From epic theatre productions to being a knight for the day, take the kids to something exciting this half-term holiday
1. See The Lion King on stage
et against the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Elton John’s classic song book, The Lion King continues to be a truly breathtaking experience for kids and adults. Incorporating impressive puppetry, costumes and theatrical magic, it tells the story of Simba’s epic journey, facing his foes and circumstances to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.If you’re a Boundless member, click here to save on theatre tickets for The Lion King, as well as other classics like Matilda, and more.
2. Be knights for a day at Warwick Castle
Experience more than 1,100 years of history, witness the world’s largest working catapult as it launches a flaming fireball, and climb 500 steps to the top of the tallest tower. Entertaining shows and attractions, living history and birds of prey, set in 64 acres of grounds and gardens make Warwick Castle an action-packed day out for half-term.
It also has the UK’s first Horrible Histories maze, bringing the past to life for young visitors. You can make a family break of it by staying in Warwick or nearby Stratford-on-Avon – Boundless members click here to save on ticket and hotel deals.
3. Take them to the movies
Following the huge success of the LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman, The LEGO NINJAGO movie (out 13 October) follows six young ninjas defending their island home from monsters and villains in this rambunctious adventure story.
Goodbye Christopher Robin (out 29 September) is a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of author A.A. Milne (played by Domhnall Gleeson) and the creation of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories – inspired by his son, the real-life Christopher Robin.
Grown-ups might remember the horses looking slightly different in their day, but little ones will still enjoy their enduring charm in My Little Pony: The Movie as the Mane 6 embark on a journey to save Ponyville (out 20 October).
4. Introduce them to some underwater friends
Know some children who like getting up close and personal with wildlife? They can go face-to-face with penguins, turtles, sharks and other sea creatures at Sea Life centres and sanctuaries across the UK, while they learn about the importance of conservation and protecting their new underwater friends.
5. Blast off into spooky space
This half-term, the Space Centre in Leicester is being taken over by the Spooky Science team, just in time for Halloween. Kids can cook up some slime and go to School of Science Magic for lessons in potions and astronomy.
Tickets also gain you entry to one of the Space Centre’s award-winning planetarium shows, an immersive 360° experience combining the latest edge-blended video technologies, sound and computer animation.
6. Go for an autumn walk
The last few weeks in October are the prime time for seeing the autumn leaves before they all get washed away, so make the most of it and get the family out for some fresh air.Need ideas of where to go? Find our list of some of the greatest autumn walks around England here.
7. Take the little monsters to LEGOLAND
Get them into the Halloween spirit with Brick or Treat, a range of spooky activities from 14-30 October, alongside the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort’s usual array of 55 rides, live shows and attractions that could keep them entertained for days.
To celebrate the release of the LEGO NINJAGO movie there will also be spectacular fireworks displays on 21, 22, 27 and 28 October.
8. Watch all of the Harry Potter films back-to-back
The historic Curzon community cinema in Clevedon, near Bristol, is screening all eight of the Harry Potter movies in a row over Halloween weekend, starting with The Philosopher's Stone at 1.30pm on Saturday 28 October and finishing with The Deathly Hallows Part 2 on the morning of Sunday 29 October. One for older children with long attention spans… Click here for more info and to book.