October Half Term

Almost half-term already… how did that happen?! If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids, we’ve pulled together a listing of holiday camps and activities that are going on in the area. The listing is divided into half-term activities that you generally do together as a family, and drop-off camps and workshops which range from a couple of hours to a full day. We’re still in the process of adding things as and when we hear about them, so if you know of any more please do get in touch and let us know. You can also find the family activities in our Event Calendar, as well as links to cinema and theatre listings.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

21st to 29th October, 10.00am-5.30pm: Pumpkin Quiz Trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo (Chelsea Bridge Gate). Purchase a quiz sheet upon entry and use the clues to help you find which animals are taking part in the Halloween fun! Usual entrance fees apply plus £1.00 per quiz sheet (includes prize).

Chiswick House

26th October, 10.00am-5.00pm. Crafty Pumpkin Fun at Chiswick House Gardens in Chiswick. Go in your best and scariest costumes and take part in pumpkin carving in the Kitchen Garden. The perfect autumnal activity to enjoy as a family (recommended age 4-11yrs). Pumpkins and equipment provided.

Fulham Palace

26th October, 11.00am-3.00pm: Family Activity Day: Astonishing Archaeology at Fulham Palace. Roll your sleeves up and prepare to get mucky as you dig up the past and get hands-on with archaeology. Free, no booking necessary.

Ham House

21st to 29th October, 10.00am-6.00pm: Halloween Hocus Pocus & Terrible Terror Tours at Ham House. Take part in a children’s witch hunt, decorate a pumpkin biscuit, make your own witch’s hat, and listen to scary storytelling (10.00am-5.00pm). Plus discover spooky goings on with ghostly tours in the dark – find out about the resident ghost dog and visits from owners of the past (5.00-6.00pm). Normal admission charges apply plus £2.00 per trail (includes spooky reward) or £10.00 per ghost tour (includes goody bag).

Hampton Court Palace

21st to 29th October, 11.00am-4.00pm: The Great Palace Quest & Horrible Hampton at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey. A fun interactive trail that takes families on a time-travelling voyage of discovery searching for the Palace Quest code word. The quest will involve participating in fun puzzles, games, crafts and meeting characters from the past. Plus do you have the stomach to pull rotten teeth, scour the ‘gong’ from the toilets, investigate the ‘Royal Wee’ or do the other dirty jobs that make the Palace run cleanly? Included in normal admission.

Hounslow Urban Farm

21st to 29th October, 10.00am-5.00pm: Half term fun at the The Hounslow Urban Farm, Faggs Road in Feltham. There’s always lots going on at the farm throughout the year, and half term is a great chance to visit! Children can enjoy animal encounters, feeding the animals, owl display, pig meet & greets, and indoor  bouncy castle and outdoor play area. Normal entry fees apply.

Kew Gardens

21st to 29th October, 11.00am-3.30pm: Artful Autumn at Kew Gardens. Take part in a family activity where you’ll discover the science behind why leaves change colour and fall from the trees during the colder months; learn how to become an expert tree spotter as you take a guided walk through the Natural Area; and choose from a selection of autumn-themed face painting designs. Normal admission charges apply plus £4.00 for face painting.

London Museum Of Water And Steam

21st to 29th October, 11.00am-4.00pm: SpOOkfest at the London Museum Of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane in Brentford. Discover the spooky secrets of the historic engine houses and maybe meet a few of their past occupants! Enjoy family fun with plenty of Halloween craft activities, a ride on the Ghost Train and a trip through the creepy wood. Normal entry fees apply. Plus KIDS GO FREE and adults only £10.00 with Twick Mums! (See our membership page for details.)

London Wetland Centre

21st to 29th October, 10.30am-4.30pm: Guess Who? at the London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Barnes. Use your ID skills and powers of observation to guess which wetland animal your partner has selected.  Pick up your game card on arrival and discover more about the animals that live at the Wetland Centre and then take a walk on the reserve to see them in real life. Plus take part in pond dipping, clay modelling, mini beast hotel building and earthworm surveys. Normal admission charges apply.

Museum Of Richmond

24th to 27th October, 10.00am-12.00pm: Poverty in Victorian Richmond Workshops at the Museum Of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. Discover how the poor in Victorian Richmond would make do and mend, and create your own replicas to take home. For ages 5-11yrs. £4.00 per child (adults free). Booking essential – please email learning@museumofrichmond.com or call on 020 8332 1141.

