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With half term upon us again, time to think about what to do with the children to keep them away from the TV and incessant computer games.  First of all, what is the weather going to do.. if you can believe this,  then most of the week is going to be dry, so no excuse at all to stay at home!


So what to do?  One thing you simply have to do is head over to ExCel, where Kidtropolis is laying on 86,000 square feet of pure fun.  Only open for three days from 25th to 27th, it is aimed at children 12 and under, but big kids are welcome as well.  It’s not cheap at £13.50 per ticket (under 2’s go free) but you are guaranteed several hours of fun.  From a 40 player Minecraft Hub to Equestria,  Skylanders to Pokemon, Transformers to Paw Patrol – the list is endless!

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If you have any keen young cyclists who have been inspired by the Olympics and the Tour de France, then pop in to Harrods Toy Kingdom at 11.15 on the 25th where Sir Chris Hoy will be signing copies of his new book On Your Bike and also reading snippets from it.  The book is a practical guide on choosing and maintaining your bike and also has hints and tips on how to perform cool tricks as well as lots of ways to keep yourself safe on a bike.


If you fancy a bit of sight-seeing in the Autumn sunshine, you can take in all of the usual sights which always excite the children – the guards at Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye.  For a bird’s eye view, why not treat them to a trip to the View at the Shard?  Just for half term week, each paying adult can take two children for free.  Don’t forget to check online for opening times.


Of course there are the firm old favourites like London Zoo – perhaps get a glimpse of Kumbuka, the wandering gorilla who will hopefully be back where he belongs, or the Natural History Museum where you can become a scientist for the day in their hands-on science centre or meet Puppet the Wolf and find out just why wolves have big ears, big eyes and very sharp teeth!


Finally,  a school holiday would not be the same without a bit of lego. As we all know London had to be rebuilt after the Great Fire of London and kids can help to create a model of the Museum of Docklands with thousands of pieces of lego.  Head down to the Museum of London for this activity along with lots more things to do.


When you are all done in, tired and hungry, there are lots of restaurants doing special offers.  If you are anywhere near a Harvester, kids eat for £1 when you buy an adult main.  From 28th to 31st Oct, Bella Italia is offering FREE kids meal when an adult orders a main, same with Jamie’s Italian and Las Iguanas.  Happy days!!!

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