetty and spend the afternoon listening to a spooky story with a warm drink and snack from Hej – The Jetty’s resident café. All are welcome, but parents must accompany their children for the afternoon of fun.

http://jetty.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/whats-on/halloween-at-the-jetty/


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Try your hand at Pumpkin Carving

Where: Lewisham Shopping Centre
Dates: Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October
Times: 10.30am til 4pm
Price: Free
This Half Term, head to Central Square at Lewisham Shopping Centre for some FREE spooky fun. From 24th to 26th October, we’re holding a Pumpkin Party in the centre. You’ll be able to carve pumpkins to take home, and don’t forget to have your picture taken in the stocks too.

Get your picture taken in the stocks and post it to @lewishamcentre on Twitter & @lewisham_shopping_centre on Instagram using the hashtag #snappedinthestocks to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of spooky gifts from selected retailers – woop woop!

Find more info here: https://lewishamshopping.co.uk/terms/whats-categories/events

Here are some photos of our day out to the pumpkin carving at Lewisham Shopping Centre:


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Go on a Witch Hunt at Cutty Sark Gardens

Where: Cutty Sark Gardens
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: 1-4pm
Price: Free
Its a hunt for witches around Cutty Sark Gardens! With a clues sheet and small prize for each successful participant, enjoy this fun activity with the whole family. Suitable for children aged 7+

For more info or to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/witch-hunt-at-cutty-sark-gardens-as-part-of-the-halloween-market-tickets-76436608955


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Watch a spooktacular movie: The Addams Family

Where: cinemas nationwide
Date: Friday 25 October
Time: various

We are soooo looking forward to this movie release! We’re keeping an eye out on all cinema websites but it seems as though tickets are yet to be on sale so that means no pre-order which is a shame. We will most likely be watching at our local ODEON Greenwich cinema or at our favourite VUE Eltham cinema. It’s definitely going to be a big hit for all families looking for a spooky fun film to watch next week and running up to Halloween.


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Go on a Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt

Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street
Date: Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 October
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: Free

Enjoy a spooktacular trip to our brand-new confectionary space on LG at Selfridges Oxford Street, London on either the 29, 30 or 31 October. Our ghoulish treats – including squishy body-parts sweeties and crunch skeleton biscuits (thanks Biscuiteers) – are sure to delight. Simply drop in and collect a map from our WOW Kiosk and you’re good to go.

Event is free but booking is required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/petrifying-pumpkin-hunt-oxford-street-london-tickets-76215997099


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Enjoy an arty crafty Halloween party in Greenwich

Where: The Forum at Christ Church, East Greenwich
Date: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 October
Time: 10am to 12pm / 2pm to 4 pm
Price: Free for under 6 months, £7.50 for 6-12 months, £15 for 1-5yrs

Toddlers and young children will have a fang-tastic time at this soft play party session. Complete with soft play, arts and crafts hosted by The Artful Toddler and refreshments. Parents/Carers go free which is an added bonus! Come in fancy dress or not, your choice. Book your tickets at The Forum’s reception.

https://www.forumatgreenwich.org/


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Eat, drink and be scary at a fancy dress party!

Where: John Lewis Roof Garden, Oxford Street
Date: Thursday 31 October
Time: 10.30am – 12 noon
Price: SOLD OUT – unfortunately this event has now sold out
Families and friends are invited to attend the annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party held on The John Lewis Oxford Street Roof garden. Children are encouraged to come along in fancy dress, don’t worry if you forget we will have a dress up area on hand to keep your little ones in character. There will be cookie decorating, face painting and much more.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-fancy-dress-party-tickets-74303290141


What’s On at the weekend:

Saturday 26

Halloween films for kids and families, Southwark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-films-for-kids-and-families-tickets-75820508181

Pumpking carving and costume competition at Mudchute Farm: https://www.mudchute.org/news/spooky-fun-saturday-october-26th-2019

Sunday 27

Pumpkin carving at the Halloween Market, Cutty Sark: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pumpkin-carving-at-the-halloween-market-at-cuttty-sark-gardens-greenwich-tickets-76459752177

Need some inspo on how to decorate your pumpkin? Take a look at this article from Good Housekeeping blog – it’s got some amazing ideas which you can easily replicate. We tried the balloon one, the ghost sweetie one and the nail varnish dripping.

