HerHampshire Kids: What's On in October Half Term
Indoors, outdoors, big-budget, no budget – we’ve got some half-term activities to keep the kids happy.
Winchester Discovery Centre
The Library and Discovery Centre must be one of the best places to spend time in Winchester. This October half-term there are lots of activities to keep the kids entertained – and most of them won’t cost you anything! Many of the events are free drop-ins but some require a pre-booked ticket, which you can get online at the WDS Shop.
Could you be an astronaut?
Junk Modelling – Worry Monsters
Family Dancing Fun & Yoga
Pokémon Craft & Pixel Art
Build a Lego Mars Rover
Tom Tim-Disbury Author Visit: “The Caveman Next Door” Free Tickets
Flying Superheroes & Draw your own comic strip
Hotel Transylvania Screening
Cosplay Time! Halloween Face Paint
Lego and Duplo Club
Be a Detective
ABC Concerts: Bang the Drum
To find out more about dates, times and age suitability visit their Facebook page
Sunnyfields Pumpkin Festival
Whether you like your pumpkins big, orange, blue (yes!), white or warty there’s plenty to choose from.
You can pick your own or select from those already harvested during this family-friendly (including dogs on leads) festival.
There’s also a café, pumpkin carving, face painting, tractor & trailer rides and more. Free parking and no advance booking required. You can follow the event and get more details here.
Monster Fun at Marwell
Marwell Zoo, Colden Common
This October half term, Marwell Zoo will be home to some frightening new species as little monsters are invited to join in some ‘monster fun’ around its 140-acre park.
From 26 October to 3 November 2019, guests can take part in a free monster trail and track down 12 hidden monsters around the zoo. The colourful illustrated beasts include a panteater, spitopotamus and a scary scornbill to name but a few.
Other complementary activities include broomstick flying with Marwell’s resident and wise old wizard Lowedolf, where children can earn their level four licence, and spooky storytelling with Esme the friendly witch. Dressed up little monsters, witches and wizards are also invited to help Lowedolf and Esme conjure up a spell in a giant magical cauldron each day.
For a keepsake to take home, optional extras such as wand decorating or monster making are available for £1 each.
More details here.
Halloween at Milestones Museum
The museum is calling on all witches, wizards, monsters and zombies, ghosts and skeletons to join them this half term for some Halloween fun.
Fearless families who visit the cobbled streets of the museum, operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, can not only enjoy exploring the faithfully recreated shops and buildings of the past but will also be able to experience a Spooktacular set of Halloween activities including trails, crafts and stories.
Expect to see witches, wizards, ghosts and skeletons wandering between the authentic Victorian school house and 1940s sweet shop as visitors are encouraged to dress to distress this Halloween. Little monsters will love hunting for pumpkins hidden around the museum on the trick-or-treat trail. Costumed story tellers will be telling ghostly tales during spooky story time and there will be creative make-and-take craft activities as well as fearsome face painting and a frightfully fun Halloween disco. And after all those Halloween hijinks why not relax in the creepy café or terrifying tea tent
More details here.
This is an excellent place to stretch the legs and enjoy nature’s autumnal colours. It’s free (donations welcome), close to the city centre (although you’ll feel you’ve escaped to the country), pushchair-friendly and if you do the full 4.5 miles it’ll keep you entertained for hours!
There’s also a lovely story trail to involve children in their surroundings by helping the creatures of Winnall Moors rescue the kingfisher from the evil clutches of the Toad Emperor and his army. You can download the story from their website along with other trail guides.
More details here.
Rainy afternoon at home?
‘tis the season to get carving those pumpkins! This is great fun for all the family; little ones can scoop out the seeds, older ones can draw the design on the outside and the most responsible/skilful family member can carve!
Don’t forget to turn the flesh into delicious soup – I like to add a little Chinese 5-spice to mine and roast the seeds with some olive oil and sea salt. There are some great recipes online such as Jamie Oliver’s.
Enjoy! And let us know what you get up to!
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