5 Fun Activities For October Half-Term

Halloween’s just around the corner which means October half-term has arrived. And though we can’t go on the usual half-term holidays, we still need to find ways to entertain the kids.

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The good news is that there’s plenty of ways to have a FUN-tastic half-term break. Be it at-home or exploring the area, we’ve got 5 ideas that are guaranteed to keep the whole family entertained for the week and, of course, COVID-safe.

1. Explore The Great Outdoors

Suitable for any age

Why not make the most of October half-term and the last few days of British Summer-Time with a day-long nature adventure? Not only a fun activity for the whole family to take part in, but also a great way for kids to learn about nature.

Best thing about it? You don’t need to travel far to find a corner of natural beauty that will keep you and the kids entertained for the day. Chances are there’s a piece of the natural world to explore not too far from your home. 

Discover a nature adventure close to you on the National Trust website. Plus, make your visit even more entertaining and educational with one of the Outdoor Activities from the National Trust.

Due to COVID-19, you will most likely be required to book a time-slot for your visit to ensure a safe experience for all and that social-distancing measures can be respected – but there are thousands of local parks out there that are free and open all day.

2. Get Hands-On With Science at Wonderlab

Suitable for any age

If you’re from London and want to have a super fun and educational day out with the kids this one’s a must-do. 

The Wonderlab exhibition at the Science Museum is an amazing experience for kids (and parents too!) to ignite their curiosity, fuel their imagination and discover the science and maths that shape our lives. See lightning strikes, experiment with friction on giant slides or travel through space, this one’s definitely a half-term must!

Due to COVID-19, you will be required to book a time-slot for your visit to ensure a safe experience for all and that social-distancing measures can be respected.

3. Make Spooky Dough Decorations

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Suitable for Ages 4-6:

Halloween’s just around the corner so why not get an early start on Halloween decorations during half-term with the Spooky Circuits or Ghost Party projects on Club Make. 

Kids can take it a step further with the Electro Dough story kit and give their spooky characters a spooky story to match.

Using the story pop-out, your child can build & narrate their own stories with their own unique characters.

This activity will also teach them how electricity and electrical circuits work as they use them to bring their story to life. The Electro Dough Story Kit also helps develop creativity, story-telling, verbal and motor skills.

4. Become a Games Designer

Suitable for ages 7+

If you combine kids’ love for video-games with hands-on play and easy learning to code, you get our Games Designer Club!

It’s completely free and is full of projects to keep them busy and developing new skills through-out half-term, Games Designer Club is the perfect way to take their love of gaming to the next level and make it educational!

But enough with the learning outcomes. Half-term is supposed to also be about fun, right?! The Games Designer Club is also just realy, really fun.

While learning to code, developing logic and think creatively, kids can make their own games to play with, either by themselves or with the whole family. They can also dive into some of the history of video games as well as learn how to design their own game animations and video game fonts.

You can also level all this up with the Arcade Coder that lets kids take their new games design knowledge even further. Using the Games Studio iOS app kids get to code and design their own video games for up to 4 players so the whole family can join in on the fun.

Learn more about Arcade Coder here, available now at a special half-term price.

5. Experiment at Home

Suitable for ages 3-10

With the increasing restrictions in past weeks, it might be that you’re not too keen on going out to a museum or busy area – but we’ve got you covered!

If you’ve been subscribed to our newsletter for a while, you might already know about the Supercharged: Learning & Playing at Home eBook activity series already. 

With loads of options to choose from, family games to kitchen science experiments or emotional skills exercises, there’s plenty to choose from in these 14 eBooks created by the Tech Will Save Us inventors.

They’re all here and can be printed out or simply bookmarked depending on how you and your kids like to play.

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