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Bubbleland Oct. Welcome to our monthly roundup of the best free things to do with kids in the capital (and beyond). I’m Amy and for the past five years I’ve been hunting down the best events and hangouts for Londoners with young children and writing about them on my blog at bablands.com. I’ve learned a lot about kids activities since I started blogging, but one of my most surprising discoveries is that the best things are often free. With that in mind, I will partner with MoneyMagpie every month to bring you the best free days for families in London and beyond.
This month—besides breathing out the Pumpkin Spice Latte and wondering where to start with my kids’ overly complicated Halloween-costume requests—I’m getting excited about all the fabulous new family-friendly exhibitions that are going to be on display. Popping up across London in particular are Cecilia Vicuna’s Turbine Hall commission at the Tate Modern and Luke Jerram’s Gaia, which will take place at Southwark Cathedral for most of October. Of course, it wouldn’t be an October roundup without some terrifying Halloween events (it’s spooky season, after all), and I’m especially pumped for Royal Park’s hair-raising Halloween Discovery Day in Hyde Park and, onwards. , the Weston Park Museum’s creepy creature mask-making phenomenon, which both look positively horrifying. Enjoy, and be scary.
Free Family Day Out in London
Singing of Luke Jerram at Southwark Cathedral
Head down to Southwark Cathedral from 11th-30th and see Luke Jerram’s magnificent 7m-diameter Gaia sculpture. The work features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of Earth’s surface and offers visitors the opportunity to view our planet in 3D, as if from space.
Cecilia Vicuna at Tate Modern
Swing by the Tate Modern from the 11th and see the latest Turbine Hall commissions. Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna’s textile sculptures explore themes of ecology, community and social justice, paying tribute to her country’s history and culture.
Vestry House Museum Open Day
Award-winning design collective Assemblage will host a series of free family workshops at Walthamstow’s Westry House Museum on the 16th, including a chance to get creative with Assemble Play, a playwright-led project that creates space for children and children plays in the city.
The Royal Parks Discovery Day: Hair-Raising Halloween
Put on your most atrocious outfit and head to the Lookout Center in Hyde Park from 25-27. Diabolical activities will include guessing the gruesome contents of the Feely Box, exploring a terrifying nature trail, and learning about the park’s bats.
V&A. family workshops in
Join V&A from 26-28th for Drop-In Design: Build a Prop! – Add this to a massive platform designed by prop maker Isobel Irwin for kids of all ages to create their own prop ad.
Free Family Days in the rest of the UK
As part of Black History Month, the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will host an Africa Family Fun Workshop on the 26th, giving children the opportunity to learn about African textiles and create their own creations.
Head to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One) in Edinburgh from 17th-21st for Holiday Art Chats! – Opportunity for children to discuss where artists get their ideas before joining hands with the gallery’s artist team.
The Welsh Museum Festival is back from the 22nd, offering two weeks of special events and activities for all ages at museums across Wales. Keep an eye on the WMF website for details on tons of fun, free events.
On the 22nd, Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum will host Creepy Creatures, a free mask and hat-making workshop for people of all ages. Learn about all the creepy creatures before you get caught up in some spooky crafting using collage materials.
Read Bubblelands’ other columns here for more great ideas.