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Top 10 October Family Events

Get ready for a bumper to bumper month of brilliant fun for the whole family. This is our list of top 10 favourites for October family outings so far!

1.Fun Palaces

Visit and join in! Fun Palaces are collaborative community events happening nationwide inspiring everyone to explore curiosity and creativity and learn from each other. Everyone a scientist, everyone an artist is an ethos we can really get behind and with events in the Halfmoon Theatre, St Hilda’s, The Rich Mix, Discover Story Centre and Sadler’s Wells, we hope you do too!

When: Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th  October

Where: Various locations

W: http://funpalaces.co.uk/

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2.ZAPspace BiG BOunCy Birthday Party

An October family event not to be missed! ZAPspace turns 1 on the 13th of October and to celebrate their throwing a great big birthday bash. Book a bounce and stay a while with the usual trampoline action and soft play and some very special guests! Miss Ballooniverse, a balloon sculptress who can literally make anything with a balloon. A character visit from Queen Elsa! Facepainting from SuperNova faces. A duel to end all duels on the battlebeam between ZAPman and Lucidor. Plus beats to bounce to, nibbles to munch, crafts to make and more.

When: 13th October 2018 2-5pm

Where: ZAPspace Trampoline Park369 High St, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

W: https://zapspace.co.uk/bookings

3.Museum of Childhood A Pirate’s Life for Me

Arrgh we love all things pirat-ey at Tower Hamlets Mums! We’re pretty excited about the V&A Museum of Childhood’s first major exhibition to focus on fictional pirates and their influence in popular culture.

Developed in collaboration with children, the exhibition’s immersive and playful set design takes its young visitors into an imaginary swashbuckling world of adventure and exploration where they will travel from a moody coastal inn to a tropical treasure island in search of sparkling riches. At its heart a large-scale pirate ship inspires learning through active play.

When:20 October 2018 – 22 April 2019

Where: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA


4.Ragged “Ghoul” Museum

Things are about to get a little bit spooky in the borough and we’re sure there are a few ghosts bumping about the Ragged School Museum. Join in the spooky fun this October Half Term at the Ragged “Ghoul” Museum for Hallowe’en shenanigans. Concoct potions, hunt for ghosts and solve mysteries with a Victorian twist.

When: Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October 2018 10am-5pm

Where: Ragged School Museum46-50 Copperfield Rd, London E3 4RR


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5.London Night Owls Halloween Sleepover Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands is inviting children in for a very spooky sleepover. Find out the horrors of what happens at the museum at night. Trick-or-treat your way around the galleries after dark, and solve a spooky crime by torchlight with the help of a mysterious character.

Join in the terrifying tales from Victorian London including the monstrous story of Dr. Jekyll, and the strange encounters at Sweeney Todd’s barber shop during an interactive storytelling session. Then just try and get to sleep before breakfast is served! This event is for 7-11 year olds, accompanied by parent/guardian.

When: 26th October 6.30 pm (overnight)

Where: Museum of London Docklands, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


£60 per person

6.Teenie Halloweenie 

Riverside Cares presents ‘Teenie Halloweenie’ is back to Stepney City Farm for their spooky fun filled and FREE party. Spend a sweet day at the farm for under 7s and their parents (children must be accompanied at all times) with crafts, monster mash dancing, a costume parade and parenting tips from the Riverside Cares team. Visit the farm animals but try not to frighten them with your scary costumes!

When: 25th October 10.45am-1pm

Where: Stepney City Farm, 277 Bancroft Road, Stepney Green, London E1


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7.Pumpkin Lantern Festival at the Eastern Curve Garden

One of our favourite October family outings! Quite a spectacular sight to chase away those cold weather blues. Carving sessions will take place on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October.  Everyone is welcome to carve a pumpkin – adults, young people and children. A hard-working team of volunteers are happy to work with younger children to help them create their lanterns. It’s free to take part, but donations to cover the cost of the pumpkin are encouraged. All of the carved pumpkins stay in the Garden to make a brilliant lantern show!

The pumpkin lantern light ups will then take place all week.


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 12-4pm Carving

Sunday 21st Early entry for pumpkin carving families and younger children (expect queues) 6-8pm

Sunday 21st-Friday 26th 8-10pm Pumpkin light up

Where:Entrance next to the Hackney Peace Carnival Mural, at 13 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF


8.Big Fish Little Fish Hackney Halloween Spooktacular

Join award-winning Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave for a Halloween Spooktacular in East London at a basement rave cave venue! Dance together on a dance floor filled with bubbles, balloons, confetti cannons and topped off by the parachute dance. Get crafty on the Captain Cookie Craft tables and enjoy the baby chill out or play areas. Us grownups can even enjoy a licensed bar.

When: Sunday 28th October 2018 2pm-4:30pm

Where: Hangar, Hackney, London



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9. Scummy Mummies

Not exactly an October family event as such, this one’s just for parents but too good to miss! Following their sell-out UK tour, the Scummy Mummies are back with a brand new comedy show. New songs! New sketches! New catsuits! And even some new jokes!

Join Ellie and Helen as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Bring your friends and make it a Mum’s (or Dad’s!) night out! As heard on Radio 4 and featured by The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph.

When: Friday 19th October Doors 7:30pm

Where: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BX

W: https://stratford-circus.com/event/the-all-new-scummy-mummies-show/

10.Wake up Gigs

Wake up Gigs was started by a couple who really missed seeing live music after becoming parents. They began curating some talented musicians and organising some great family friendly gigs. So if it’s been too long since you saw a live band don’t miss this perfect October family event for music lovers! They’ve just partnered with ACE Hotel for a fantastic roof top venue! See the view from the 7th floor, relax and enjoy great music, food and drink.

This coming gig features:

Amaroun; the latest project from multi-talented producer and songwriter Jay Brown, existing at the sonic crossroads where Erykah Badu, Eels, PJ Harvey and Feist meet.

Owen Duff began learning piano at the age of four, picking up drums, guitar and a few other instruments along the way, eventually writing songs that blend influences from folk, 60s chamber pop, electronica, film and TV scores and jazz.

Where: Sunday 28 October 1pm-3pm

When: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ


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