Happy Haunting!

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Family things to do this May Bank Holiday weekend…

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Yay! Another bank holiday!

Holy moly!
What to do with the kids though?! …don’t worry, I got you! 🙂

Here’s a list of things to get up to this May Bank Holiday Weekend…

Friday

  1. Attend the Festival Launch hosted by GLYPT on Friday evening at 6pm

Saturday

  1. Book a family yoga class with yours truly (Manny Ngo Yoga) on Satuday at 1.30pm
  2. Go on an adventure with Malcolm and the Storydrivers
  3. Listen to author Joseph Coehlo read his latest book, Luna Loves Library Day at West Greenwich Library
  4. Listen to some free live music at The Tramshed Woolwich by Sounds of The World group

Sunday

  1. Check out circus act Project_Vee perform juggling tricks to excite and scare you at Greenwich Park
  2. Prefer to watch a show instead? Head down to The Tramshed Woolwich and watch Magical Moggie at 3pm which is suitable for all ages. Magical Moggie is a multi-sensory production suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families
  3. Get out and about with this free Greenwich Walking Tour but be aware, it’s not your standard walking tour… discover hidden building signs, chiselled graffiti and more
  4. Treat the kids to an Okido make-and-do craft session in Dulwich at the Cooper Beach Cafe. The event starts at 11.45am
  5. Hear how the man in the moon comes to earth to dance the night away after having watched people on earth dancing at the Museum of London

Monday

  1. Enjoy special stories of life in Woolwich with writer in residence, Louise Page throughout the day, from 10am until 4pm. These local stories will then be developed into A Soap from Woolwich
  2. Hop along to Bright Emporium on Monday evening at 7pm if you fancy a fun filled hour of adventure. Cat & Hutch are a duo combining storytelling with drama games
  3. Head down to the Museum of London for a free screening of Early Man and learn to accessorize like a cave man at the free craft activity session
  4. Or head over to the Museum of London Docklands and learn about ancient Roman perfumes and make your own fragrance with the kids to take home
  5. Join in the interactive Transbook exhibition down at Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford; “we set new rules for the reader, rules that let the reader play, take action, feel a story and dive into it.”

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Wishing you all a fabulous bank holiday weekend and happy half-term holidays!

Family things to do this Halloween half term (in and around Greenwich)

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With Halloween night just a week away, there’s plenty to do this October half-term. There’s lots going on in the Greenwich area but if you fancy venturing out a little more, here are some of the best events that I’ve come across so far that’s suitable for the whole family, some are free and some are paid so there’s something to suit everyone!

Monday 23rd

Eltham Palace Gardens, SE9 (events throughout the week)
From creepy crafts and a fancy dress competition for the kids to pumpkin carving for the whole family, head down to Eltham Palace one day this week for some fun-filled entertainment. Pumpkin carvings cost £4 and on at select times; see here for more info

Discover Stratford Children’s Centre, E15 (events throughout the week)
2pm – Chris Wormell Dinosaurium book signing event. If your little one is dinosaur-mad then this is event is not to be missed. Chris Wormell will be reading from his book and the book signing will be at the end of the event. If you’re only free for the morning, don’t miss out on

11:30am – The Gruffalo film screening. For one day only, it’s going to be a popular one so pre-booking is essential. Entry to events includes admission to Discover’s story world and storytelling space. While you’re there, why not book to see the Gruffalo and other stories exhibition? It’s on throughout the week and at different times during the day. See the full list of events at Discover Stratford here

Greenwich Market, SE10 (events throughout the week)
Kids Halloween craft workshops will be on at Greenwich Market from Monday to Thursday. They are drop in sessions so no need to book in advance. There will be other workshops and events going on throughout the week (see below).  More info on Greenwich Market events here

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Pumpkin carving competition for the family at Eltham Palace

Tuesday 24th

Greenwich Market, SE10 (events throughout the week)
2pm – Free Flying Mat Kids yoga (also on Wednesday). Time to downard dog and rest in child’s pose. Treat the kids to a fun yoga flow in a bustling environment. No need to book, just turn up and have fun!

