As nice as it is to deal with the hustle and bustle of morning school, semester means keeping all the kids busy. day. long. Fill your days with fun with these family- and kid-friendly things to do this semester and October….
Photo: ZSL London Zoo
one Babuscha Baboon’s Flight, Puppet Theater Barge, Little Venice
Whimsical and delightful, this small, floating theater on a converted barge currently showcases the Flight of the Babuscha Baboon. The puppet show tells the story of a baboon who wants to fly to the moon in a hot air balloon, encountering an endangered elephant by ivory hunters on the way using puppets and shadow puppets. For adults, there is a bar on the boat that is open before evening performances on Saturday, October 23rd and 30th.
Various dates from Saturday, October 18th to Sunday, November 7th; various times; £13/£9 adult/child; Blomfield Road, Westminster, W9 2PF; puppet barge.com
2nd Gruffalo’s Children’s Trail in Kew Gardens, Richmond
Running this fall, the Gruffalo’s Child trail plans a fascinating journey through Kew Gardens. Encounter hit characters from Julia Donaldson’s beloved book, including Fox, Owl, Snake, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and the Big Bad Mouse. As part of the trail, children collect clues designed to satisfy their curiosity and explore the landscapes of the gardens. While there, you can learn about the fall harvest at Kitchen Garden and explore the grounds from above on the Treetop Walkway. If you want to get out of London, Wakehurst will also feature The Gruffalo’s Child Trail.
Saturday, October 16 – Sunday, October 31; 10:00-17:00; the trail starts near Brentford Gate, admission is included in the price; Richmond, TW9 3AE; kew.org
3 Explore the Tropics at Regent’s Park, ZSL London Zoo
When the Galapagos Giants opens on Saturday, October 9, head straight to the tropics with London Zoo – home to three giant Galapagos tortoises Dolly, Polly and Priscilla. there is also Tiny Giants: A celebration of the smallest but mightiest animals in the world, from Minibeasts to Coral Reefs, with underwater corals and the diverse aquatic wildlife they support, to hardworking leafcutter ants, spiders and insects. You can also explore London’s only living rainforest inhabited by two-toed sloths, tamarinds, monkeys and fruit bats, the Butterfly Paradise and the Blackburn Pavilion, home to over 40 bird species. Preschoolers can enjoy free story time sessions with TV favorites Bing and Flop Before the duo takes an autumn trail through the Zoo to help them complete a zookeeper’s daily checklist and encounter some amazing animals. along the road.
Saturday, October 23 – Sunday, October 31; 10:00-17:00; £26/£16.90 adult/discount tickets; Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY; zsl.org