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Family-friendly London activities for October half-term

It’s half-term, which in the UK means that every school-aged child is on holiday for one week. Yes, it’s going to be busy out there, but this also means that there’s lots of brilliant child-friendly activity going on around the city. Read our highlights below. 
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Free admission for children to St Paul’s Cathedral 
Sat 20 to Sat 27 Oct
That’s right, totally free, saving £8 per child. An adult ticket is £18 on the door, or £16 if you buy in advance online. Sir Christopher Wren’s 300-year-old cathedral has stunning mosaics and (if you climb 271 steps to the Golden Gallery) wonderful views of London. 
Book tickets to St Paul's Cathedral here 
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Night Sessions at Go Ape Battersea Park 
Thur 25 to Sat 27 Oct, from 6pm
This is a rare chance to enjoy Go Ape Battersea Park's uppermost walkways – and fly along a zip line – in the dark. The treetop adventure playground is suitable for children over six and adults. 
£21, over-10s only; call 01603 895500 to book or buy Go Ape tickets online here 
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Ice rink at the Natural History Museum 
From Thur 25 Oct until Sun 6 January
This fantastic winter tradition is back from Thursday, so don’t miss your chance to take to the ice in the museum's grand forecourt. There’s also a café selling meals, snacks and a range of both hot and cold drinks. 
Children from £8.80, adults from £12.65, or family tickets start at £39.60. Buy Natural History Museum ice rink tickets here
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The Ascarium at Sea Life London 
Until Wed 31 Oct
It’s all about being as spooky as possible at Sea Life London this week. The Sea Witch show is on at various times throughout the day, during which you’ll follow a sea witch past the sharks, stingrays, jellyfish and crabs, as the kids help her to unlock underwater treasures. 
Book tickets to Sea Life London here 

Watch our new video guide to spooky London attractions here
 

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Visit the just-opened Body Worlds in Piccadilly Circus 
The most ambitious Body Worlds yet, central London’s big new attraction opened earlier this month. Expect three floors of astounding displays made possible thanks to Plastination, a preservation method used for human bodies. 
Read our new review of Body Worlds London here 

Looking for more child-friendly ideas? Click here to read about 5 London sightseeing locations that keep both kids and parents happy

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