Museum of London Docklands, E14
Dear Zoo storytelling for under 5s – this storytelling of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo looks at the animals that arrived on London’s docks years ago. At the end of the storytelling, an interactive session of learning how to build crates with different materials should have the children interested and excited. Best of all, the event is free and there’s three time slots for the day. More details on the Dear Zoo storytelling here

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Free mat yoga for the kids at Greenwich Market (Source: Yogi Beans)

Wednesday 25th

Greenwich Market, SE10
2pm – Flying Mat Kids yoga, free event

Thursday 26th

Charlton House, SE7
10 to 1pm (drop-in) – Holiday Histories: Haunted Houses. This fun workshop is ideal for kids wanting to exhaust their creativity and craft skills. Learn how to make a haunted house using a variety of different materials. Create something extravagant like a centrepiece or something smaller as decoration. The session cost £1.50 per child and the price is inclusive of all the materials for the session. Suitable for age 4+, more info on the haunted house craft at Charlton House here

Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Dance and Music, SE8
11am and 2pm (BSL interpreted performance) – Cia Maduixa presents DOT digital dance performance. If your kids are more of a culture vulture or love the performing arts, head down to Trinity Laban to watch this amazing dance performance by dance company Cia Maduixa. Press releases describe the performance as “blending precise digital projections, with dancers’ bodies and a bespoke score, DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming.” Want to see a snippet? Watch the DOT performance trailer here

Suitable for age 3+. There will also be free pre-show and post-show arts activities for the kids at 10:30am and 3:15pm. See more info on Cia Maduixa and how to book tickets here

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Cia Maduixa DOT performance at Trinity Laban (Photo by Jordi Pla)

Friday 27

Greenwich Market, SE10
10am to 4pm – Miss Libby Rose Sewing workshop. The sewing costume workshops are for kids only and due to popularity we must state it is just one costume per child. The costume making choices for this year are: Spooky Pirates, Wicked Witch, Curious Cat, Halloween (or Frozen) Princess, Zombie, Dracula, and Day of the Dead. There will be a fashion show of all the costumes at 4pm and a winner will be chosen for best design.

Suitable for ages 4-7 yrs old. This is a free event but booking is required via Eventbrite – book your child’s place here

Greenwich National Maritime Museum, SE10
11am to 4pm – Halloween party: Lost in the ice! Join us on a horrifying journey through the icy depths of the Maritime Museum at our annual family Halloween party. There will also be a spooky story parade, a portable photo booth to take scary selfies for memories and a trick or treat trail. Tickets cost £8. Read more about the Halloween party here

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Saturday 28th

The Vanbrugh Pub, SE10
12pm to 4pm – The Vanbrugh Funday. A fun day for all the family; there will be face painting, best dressed competition, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, lots of frightfully good food and live music from 8pm to end your night in a fangtastic way! More details here on The Vanbrugh pub’s website

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Halloween Family Funday at The Vanbrugh pub in Greenwich (source: The Vanbrugh)

Sunday 29th

Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10
10am to 4:30pm – Halloween in Greenwich by Events Inspire: The event is aimed at families and offers lots of Halloween themed activities each day. On Sunday, there will be craft activity (Halloween mask making), storytelling, a magic show, Punch & Judy puppet show, costume parade and finish off with some spooky music. There will also be street food and drink stalls, jewellery and craft stalls. The full programme can be seen on the Eventbrite page here where you can register for your free tickets.

The Albany Deptford, SE8
2pm to 5pm – Disco Kids: Spooktacular party. Get dressed in your spookiest get up and head over to The Albany this Sunday for a fantastic disco party! Suitable for kids age 7+ and adults too! Expect fun, fun and more fun! Tickets cost £6, family tickets £20.

For more info, visit http://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/2133/Family/Disco-Kids:-Spooktacular

I wish you all a frightfully fun half-term! 🙂