Osterley Park

21st to 29th October, 11.00am-4.00pm: Halloween Pumpkin Festival at Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road in Isleworth. Halloween fun with pumpkin carving and spooky activities. Follow the autumnal trail, jump into the leaf pits or toast marshmallows on the open fire. Reach the end and have a go at carving a pumpkin. How spooky can you make it? Or enter the house and see if you can find all the mini-pumpkins hiding in the rooms. Normal admission charges apply.

Watermans

21st to 27th October, various times. Half term entertainment at Watermans, High Street in Brentford. Two dance shows will get kids tapping their feet; there is the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs; plus circus acro-balance and breakdance workshops; and an interactive storytelling session. For more information and for costs, see their website.

 

DROP OFF CAMPS

Barnes Tennis Club

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Barnes Tennis Club, Lonsdale Road in Barnes. are a great way to introduce children to sport in a fun environment. Each session includes coaching, team games and play.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, with different time slots for different age groups: 3-4yrs 9.15-10.00am; 5-10yrs 10.00am-12.00pm; 11-14yrs 2.00-4.00pm. The daily cost also varies by age group: 3-4yrs £7.00; 5-14yrs £15.00. For more information or to book, please email Jane Bonner.

Excel Sports

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Chiswick (just the other side of Chiswick Bridge). They offer wonderful, safe, action-packed multi-sports camps, with superb tuition delivered by professional sports coaches who are also great fun! Sports include tennis, football, rugby, cricket, rounders, athletics and more.

The camps take place weekdays between 16th – 27th October, from 9.00am-3.00pm with half day options available from 9.00-11.30am or 12.30-3.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00 with a discount available for booking the whole week; half-days cost £18.00. You can book online or download a booking form, and they are happy for people to show up on the day as long as there is space.

Fit For Sport

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps takes place at Orleans Primary School, Hartington Road in Twickenham, Barnes Primary School, Cross Street in Barnes, Sheen Mount Primary School in West Temple Sheen, and Meadlands Primary School, Broughton Avenue in Ham. They are a great way for children to keep active, have fun, make new friends, try something new and take part in a whole range of activities and sports.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 9.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend from 8.30am-5.30pm (Twickenham / East Sheen / Ham) or 8.00am-6.00pm (Barnes), with a half day option for younger children from 9.30am-1.00pm. The basic daily cost is £22.00-£32.00 (£16.50-£24.00 for a half-day), depending on location. You can book via their website.

KOOSA Kids

For children aged 4 to 13 years.

These camps take place at Orleans Park School, Richmond Road in Twickenham; Teddington Sports Centre, Broom Road in Teddington; Whitton Sports Centre, Percy Road in Whitton; and Shene Sports Centre, Park Avenue in East Sheen. This half-term the children will enjoy friendly spooktacular fun – playing Monster Football, The Floor is Lava, making Wool Skeletons or Slippery Slime and going dressed up as their favourite Spooky Character on Fantastic Friday!.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £20.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. If you have three children, the 3rd child goes absolutely free! You can book via their website or by calling 0845 094 2322.

The Little Gym Chiswick

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, Hartington Road in Chiswick (just off the A316). They include super quest camps for 3-8yrs, full of exciting creative missions that will exercise muscle, imaginations and cooperation skills; fun skill thrill camps for 5-12yrs that will take your child’s gymnastic skills to the next level; as well as dance camps (3-12yrs) and karate camps (4-12yrs).

The camps take place Mondays to Thursdays between 16th – 26th October, from 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm, with the option to extend to include lunch, or to stay for the whole day. The basic 3hr cost is £48.00 for non-members, or £42.00 for members. To book, call 020 8994 3729.

Mad Science

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These camps take place at Chiswick Community School, Burlington Lane in Chiswick (just off the A316). Children will explore a different topic each day, with unique hands-on activities and amazing demos by skilled trained instructors – the perfect way to awaken children’s interest in the wonder and magic of science, sparking their imaginations and having fun at the same time.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The cost is £36.00 per day, with discounts available for groups or for booking the whole week. You can book via the Mad Science website, or by calling 020 3031 6900.

Mampara Dance

For children aged 6 to 15 years.

