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5 Free Things to Do in London With a 5 Year Old (October Half Term 2023)

Looking for free things to do in London this October Half Term? Here are 5 of our favourites… all completely free (but be sure to book your free museum tickets in advance), and all an absolute delight for an energetic 5-year-old. You’ll be very pleased to know that they all have nice little spots to sit and eat your own homemade packed lunch.

And, as you can never trust the London weather, 3 of the 5 just happen to be perfect for a rainy day. You’re welcome.

1. It’s Jet and Space Week at the RAF Museum!

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The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum is our favourite by far. It’s awe-inspiring for children and adults alike, and has so much to see and do that you could go a dozen times and still not see everything. Besides the exhibits, there is a really cool interactive area the kids will love.

Getting there

2. Visit the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

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I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love the Natural History Museum – there is just something about dinosaurs they can’t get enough of! There will be lots going on this October Half Term so while the tickets are free, you absolutely must book in advance.

3. Fuel your imagination in the Wonderlab at the Science Museum

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The Science Museum has something for everyone and there will be plenty of free activities this October Half Term. It’s free but very popular so you absolutely must book in advance.

4. Pet the animals at a city farm

Hackney City Farm is a firm favourite, but we absolutely love the tiny and very cute Kentish Town City Farm!

5. Get lost in the woods

What is it about trees?! It’s tempting to head to the playground, but believe me – a trip to the woods will keep the kids busy and happy for hours on end. Most of the London parks also have a cafe (and often beer and wine) on site so you can chill while the kids play.

My kids especially like visiting Highgate Woods so they can say hello to the weird stuffed fox, and because the ‘big kids playground’ is amazing. On the weekends you might even get lucky with some live jazz music at the Pavilion Cafe.

Written by Janis P.

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