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October 23rd, 2015

Top things to do in London for bigger kids and grown ups this half term

Half term tends to be a time that parents both look forward to and (maybe a little bit) dread. As the years go by it can be harder to entertain older children and that can make the half term week a serious challenge. However, particularly if you’re in a city like London, you have a wealth of choice when it comes to activities and entertainment meaning that half term week can be a great opportunity to reconnect and bond.

Fashion forward

If you have kids who are starting to get into shopping and fashion (or already committed shopaholics) then why not be a part of their teenage style dream and treat them to something of a make over at pocket money prices. The Toni & Guy Academy offers free haircuts that are contemporary and cool and the flagship Topshop store at Oxford Circus is full of outfit inspiration at reasonable prices. London also has some great markets where there are vintage bargains to be found – such as the legendary Portobello and Camden markets.

Get up high

London has some excellent vantage points that will thrill even big kids, such as the London Eye, the top of The Shard and the top of the O2 centre. For a budget, but no less enjoyable, option take the Emirates Air Line cable car, which offers a discount with an Oyster card.

Book an experience

Sometimes it takes an out of the ordinary activity or entertainment to get bored teens to respond, so why not try a high speed Thames boat ride or a tour of one of the famous sports grounds, such as Twickenham or Wembley. Go karting, skateboarding, paint balling or cycling along the canals are also easy ways to generate smiles.

Learn

Although the kids are off school it doesn’t mean that they have to stop learning, especially as there are so many interesting courses and workshops across the city. Explore the Roundhouse for music, performing arts and creative media, the National Portrait Gallery‘s Young People‘s Programme for everything from dancing to Djing and The New Voices Club at the Old Vic to encourage writers, actors and directors in the making.

On a budget

Many of London’s museums and galleries are free – such as the Science Museum and the British Museum – and walking tours of the city, its parks and major sights are easy to organise yourself. And if you’re sticking to a budget, why not pack a lunch? You could even include your favourite Ski Mousse or yogurt. Or if you are want to avoid the bad weather try planning something at home, a games or movie nights with your favourite snacks.