These camps take place at St Osmond’s Hall, Castelnau in Barnes. Camps combine dance and cheerleading with roles and activities to suit every level of fitness and physique, from stunts to tumbling to dance. They’re a fantastic way to develop self confidence, discipline, creative thinking, team work, positivity, musicality, coordination, strength and so much more.

The camps take place on the 25th & 26th October, from 9.30am-3.00pm. The cost is £42.00 per day or £76.00 for both days. You can book online, or by emailing natalie@mamparadance.com or calling 07866 833040.

Mother Nature Science

For children aged 5 to 12 years old.

These camps take place at Kings House School, King’s Road in Richmond. Children will enjoy spooky Halloween-themed science activities including a great mixture of exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team games and fun quizzes.

The camps take place between 23rd – 26th October, from 9.00am-3.30pm, with the option to extend from 8.30am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £60.00, or £195.00 for all three days (limited availability for daily places). You can book online or by calling 020 8863 8832.

Playball

For children aged 3 to 9 years.

These camps take place at the Olympus Gym & Squash Club, Kew Foot Road in Richmond. They are filled with fantastic age-specific sports games, skills and drills, including wildly creative warm ups, sport skill sessions, team building activities and games.

The camps take place on the 23rd & 24th October, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £25.00, with siblings costing £15.00. You can book via their website.

Rocks Lane

For children from 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Rocks Lane Multi-Sport Centre in Barnes. There are a huge range of tennis, football and multi-sports camps on offer for all abilities.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, at various times ranging from 2-5.5 hours long. Rocks Lane operates a ‘holiday credits’ scheme whereby you purchase credits up front then call to book onto a specific course. Credits range from £7.00 each (when buying 40) to £11.50 each (when buying 1), and camps range from 1 to 5 credits. For more information see their website, or to book call 020 8876 8330.

Rosslyn Park Rugby Club

For children aged 7 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Rosslyn Park Rugby Club, Priory lane in Roehampton. are aimed at players of all abilities, with sessions tailored to age groups. Sessions cover both technical skills, team work and fitness. There is also an elite camp for players currently playing in their school or club A team.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 9.30am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00 per day, with a discount available for booking the whole week. The elite camp costs £200.00 for all five days. You can download a booking form from their website.

Sheen Parks Tennis

For children aged 5 to 15 years.

These camps take place at Palewell Common and Sheen Common in East Sheen; Westerly Ware by Kew Green; and Cambridge Gardens, Clevedon Road in East Twickenham. These fun packed holiday camps are for children of all abilities to help develop essential tennis skills.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, with different timings depending on location. Tots camps (3/4yrs) are 30-45 minutes long, whereas camps for older children range from 2-6 hours. The camps cost between £6.50-£54.00 per day depending on the length of the camp, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Spin Into Tennis

For children from 4 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Sheen Tennis Club, Fife Road in East Sheen. Children will be able to develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 9.00am-12.00pm or from 9.00am-2.00pm. The daily cost for non-members is £25.00 per half-day or £45.00 per day, with a discount available for booking a whole week. You can book online.

Thames Young Mariners Adventure Zone

For children from 5 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive in Ham. There are a variety of camps to choose from, including sailing, Little Foxes first school, young explorers, multi-activity and a climbing introduction.

The camps take place between 23rd – 27th October, from 9.30am-4.30pm. The cost ranges from £42.50 per day for forest school / young explorers, to £260.00 for a five-day sailing course. You can book book online.

Tree House Learning

For children aged 3+ years.

These camps take place at Ham Common Woods. Workshops are planned based on the age and experience of the children enrolled. Activities range from eco art to bushcraft skills to group games – something for everyone!

The camps take place between 24th – 27th October, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The daily cost is £32.00. You can book online.

Wild Education

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

This two-day camps takes place on Barnes Common (meet at the Vine Road Recreation Ground car park). Children will have a ‘wild’ time having fun, making new friends, learning life skills and being out in the fresh air getting muddy!

The two-day camp takes place on the 26th & 27th October, from 10.00am-2.00pm. The cost is £60.00 for both days. You can book via their website.

Wild Learning

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

These camps takes place on Sheen Common in East Sheen. Find your way through the woods to the base camp, maybe stopping on the way to play hide and seek in the oak clearing, or Ninja Frisbee on the meadow before den building, rope swinging or crafts at main camp.

The camps take place between 23rd – 25th October, from 10.00am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £45.00. You can book via their website.

 

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